Giving away another delightful book/art pairing today! Last time I started with the book, so this time let’s kick it off with the art.
She also has the most adorable little boy and is just a couple weeks away from welcoming a baby girl.
(In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised when she offered to give away a custom piece of art for my birthday when she was so close to her due date. Maybe it’s a nesting thing??)
Candice loves expressing herself through art (she just posted pics of her daughter’s nursery yesterday–soooo cute!) and has a home-based business called Creations by Candice.
Today she is generously giving away ONE 8×10 hand-painted canvas with your choice of color, design, & words.
Go check out her Facebook page for inspiration! (details on how to win below)
Also, my dear friend, Sarah, (that’s her in the pink sweatshirt holding her daughter and our friend Ayan on her lap) has offered to give away a copy of one of her all-time favorite books.
(Sarah is a beautiful writer herself. She doing a blog series right now called “31 Days of Sorry, Not Sorry” and you should totally follow along.)
Here’s what she says about the book:
Each year I serve with a women’s ministry team in Honduras, and we take a book to the missionaries we serve. The book last year: I Want God by Lisa Whittle. I’d never heard of it. Really never heard of the author, but felt obligated to read if I’d be gifting the book to others.
I’ll be honest. I kinda thought… of course I want God. I’m a Jesus follower. Isn’t that a given?
And I was so moved and my life was so changed that I recommend it to anyone I meet. I offer copies to everyone.
I began following the author too. She’s my people. Meaning…I learn much from her and realize what I really think and feel as I read her words. But, as with all authors, one wonders if she is who said she is.
In a word? Yes. Her life reflects her words. She even took time to meet me when I happened to be near her home – on the weekend she was moving and with a house full of out-of-town guests. She’s real. Authentic. And full of wisdom and grace.
“We can talk about social justice issues, promote spiritual causes and service, but until we want God the very most our ministries will merely be good efforts. I have known many people who didn’t want God but racked up countless mission hours doing things that were very good. I’ve also known people who love God but never do much to serve Him.
Yet I have never known a true, passionate God-wanter whose relationship did not overflow into great Kingdom usefulness.”
“I pray to you, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life ’ ” (Psalm 142:5).
And, let me be candid about one of the tangible ways it has changed my life–in the area of food and weight. If you knew my struggle with food, you’d know how huge this is for me. When I’m about to veer off the healthy eating path, I ask myself if I want God more or less than I want food. It may sound hokey, but in my heart it’s true. Eating is a God issue for me. And this book is helping me choose God, want God. More than anything else in my life.”
Sarah gave me a copy of the book a few months ago. So good. Thanks for sharing from your heart, friend!
Okay! Here we go!
That’s it! See you tomorrow for a recap of the week and Monday for more goodies!