Monday, March 14, 2016

Q + A | answers | part 1

I am finally getting around to posting these Q+A questions and my answers! Thank you all for the many questions! They were fun to answer! :)
I got so many questions that I decided to split it into two parts. Part two will hopefully be up later this week!!

Now for the questions:
How many siblings do you have? I have four sisters, no brothers. :)

How many animals do you have? What kind of animals? We have 6 horses and 8 or so cats.

Why do you wear the head covering? In 1 Corinthians 11, it says: "every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered." 
We believe that those verses mean that we, as ladies, need to cover our heads when praying. It's a symbol of obedience + submission to God. Because I love Jesus I want to follow His commands.

What state do you live in? Do you live on acres? How many?  I live in Pennsylvania. We live on 1 acre. We also use some of my grandpa's + neighbor's land for pasture for our horses. :)

What curriculum do you do in school/Are you homeschooled? Yes, I am homeschooled. My mom uses Bob Jones, A Beka, and Christian Light for us girls.

Do you have a boyfriend? What requirements does a young man have to meet in order for you to date or court him? No, I do not have a boyfriend. I am currently waiting on the Lord and trusting HIS timing in this area, if that is His will for my life. I have a few character qualities that I am looking for in a husband...I may share them in a future post. I will only begin a relationship with a young man when I am sure that it is God's time + will for the both of us and that he is the one I will marry someday. We will need our parents approval + blessing before we begin a relationship. Above all, I want to honor God and grow closer to Him through any and all relationships. Like Leslie Ludy says, "In friendship our goal should be to honor Jesus Christ and bring glory to His name, not just to pursue our own happiness and security or follow the popular trends of culture." I couldn't agree more.

Thanks for having this Q + A Tashia. Could you please have a giveaway? I thought of doing a 'just for fun' giveaway, but I'm not sure yet. I will most likely be doing one on my blog’s birthday in July, so check back then! 

What’s the story behind your blog & it’s name? When I first started my blog in 2013, I named it 'a girl after God's own heart' after reading the book by Elizabeth George. Since then I felt like it needed a change and needed to fit my over all purpose for my blog. That's when God gave me the name Joyfully Living for Jesus. I strive to choose joy in each and every day and live joyfully for Him. I want others to see the joy of Jesus in me and by my example turn to Him. Joy isn't something that always comes easy, but with the grace of God, He blesses me with it and can give you joy as well!

What are three blogs that inspire you? More Radiance, Hannah Elise Photography, and Joyful Jewels 4 Jesus.

Where is somewhere you’d like to travel? I always thought it would be neat to go to Australia. I'm not really sure why, though. Maybe it's because I like Australian accents! haha I would really really like to go to London, England or Paris, France. And Africa, of course. 

How do you define your purpose for life, for the future, for your blog, etc.? I find my purpose and joy in CHRIST. He gives me strength to go about each day. I can do nothing without Him. I pray and ask Him what He wants me to do with my life and patiently wait for His leading. 
I trust that God holds the future and just keep trusting + serving Him the best way I can. 
As for my blog, I have learned so much through just running it!! As God teaches me + works on my heart, I want to share it with others and encourage a deeper relationship with Him. 

Favorite childhood memory? Hmm this is a hard one! My favorite memories would be playing in the woods with my sisters or cousins. We'd make towns and build houses. Playing 'Kids Burrow' (from Adventures in Oddyssey) in the woods was probably my favorite. 

What are your favorite hobbies? Some of my favorite hobbies are photography, encouraging others in the Lord, doing crafts, playing the piano, baking, and spending time with family + friends. 

What kind of church do you go to…are you active in a youth group? For the last year and a half my family and I have been going to a Mennonite church called Faith Community Fellowship. It's a small church that is over an hour away, so I haven't really done anything with the youth group yet. I would love to, though. :)

Have you ever gone on a missions trip? No, I haven’t gone on a missions trip yet. I pray that I can one day go to Uganda, though. :)

How do you like to study the Bible and what are your Bible study/quiet time tips? I have to say that I don't do a very good job in this area. I need to spend more time with Jesus and in His Word. I don't really 'study' the Bible, but I do read through it and look for things to apply to my life. If there is a certain word that I want to find verses on, I use a Bible concordance and look up the verses.
Be consistent in Bible reading + prayer...find a good time + place where you can spend  time with Jesus. Maybe in the morning or sometime in the afternoon, or right before you go to bed. I find that I can study best in a peaceful + quiet environment, like my bedroom. Maybe you have some tips that would help me in these areas?

Who/what do you aspire to be in 10 years? Hmm good question! I would really like to be a professional photographer, but more then that, I would love to be married and have a family where we can serve Jesus together. All in God's timing + will.

Do you play any instruments? Yes! I play the piano and am currently learning the cello.

Do you crochet/knit? I have never crocheted, but I do know how to knit. When I was younger, my sister's and I made all sorts of hats and scarves. ;)

What is your favorite color? Aqua blue. I also really like mint.

Thanks for all the questions!


  1. really enjoyed getting to know about you, thanks for sharing.

  2. It's great to read your answers, Tashia, and get to know you a little more. :) They're good questions too.

    You play the cello! It's one of my favourite instruments. Are you finding it easy to learn? Do you have opportunities to play piano or cello at your church?

    One thing I've found really adds to Bible study is sharing what I've learned. Having to put it into words to tell someone else, makes it so much more real and amazing. Plus, it's motivating as well.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading this post - Q + A's are always fun. And, let me know when you come to Australia! :)

    1. I'm glad you liked it. :)
      It's a little harder to learn the cello since i am teaching myself, but i am really enjoying it!! No, i haven't played piano or cello at church.
      Yes, that's a good idea. Thanks for the idea!
      I will. ;)

  3. Awesome post! Can't wait for part 2 :)

    1. Thank you! Looking forward to posting part 2.

  4. Hey Tashia,
    It was so much fun to read your answers and learn more about you!! I can't believe how many horses and cats you have... I'm jealous ;) I love riding horses but rarely get the chance!
    I love the cello, that is SO neat that you are learning how to play!
    Also, thank you for mentioning my blog -that was so sweet of you and I'm thrilled to be an inspiration to you! :)
    Rebekah Joy

    1. Hehe maybe you will be able to come over and ride sometime. :)
      You're very welcome. Thanks for being an inspiration. ♡

  5. Neat post! Enjoyed all the answers!

  6. Just a note to tell you I have tagged you in the Liebster tag! More details on my blog! I hope you will do it!!

    1. Aw, thanks! I will check it out!!

  7. I really enjoy Q+A posts like these - thanks for sharing! I would love to go to Australia, too - yes, their accents. <3 That's super neat you're learning the cello! Many blessings!

  8. Just you mean that you need to be certain (more than just thinking it's a high likelihood) that you will marry the guy before agreeing to go on a date with him? I believe dating is for the purpose of seeing if you should get married, so if you're already sure, what is the purpose? Why not just start planning your wedding? My other question would be how you would know that without dating first? Or maybe I misunderstood what you said...vera

    1. Hi Vera.
      Yes, i want to be certain that he is the one I'm going to marry before going on a date. I don't want to go through any heart-ache or giving a piece of my heart away to someone i may never marry. Does that make sense?
      Going on dates is definitely how we get to know a person and see if he is 'the right one,' but i believe we can do that very thing by just being in group settings or by spending time with each other's families. This may be the best way to get to know one another and, though it's possible, we will not get attached and give our hearts away before its God's time. :)
      For me, once i enter a relationship with a young man, going on dates/spending time with family will draw us closer together and to God, help us get to know each other better, and will be a step leading up to engagement & marriage.
      Hope this all makes sense! And know that these are just my personal opinions and convictions. Blessings!

    2. Another thing: we don't need to date someone to get to know them. We can simply spend time with each other's families or in group settings. We can ask friends and family what they think of this individual and get insight from them. :)


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