Saturday, 25 November 2017

4 Lessons I Learned By Walking Where Humans Dare to Tread


In my last post I shared how God redeemed our marriage from a drug addiction, and near divorce.
As I reflect on that time of my life and what is cost me to stay, I can also say I learned a ton from my experience. Since we are celebrating the four year anniversary of God saving our marriage, I wanted to share four brief lessons I have learned by staying and trusting God instead of walking away.


1.  Staying is not the easy route.

Walking away may seem like the easy thing to do, but our marriage vows don’t say, “for better or for kind of difficult circumstances." They said, “for better or for worse," and for worse is really, REALLY horrible for some of us. It is a trial of our faith to stand our ground and make the choice to stay. It will require you to walk by faith not by sight as you wander through what seems to be the enemy’s camp. 


2.  Staying meant I had to change too.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It was no wonder I had lost my hope in my marriage. I allowed the pangs of hurt to determine my outlook instead of trust in God. As a result, instead of fruits of the Spirit, I had rotting, stinky fruit of destruction and wrath. 

If my husband and I were going to move forward I needed to change too. It would not have been fair for him to work so hard to change only for me to change nothing. I spent time in repentance, laying down my hurts and wounds. I asked God to soften my heart again, and to trust that God could fully handle all of the mess. It wasn't instant, it took time, but God heard and answered my prayers. 


3.  Never downplay your testimony

This is a lesson that took time. Initially neither my husband nor I were ready to share what we had gone through. We had shared our trial with a few close friends while we were going through it, but it took time before we were ready to share it with the world. Once we felt ready we both knew we needed to share every hurtful detail. 

We recognized two reasons why we need to share those details in that moment. The first was that if we did/ thought something, there are others experiencing the same things and need to know they are not alone. It eases the torment of the circumstance to know you are experiencing what others have survived. The second thing we both recognize is that to share anything less would have been to downplay the work God did in our lives. 

Imagine for a moment that the only recorded account of the moments leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection went something like this: He was killed, and then he rose again. What if we took out all the graphic details of the betrayal of a friend, the mockery of the crown of the thorns for the “King of the Jews”, the naked display of sweat, blood, and death that Jesus endured? The scale to which God works in is downplayed when we narrow the boundaries of evil by eliminating the grim details. 

God is not fluffy. He does not just repair the surface, he repairs foundations. How will others trust his mighty ability to move and shift our lives if we only share what was on the superficial layer?


4. Staying provided the biggest witness to the type of relationship God has with the world.

This was a lesson I learned by seeing the reaction of others, and not by anything I thought I was doing. In a world where people pack up and leave at the first sign of offence, I had no idea that staying would paint a different picture. It became a portrait of God’s ability to forgive those who repent and turn from sin. It was an image of the grace and mercy He pours out on those who don’t deserve it. It was a statement that even when we mess up horribly, He not only doesn’t give up on us, but He makes straight our paths for us to return back to the safety and comforts of His embrace.

Even to those who have heard our story, but not known intimacy with God, it confused their logic. I've seen countless confused faces who were baffled by our story. "How could you stay through that?" I've been asked. Frankly, it was less of me and more of a reflection of the One who lives in me. 

When we stay through the trial (however graceful or clumsy we may feel) we give the world an example of a God of grace and mercy. Not by my own doing, but by His hand was I able to stay in the dark crevasse where the depth of despair is so deep that nothing but the love of God can reach it. We walked where humans dare tread, but we walked it with a God who fears nothing!



Photo by Spencer Selover from Pexels 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Before You File for Divorce


Your hand is on the door, you’re ready to call to it quits. The tear stains on your pillow are the unspoken evidence of sleepless nights as your heart stung with the loss of what you had hoped your marriage would be. You were sad, then angry, then sad again, and now you are just numb. 

You are trying to look ahead to life without your husband, and on one hand you feel relief that it is almost over and you can forge ahead with a new life. On the other hand, you heart grieves with every beat the loss of the man you thought would hold your heart forever, and now he is no longer there to even offer a sympathetic hug in the most anguishing trial you have ever had to face.

If you’re really being honest with yourself, in the quiet of your heart and beyond the built-up resentment there is a restlessness. You are trying to not pay attention to it because the new-found numbness feels better. Even still, it is there. 

Let me tell you our story before you file for divorce…

It was 4 years ago that God worked a miracle and salvaged the unsalvageable. We had been married for 9 years and our marriage looked nothing like what I had imagined. My husband was a drug addict, addicted to pain medication he had begun taking in the days of his youth. At first, it wasn’t noticeable. He used them seldom and, quite frankly, marital bliss let me see everything through swooning young love eyes. 

But soon came kids, one and then two, then he could no longer hold down jobs as his addiction was taking over. Soon the pressure of work landed on me. I was working, raising kids, maintaining a household, and taking care of an often mentally-absent husband. After years of working at that speed while watching my husband check out of reality my heart began to callous. I was worn out, and worked to the bone. I had started taking heart medication as I was not handling the stress well. I blamed him for my failing health. 

This was not a man worth loving. This was not a man I wanted to grow old with. This was not the man for me.

We argued. I yelled...a lot. I grew angry, bitter, and fed up. I stopped internalizing my feelings and started letting everything out at the expense of my husband’s feelings. I didn’t care. He was hurting me and I was giving it all I could to throw hurt and pain back on him. I hated who I was becoming. But again, I blamed him for that too.

The extremely small few who knew our story told me to get out. They told me he would never change, and that I deserved better. 

And yet, through it all, whenever I prayed I never felt at peace about leaving oddly enough, and I hated that part! Though I certainly fantasized about life without him, or life with a man who had it pulled together. I daydreamed of a life with a spouse who was a companion not just a drugged out shell of a man wearing a hole in the couch.

I could not understand why I didn’t feel released to go. I certainly wanted to with every last morsel of my mind and body. So I did the only thing I knew how to do…I prayed.

 After a year of what I would call the worst of it I cried out my final prayer to God. 

“This is all I can take! No more! Save me! Am I not worth more to you than this?! Why won’t you give me peace to leave?”. I trembled and sobbed uncontrollably. It was just too much. It was that night that I asked God that he would either let my husband die from overdose, or let me just not wake up. 

I had been sleeping in my daughter’s room for about 2 years at that point, and the following morning he came stumbling into the bedroom before I had even woken up. He let out a loud wail and collapsed on the floor. The dramatic awakening reminded me that God had not answered my plea. Both of us had woken up.

What happened next was a series of actions that moved quickly. I kicked him out. He moved in with his parents. 

I began to final speak about this quiet hell that I had been living in with a set of good friends for the first time. They assured me that my husband needed help and that they would rally behind us. We prayed long and hard! My heart was racing and sleep was elusive as we moved through this phase of the journey.

A few days later I called him home and gave him an ultimatum. Get help, or get out--permanently. 

This decision did not come from me genuinely wanting a divorce. In spite of it, this was the man I once chose to make a lifelong commitment to. It was in this moment that I realized that I could not save this marriage on my own accord. I was keenly aware of the risks involved. My husband could have said "no" to help and walked away from me and the kids. He also could have said "no" and found a great lawyer and taken the kids for himself leaving me with nothing. 

It was in this moment that I let go of the white knuckled grip on my marriage and placed it in the hands of God. He was the only hope I had, and for the first time in years deep down inside a small glimmer of peace began to brew.

After much anger and name calling to me he left to rehab. Unbeknownst to me, he had every intention of completing the program with the intent of coming home sober just long enough to divorce me and take the kids. The very fear I feared the most.

Everyday came phone calls from him while he was in rehab. Each time I picked up came badgering words. 

One day I was laying on the couch to exhausted to move when the phone rang. It was him. I didn’t want to pick up, but something in me caused me to reach for the phone before I knew what I was doing. 

“Hello Beautiful,” he said to me.

Was he high? Who had snuck drugs into this man in a locked up facility?! 

We had been praying for him in our prayer group the night before and that morning. He knew about these prayers but had simply told me to, “Shove it.” He wanted nothing to do with God, and didn’t think prayer was of any use. He told me regularly that praying for him would be a waste of time. Nevertheless, we prayed. 

What he told me next was nothing short of a miracle. He told me he was sitting there that morning when a wave of peace and joy washed over him. He felt new, like he had never felt before. In that moment, and from that moment on he was washed clean from the desire to do drugs. He was filled with God’s presence in a tangible way. 

Tears rolled down my face and I knew that God had answered all our poured out prayers.

He came on Christmas Eve (best Christmas present ever!). Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was not an instant happily-ever-after story. It has taken work to rebuild trust. He has had to live openly and honestly with me when I ask him questions about his health. And I have had to relearn how to put the filter back on my thoughts. He is not the man he was, and I cannot treat him like it. It has been tremendous effort on both our parts to come together again, but it has come with sweetness and joy as we pursue the marriage we originally hoped for. Truly this victory is God’s!


It has been 4 years ago to the day that he took his final pill. I now have a new husband. He is truly the man I had hoped to marry many years ago. I am completely in love with him, and he with me. I want with all my heart to grow old with this man. 

My dear, sweet reader, have hope. Your marriage is not lost, your grip on it is just too tight. Place your marriage in the stable, steady hand of God and then grip his mighty hand as he works in ways you cannot see today. He will hear your cries.

First and foremost, pray for your own heart that it would not callous over to the man you pledged your love too, but that it would stay warm to the idea of marriage to him. Pray for your spouse that his heart would soften. That the chains of his past would be broken and new bonds would be made. 

Pray that God would work miracles. And be willing to speak, move, push, and (the hardest of all) be still and be silent as He leads.

May I leave you with a verse that helped me in my trials.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.  Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (Hebrew  12:12-15)

If you are stuck, please send me a prayer request. It was by the hand of God at work, and the prayers of a loving community that got us through. I would love to return the favour to those in need.

Love,

Sarah (and The Mr.)

(Disclaimer: in all our years of marriage my husband never abused me. Our circumstances crushed my spirit, but never my bones. If you are in an abusive relationship you need to get help and remove yourself danger.)

photo credit: Kat Jayne and George Becker from Pexels and 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Characteristic of God Hidden in Every Woman



Tucked away inside the the very first chapter of the Bible is the rich treasure of biblical womanhood. A high calling on every woman in every walk of life separate and uniquely distinct from biblical manhood.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26)

The word “man” in Genesis 1:26 is actually from a Hebrew word that means “mankind.” Because God made mankind in His image the theological implication is that God made humans to have companionship with Him. He did not create abstract beings, He created people with likeness to Him.

Man had animals, and land, and everything he needed, but he was very much alone. God recognized that man needed companionship, so God made another version of mankind in Eve, a woman. 

Against the religious backdrop at the time that Genesis was written, it was unheard of that a god would want relationship with humans. In fact, these very writings in Genesis were a direct assault on the mythological religions of the time where humans were created to be slaves to lazy gods who didn’t want to work. Contradictory, we have this picture of a perfect God, who has no need for mankind, but who decides to create and enter into a loving, intimate relationship with mankind solely for the purpose of companionship.

God’s great call on women is seen within the order of creation. God wanted to make mankind in his image, first came Adam. Eve was not made until after Adam gave witness and name to every animal and does not see his match. In the same way God made Adam to be relational to him, He made Eve as that very reflection of intimacy to Adam.

This is not to say Eve is less than, or resembles less of God. No! In fact she is made in the image of the character of God that reflects his relational nature. This is separate and distinct from the character and reflection of God found in man. 

It is in the very nature of every woman to be relational. We may be introverts, or extroverts, but at the heart of every woman we care about our friendships.

What an astounding role for women to walk out inside creation: to be the image bearers of God’s desire for relationship to the people around us.

Though this call is seen more clearly inside the role of marriage in contrast to the roles of man, it is not overlooked beyond the boundaries of the marital bond. This high calling at the very foundation of womanhood is for all women in all stages of life!

Young women, you have opportunity to reach out to your sphere of influence to reflect this type of relationship. To humble yourself and pour out compassion on those around you as God has done for you. 

Married women, you have the opportunity to reflect this relationship with your spouse. Even, and especially, in those moments when your relationship is rocky. Humble yourself and work to protect the bond that God has joined together as the full reflection of His image is found when man and woman are united.


Women, you are all created uniquely and with distinctive attributes of our loving God. You are made with unique purpose separate from our male counterpart. I encourage you to honour your high calling bestowed upon you as walk daily as the image bearers of a relational God.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Is it Biblical to Judge Others?

Imagine for a moment a knock at your door. You open it and there is a police officer standing there with your children (if you don’t have children, then imagine this with two younger siblings). He explains that one of your kids was caught shoplifting and the owner of the store didn't want to press charges, but wanted you to know what they did. 

The police officer leaves and you begin your own interrogation. During this discussion you find out only one of your kids committed the crime, but the other stood by and watched. As the parent you need to decide: Ultimately, who should get the punishment? 

Answer: Both.

Why? 

Because one cannot stand idly by while witnessing their sibling commit a crime and not try to talk them out of it. Would it have been casting judgement from one sibling to the other? Nope. It would have been a rescue operation to attempt to save the other sibling from going down the wrong path. 

Using this analogy let's dig in to all things “judgement”. Please hear me when I say that I’m not about to say what I’m about to say because I have it all figured out and therefore can point fingers. I am speaking to you from a sinner’s point of view. As the great hymn writer, Robert Robinson, once wrote I am, "Prone to leave the God I love." I am rebellious by nature, I can't help it. I am human. 

Let’s continue then…

It is a ploy of the Devil to silence us as we watch our sisters and brothers run wildly towards the cliff of destruction under the false pretense that we are not to “judge”, or that only God can judge. 

Most often, it is Matthew 7 that is quoted to keep us from passing judgement:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:1-3) 

But then what about 1 Corinithians 5:12-13?

"For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (1 Cor 5:12-13 ESV)

There is a distinction between the two when you look at both chapters. We cannot isolate one or throw out the one we do not like. We are to sometimes judge and sometimes not. For this post, let’s focus on when and why we can judge as I believe it is important, overlooked, and difficult to navigate through. 

First, the important part to note in this passage is that we are to judge our sisters and brothers in Christ. In other words, if you make the claim to be a professing Christian you are called to judge others who also are making claim to being a professing Christian. Paul did this often as we saw in the above passage in his letter to the Corinthians.

Now that we know the who let’s look at how and why...

The word “judge” can bring about all types of feelings inside of us. If you look it up in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary you get this definition:

“The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing careful judgment of the odds.”

Now look at what happens if you flip to the Urban Dictionary to see just how far we have taken that word:

 “A way of making ones self feel better, by hurting others. Usually caused by closed mindedness, and a lack of manners.”

The word judge comes from the Greek word Kreeno. Let’s see what that word actually means:

“To pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong.”

When we look at the actual biblical context we can see that this is not something that comes from a place of hurting others, or to empower yourself by making others look bad.

Here’s the thing, we belong to each other. God GAVE us each other. Why? I’m betting that you don’t remember the last time you heard God’s audible voice. However, I’m most certain that you remember the last time you heard the voice of your family member or good friend. If you are waiting for the moment when God audibly shows up to tell your best friend to stop doing drugs, or cheating on taxes, or being promiscuous than you may be waiting awhile. He could do it, but that’s one reason why he gave us to each other: to be His voice in our generation and in our sphere of influence.

He didn’t leave us hanging either. The Bible is made up of two canons (the Old Testament and the New Testament). The word canon comes from a Greek word that means "rule" or “measuring stick”. Therefore, the measure by which we can check the actions and words of others is by the word of God himself as found in the Bible. 

 His word are not arbitrary, or because he likes rules, but, like a good parent, he gives us rules and commands to abide by to keep us safe. 

What if we were to replace the term “judgment” with “protection”? Can you protect your friend? Would you protect your sister or brother from making a bad choice that could have life-long, or even eternal consequences? Of course you would!

Judgment does not need to come from a pedestal of, “I’ve got it all figured out so listen to me.” Judgement comes from the place of, “I see you running towards destruction, and I don’t want to lose you.” It comes from a place of love. 

We need to remove the thought that judgement is not loving. 

In fact, for those relationships that exist inside the body of Christ, it is all about love. 

If you see me running toward the pit of Hell away from God’s commands, pull me aside and judge my actions and words. Measure me against the Word of God. You would be doing me an injustice to watch me throw away my eternity! So judge away! 

Next time you are a witness to a Heavenly sibling walking towards destruction and you think, “Who am I to judge?”--remember this: If you are a child of God, then you have received the same Spirit that Jesus had to steer lost souls away from the cliff and into His Kingdom. Now open your mouth and save a sister or brother!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Leibster Award Nomination 2017



I have had the privilege of participating in a group of Christian women bloggers. It has led to getting to know the writings of many talented bloggers. One of those talented writers is Hannah Faith who writes at http://www.hannahfaithball.com. She is currently working through a series on her blog called the Leader's Pause where she is taking different people from the Bible and studying the moment where they each pause. She then reflects on what that means in each situation.

A little about my favourite blog:

Blogs come in all shapes and sizes these days. They offer a varying assortment of thoughts, images, and products. I am a writer who focuses on bible based themes. I am naturally drawn to writers who do the same and call me higher in theology and in my own walk in faith. One blog I continually find myself going to is John Piper's "Desiring God" site. It's a website/ blog full of articles that address the hot topics of today head on. The writers over there are never afraid to tackle whatever the issue is, and, oh man, do they know the Bible! By the end of an article it's likely you've flipped from the New Testament to the Old and back again. It's refreshing to read articles that are backed by scripture not opinion. I like to be challenged in my reading to dig deeper and Desiring God does just that.

Part of my nomination means sharing 10 random facts about me, so here we go...

1. I played rugby for a year in high school and loved it!
2. I can't stand long fingernails.
3. In college part 1 I became a massage therapist (probably why #2 is an issue for me).
4. I'm in college part 2 while homeschooling my kids (apparently we really like to learn around here).
5. My Favourite colour is blue.
6. My favourite band is Rend Collective.
7. I don't like my hair.
8. Cinnamon buns are my weakness.
9. I'm a night owl.
10. I am always, always cold.

And, here's the questions Hannah has asked me to respond to as part of the nomination...

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

My writing is two-fold. I write for my generation and older to encourage them to mentor a younger generation, but I also write to the younger generation to encourage them to grow in faith in a confusing time in this world. I had originally been writing with a friend on a shared blog, but eventually felt I had too many posts needing to be written and I didn't want to take over. It was definitely a God-thing for me. This satisfies a deep calling in my life, and I always make time to write.

2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

The community we live in. We have such a strong community of friends who help us be better individuals and better as a family. Without them life wouldn't be as much fun, and it would definitely not be as easy to endure.

3. Give a tip for other bloggers or blog starters.

I've learned that posts that you care about deeply may not get as much attention as posts you aren't as attached to. That's perfectly ok. I always write for an audience of one. There is someone out there who will read that post you were passionate about that REALLY needed to hear it. It may be only one, but you never know what it did for them.

4. Does blogging replace or enhance journaling?


Between kids, taking care of the house, and my own schooling this is it for writing for me. I can choose my journal or my blog, and so I blog. I don't mind getting personal because I feel like if I'm struggling with something someone else probably is too, so why not walk it out together?!

5. Who/what inspires you to travel this world?

Cultures. I love to observe people and how they do life. While I've only had the opportunity to view a small handful of wildly different cultures I loved every moment. 

6. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?

I'm not sure! I am super practical so I would probably figure out how to split it between family members rather than giving it to one person.

7. Name the top 3 most beautiful beaches you have ever visited.

MacKenzie Beach in Tofino (on Vancouver Island), Long Beach (also on Vancouver Island- I LOVE it there!), Aspen Beach (Yeah, I know, it's a small slew-like lake here in Alberta, but it's beautiful because it holds a ton of childhood memories).

8. Do you think education, as it is today, does justice to life and learning?

This is a big question for me as we have chosen to homeschool our kids for this very reason. The short answer is no, not one bit. The long answer is that I feel our current education system teaches textbooks and someone elses ideologies. Our education system creates "in the box" students who don't question what they are being taught. I watched our eldest daughter lose her sparkle and curiosity for life when she was in school. All the spunky life we had once seen in her was disappearing, as was her love of learning. Since having her home she has been free to explore and her sparkle and joy for life has come back! I could write more on this, but I'll refrain. Send me an email if you want to know more. 

9. When do you find time to blog?

Any quiet moment I can. Right now I'm writing as my boy snuggles next to me watching a movie and the girls are doing some school work. Sometimes I write once everyone is sleeping and I can think without distraction. 

10. What is one post made by you that you like the most and why?

I really like the article on how my husband reflects Christ. He and I have gone through a ton in our marriage (I'll save it for another post). To be able to say that he reflects Christ is a HUGE thing in our marriage. It was a post that caused me to do a lot of reflection and to be thankful for where we have come. 

11. If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?

I would be Super Mom. She would have eyes in the back of her head, never forget her grocery list, have a few extra arms, and have more patience than Job.  

I'm so excited about my nominations as all these ladies bring something beautiful to the table:

~Jessi- Existing for More (While Jessi writes about  all things faith related I have been following her journey with her premature baby girl which she also shares. Her baby girl is super cute for the record!)

~Dr. Jessica McCleese- Fully Well (a licensed psychologist who specializes in marriage counselling and sex therapy)

~ Alyssa- She is Dearly Loved (Alyssa writes about her past being a young teenage mom, and what she has learned along the way)

~ Hilary- Caterpillar to Butterfly Tales (a young lady just getting her "wings" who takes you on a journey from her hurts to her transformation though Christ in poetic fashion)

~ Vanessa- Christfollower85 (a mama who writes on life and digging in deeper with Jesus)

~BONUS BLOGGER (not a nomination)~ 
Shannon- Deep Thoughts By Shannon (Shannon is not able to participate in the Leibster nomination requirements as her life is extra busy, but she is someone I know personally and I believe her blog needs to put out there. She is a mom who is currently battling cancer with the most grace I have ever witnessed. She is a fierce warrior woman who has put her trust completely in God as she faces the storm with her husband and two sons beside her.)

My questions for the nominees:
1. Do you prefer country or city living? Why?
2. What is one message you want to shout for the world to hear?
3. What motivates you to get up every morning?
4. What is your favourite scripture or quote? Why?
5. What do you hope to be remembered for?
6. What is your favourite post and why?
7. How and where do you pray for your most pressing issues? (e.g.- you write them, sing them, share them with close friends, do them early, or late at night...)
8. Where are the top 3 places you want to visit?
9. What's your favourite season and why?
10. What book has inspired you and how did it do that?
11. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?


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If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.) At the bottom of this post, I’ve included a whole lot of images you can use for your 2017 Liebster Award.
  1. For the 2017 Liebster Award, I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it! Post a comment in the comments below so I can view your post and check out your blog. I personally visit each and everyone. I visited a few hundred last year!! https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/