And the winner is…
from Denver, CO
After-Christmas letdown is a real phenomenon that occurs after the holiday season is over. The wonderful experiences of Christmas are over, and we’re back to real life. In many parts of the country, we’re facing cold, dreary days until spring arrives. To warm things up and alleviate some of the strange sadness of January, I’m joining The Kids Did It blog and The Mommy Island blog to participate in the 3rd Annual Jeepers! It’s January! Giveaway Event, which runs from January 3, 2018, to January 17, 2018. The winner of my first giveaway of the year will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.
Enter through the Gleam form below for your chance to win!
One entrant will be selected to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Open for entry in the Continental US/Canada Only, 18 years and older from 01/03/2018 thru 01/17/2018 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Gleam form for official rules. Event hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for fulfilling prize obligations from sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers.
Echoes of Joy: 30 Days of Experiencing God’s Grace
In Echoes of Joy: 30 Days of Experiencing God’s Grace, author Staci Mauney chronicles her adventures with her sassy Yorkie, Lilly, and her loving and sometimes quirky family. This 30-day devotional contains entries adapted from her blog Echoes of Joy. By focusing on joy as a theme, these messages will encourage you in your walk with Jesus Christ. In each entry, the author connects regular, everyday life to spiritual truths and lessons learned about overcoming fear, embracing change, and building up others. Through it all, God guides her into a deeper relationship with him by revealing spiritual truths through her interaction with those around her.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isa 41:10)
As a child, I was very shy and timid. I was more comfortable with a good book than I was with people. My parents didn’t try to force me to talk to people, but they did encourage me to make friends and to be involved in school and church activities. As I got older, I slowly came out of my shell, only to retreat again when circumstances became uncertain.
Even as an adult, I struggle with fear and uncertainty. I focus on the problem at hand instead of relying on the Lord as I face new situations – and new people. Talking to people that I don’t know is difficult for me because the gift of small talk simply isn’t my gift. As an introvert, dealing with people can be quite unsettling for me. Truthfully, I often prefer to stay home with Lilly.
When I moved to a new area, I followed the Lord’s prompting to go to a new church and join a small group along with a book club. By following through, I have made many good friends that I would not have if I had stayed to myself.
While I still struggle with fear, I know that this spirit of fear is not from the Lord. God takes my fear and, through His Spirit, replaces it with “power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7). Ultimately, I must trust the Lord to guide me, for he will give me strength to help me through whatever the future holds.
Dear Jesus, your Word says you will never leave me or forsake me. Thank you for soothing my anxious mind and helping me leave my fears behind. Amen.
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