Win a charming ring in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! (ends 5/31/22)

Welcome to another fun giveaway hop! I’m joining MamatheFox and 22 other amazing bloggers for the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more info on how to enter.

How to enter the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop

To check out all those bloggers, you’ll want to visit the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop linkup page . On that page, you’ll find links to all the participating blogs and their giveaways. You’ll be able to enter each one on their own blog’s page. So, to get to the linkup page, click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the Moms Rock Giveaway hop page!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away this fabulous piece of costume jewelry! I fell in love with this darling ring when I saw it and couldn’t wait to share it with one of you!

  • 14k Rose-Gold Plated Eternity Band Ring with Swarovski Crystals in size 5 (this means it’s definitely on the small side).

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win the FINCHNWREN giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on May 31, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Win a Mother’s Day Gift Set in the Come What May Giveaway Hop! (ends 5/15/22)

Welcome to May, everyone!

May is definitely one of my FAVORITE months. You can almost see summer coming, there are baby animals hopping around (yes, we’ve got our share of bunnies), flower buds are visible on the trees and green stems coming up out of the earth. Let’s celebrate with a new giveaway hop!

I’m joining MamatheFox and other bloggers for the Come What May Giveaway Hop! MamatheFox and some cool bloggers (and I) are joining together. You’ll want to check out the giveaway page, where each participating blog is listed and linked. You’ll be able to get to each blog by clicking on its highlighted page there. You can visit that page, the Come What May Giveaway Hop linkup page, by clicking on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you right over! Giveaways close on 5/15/22, so be sure to visit the linkup page before then for your chance to enter and win.

The FINCHNWREN Come What May Giveaway

I just love this colorful little Lady Jayne stationery set! This 3-pack set comes in a flat fuchsia box with a clear plastic cover. It contains:

  • a vivid yellow spiral note pad with 100 sheets, with an inspiring message: “be bold”
  • 4 binder clips
  • a zippered pencil pouch with a gorgeous blooms and flowers design

One FINCHNWREN winner will receive the set. It’s perfect for a belated Mother’s Day gift (since the giveaway isn’t over til *after* Mother’s Day).

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win, simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes May 15, 2022. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Enter to win a painted block sign & Clinique Lipstick in the Raindrops on Roses Giveaway Hop! (ends 4/30/22)

Hello there!

I’m writing this to you on Easter weekend–but you know what they say about April showers! I’m joining with MamatheFox and tons of other neat bloggers for the perfect April hop: the Raindrops on Roses Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more and instructions on how to enter.

To visit the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main giveaway hop page, where you’ll be able to see all the participating blogs. You’ll be able to visit all those blogs and enter their own giveaways by just clicking on their highlighted links. But remember, to get to that page, click on this blue button!

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these items in the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop! One winner will receive:

  • A painted wooden block sign (3 3/4″ x 4 1/2″) from Francesca’s. The sign has a lovely floral bouquet and the words “Just Breathe” on it.
  • A Clinique lipstick in Plum Pop (one of their top colors)

To enter, just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/30/22. One winner will be selected to win both items. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop goodies to win! (ends 4/15/22)

Hello friends, and happy April!

I’m joining with MamatheFox and lots of other fun bloggers to celebrate this new month and season! Keep reading for more info on how to visit the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop page (where you’ll be able to access the giveaway participants) and for my own FINCHNWREN giveaway.

How you can visit the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop page

Just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it)! That will take you to the page where all the giveaway hop participating blog pages are linked. You’ll be able to visit each one just by clicking on its link. Then, you’ll be able to enter each blog’s giveaway.

Now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away some bunny goodies for this giveaway hop! One winner will receive two packages of Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies (one box of blue bunnies and the other with yellow bunnies). In addition, they’ll receive this darling bunny boxed sign that reads, “Hippity Hop.” I just love how they match the giveaway hop theme. (Plus. I LOVE bunnies.)

To enter, simply click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 4/15/22. One winner will receive the two boxes of Peeps and the bunny boxed sign. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

“Battle Prayers” ~ a JustRead Blog Blitz & Giveaway (ends 3/30/22)

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Battle Prayers JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Battle Prayers by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Battle Prayers

Title: Battle Prayers Author: Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: Feb 15, 2022 Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Prayer Do the unending obstacles you face make you feel like you’re in a constant spiritual battle? Arm yourself with 100 prayers that will uplift and encourage you during the difficult moments of life. It can be difficult to find the right words when you’re praying through hard times. In Battle Prayers, find a classic model to lift your prayers to God, not only for yourself, but others. Each prayer is woven together with Scripture, reminding you that the answers to your struggles can be found in God’s Word and by listening to Him. Battle Prayers: 1. Shows how the power of prayer can lead you to find lasting encouragement 2. Provides inspiration and theological accuracy 3. Offers prayers ideal for helping move the mountains that can sometimes stand in between us and God Whether a gift or for yourself, this volume of 100 prayers features: 1. Specific Scriptures and cross-references to other prayers in the book for additional encouragement 2. First-person prayers addressed directly to God, ideal for reading aloud during morning, evening, or devotional prayer time 3. A helpful and encouraging Appendix: “The 10 Essential Qualities of an Effective Battle Prayer” Prayer doesn’t stop with the “Amen,” and is merely the beginning of deeper, daily, more meaningful communication with our Creator. Find peace in stress, healing for broken relationships, and protection for your loved ones in this essential volume of prayers.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Battle Prayers!

Battle Prayers JustRead Blog Blitz

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 23, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Excerpts from Battle Prayers

I was so intrigued by this title–and couldn’t wait to see what this book and its prayers could include. Here are two excerpts for you, so you can see as well!

EXCERPT 1

YEARNING FOR MORE OF JESUS

My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the LORD; 

my heart and my flesh cry out 

for the living God.

(Ps. 84:2 NIV)

Dearest Jesus, I bring before You what is both a request and a gift.

A request, because it benefits me. A gift, because it pleases You.

My heart’s desire is for more of You. I readily confess that my ceaseless wanderings have proven that, apart from Your presence, I am spiritually bankrupt. Only in You have I found eternal life and truth (John 14:6). Only in You have I found the way to the Father’s heart (John 14:6), and apart from You I have no good thing (Ps. 16:2).

You were the one whom the psalmist longed for:

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my

portion forever.

(Ps. 73:25–26 NIV)

Jesus, I desire only You because you are the strength of my heart and everything I will ever need— forever. My soul cries out for more of You, because only in You do I find true purpose and meaning. You alone fit perfectly the God- shaped hole I so often try to fill with worldly and selfish pursuits.

So, I echo John the Baptist’s words: May You increase, and I decrease (John 3:30). May You grow in me as I become less. And as I become less, live Your life through me. Only in that kind of life am I truly pleasing in Your sight.

Taken from “Battle Prayers” by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. © 2022 Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. Derived from material previously published in Prayers to Move Your Mountains  

(ISBN 9780785286523, © 2000). Used with permission from Thomas Nelson. Thomasnelson.com.

EXCERPT 2

LEARNING OBEDIENCE

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

(1 John 2:4–6 NKJV)

My endless platitudes and continual finger- pointing have worn thin. I have concluded that talking about obedience— especially in regard to other people—i s much easier than living it. Lord, show me how to be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (James 1:22).

Readily I admit that living according to my own desires is much more comfortable than living for You. Yet Your Word admonishes me that if I really love You, I’ll keep Your commandments (John 14:21). My heart’s desire is to grow in love and obedience. I don’t want to be a liar by claiming to know You while walking in disregard to Your Word (1 John 2:4).

In my hard- hearted condition I so often wait until I’m dangling by the rope of my own selfishness before I cry out to You and change my ways. You died to free me from the clutches of sin; why should I return to a life of selfishness that only brings bondage? But I know that to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam. 15:22). Obedience means more to You than repentance.

Teach me how to walk in obedience. Do what it takes to make me clay in the hands of the Master Potter. Nothing in my life is sacred except my devotion to You; I place Your purposes above my preferences. Embed Your law in my mind and write it on my heart, so I will be led by my relationship with You rather than a list of dos and don’ts (Jer. 31:33).

Taken from “Battle Prayers” by Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. © 2022 Michael Klassen and Thomas Freiling. Derived from material previously published in Prayers to Move Your Mountains  (ISBN 9780785286523, © 2000). Used with permission from Thomas Nelson. Thomasnelson.com.

Enjoy! –Wren

Enter to win this “Sunshine” tray in the Chasing Rainbows Giveaway Hop

Hello, my friends!

I’m joining with MamatheFox and lots of other bloggers for the Chasing Rainbows Giveaway Hop! All the blogs you’ll find listed on the giveaway hop’s linkup page are hosting fun giveaways that you can enter, and maybe even win!

To visit the Chasing Rainbows Giveaway Hop page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the linkup page. You’ll see all the participating blogs on that page, along with their links, so you can visit their blogs and enter their giveaways.

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away this darling decorative tray! It measures about 9 1/2″ x 6 1/3.” It’s back-painted (then fired) in golds, pinks, reds, and oranges, with white lettering in the middle that reads, “Stay Close to People Who Feel Like Sunshine.” It’s not food-safe, but rather just something beautiful that you can place on a desk or table and enjoy. The tray contains a lovely sentiment that’s sure to brighten up any area!

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter the FINCHNWREN blog’s giveaway, simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 3/31/22. One entrant will be selected to win the tray. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Win a Primitives by Kathy Boxed Sign in the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop (ends 3/24/22)

Hello everyone!

I really love celebrating in March. There’s St. Patrick’s Day. The Ides of March. International Women’s Day. Mardi Gras. But circling back around to the Emerald Isle–we’re going to celebrate with a new giveaway by joining in with The Review Wire and lots of fun bloggers, for the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop! You’ll be able to enter my giveaway, and then hop over to the giveaway hop page to enter other bloggers’!

The FINCHNWREN blog giveaway

So! The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a boxed sign from Primitives by Kathy. It is a wooden sign that’s perfect for a dresser or shelf. It’s almost 8″ x 7 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ in size. It has a sort of shadow-box-looking shape, with the wording centered about halfway inside the width of the frame’s edges. The printed message is on a white background with yellowish words that says, “There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy,” with vines and flowers around it. It is so cheerful and, I think, the perfect sign for the first signs (ha ha) of spring!

Here’s how to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway:

So easy! Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 3/24/22. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

And now, for the giveaway hop!

All of the participating blogs can be found linked on the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop page. To visit it, just click on the blue InLinkz button below. That will take you to the linkup page, where you can visit each blog’s giveaway. All blogs’ giveaways run from 3/10-24/22.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Best wishes–and thanks for entering!

–Wren

“Defending David” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 3/7/22)

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Defending David JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Defending David by Barbara M. Britton, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Defending David Title: Defending David Series: Tribes of Israel Author: Barbara M. Britton Publisher: Pelican Book Group (Harbourlight Books) Release Date: February 25, 2022 Genre: Christian Historical Biblical Fiction When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors. Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman’s niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land. Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir’s betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures from Ancient Israel to Modern Day USA and especially enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. You can visit Barb online at www. barbarambritton.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

CONNECT WITH BARBARA: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a Defending David Book Box with an autographed copy of Defending David, a CD of harp music, a historic-looking journal, colorful pens, a copy of “Lioness,” and a $25 Amazon gift card, swag!

Defending David JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 28, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on March 7, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. (international winner prize: ebook copies of Defending David and Lioness) Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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My thoughts

Oh, how I loved this book!

Barbara M. Britton is an INCREDIBLY gifted storyteller! In Defending David, she takes the Biblical mentions of Gittite (or Philistine, from the Gath area) warrior Ittai, adds other characters from the Bible records (Absalom, Joab, Hushai, Ahithophel, and, of course, King David), and creates exceptional historical fiction.

Now, honestly, the account of the betrayal of the king by his son, Absalom, who created a rebellion against his father and sought to set himself on David’s throne, has always been a difficult one for me. As are the events that precede it: David’s son Amnon’s rape of his half-sister Tamar (Absalom’s full sister)…and David’s absolute failure to rectify or bring justice on Tamar’s behalf. All these events no doubt led to Absalom’s defection and treason and attempts to usurp David’s throne.

Yet Britton has used that painful story to craft a fantastic book and to add a highly readable “what might have been” to the Biblical record. Ittai is a warrior, leader, and a believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a destitute child, he met David, who fed him, gave him a job to do, and won his undying affection and loyalty. Ittai and his army of 600 warriors (plus their wives and children) have come to Jerusalem, where they hope King David will allow them land to settle in.

Rimona is a newly-orphaned young woman whose distant relative is taking her to Jerusalem, to her uncle who’s a musician in David’s court. The distant relative has horrible plans for her, and she escapes and is found by one of Ittai’s soldiers, who bring her to their commander. The two begin to spar verbally; and as all move toward Jerusalem, they begin to form a connection. But on the way they encounter Absalom, beautiful and resplendent in a chariot and with a huge crowd of his own followers.

The story is a familiar one; rebellion, the fleeing of David and his advisors from Jerusalem, and the coming battle between David’s forces and Absalom’s. But this time, we have an intimate, inside view of what it might have been like, from the eyes of Ittai, the faithful warrior, and Rimona of Beersheba, who was faithful to the rule of King David.

What a story! The love story of Rimona and Ittai is gentle, sweet, and respectful (although the dangers against a young woman in that era are also illuminated). Rimona is at first astonished that, as she first identifies Ittai, a “pagan” is worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet he faithfully is, and is even more faithful than some of the ethnic Israelites. And, Britton’s use of Scripture (remember the era; here, we just see the use of David’s Psalms, the Law, and some words from what would become 2 Samuel) adds such beauty to the text. She even provided some deeper understanding to me of David’s actions with her insight that guided the story.

If you’re a fan of the Bible and of historical fiction, Defending David is for you! Britton’s hero and heroine are so appealing and you’ll be rooting for them throughout the entire book. Don’t miss this fantastic reimagining of the battle between Absalom and David’s forces; and actual warrior and God-follower Ittai, and what God might have done in and for him.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”

Win 2 Lovely Books in the Lady Luck Giveaway Hop (ends 3/15/22)

Hello there, and welcome to March!

I’m joining with lots of fun bloggers in the Lady Luck Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox! Keep reading for more info on how you can enter to win these giveaways, plus more on the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

To see all the participating blogs in the Lady Luck Giveaway Hop, you’ll need to visit its linkup page. To do that, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main giveaway page, where you’ll be able to see all the blogs hosting giveaways. To visit each blog, you’ll just click on its link.

Now, for the FINCHNWREN blog’s giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away two books in the Lady Luck Giveaway Hop!

First, Moorea Seal’s Make Yourself at Home. Subtitled “Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self,” it’s filled with tons of gorgeous pictures, helpful lists (everything from music, to quotes, dinner party tips), and how-to projects for creating beautiful things for your home. It is SO fun.

The second book in the giveaway is called Always Grateful: A Guided Journal for Everyday Gratitude. This book has over 120 pages of ways to notice beauty around you, and develop gratitude. In just 5 minutes per day, these pages and ideas are designed to bless you and help you think with wonder and appreciation.

How to enter to win the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win the 2 books in the FINCHNWREN giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on March 15, 2022. One entrant will be selected to win both books. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Win More Heart Goodies in the Wish Big Giveaway Hop (ends 2/28/22)

Hey there!

It’s time for another giveaway hop! I’m joining with MamatheFox and 20+ amazing bloggers in the Wish Big Giveaway Hop! Each blogger has some amazing prize packages that they’ll be awarding to giveaway hop winners. Keep reading for info on how to enter the giveaways, as well as more on the FINCHNWREN giveaway.

To enter these giveaways, you’ll want to visit the main page for the Wish Big Giveaway Hop. You can do that by clicking on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the hop’s main page. You’ll be able to visit all the blogs’ giveaways from that page.

Now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these Heart Goodies in the Wish Big Giveaway Hop! (I love hearts–and really, I think that we should celebrate hearts all February long, not just on a particular day!)

One winner will receive a prize pack containing these:

  • Capelli New York 2-pack slipper socks (note: I’m not completely sure *why* they’re calling them slipper socks.They don’t have those rubber grippy things on the soles. So I think, actually, we can call them just warm fleecy poly-spandex socks). In the set, there are a white pair patterned with an “x” and “heart” pattern, and a red pair with white hearts with a Cupid’s arrow through them.
  • Lady Jayne Ltd. 3-ply beverage napkins (set of 48) with pink and red hearts on a cream-colored background.

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 2/28/22. One entrant will win the prize pack containing both items. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.