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My One Word for 2016 – Giveaway Added!

WINNER: Pam Wade! Congrats Pam!! Please email me your mailing address and I will have this out ASAP! Thanks for playing along everyone!!!

Edited to add the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post in honor of being featured over at Sweet Jesus Ministries today. Have you seen the movie War Room? Here’s your chance!

Feel free to scroll to the bottom if you have already read all this mumbo jumbo. 🙂

For the past couple of years I’ve jumped on the one word for the new year wagon. I’ve had Focus and Encourage in the past. This year I really struggled to find a word. When I had just about settled on Love, I received a Faithbox in the mail and inside there was a small bag that said…What’s Your Purpose?

Purpose

Purpose or Love? Have I ever told you how much I hate decision making?

Instead of me making the decision for myself, like a big girl would, I prayed about it. I plainly asked God what my word should be for the new year. I explained to the all-knowing Father that I had narrowed it down to two words, love and purpose. Then, all I had to do was wait patiently.

I didn’t have to wait long, because on Day 2 of the January Everyday Faith devotional (comes in your faithbox) it quotes Ravi Zacharias:

When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created. Put your hand into God’s hand, know His absolutes, demonstrate His love, present His truth, and the message of redemption and transformation will take hold.

Then, on January 3rd this is what was on my God in Every Moment, DayBrightener Perpetual Flip Calendar.

Everything that happens to you has meaning. Every moment of life has purpose. And God doesn’t step away from you for a single second of the journey.

Did you catch that?

When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created.

Every moment of life has purpose.

Two days after I prayed about my word for the year, a word in which I would pray about and apply to my life all year, started appearing in everywhere. Not only was it in my calendar and my devotional, it was in scriptures we would read in church AND in ladies bible class. The word PURPOSE was everywhere! I felt like my prayer had been answered.

Purpose it is!

One Word - Purpose 2016

Did you choose one word for 2016? Please share! Also, be sure to go to #oneword365 and join a tribe with others that have chosen the same word. It’s a pretty cool website, check it out!  It might even encourage you to choose a word.

I know that I’ve talked about Faithbox a bit in this post. If you are interested in receiving a box full of faith each month, check it out! I’d appreciate it if you would click on this here link to let them know that I referred you. I will be doing a dedicated post on Faithbox in the near future if you aren’t sure about it just yet.

(NOTE: This post contains affiliate links; shopping through them makes me a little money and makes you even prettier than you already are, at no extra cost to you.)

 

Thanks for hanging out with me for a little bit!

Julie K. McComas

 

 

 

P.S.

Today, Friday, January 15, 2016, I am being featured over at Sweet Jesus Ministries. To celebrate, I am having a giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment. Easy peasy! Don’t put it off, the giveaway ends Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 8pm!

War Room Giveaway | juliekmccomas.com

Again, all you have to do to win this awesome movie is leave a comment. If you can’t think of anything to say, just leave a prayer request. Why a prayer request, you ask? Because this movie is about strategic prayer, and I play on doing some PURPOSEful praying!  Now, you could always follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or just Subscribe to my little ol’ blog.  WINNER is PAM!!! Thanks for playing!

Book Reviews, Giveaways

A Walk One Winter Night – Review & Giveaway

UPDATED! Winner Announced 12/11/13 Be sure to enter!

From the back of the book:

What started as a simple, late night stroll to clear his head from the pressures and hassles of life turned into a life changing moment.  

Are your eyes open to the wonder you might experience on a walk of your own?

Review:

This review has me bumfuzzled. Why?

I absolutely love this book! Love it!

So, why would it be so hard for me to write a review on a book that I really, really love?

I am afraid that I will not find the right words to express how I feel about this book, but I am going to try. Here goes nothing.

This book is just shy of being a 7-inch square hardback book. It has 96 pages, and some of the prettiest artwork ever. It is small and simple, but this little story has a huge impact!

Al Andrews wrote this story about a man taking a walk on a cold winter evening “to clear his mind of all the clutter and stress of the season.”  The man walks by a front yard that has the nativity scene displayed. He would normally walk on by, but on this cold and rainy night something caused him to stop.

I won’t tell you what he witnessed, or what he saw. You will have to get the book to see for yourself. But I will tell you some of my thoughts after I finished this book.

My very first thought was that I needed to share this book. I wanted my husband to read it, my mother, sister, grandmother, best friend, church family, everyone!

My second thought, I only have one copy and I can’t possibly pass it around to everyone by Christmas. I must buy several copies. Must!

My third and final thought, how in the world am I going to express to the world how much I like this book!

Below I am going to post a little more about A Walk One Winter Night, and Mr. Al Andrews. If you would like your very own copy of A Walk One Winter Night leave a comment on this post, and tell me one thing your read about Mr. Al Andrews.

Good luck!

 

A WALK ONE WINTER NIGHT INSPIRES DOVE-AWARD
WINNING ARTIST’S NEW CHRISTMAS SONG Two Christian music veterans unite to bring audiences a “real Christmas story”

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 23rd, 2013—Prominent counselor to many artists and acclaimed inspirational speaker Al Andrews recently signed on with The Worthy Publishing Group to publish his latest title, A Walk One Winter Night: A Christmas Story (Freeman Smith, September 2013) based on a poignant holiday experience. Burnt out on the hustle, bustle, and expectations the holidays can bring, Andrews took a late night stroll and wound up rediscovering his real passion and the true meaning behind the Christmas season. This simple message has spoken to the heart of audiences, and will help readers rediscover the joy of wonder and what is real in the season.
Al sent his initial draft to a few trusted friends in the music business in order to get early feedback. As the written word so often does, the book struck a major chord with Dove-award winning recording artist and GMA female vocalist of the year, Nichole Nordeman. “Every once in awhile you come across a story that helps you tell your own,” said Nordeman,“From the very first page of A Walk One Winter Night, I recognized that the characters around the manger had become distant and no longer dear. Icons, not the fragile and weary souls they were. In this beautiful story, I saw them differently, maybe for the first time ever. And they jumped off the page and right into the music of my heart. ‘Real’ is a song that’s deeply personal for me. I hope it captures the same wonder of the beautiful book that inspired it.”
Nordeman will be performing “Real” throughout the fall tour of The Story, alongside artists Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Selah, and Rawsrvnt. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at www.thestorycd.com/tour/. “Real” will also be featured on Capitol Christian Music Group’s album WOW Christmas, available nationwide in October.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Al Andrews is a counselor, author, and speaker. He is the director of Porter’s Call, a non-profit offering counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists and their families. He is founder of Improbable Philanthropy, a charity that aids children in crisis through the sale of his children’s book, The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind. To learn more about Al Andrew’s visit http://www.itsalandrews.com; follow his daily journey on Twitter @itsalandrews.
Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in Christian and inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee, comprised of three divisions. Worthy Books publishes a boutique list of trade titles across a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, biography, fiction, devotionals, spiritual and personal growth, and specialized Bibles. Ellie Claire is a line of gift and paper expressions, and Freeman-Smith is a value-priced, impulse book imprint.

Thank you to Worthy Publishing for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Giveaways

GIVEAWAY – My Big Bottom Blessing by Teasi Cannon

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The wonderful folks at Worthy Publishing were so kind.  They sent me a copy of Teasi Cannon's My Big Bottom Blessing to give away to one of my readers.  YEAH!

So, let's do this!

You leave a comment, or one hundred comments, and I will use Random.org to pick a winner.  I will post the winner Monday morning! 

Your comment can be about anything under the sun! 

Hope everyone has a great day!

 

Giveaways

And the Winner Is…

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Congrats Laura!!

You are the winner of The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Food From My Frontier cookbook!  I will be contacting you shortly.

 

Giveaways

Want to Win the New @thepioneerwoman Cookbook?

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If you are a PW fan, then you know that she is off on her book tour.  But, being the sweetie that she is, she signed a few books for me.  I can't give you mine, but I will giveaway this one. 

All you have to do is leave a comment, and tell me how you found your way here to my little blog in this big blogosphere. 

I will announce the winner Sunday night, March 18th. 

 

Giveaways

The Baker’s Wife Winner

Congrats Judy!!

You are the winner of Erin Healy’s latest book, The Baker’s Wife!!

Please email me with your mailing address. anotherchanceranch at gmail dot com

I can’t wait to her how you like it!