A Myriad of Awards

A Myriad of Awards

Today we have not one, not two, but three awards to take care of! I have been double-nominated for the Outstanding Blogger award, an award I had not yet been nominated for, and single-nominated for the Thirteenth Disciple Tag.

Thank you so much, SonoofYHWH and MakaylaLife for the two Outstanding Blogger awards, and my brother Jesusluvsall for the Thirteenth Disciple tag! If you guys aren’t already following their blogs, make sure to do so by clicking on their names!

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Five Crucial Mistakes Most Bloggers Make (and how to avoid them!)

We bloggers have become lazy. Even in our ever-growing pursuit for followers and views, we have decided that some pieces of blogging are beneath us. And so, in our passivity, we have neglected key parts of our blogs and the posts therein. This has resulted in a lack of blog quality and a lowering of standards. But, if we work hard and learn from our failures, we can overcome the failures of our past and turn the Christian blogging community into a high-quality writing niche.

So, to combat laziness and blog failure, here are five common mistakes that many bloggers make. If you read these carefully and correct the mistakes that you are already making, you will immediately find an increase in your blog traffic and visitors.

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1 Grateful Person Tag


I was tagged for this entirely original award by Jesusluvsall. Thanks, brother! I seriously appreciate it! Guys, if you haven’t read his outstanding blog, be sure to do so, as it can be found here.

This tag is based on Luke 19, the tale of the ten lepers. In the story, Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, a terrible disease that removes your capacity for pain reception. Sadly, only one of the ten healed men came back to thank Jesus, and it is after this man that we aspire. Let’s be like the one leper, a man who’s gratefulness won over his joy.

Here are the rules.

1: Use any picture in your post that expresses gratitude

2: Pingback to the original post at 1 Grateful Person

3. Share the intro

4: Share what you are grateful to Jesus for

5: Share a passage from the bible about gratitude that means something to you.

6: Tag anybody

With that said, let’s get right to it.

I am extremely grateful to Jesus for allowing me to live in such an awesome place. His gift to me, in having me raised in Uganda, has changed my life, and I am someone entirely different from who I might have been, had God chosen to raise me in the United States.

I have relationships I would never have had. I have parents that walk deeply in the Lord. I have siblings that are very similar to me. I have an opportunity to play sports and share my testimony through basketball. All of these and many more are the results of my Jesus choosing to raise me in Uganda. He has made me the Africa Boy.

Romans 8:28 also describes the negative side of growing up in Uganda.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Even the disadvantages of growing up in Africa work out for my good. The relationships I have left behind, experiences I have missed out on- all working out for the Glory of God.

Because of this, I am a different creation- one shaped and molded by God. Praise Him for His mighty work!

With that said, let’s continue to my tags.


Lydia Potter


Those are the three that I would specifically like to see do this, but if you’re reading and you would like to do this tag, go for it! You are officially nominated!

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Once again, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day.


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Three Awards

Well, today is catch-up day. I guess I’ve put it off long enough. I have three nominations to take care of: The Sunshine Blogger Award, from Robert (thanks, man!), the Mystery Blogger Award from Lydia (that’s a new one!) and the 30 Questions Award from Jesusluvsall (Thanks, brother!)

First things first: You guys should definitely check out their blogs. Robert’s blog, Watching Daily at Wisdom’s Gates, is very cool and is chock-full of Godly wisdom and council. You can find it here. Lydia’s blog, InHisServiceAndLovingIt, is very, very cool with a lot of interesting discussions and thoughts. It can be found here. Finally, Jesusluvsall’s blog. His blog is absolutely awesome, because not only does he speak wisdom into a lot of difficult subjects, but he’s also gluten-free. It’s amazing! You can find it here.

Ok, now on to the individual rules and questions.

The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0


Again, this one’s from Robert. Thanks, man! The rules are as follows.

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo
2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

The first two are done, so now we do the last two.

1. What’s your favorite Bible verse at the moment? Romans 1:16. Unashamed until the day I die.

2. Who’s family for you? My two parents, Keith (41) and Laura (xx), as well as my five siblings: Noah (14), Isaiah (11), Elliana (10), Malakai (6), and Selah (4). I also have 22 or so cousins and all four of my grandparents.

3. Who are your closest friends? Kevin Britton (15, Missionary Kid with me but currently in Colorado), Abby Swanson (15, lives in Chicago), Qwesera Daniel (18, basketball teammate here in New Hope), Sammy Katabazi (16, basketball teammate), Essence, Loring, and Patience Ray (17, 16, and 14? I don’t know their exact ages but they’re currently serving in North Uganda), Josiah Kegg (16, Missionary Kid in Indonesia), and all of my TS members. You know who you are 🙂

4. What’s your favorite YouTube channel? Dude Perfect all the way!

5. If you could have a second home anywhere in the world, where would it be? Bloomingdale, Illinois. That’s where my grandparents live.

6. What was the last song you listened to? Start Over by Flame (feat. NF).

7. What’s your favorite form of social media (apart from WordPress!) and why? I mean, if email counts, then that would be my favorite. I sadly don’t do anything else.

8. What’s your local church like? Beautiful! Very excitable, enthusiastic, and supportive.

9. Do you have a garden? If so, describe it 🙂 No, but my dad does. He grows all kinds of stuff, from herbs to tomatoes to corn.

10. What’s the community you live in like? Awesome. Everybody knows everybody VERY well, so 75% of the people here have embarrassing stories of me at age 3. They are all very loving and supportive, and when two people announce that they are getting married, everything goes crazy!

11. What would you like to study more? God’s Word, the Bible!

Here are my 11 questions

1: If you could be any height, how tall would you be?

2: What are your plans for the future?

3: What’s your favorite book?

4: What’s your favorite food?

5: Do you have a favorite animal?

6: What country, if any, would you visit?

7: What’s your favorite place to relax?

8: How do you relax?

9: Favorite meme?

10: Coffee or tea?

11: Tell me why coffee is the greatest drink ever invented (sorry this is manipulative)

My nominees:

Epic Empire

Fun Box

God’s Own

An Attic Full of Paper

It’s Who I Am

Blue Skies and Green Pastures

Quiet Moments with God

The Rulebook

Kenechi Duatron

Sincerely Hero



Alright, thanks Robert! Once again, you can find his blog here.

The Mystery Blogger Award


The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog/post.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog and mention the creator of the award, Okoto, and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people and notify your nominees.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.

Done with the first 3, now the rest.

  • I collect Pokemon cards. Feel free to judge.
  • I eat obnoxious amounts of food
  • I like shawarma

Now here are Lydia’s questions.

  1. What’s your top 2 favorite toppings on a hotdog? Coleslaw and chili. It’s the West Virginian blood in me (thanks, dad).
  2. What’s your favorite pasta meal? Cold Chicken Pasta!
  3. What’s the most unique food combination you’ve ever eaten? Pizza and pineapple. Disgusting.
  4. What’s a chore that you enjoy doing? In all honesty, I don’t think there is.
  5. What’s an animal that you wished could talk? My dog. She would tell me when there was food in the fridge because dogs’ senses of smell are fantastic.

Here are my questions

1: What meal would you like to have for your birthday?

2: What’s your favorite genre of music?

3: Do you listen to music while you work?

4: Favorite book?

5: Describe your best friend.

My nominees:

No Longer Lukewarm

Joshua Swanson


Hannah (by the way, your new picture is absolutely boss)






Faith on the Farm

Wow that was a lot of people.

Alright, thanks again Lydia! ‘Preciate it!

30 Questions Tag

This one’s from Jesusluvsall. Thanks, brother! These are his questions.

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

I am nicknamed Mack after Khalil Mack (no kidding), and E-Bill because my second name is William. I prefer to be called Elisha or Lisha.

2. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

I honestly don’t.

3. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

I pray!

4. Do people consider you as talkative or quiet?

Talkative all the way. I’m a complete extravert.

5. What makes you cry?

Very little, but usually contemplating how fallen this world is.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people say, “Hey! Come here!”. Like, why don’t you come to me?

7. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

Once, in the mornings when I get ready for the day.

8. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

What if I ate watermelon seeds, they would grow in my stomach (thanks, Uncle Jones).

9. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?


10. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

My mom, by far. I can’t even tell you how much she does for me.

11. How often do you read the newspaper? Which sections?

I don’t, but I occasionally check CNN.

12. Which animal scares you the most?

Sharks, if that counts.

13. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?


14. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received?

Uh, a friend told me that I’ve gotten good at basketball (an absolute lie, I’m only decent).

15. What question are you tired of hearing?

How much coffee did you drink today?

16. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

Haggis! If you don’t know what it is, Google it.

17. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?


18. Do you have a catchphrase?

Not really.

19. What’s your all-time favorite town or city? Why?

Chicago. It’s so beautiful, and driving there is really fun.

20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I’m going to slightly copy you, my nominator, and say Aragorn.

21. When was the last time you lied?

I honestly don’t remember, but I’m sure it was recent.

22. What’s something that amazes you?

God’s Creation

23. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease?

The inventor of a drug.

24. What is your favorite amateur activity?


25. What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

Man, I keep copying my nominee. I thought that I need more sleep.

26. What is your favorite song (at least at the moment)?

At the moment, it’s NF- Returns

27. List someone you know, and describe them in 5 words.

My dad: loving, compassionate, gracious, strong, and funny.

28. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question. Who would you select and what would the question be?

The Apostle Peter: What was Jesus like?

29. Which celebrity or artist do you resemble the most?

Um, I don’t know. Oh, apparently, Niall Horan. That’s according to this website.

30. What do you want me to know?

That Jesus is real.

And for that nomination, anybody that’s reading this and wants to do it is nominated!

Once again, thanks to Robert, Lydia, and Jesusluvsall for the nominations. Have a great day, guys!



Top Ten Songs Tag

We’re back with another tag! This time, it’s a new one: the “Top 10 Songs Tag”, sent to me by Mia (Thanks Mia!)and Joshua (Thanks Joshua!) Make sure to check out her awesome blog here.  Also, make sure to check out Joshua’s crazy cool blog here.

So, the rules are fairly simple.

1. List your top ten songs in answer to the questions
2. Hyperlink the songs if at all possible
3. Tag as many people as you want
4. Feel free to use my graphic or one of your own.
5. Have fun!!

Here are the questions.

What’s a soundtrack song you can’t help but sing along to?

Ah, probably the soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman“.

What’s a song you love from a genre you don’t?

Prove It (feat. KB)” by David Crowder. It’s a country song, but very awesome.

What’s a song that makes you cry every time, without fail?

I, being an unemotional person, do not cry to music 🙂

What would be your theme song?

TobyMac’s “Till The Day I Die

What’s a song tied to a good memory?

Pharell Williams’ “Happy“. My family used to sing it in the car all the time when I was young.

If you’re a writer, what song best sums up your main character? If you don’t write…song for your favorite book’s main character?

Definitely “What’s Up Danger” by Blackway and Black Caviar.

What’s a song you always play on repeat?

NF’s “The Search“. It’s such an epic song, I can’t help but listen to it twice.

What’s the most convicting song you’ve heard?

Lecrae’s “All I Need is You“. It’s a wonderful reminder to simply trust in God and God only.

What song reminds you most of your childhood?

Be Thou My Vision“. My parents always sang it to me before bed.

What’s your favorite song?

Well, I go through stages of liking different songs the most. Right now, it’s KB’s “Hold Me Back” and NF’s “The Search“. Both are absolute fire.

Now, I want to add another question to this list.

What is one song that greatly exceeded your expectations?

Josh SB’s “God DNA“. That song is barely known, but the rap is insane.

Now, finally, my tags. Here we go.



Keziah E


I selected you four with the intention of giving you guys some fun because this was easy and awesome. Anyway, have fun, my peeps! See ya next time, and as always: thank you for reading.