Blog of the Year 2012 Award

I’ve never done this before, and I know it’s late, but I would like to take the time and nominate a fellow blogger for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.  The blog I have chosen (Unshakable Hope) has been very encouraging to read!  Bill, the writer of Unshakable Hope, was diagnosed in late October of 1996 with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  In his blog posts he shares how God has been working in his life amidst the daily struggles he faces. 

To read his blog, follow this link!  http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/ 

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

And thank you to tsizzles at http://writersfield.wordpress.com/ for nominating me!

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Verse for 2013 :)

December 31st, as I was sitting on the couch, reading my Bible and counting down the minutes to the New Year, I prayed that God would give me a verse for 2013…and at 11:58pm He did.  I had been reading through the Psalms for the day and instead of reading Psalm 61, I accidentally read chapter 65…but I guess you couldn’t really call it an accident since that’s where God gave me my verse 🙂

Psalm 65:11 says, “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.”  As soon as I read it, Malachi 3:10 (the verse God gave me while on Journey to the Heart) also came to mind… “Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

And I have already seen, how, after surrendering everything to God and giving Him my all, He has been pouring out His blessings in abundance!  

In 2012 I had my fair share of struggles, heartaches, and trials, but I must say, that, because of them, I heard God speak to me more than ever before!  I only hope that I hear Him as much (hopefully more!) in 2013 🙂  And that I continue seeing the abundance of blessings that comes from giving the ‘whole tithe’ 🙂