And, while I do live in a world where there are Octobers, I do not live in a country where October looks anything like what I’m used to.
But that’s okay.
When I’m tempted to long for colorful leaves and crisp air and cozy bonfires (sigh), I’m going to tell myself that, at the end of that kind of October comes months and months of snow and ice and cold and gray. (brrrrrrr!)
And, at the end of my non-October, I get months (November to February) of gorgeous 80-degree weather.
It’s a fair trade.
I’ve had lots of people offer books & art for me to give away (and I have a few favorite books I want to give away too), so I’ve decided to combine several of them into a book + art giveaways.
It’s called Soulhearted: Daily Truths for the Longing Soul, and it’s a year-long devotional.
“No matter where you are in your relationship with Jesus, this book provides a way to deepen, encourage, and equip you in your walk with Him. Through everyday examples, Tammy and Ali provide a focus for your heart and soul as you navigate the ordinary (and extraordinary) circumstances of life. Armed with insights about daily spiritual battle, perspectives for persevering, and wisdom from the Bible, you can live more freely and victoriously.”
I’ve read and loved Tammy’s other books (and heard her speak many, many times). This is Dr. Tammy & her equally awesome husband, Pastor Mike, who hung out at our house for a bit back in August on a quick visit to Cambodia (their church–where we used to go–supports an orphan home here).
(like this post she just wrote about what happens when you pray that God will humble you)
And she’s just one of my dearest friends, and I don’t have the words for how much I adore her–and miss her!
(This pic was taken at the airport this summer when she got back from two weeks in Papua New Guinea. Looooooove how giddy her fam was to have her home.)
Anyway. I know this book is going to bless someone. And, if you don’t win, you can buy it here.
Now, the art!
My friend, Corinne, who lives here in Phnom Penh (this pic was clearly not taken in Cambodia, but NEW ZEALAND, where Corinne is from), has graciously donated three digital prints for me to give away (beats me trying to get prints from Cambodia all the way to you!).
She’s a CRAZY-TALENTED photographer who dabbles in graphic design for fun.
These prints are part of a typography series on the hymns she grew up hearing her parents sing.
Two years ago, Corinne was a recent university graduate with a promising photography career, and a new job at a prestigious company.
But she couldn’t shake what Jesus said in the gospels about loving your neighbor, not worrying about tomorrow, living the gospel, and caring for orphans and widows.
“So, I quit my job, took all the money I had saved and told my parents I needed to get out of my comfort zone (which was growing increasingly uncomfortable) to ‘figure it out.’ I was looking for an adventure with Jesus, and an adventure I knew I wouldn’t find in the comforts of a first world country.”
“I made friends with others, who like George Mueller, prayed about everything and expected each prayer to be answered, including the monthly providence to make ends meet. I befriended vibrant young people who lived in the slums but were not crippled by their poverty but served at the church, giving whatever little they had back to anyone younger or hungrier than them.”
“It was out of my safe bubble that I found the Jesus of the Bible who walked among the marginalized. I saw Christ in the friends I made, and I saw how God walked alongside His children, being who He says He is. It became very apparent that there is no place I would rather be than here in Cambodia.”
(Read the whole story here.)
Corinne and I are meeting for coffee next week, and I’m excited to hear what’s next!
To be entered to win ONE copy of Tammy & Ali’s book and downloads of ALL THREE of Corinne’s digital prints, just leave a comment telling me either:
1.) one sentence about what’s on your heart/in your soul right now.
2.) your favorite hymn.
That’s it. See you tomorrow! Thanks for making giving stuff away so much fun!