Saturday, 2 February 2013

Brilliant Blog Bouquet Award ~ Violet's Response

Here at Violets and Daisies, we're trying to award our favourite blogs with a bouquet to thank them all for all their hard work!!! So I'll try to answer these questions for your interest. Obviously, this award came from our blog (Violets and Daisies). So here is a bouquet just for you to accept from Daisy's little cousin!

Blog Award Rules:
Put a link to who gave you the award
Post the award to your blog
Answer the questions
Choose 5 blogs to receive the award
Let them know you've awarded them

Blog Award Questions: 
1. If you could have a "flower pen name" like we have here on our blog, Violets and Daisies what would it be?
2. What is your favourite ever Bible verse and why?
3. What are the blogs which inspire you most?
4. If you and your friends could visit any country in the world, where would you go?
5. If you have one, feel free to share your testimony as to how you became a Christian.

Violet's Response:
1. Clearly, I would have the flower pen name Violet, but a close second would be Rose (I've always liked names like Rosa, Rosanna and so on). I also quite like the name Marigold. My favourite flower, however, is not the violet, the rose or the marigold, but the daffodil.
2. That's a difficult one as there are so many!!! However, the one I find myself returning to most often at the moment would have to be Philippians 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

3. There are so many that I read and am greatly encouraged and challenged by that it is hard to limit it to just a few! But I would have to say that the ones I find myself returning to most often are My Morning Ti, Maid for More, Meditations of His Love, All Things Bright and Beautiful and Forever His Servant.

4. My personal choice would be Britian, but if I was to go with my friends I think we'd love to visit more exciting and different places such as India, Spain and Egypt! I guess it would depend. I'm really an at home kind of person so I don't envision myself travelling with friends in the immediate future. I'm more likely to be the one staying at home to keep them updated as to what they're missing out on here!!! :P
5. I've given it a little bit of thought in more recent months, and though I posted my testimony last year (you can read it here), I've come to realise that a testimony is not a solid thing, unchangable, but rather it should be changing and growing as you go through each season of life. Also, some things that at one stage you may have forgotten or blocked out of your memory can come back with time. So here is I guess either a more honest or more updated version of my testimony. I'll try and not repeat things that I already wrote in that previous post!!! ;) (Postscript: sorry about its lengthliness!)

My Testimony ~ by Violet

I grew up in a Christian home where I learned about the Bible and went to Church. But for ages I was just going along being a “good” child by doing what my parents wanted without really caring about God. I had the mentality that “I don't know enough about God, I'll think about Him later”. Then we moved from one city to another and I went through a really depressive phase where I felt I had no friends and so began making up imaginary book character friends and talked to them in my head as a substitute. I also suffered from nightmares that upset me, and only fuelled my depression. At this stage, God was something I all but ignored completely.

Then I went through another phase where I became angry and easily lost my temper completely. I would slam doors, shout at others, and then go off in a huff to cry but not so much tears of remorse as a “sorry-for-myself” feeling. My way of dealing with my sinful attitudes was to rely on myself rather than God. I read my Bible, but more to make me feel good about myself, and I prayed occasionally, but superficial prayers that meant nothing to me.

However, God soon stopped me in my tracks!!! Over hot drinks and biscuits, as the elders of my church visited our home, I was convicted of my sin, through a passage in the Bible which I can't remember now (I think it was in Hebrews?) but I still stubbornly persisted in following my own way and ignoring God. However, over the next few weeks, the Holy Spirit continued to prod my conscience. We were on holiday, and I was reading some books that were certainly not what my parents would approve of. I hid those books from my parents and read them, satisfying my sinful appetite but again and again the Holy Spirit would minister to my soul reminding me that these books were not pleasing to God. I was in tears for a good part of this holiday, as the realisation of my sinfulness before a holy God continually hit me and yet my inability to stop sinning kept overwhelming me. I began reading my Bible, and searching the scriptures like never before.

Shortly after that holiday, I woke up early before anyone else on a sunny Sunday morning, and I just knew that I had to get right with God. Looking back now, I think God had already been working on my heart in such a way that I was a Christian before then, but that was the first time I fully realized and prayed to God about it.

It would be nice to think that everything went well from there. And it kind of did outwardly, for a time. I even got baptised, which remains a really special time for me. But you see, I was very much a “doubting Christian” - even though I had been baptised I was uncertain as to whether I was truly a Christian. Everyone outside thought me to be one, and looking back now I know that I was saved, but I still doubted in God's saving grace. One day, filled with shame and sorrow at my own doubts and the fa├žade I felt I was putting on, I cried out to the Lord “Oh Lord, if I really am a Christian, please help me not to doubt You!” Around this time I did a speech at school about suffering from a Christian perspective – now I know that the Lord was preparing my heart for the hard times ahead. And you know what? Very soon after I prayed that prayer the Lord answered it! I faced the hardest times yet, and the Lord had to put me through just about the hardest trials I would ever have imagined, but when I went through it all, I was left with such a feeling of peace and assurance that yes, I was saved!

When I went through difficult times, it was so tempting to blame God, to want to give in and to believe that “if there's a God, this shouldn't be happening to me.” But I have learned so much through suffering that I wouldn't know otherwise, such as that this attitude of mine was completely wrong: instead of blaming God, I should be rejoicing for all that He had given me, that in reality I deserved to be wiped off the face of the earth right now and subjected to eternal punishment. Even as I wrote this, I was hit again with wonder at the way the Lord has worked in my life, and all the ugly sin that still remains, yet encouragement that He has never abandoned me!

Times will be hard – the Christian walk is not easy: in fact it is the hardest and narrowest! But I have learned now that the Lord is faithful and hears our prayers, and if we call upon Him, He will not leave us to our own devices. My prayer is that you, also, will come to know the Lord as I have come to know Him.

Those I want to recieve this award:
Miss Ti of My Morning Ti
Miss Margaret Dashwood of  An Accomplished Young Lady and The Society of Elegant Young Ladies
Emily of Jane Austen Mad, A Bonus Discipula, and Notebook
Gracie of A Daily Dose of Happiness
Wild Horse and Mazie of Our Big Cardboard Box Dolls House and Make You Laugh

Hope that interested you a little and inspires you to tell us a little about yourself! :) I have truly been amazed at how much different blogs have helped me grow as a Christian and I want to thank you all so, so much for helping me learn more about the Lord and His ways. God bless you all as you serve Him!



Gracie said...

Hey girls! Well, I did everything the award said to do. But for some reason, the award picture won't go on my wall. The information shows up, not the picture. Any ideas on why this is happening?

Anonymous said...

Oh, okay! Did you try right clicking the picture, then clicking "Copy Image URL" or "copy image address" or other variables? Then go to your draft post, go into the add an image section, and select "Add Image From A URL". :)
Hope that works for you!! :D
God bless!

Miss Margaret Dashwood said...

Hi Violet! Thankyou so much for awarding me!

Emily said...

Hi Violet!

Thankyou so much for awarding me! (Weird - that's just what my sister, Miss Margaret Dashwood, said!)

Anyway, thankyou, I will reply on "Notebook".