HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister-in-law, Jessica!! (my favorite SIL on the Yoder side, as she calls herself) If you love me at all (or even just like me some), go wish this dear gal a very happy birthday! And her blog this morning is AMAZING. Chances are, every one of you needs to hear it (I know I did!). I’m sure God planned it out for her to write that all up for us on her special day. Happy Birthday, Jess! I love you!
And now…the give-a-way!! (^one copy of the book above^)
If you remember, I blogged awhile ago about the book Hope Lives. I “met” the author, Amber Van Schooneveld, a couple months ago when I commented on someone’s blog about Compassion. Long story short, we e-mailed, did a book swap, and I just finished Hope Lives this morning.
It’s an incredible book. It can change your life. Rather, God can change your life through it. Amber works for Compassion in Colorado, overseeing the team of writers and photographers that are on location in each of Compassion’s countries. The girl has a heart for people, is in love with Jesus, and she can write!
The book is a five-week journey, helping us understand poverty, God’s love for people, His amazing grace, the hope we have in Him, how we can use our gifts to help others, using prayer as a weapon. I really could go on and on and on…
I underlined and asterisked like crazy throughout the book. Something that stood out to me today (the last day) was this: “I don’t want to be part of a fad. It’s so hot right now to be into Africa…into a cause…into the poor. What’ll it be five years from now? I don’t know, but I don’t want a phase–I want Christ. I want to be on this road of serving Christ and walking beside him for the rest of my life–with his grace at the center, to keep me from growing weary in doing good.”
“Attaining the fullness of Christ is the heart and the end of my journey.”
If you want to know Christ more deeply, if you want God to be bigger in your life, you’ve got to read this book. You’ve got to. And if you don’t win the give-away, go buy it! (and let me know you did, so I can encourage Amber)
I think I’ll draw the winner on Thursday. Leave a comment to enter. Did I mention that the book has
space for journaling, tons of Scripture, and gorgeous full-color pages of beautiful people around the globe?
Off to cut Gabe’s hair. Hey, we did something cool this morning! I got up at 5:55 and ran for 20 minutes! (first time in months) Then Gabe got up and ran while I had my devotions. And I went to bed before 10:00 last night! What is happening here?!?! Very cool things.
Have a titanic Tuesday!! EDIT: (1:24 pm) For the record, I had NO idea that today was the anniversary of the Titanic sinking. NOT A CLUE. I actually had the word “titillating” written, then thought, “Is that appropriate? I’m not sure that’s appropriate.” I backspaced halfway, intending to write “terrific,” thought that would be boring, re-finished the word to spell “titanic.”