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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One Year Anniversary and Book Give Away.


A beautiful surprising sky last night

Wow!…I was caught by surprise…
Originally, I was not going to write a new post...
Instead, I was going to attempt to give away a free book…
so I was looking through the archives when I noticed …
I was shocked!!

 Honestly, I never imagined  staying here for one year.
When I blindly followed God into the blog world,
I had no idea really what this place was all about.  
I can now say after a year…this place is rich…
full of wonderful women who love Jesus…
women who share the deepest places in their hearts…
and I am blown away by so many, many gifted writers.

As I have stated before…
I am not a natural writer (almost did not make it out of freshman English)…
while the blog world encourages my heart…it also challenges my pride.
To be honest, in the beginning, I just wrote raw from my heart,
hit “publish” and did not give it much thought.
But now…I feel the struggle…the comparison…
I feel inadequate in my ability to get all that is in my heart into words. 
My usual pattern is to retreat when I see my flesh so clearly…
I want to run…
but God steadied me…
And because I no longer want to run from Him… from the challenges…
and with a strong desire to grow...
I run to Him and with Him.
 So I stay in the winepress of blogging…
letting it squeeze all the impurities out…
 giving new wine so I can live a poured out life. 
So will I be here celebrating year two?
Only He knows…but I do know…I won’t run from here…only as He leads.

Most of all, I want to thank each of you who have been so kind and encouraging.
 I can’t tell you the number of times when I wanted to run…
  I would receive a kind note or comment that would speak to my heart.
God used each of you to keep me here with Him.  
And a special thanks to T
you intentionally encouraged me early on.  Thank-you.

I can’t really say this book give-away is in honor of my one-year anniversary…
but I love that this was in my heart to do today.
Mike Mason is one of the best kept secrets…
I can not speak highly enough about His gift…
much like Ann…He, with his words, can reach right down into a soul ...
calling forth the deepest longings of a heart.  
I had just finished bathing in this book when I “stumbled” upon Ann’s site and book. 
I feel these two precious writers came alongside me at a crucial time in my life…
and through the work of the Spirit, they ushered me to a new place of freedom.
So I want to share this rich book...and all the joy you will discover in these pages.
Never having done this before… I guess...
just leave a comment and I will randomly pick someone to receive this book.

I would encourage you to go check out all his writings here...
His book on marriage is one of the best I have ever read. 

Join me as I link up with these special ladies. @Ann’s,and Jennifer @God-bumps.

And the winner is....Christina. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Have a great weekend.

44 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! I think you write the most beautiful words! But I understand. I'm always telling others I'm not a writer, I just write from my heart and the rest is God. Thank you for letting Him speak through you. I sure hope there is a year #2!
    My comments usually will not come through here. I'm going to pray this one does!
    Blessings~

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS! I have tried to comment so many times and they will not go through. I layed hands on my computer screen and prayed the above one would come through and it did! Isn't He amazing!!!

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    1. Kris...extra sweet gift to me...thanks so much...blessings to you my friend~

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  3. so glad youa re writing! i love it here. always so encouraging.

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    1. Thank you so much Kendal...blessings~

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  4. I came over here from "We Are Women of a Different Status", glad I did. I also enjoyed the Mike Mason information, went to his site and will return. Have a good day.

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    1. I am glad you stopped by too...oh I think you will be blessed by His heart...his writings...have a great day too~

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  5. Ooh... randomly pick me, pick me! You know, I had know idea you struggled a bit, with comparison and things. You have always helped me out of such ruts. You have been such an encouraging voice in my life, and I know so many others. Happy Blog-aversary. You are a beautiful writer and your writing reveals your beautiful, surrendered heart to God.

    I am so glad you are here :)

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    1. Michele...we are all made of the same flesh...sin nature...we are all different but the same...and all need the redeeming work of Christ. thank-you for your kind words...love your heart too...blessings~

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  6. Congratulations, Ro! I would have thought you'd been around a lot longer. Time flies! And I've not heard of Mike Mason's book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for hanging in there!

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    1. Beth...that is a good word...hanging...thanks so much...I think you will really like him...have a great day:)

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  7. Happy anniversary! I'm so glad God prompted you to start blogging for your words are always such an encouragement to me. You have so much faith and wisdom to share, I pray that He will continue to use you through blogging. Blessings!

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    1. Christina...thanks for your kind words...they bless and humble me. blessings to you~

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  8. Dear Ells,

    Happy 1 year anniversary. Blogging for God can be a rich and rewarding experience. The best part is that God uses it to grow you and bless others.

    The book sounds very good. I haven't hear of Mike Mason before. Goodness knows I need to experience more joy in my life.

    Many blessings to you in Christ...Susan

    PS...the picture of the sunset was beautiful!

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  9. oh, you know i love Mike Mason, Ro, after you introduced me to him--at least i hope you know by the pictures of husband i reading together in the hammock! ~chuckle~ if i dont win this, i will have to check it out on Amazon, for sure. more importantly, Ro, you know, i think i remember a time when you were feeling like running--the time when you said you werent sure you were going to continue. and you see, i think i was right--you *are* needed here--God must want you here because you are doing beautiful things to people's hearts and He is doing a beautiful work in you as well. wow--so encouraging. i *love* the line from your post on Monday when you said that as you ran you proclaimed that you were done with fear, done with guilt. love you so much, (((Ro)))

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    1. Nacole..I am so glad you liked it...all His writings are so rich. You are so sweet and kind wit your words...so glad to see you...look forward to the letter:) blessings ~

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  10. Ro, I'm so glad you are here! You are a source of stability here; needed more than you know. There are a few that stand out to me and you are one of them! Thank you for your blogsphere presence and for pointing your readers always in the right direction.

    Thank you for uncovering this author for us. I'd love to win the book, but if not, will definitely put it on my list.

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    1. theresa...your words...to be honest...I have to ask the Lord to help me receive them...thank you and I am glad our paths have crossed here. blessings~

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  11. How wonderful! Congratulations on your blogoversary. Your words are a Light out to the world. So. very. glad that our paths have crossed out here. xo

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    1. Jennifer...I have enjoyed getting to know you and connecting with you...thanks for who you are here...blessings~

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    2. And I've enjoyed getting to know you as well. :)

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  12. you know I think you are great. Thanks for giving me a little shout out here... you are so dear to me! and now...look at you!...Being the one with the book giveaway!
    Bravo!
    Happy Blogavirsary! (I to was not good at language arts...and I am no good at spelling, lol)
    Hugs to you on your big day!
    T

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    1. T...thanks so much...you are a blessing~

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  13. Happy blogging anniversary! So fun for God to point that out. It's significant- these milestones that mark our obedience. I, too, was pulled tentative and prideful into this blogging world. Told God I'd do it ONLY because He'd closed all other doors. I had no idea that the gift would be all mine... crossing paths with women of faith, joy and deep thought. Indeed this journey of writing in "public places" is humbling and grace-filled all at once.

    You have encouraged me more times than I can count. THANK YOU, friend, for never failing to leave me a kind word at the Overflow. Blessings to you!

    (And I just added this book title to my list. Love the kind of books that make me read slowly so I don't miss anything!)

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    1. Alicia...yes... connecting with dear ladies has been a most pleasant surprise. Oh Mike Mason books are just those kind...I think you will like checking out his writings. Thank you too...I love your heart. blessings to you~

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  14. Ro, congratulations on your one-year anniversary of distilling words to their purest, truest essence--HIS TRUTH!--in beautiful blogdom. I *love* what you say here: "So I stay in the winepress of blogging … letting it squeeze all the impurities out … giving new wine so I can live a poured-out life." And you say you are not a writer?! Mason is pouring the champagne, and you, the wine. Sounds like a lot of effervescent joy to me! Thank you for sharing the joy of Jesus with your readers, and thank you for your personal encouragement about blogging to me. I feel so privileged to have met you! I hope you will continue writing in the winepress and pouring out His words and wisdom for the world to read (drink?!).

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    1. Lynn...first...thank you for reaching out...sending me your wonderful book...and your words are always full of such love and encouragement. I still hope to see you one day...beyond the comment pages...but only as the Lord leads your heart. blessings to you~

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    2. Oh and thank YOU, Ro! I have saved your encouraging last email to paste in my journal as part of what may be God's loving prod to enter! =] You were precious to write that, unsolicited! So happy you are enjoying the book, and I, too, hope we shall meet personally. You are really in my relative neck of the woods! Love you!! Keep blogging!

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  15. Happy anniversary Ro, what a gift you are in this place. I haven't read any of his books and knowing what an impact Ann had on all of us, you've got me curious. Love the imagery of the winepress, such an accurate picture of what we do here on our blogs. Blessings to you sweet friend.

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    1. Shelly...oh shelly I think you would love his writings...especially mystery of marriage...I think you would connect first with the truth but also with his use of words...he too is a wordsmith. blessings to you my friend ~

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  16. Happy Blogaversary, Ro! I started blogging in November just as clueless as I'm sure you felt. But Ro, please know, from us here on the other side of the screen, it doesn't show. All that shows is a bright light of our Savior encouraging us to keep striving.

    You are the third person now to "introduce" me to this author. I think it's time I paid attention and picked up his book! Thank you!

    Hugs to you, friend. So honored to have met you through this crazy blogosphere. Oh what God can do through you....

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    1. Nikki...I thought you would have been a seasoned veteran:) wow...it sounds like it is time to find out about Mike Mason...I promise you won’t be disappointed. Yes my friend...so glad our paths have crossed in this crazy place. blessings~

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  17. Happy Blogaversary. I'm glad I found your blog and so enjoy reading your words. :)

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    1. Tammy...so glad you dropped in...I will hop over to you place too...blessings~

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  18. I've never heard of this author before, but the title sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for your kind comment on yesterday's post, "maximum load"...sounds like you know exactly what I'm talking about. Love to you, and congrats on your blogiversary!

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    1. Elizabeth...a friend gave me his book on marriage...one of the best I have read...after that I was hooked and I think I have read everything he has written. thanks for stopping in...blessings to you~

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  19. congrats! happy anniversary!
    New follower from the Blog Hop
    -Buffi
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

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  20. Buffi...so glad you came by...I will hop over to you place soon...blessings~

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  21. What a wonderful surprise to find you and see so many great people on your blog!

    Congratulations on making it one year!

    Keep writing! We all have unique voices and God uses each one in a unique way.

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    1. Duane...I look forward to visiting more and linking up...thanks for stopping by...blessings~

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  22. Oh, how exciting to celebrate your anniversary! It is neat to hear how you've grown through it. I never would have guessed you struggled with writing.

    The book looks really good. I love the title! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Tereasa...isn’t funny how we can see each other...this writing thing is way out of my comfort zone...I guess I am surprise it doesn’t show more...I contribute that to God’s Grace...thanks for stopping in...blessings~

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  23. I'm a little late to the party! Happy first anniversary! What an exciting milestone!

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!
    Mary Beth @newlifesteward

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  24. Happy anniversary!
    the winepress of blogging- that is PERFECT! I know just what you mean! Learning and writing things for the world to see :)

    Keep writing!
    Emily
    www.weakandloved.com

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