Q and A with Me- The Questions and My Answers

To celebrate having over 10,000 views as of last week, Sunday I posted a Q and A to ask for questions as a get to know me thing. I appreciate those who asked questions. Today I would like to share the questions, the bloggers who asked and the links to their blogs, and of course my answers. If you missed this one, I may do another one later in the year.

First of all, I want to thank those who asked questions 🙂 If you are not familiar with their blogs, please check them out by clicking on the links. 🙂

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked me:

What are some of the methods you have used to help you learn Spanish?

For language the best thing is immersion. Since I don’t live in a Spanish speaking country, I have sought out ways to practice. I took classes at a local community college for one year. I also practice with Spanish speaking friends. I read stories in Spanish- a person can buy bi-lingual books of shorts stories in Spanish and English. I also watch shows in Spanish on Netflix.

Lily of retrospectivelily.com asked me:

Here’s one I don’t recall you ever addressing–have you ever been in love, engaged, or married?

Well that is a good question. I have never been married. I was in love when I was younger, but we broke up after a 5 year relationship. Out of consideration for her, I won’t go into details. A few years later I rededicated my life to Jesus. I was never the type that could easily go from one relationship to another, so I wasn’t looking to date for a while after we broke up. Then I returned to school to study for the ministry and had no money for dating, so I thought I would wait until I graduated, but then I got sick. I was sick for a few years, took one year to recover, and then transferred to a different school. By the time I finished with all of that, 10 years had gone by, I was 40 years old and just gave it to the Lord. Now I think I am too old and also still don’t have much money being in ministry. I don’t think I would make a good husband at this point.

Deandra of Imago Dei at deandrahurst.com asked:

How do you keep from focusing on the numbers and simply focusing on the mission?

Good question. I think the temptation is always there for people in ministry to focus on numbers. The best way to avoid that is by staying in and growing in relationship with Jesus. If I do that, then I realize the truth of what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building”.

God has called me to share his love and the gospel message to people from diverse countries. I am only responsible for sharing. God is the one who brings forth the fruit.

Euyadeen of quietmomentswithgodblog.wordpress.com asked:

Has your faith help you with being chronically ill, do you see things differently?

My faith has definitely helped me. It has made all the difference. I have mornings that I wake up with fatigue and pain and wonder how I will make it through the day. I pray and give it to Jesus and so many times he has given me the strength. My faith also helps me with the depression that accompanies my chronic illnesses. For me any thing I experience God’s comfort for is for me to turn around and share with others.

Georgetta of journeythroughlifeministries.wordpress.com asked:

Do you maintain a website also, or Blog only? Have you every written articles for other Blog Sites?

I have a few other blogs I have not done much with recently but no website. The links for those are currently at the top of my page.

Georgetta also asked about blogging tips, so here are some:

Be consistent about when you blog. It will help your readers know when to look.

Engage with other bloggers through comments, likes, and follows.

Write about what you are passionate about and interested in. Other will share your interests.

Give yourself permission to try new ideas for writing. For example, I was hesitant at first to write about chronic illness and depression but found that others were encouraged and my blog grew from it too.

Share posts of other bloggers that you found interesting.

Edit your post before you publish.

Use social media too. I share my posts on my facebook and twitter. I also have a link on my instagram and youtube accounts.

18 thoughts on “Q and A with Me- The Questions and My Answers

  1. Matthew, it’s so good to get to know you better. I love your answer to Deandra’s question [in particular], because learning that we can be used to sow and water is a privilege; but the outcome is strictly in the hands of the Lord. This takes undue, unrealistic pressure off of us. I can’t begin to tell you the joy and release that happened in my walk when I realized this truth. Thank you for taking your tests and allowing Him to make them your testimonies. Blessings on you and your ministry ♥

  2. Thanks big brother for answering my question. I enjoyed reading your answers to all the questions. You’re a true inspiration to me. I spent some time praying for you and many of the other bloggers yesterday. I know God will continue to bless you and your ministry.

  3. Big brother! Thank you for the beautiful verse to my question – it is so on point to the question and “beyond” for me this night. Thank for inviting us into your world and being vulnerable with us in the answers – all of them 😉

  4. A graceful one bro. I really salute your courage and sharing at depth with us. God is definitely faithful in it all!. He is always with you!.

    Keep up the great work big bro.

  5. Big Brother Matthew! You’re a breath of fresh air! Love your authenticity. It truly resonates with me. I have had some very happy days …… and an equal amount of sad challenging days…. looking forward to sharing my life lessons in my future posts too. God is TRULY our EVERYTHING! 🙂

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