Add Creativity to Your Prayers! Giveaway (ends 10/7/22)

Hello dearies!

I have a lovely giveaway that’s just for you if:

  • You feel as though your prayer life needs a jump-start
  • You want to be creative in praying–but don’t know how
  • You’d like to try something different with your prayers

Keep reading for more on the prize plus how you can enter to win!

More about the Add Creativity to Your Prayers! Giveaway

I have definitely felt, at different times, that I needed to learn how to pray in a different way. And what I *didn’t* feel that I needed was a list or regulation for how to do it. (After all, Jesus already covered that when He shared the Lord’s Prayer with His disciples! Check out Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:1-4 for that.)

What I was looking for was, perhaps, ways that I could add prayer to moments throughout my days. Or ways I could remember times when I’d really noticed God answering prayer or reminding me of friends and loved ones I could pray for. Mostly, I just wanted to be able to draw nearer to God.

I love author Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s books on prayer and her fun and creative tools (that are gorgeous!). They are so wonderful for helping me to just slow down my life to look at God and to think about connecting with Him throughout the day. So, I’ve put together some of my favorites of her creations (plus a delicious-smelling candle) for one of you to win!

The prize package includes:

  • Weekly Recap Notepad: a wonderful way to write down your prayer list, your goals/memory verses for the week, things you learned, and more. Plus a pen and two washi tape rolls!
  • A 6-card Creativity Card set, with beautifully-illustrated quotes on creativity. Each card is just over 5″ x 5″.
  • Keychain Prayers: 18 cards held together by a ring. Beautiful illustrations and ideas for prayers and printed on both sides, so you have 36 ideas to add to your prayers! The cards and ring are small and compact (business-card size) so you can pop them into your backpack or purse and take them anywhere.
  • And last but not least, a Bath & Body Works mini candle (with a lid even!) in Pumpkin Pecan Waffles scent–to remind you that your prayers can rise as a sweet aroma to God!

How to enter the giveaway

Enter to win this giveaway by clicking 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 10/7/22. One winner will be selected to win all the items listed above in the prize package. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Hope Unfolding ~ A Great New Encouraging Read from Becky Thompson

I have to admit that I chose this book in part because of its beautiful cover:

Hope Unfolding image

I have to admit, my life is not organized around beauty, or beautiful things.  (We tend more to the practical, usable, and so on.)  But every now and then, I crave beauty.  I want to see and smell fresh flowers, or look at beautiful art, or take pictures of an incredible sunset.  So when I saw Hope Unfolding for the first time, I was in one of those places where my heart and my spirit were calling out for beauty.

But Hope Unfolding is much, much more than just a beautiful cover.  It is filled with joy, encouragement, truth and hope for mamas who need someone to speak those things into their lives.  And this book met those needs for me wonderfully.

Author Becky Thompson, of the blog Scissortail Silk (now BeckyThompson.com), is a mother herself.  And she knows all about how moms need to hear from God about their value, their meaning, and His love for them.  And the fact that He is happy about them and what they are doing!

In this encouraging read, Becky talks about:

  • how God has not forgotten about you
  • how His plans for you are perfect—whether you can see the way they’re working out or not
  • how He can, and desires to, be the strength that you need
  • how you don’t have to compare yourself to that “perfect” mom you know—that you can have grace for yourself
  • and so many more thoughts and ideas that will bless a mama

 

Summer 2016 079As I said, I received this lovely book at a time when I really needed some beauty in my life.  We were heading toward the end of a very full (scholastically) semester, I had stacks of projects I hadn’t had a moment to turn my attention toward, I had a lapful of reviews to write…and I was tired.  Really tired.  And don’t get me wrong!  I love my family.  I love what I do, and what we do together.  But it had been a full, and at times, challenging, semester.

So I received Hope Unfolding.  I read a few paragraphs of it most mornings during my quiet time.  And oh, how it blessed me!  It nourished my soul.  It spoke truths over me that I needed to hear.  And it increased my joy and helped me think about the things that are true….not the things my circumstances were telling me.

If you look at the right of the book in my photo above, you can see lots of turquoise blue tabs.  Do you know what those are?  They’re tiny Post-It notes.  Stuck on paragraphs or words that really spoke to my heart.  (There are a lot of those, aren’t there?)  Here are just a couple of my most-loved ones:

  • “What if I reminded you that even the most unspectacular moments are all steps on the path down which God is calling your heart?” (p. 26)
  • “…the Lord taught me what it meant to stop in the middle of my day and listen for how He might be leading me.  This tuned my ears to hear His voice more clearly.” (p. 45)
  • “But the truth is, the sun can only stay hidden for so long before it begins to rise again, and hope can only stay buried for so long before it begins to bloom.”  (p.63)

So many good and perfect words that I needed to hear more than I knew.  (And I didn’t even list half of the most meaningful!)  This lovely, lovely book did just what the title promised; it unfolded hope in me.

And I would say that that is an incredible outcome for the time I spent in it!  Hope Unfolding is going to stay on the bookcase beside my bed, where I can reach for it in the coming months.  I know it will continue to be a joyful, rich resource.

Enjoy!  –Wren

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Wren’s Word for 2015: Grace

Word for 2015Today is New Year’s Eve, 2014.

And I’ve been giving the new year a lot of thought.

There are some goals that have been percolating in my mind for my life; for our home, our homeschool, for myself.  I’m kind of excited about these goals and about implementing them.

But above all those thoughts and ideas for 2015, there’s a word that has been resounding in my heart and mind:  grace.

I like that word a lot.  Strong’s Concordance, which gives an exact and amplified definition of every Hebrew and Greek word in the Bible (making it an excellent help for understanding God’s Word), says this in definition #2 of charis, the Greek word for grace:

“Good will, loving-kindness, favour.  Of the merciful kindness by which God,

exerting His holy influence on souls, turns them to Christ,

keeps, strengthens, increases them

in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and

kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.”

I don’t know about you, but I am in desperate need of the grace that can accomplish all those beautiful things in my life.  I have always been a person who could just put my head down, push through and accomplish whatever I needed to.  That’s not always a bad thing, by the way.  But if it’s adopted as a lifestyle or a fallback pattern, it can be at the least, unhelpful….and at the most, devastating.  For the end result of that mindset can be a person who’s wholly dependent on herself, fully expecting to be able to do all things in her own strength.

I’ve been there…and the result wasn’t pretty.

I’ve done the Bible studies, by the way; I’ve explored the Greek meanings of grace and its counterparts.  Those are all amazing things.  But what I’m sensing from God in this moment is that the coming year can be a time where I don’t just understand the definition of the word.  Rather, I believe it’s going to be a time where I explore everything, in this time and place, that grace is and can be to me.  I don’t think it’s going to just be about me, however; what does grace look like when it’s between me and another person, when it arises in a difficult situation, or when it’s God offering me the strength to do what He’s calling me to do?

I am excited about this.  I’m excited about what this is going to accomplish in me and in my relationships….especially in my relationship with God.

I’m hoping to touch base with you from time to time, as I’m able to share what I’m learning and putting into practice.  (I know that I have a lot to learn!)  My prayer for you is that sharing these things will bring blessing to you, even as I’m seeing what they can be in my own life.

Whatever the coming year has for you, I wish for you and pray for you God’s great love, peace and provision…..and of course, His grace!

Enjoy!  –Wren

Would you like to see what some other cool bloggers have chosen for their Word of 2015?  I’m joining some link-ups at the following blogs.  Check them out!

Schoolhouse Review Crew blog:  Word of the  Year 2015 Link-Up

A Glimpse of Our Life blog:  One Word for 2015 Link-Up

Tots and Me blog:  A Word for 2015

Pea of Sweetness:  My Word for 2015:  Purpose a link-up

Fabulous fitness mags!

I have three go to health magazines that give me great new ideas for recipes, exercises and motivation.

  1. Self
  2. Women’s Health
  3. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/dreaming
  4. Shape

I love to travel and read them on the plane; it reinforces my need to exercise to feel good and keep a healthy lifestyle.

I have culled some of my favorite articles from the March 2014 editions, if you are interested!

Self: Did you do something different “your face looks thinner”.

http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2014/02/beauty-how-to-make-face-look-thinner.html

Women’s Health: What happens to your body when you are dreaming

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/dreaming

Shape: 10 portable high protein snacks

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/10-portable-high-protein-snacks

Enjoy—Finch