Mothers? Hilarious Opinions from Little People

•May 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Absolutely hilarious laughed so hard it hurt!


Lovely Liebster Award

•May 12, 2013 • 6 Comments

Good evening.

My blogging bug is back and this evening I was blessed to yet again receive another blogging award thanks to ‘Especially Made’ (!

I have come to really love your blogs and I am blessed that you have nominated me! Thank you for your kindness!

Why do I blog?

I began blogging with an awareness that shortly I would be leaving my family and my friends and that I wanted to share my adventures with them and with other bloggers. This I now intend to do through my new blog ‘Journey with Jess’ ( Now my blog has become about my hobbies, my hopes, my dreams, my thoughts, my creations, my opinions, my rantings and more. My blog is a representation of my mind. I wanted to share my faith and how I am learning about my faith and hopefully growing in it. I have ended up sharing a process from one point to another where God is the answer (depending on the type of post). I love reading your blogs and learning about your lives!

An award is not a complete blessing and gift if I cannot share it with others too. This award is the Liebster Award meaning ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’  and recognises up-and-coming blogs, those that have a good following, but deserve more.

These are my nominees:


Her journey to Chile and Ecuador with OM for Jesus, her King!


A blog ‘s  Faith and persevering in your faith!


A Blog displaying Cornish Captures through photography!


A blog about a young girl’s journey into adulthood.


A photography blog with biblical truths!


A blog by a Pastor’s wife about her life and her family.


An honest blog described as the thinking of thoughts!


A blog about lessons learnt by heart taught by God!


A poetry blog inspired by God!


A blog about the church and God’s grace.


A blog about Simple Faith!

To my Nominees, if you would like to post about this award and pass on the blogging love, here are the official rules:

1. Each blogger should post 11 facts about himself or herself.
2. Each blogger should answer the questions that are asked by the person doing the nominating.
3. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post. (Don’t feel confined to this number – not all have them.)

4. Create new questions for your nominees.
5. Go back to their pages and tell them they’ve been nominated.

My answer to ‘Especially Made’s’ Questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging to share about my upcoming journey and my experience of becoming a ‘grown-up’ although to be honest my blogging has become so much more!
2. What book are you currently reading?

I am reading a couple of books at the moment – the first is called ‘Boundaries’ recommended to me by a Christian friend about the ability to say the word NO and a Collection of books by Elizabeth George for Young Women bought for me by my lovely mum!
3. What is your favourite quote?

‘God doesn’t call the qualified – he qualifies the called’

4. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

I would go to either Cyprus  or Gibralta or Africa or Greece or Spain…. I haven’t travelled at all but I am studying Spanish, my grandparents and parents all (at one point or another) lived in Cyprus and Gib and I’d love to see the place they talk about, Africa inspires me and Greece’s history fascinates me! 
5. What was the best gift you ever received?

I have received many amazing gifts but currently all I can think of was the camera for my 18th/ Christmas present as I love photography!
6. If you could request your last meal, what would it be?

As quoted by my mother, probably ‘some pasta dish’…
7. What is your favourite room in your home?

When it’s tidy my bedroom…. otherwise the family room or garden if it’s nice out!

 My Facts

1. I have 3 younger yet taller brothers, a giant dad and a not so tall mum but still taller than me.

2. I have extremely small feet for my age.

3. I have 2 mentors.

4. I love working with children and young people!

5. I love being creative from painting to photography to sewing to knitting.

6. Opticians make me laugh and I dislike dentists…

7. I work part-time.

8. I really want to see Les Mis again!

9. I am the only granddaughter on one side of the family!

10. I am struggling to think of these facts….

11. This is the last fact…. 😛

 My Questions

1) Why do you blog?

2) What inspires you?

3) What’s the most important thing in your life?

4) If you could be an animal what would you be?

5) What’s your favourite song right now?

6)Tea or Coffee?

7) If you say one word more than any others, what is that word?

8) What’s your favourite film?

9) Where are you based? (Feel free to be more general if you prefer)

10) Are you a morning person?

11) What is your dream?


Hope you enjoy and many blessings!

Have you ever felt…?

•May 12, 2013 • 1 Comment

Have you ever felt something like this?

Or this?

It’s safe to say that this is how I feel right now?

When you know God has a plan,

And everything seems to be coming up against you…


It’s five against one..


And your the one!

But My God is greater than any other,

My God is stronger than the power of sin and death,

He overcame

He reigns

He lives in glory

He knows the plans he as for me.

He will make my path straight!


An Honest Confession

•May 12, 2013 • 10 Comments

At this time in the morning I should definitely be asleep but my brain appears to have woken up and gone to thinking.

As I sit here, I am thinking about everything that’s coming up and the excitement of this week and about my Christian friends and what we’re all doing now or soon and it makes me laugh and cry!

To start one of my best friends is off to Chile with OM, another is in Kenya, a third is training to be a pastor….. Actually many of my friends are training around this field, my church is changing and growing and I couldn’t be more excited about all of these things…

But inside there is a small part if I was honest – and my mother would leap for joy – that would say I’m a little bit jealous! I know jealousy is not good but hear me out.

Now I know that this year God’s not sending me abroad or to bible college and that I am not to stay here as He begins to moves through my land like never before – ironic huh – but there’s a small part that wishes I was.

Now perhaps in a year I’ll also be off to bible college & another time I may go and do a mission abroad short-term. But the thing is that right now God doesn’t want me at home doing what I’ve do in the same rough location and the same people as I have been for the last 10years. God doesn’t want me in Chile or Kenya now nor in September. God doesn’t even want me in bible college come september. He wants me in Lancashire. This isn’t a new thing.

Who am I to tell Godwhat he has for me isn’t good enough? I can’t mainly because I believe it’s good enough. If and when God wants me in bible college or abroad and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did- he’ll let me know but right now I need to be where he’s called me because my journey is just as exciting and purposefull to God!

So I can feel a little jealous about how exciting everyone elses plans sound but I am excited for them, proud of them and excited that God is using me and my friends for his glory.

Focus on the goal and don’t be distracted by the other runners and how they are running, though all the runners run to the same destination together, each runner’s race is unique designed for a specific purpose for such a time as this!


Ester 4:14 – And who knows but that you were appointed for such a time as this!

This link is very fitting to end!!

Beautiful Blessing

•May 1, 2013 • 6 Comments

My fellow Bloggers, I know I haven’t blogged recently however this morning when I woke up I found a lovely surprise.

A fellow blogger who inspires me so much has nominated me for the ‘Beautiful Blogger’ award so I wish to thank ‘The Thinking Of Thoughts’ (

Your Blog is always a blessing to me and I cannot begin to express my thanks to you!

As well as this I am honoured to share my blessing with 7 of you who inspire and bless me!

This hasn’t been easy but here are my nominees!

All Nominees are equally deserving and I am sorry I cannot award everyone!

My First Nominee is ‘Morning Story and Dilbert‘ ( Kenny, you make me laugh and you make me cry and never cease to delight me. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

My Second Nominee is Deborah Ann with her poetry. ( I love your poems and  they are always a blessing. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

My Third Nominee is Cole Ryan ( I enjoy reading your blog and find it inspiring that you are a young blogger with such insight and wisdom. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

My Fourth Nominee is ‘A Devoted Life‘ ( I love the daily devotions you bring and love the simplicity in your blogging. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

My Fifth Nominee is Jarrid Wilson ( You both encourage and inspire me. I find your blogs uplifting and for this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

My Sixth Nominee is Kathy ( Kathy, I love your quirky blogs and delightful stories. They are always filled with hope and your beauty shines through the excellence of your writing. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Last but not least, my seventh nominee is ‘God’s Chick‘ ( You have a beautiful spirit and I have enjoyed reading your beautiful blog. For this reason, I feel you deserve the Beautiful Blogger Award.

For you nominees, there are some conditions to fulfil.

To accept this award, you must:

1. Post the award on to your blog. (I cannot tell you how to do this as I am unsure as of yet….)

2. Remember to thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their site.

3. Post 7 random facts about yourself to help us to get to know you better.

4. Nominate 7 new bloggers you consider noteworthy.

5. Don’t forget to leave a message for those you nominate that you chose them.


So my 7 Random Facts…


1) I used to annually sit upon my best friends roof.

2) I dislike going to the dentists.

3) The opticians makes me laugh.

4) I cannot decide whether I love the colour green or red more.

5) I love the North.

6) History, English and music fascinate me.

7) I am a photographer.


Again thank you for the gift of this blessing!

Blog Soon!

Our Strength!

•April 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann


There is not a fear,
that Jesus can’t conquer
there is not an enemy
that He can’t capture.

There is not a problem,
that Jesus can’t solve
there is not a dilemma
that He can’t resolve.

There is not a burden,
that Jesus can’t lift
there is not a load
that He can’t shift.

There is not a need,
that Jesus can’t provide
there is not a sea
that He can’t divide.

There is not a darkness,
that Jesus can’t make light
there is not a sin
that He can’t make right.

There is not a moment,
that Jesus isn’t there
there is not one soul
for which He doesn’t care!


Philippians 4:13
King James Version

“I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

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There’s a Light at the end of the Tunnel.

•April 7, 2013 • 5 Comments

So I’ve been thinking… a lot.


My last blog where I delved into where I was and spoke about the hard times.

See here –


At that point I thought everything would just get better. But the truth it is. I don’t think it was that simple. No if it had been simple then in the past 3-4 months I would have probably had a completely different perspective and a completely different journey.

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The truth is that in my 18 years these past few months I would describe as my darkest years. Now you could say that I’m young. I can’t have experienced a whole lot of hardship. And in comparison to some what I’ve been through is nothing. But that doesn’t mean my life has been easy. That would be a lie. For me this has been like being trapped at the bottom of a steep valley without the energy to escape.  I still don’t have that energy. I literally run on empty. I have no idea how I get up and get on each day. For me it’s a miracle.

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I think the bottom line is for too long I pretended there was nothing going on and didn’t say anything. Then when I realised, I looked at my support network and thought of excuses (all completely legitimate) not to go to them. I saw that the family I was closest too had things of their own to deal with, my grown up friends were working or busy, the friends my age wouldn’t have understood the complexity and if I was really honest, I didn’t think how I felt was important enough to put any of my struggles and the burdens I put on myself and others put on me were worth anything.


So they ate me up.


You see….

When you suppress what you feel. When you feel worthless. When you hide from the world. When you pretend everythings ok.

When you carry burdens that weren’t yours to carry. When you neglect yourself . When you depend on others.

When you stop depending on others. When you forget the truth. When you shut yourself away.


When you give up on everything important to you.


This is when who you are begins to become non-existent.

Sisyphean toil

You destroy yourself.


But through the hard times you learn lessons….


In my related post (as shown above)  I said that I’d learnt about neglect.


What I learnt this week is that I am just as important as everyone else.

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I’m not worthless. I am worth something. I am precious.


More than that God loves me.


Now this might sound stupid. But I have been a Christian for 10 years(+) now and I had forgotten in my circumstances that God loves me. The most shocking thought is that I forgot at Easter. But maybe that’s a reminder for me.

They seemed so big that how could God reach me where I was.


I forgot God is GOD!

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Since then I feel a little lighter.


Now I will look after myself (because if your like me you look after everyone else (whether you should or not) but not you), I will communicate with people because how I feel is important to and I will turn to God because only he can get me through my circumstances.

I’m not at the end of my struggles but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!




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