Friday, May 3, 2013

you are loved

"Freedom comes in letting go
Open up the window to your heart
Freedom comes in letting go
Open up your heart"
JJ Heller, LOVED

We all have heart wounds. We lived in a fallen world where hurt people, hurt people. I've been on the receiving end - and I've watched those I deeply love be hurt by others. It stinks. It's painful. At times, it can be downright overwhelming.

But God. While He may allow our lives to be touched by sin, darkness, and pain - He never, ever leaves us. It's amazing the strength and JOY that can come through facing life's wounds.

Healing takes time. And, it takes surrender. It can be so incredibly scary to take the chance to let Love in to begin the healing process. Sometimes the pain gets worse before it gets better. But hold on to your faith and press into the hope that things will get better. Don't give up. Please.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and allow Him to be your all. He knows pain in ways none of us can even begin to imagine. And, He conquered it! He is enough. More than enough. He knows what you need and He's right there with you, just waiting for you to open up you heart and invite Him in.

Take a chance, today, my Sweet Friend. Let Love in. You'll never regret it. And, one day, you'll be able to encourage others to do the same.

I pray you are blessed by this sweet video that JJ Heller made with her 4 year-old daughter, Lucy.(If you are unable to view it, click here to go to JJ's site.)

I absolutely adore JJ's voice and songs. She has ministered to me through some of the most darkest months (ok, YEARS!) I've downloaded all of her albums and listen to them while I'm driving, preparing meals, getting ready for the day, cleaning, exercising...well, pretty much all.the.time. (Grin.)

Geoff and I were blessed to be able to see JJ and her husband in concert last Summer, along my other favorite, Audrey Assaud.

I bought JJ's latest CD, LOVED, when it was first released - but honestly, this song didn't really stand out to me until I saw this precious video. Every single word resonates deeply within my spirit. I pray you are touched as well.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a free copy of Rebekah Lyon's Freefall to Fly! Thanks to all who have participated so far. :-)

Wherever you are, and whatever life situations you are dealing with, I pray you know how deeply YOU are loved by the One who created you. Keep pressing into Him, and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

With joy and love,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

take 2 - FREEFALL to FLY giveaway

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!"

So, it turns out my first blog giveaway was a total flop. (Sad face.) But, Rebekah Lyon's book has been such a tremendous blessing to me, I'd like to have a do-over and try again. This time, hopefully, I'll be able to make it a bit easier for everyone using the ever-so-famous Rafflecopter (see the app at the bottom of this post). This time I'm adding more options on how to win - you can even come back each day and add more entries. Hopefully we'll have a winner this time!!! :-)

It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me. My precious family took me away for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday! We rented an awesome cottage at our favorite vacation getaway up in Washington and had an AMAZING time! God is SO good. We got in lots of swimming, biking, walking, hanging out, reading, talking - all encapsulated with my most favorite things LOVE and NON-STOP laughter! We had a BLAST. Geoff and I even snuck in a date night and hung out listening to some live music at the local pub -thanks to our teenager! (BIG smile.) I told her it would make the best birthday gift ev-ah. It did. The kids had fun, and so did we!

Geoff and I came home sick. Bluck. But hey, if you're gonna be sick, sometimes it's nice to have a buddy who understands and isn't afraid of your germs. ;-) Thankfully, his cold wasn't too bad and he's back to feeling healthy.

Sadly, I'm on DAY 11...ack. But I'm still smiling, despite being stuck in bed with a raging cough. We've had some gorgeous weather in Oregon, so it's hard to be down, even when I'm under the weather. My son has been a SPECTACULAR helper - and my family has been blessing me with tons of grace.

All that to say, my initial efforts with this AWESOME book were not my shown by the lack of even one entry. However, as an aspiring author, my heart's desire is to support other authors/writers in their giftings. Will you please help me out and enter my NEW and IMPROVED giveaway, Sweet Friends?

If this is your first time to my blog. Welcome! It's nice to have you here. Following this post is my initial giveaway with more links. There is also the review I posted sharing my thoughts on Rebekah's labor of love.

A special shout out to my friend, Susan, who said to re-post my giveaway as she forgot to enter. Thanks for your support, Friend!

I'm hoping to feel better soon, because God has been doing some AMAZING things in my life and my family. I am so thankful for His ongoing love, grace and compassion towards me. I'm really excited to share what God's been doing and reconnect with all of you. I'm so sorry I have been out of contact for so long.

So, please enter this fantastic giveaway; I promise this is a MUST have read. And, as always, keep your eyes on Jesus, and KEEP LIVING A BLESSED LIFE!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

With joy and grace,