Friday, September 14, 2012

Encouragement & a Giveaway!

Update:  we have a winner!  Out of 7 comments, chose #2 to win the Dayspring card pack.  SO, congratulations to Randi!  I'm contacting her by email to get her address.  Of course, if I don't hear from her w/in 24 hours, I'll be forced to choose another winner.  Let's hope not - I'd hate to hurt anyone's feelings!

In our church recently, there have been several families who have experienced heartbreaking, tragic losses.  While I will not go into details, I will say that I wouldn't wish these things on my worst enemy, much less on fellow Christian brothers & sisters.  That's why I love Dayspring so much!  Just in time, I received some cards to use to encourage others.  It's no coincidence that Sept. 12 is/was the National Day of Encouragement.  I've used Dayspring cards before, on this day, to encourage others, with great joy to all (including me). I got this set from (in)courage's Inspired Deals page, where we can review a product or share a story of using a product, to encourage others.

This time, I received cards from Dayspring's Compassion line.  If you don't know what Compassion is, just look over to my right sidebar, down a bit.  I sponsor a little boy in India; lots of (in)courage bloggers sponsor children in lots of other countries.  The backs of the cards give a link to Compassion's Child Survival Program - this is priceless, to me.

Several of the card captions are straight out of the mouth of my favorite encourager, Holley Gerth.  She has a way with words like no other, and I LOVE her cards!  What better cards to use than hers, when someone needs a little bit of encouragement.  So I did.  Send encouragement, I mean.  To others.  With these cards.  You should, too.  Bless someone else.  By doing so, I guarantee you will be blessed as well! 

Oh, and guess what!  Dayspring is letting me give away a set of both cards to one of you!  So here's how it works:  IF you live in the U.S., and IF you leave a comment right here (I've set it so you can comment anonymously, and not have a blogging account), I'll choose ONE commenter to receive the cards.  I will choose using, contact you via email, and get your shipping information.  Dayspring will ship the cards to you themselves!  What a deal!

I'll let this go until 6:00 p.m., CDT, until next Friday, Sept. 21.  Then I'll close commenting, draw a name & notify the winner.  Need a "theme" for the comment?  How about this?  Tell us how you've been encouraged, somehow, sometime, in the past.  Easy!  So ready?  Set?  Go!

P. S.  Lawyer's chorus:  Dayspring & (in)courage provided me with these cards for free.  How I used them, and what I thought of them is the personal opinion of my very own self!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleven Years

The funny thing is, this weekend I watched a movie "about" 9-11:  "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."  Even after eleven years, seeing those images still makes me ache.  Even though I lost no one, it was close - my sister was on a plane traveling that morning.  Even after eleven years, lives are still shattered.  Even after eleven years, we haven't forgotten.  We will NEVER forget!

"Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night. And God bless America."  George W. Bush 9-11-01