book + art {12/40}

candicesmileHappy Day 12 of our 40 Days of Birthday Gifts!

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.

Say hi to Candice! I met her last fall in West Virginia (at the same conference where I met Lori of Mi Esperanza). I loved her immediately. Sweet, bubbly, kind, fun.

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 3Candice 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.)

ayan2Here’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?

I want GodThen. I read.

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.

I Want God is packed with lines that will make you stop and ask, “do I really want God?” And I could quote the book until I’m blue in the face, but I’ll just pick one quote that really got me.

candice 1“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).

candice 2And, 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!

To be entered to win a copy of I Want God AND an 8×10 canvas created by Candice, leave a comment telling me what you’d like your canvas to say/look like if you win.

That’s it! See you tomorrow for a recap of the week and Monday for more goodies!

13 thoughts on “book + art {12/40}

  1. Kim

    I would love the verse Proverbs 31:8 Speak up for the people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.

  2. Jen H.

    I really love the hymn “It is well with my soul” but have never gotten around to making or buying a print of it.
    Another option is the quote “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a super hero” for the twins’ room.

  3. Katlyn S

    I would want my canvas to have the verse that says, “But I have loved you with an everlasting love…” It’s a good reminder to me that even when I fall short, his love for me is never ending.

  4. Claire

    The verse that has meant a lot to me as of late is, “the Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” I would love to have a colorful visual reminder of that verse to hang where I can see it every morning.
    The book seems very applicable to me right now, as I am in a season of challenging everything at my core to line it up with Christ in me.

  5. Jewel Romdenh

    I’d love to win a canvas that said “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 with some kind of fish theme. 🙂

  6. Denise

    Never heard of this book but it sounds like one I need to read!

    Also, I’d have the canvas say, “small things done with great love can change the world.”

  7. Wendy M

    Oh, how I’d love to win this! I’ve been wanting/hoping for a print with the verse God has given me on my cancer journey to remind me of how much He has done in all of this, but sure where to find one at a price I could afford. The verse is….”It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” (Psalm 18:32) Not sure what I’d want it to look like yet.

  8. Aidan

    Well, I just finished reading this morning in Ecclesiastes, and my most immediate thought is this:

    “Even if it’s pointless, go out and chase the wind.”

    I’m not sure why it’s resonating with me, but it truly is, particularly in this season. I’m not sure if that’s what I’d stick with, but it’s where my heart is right now.

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