Friday, December 05, 2008

Christmas GiveAway

Cool Christmas GiveAway Day!

A wonderful warm wintry welcome to all of you who are visiting via "Mr Linky" today. I am soooo excited! This is my first ever blog-giveaway. For those of you who don't know, I'm participating in Lysa TerKeurst's Cool Christmas GiveAway!

You can enter to win my prize by clicking on the word "comments" below and following the prompts. If you want to enter as anonymous, be sure to leave some way for me to contact you in your comment in case you win! You can also hop around to other's sites by clicking on the links provided in the Mr. Linky system set up on Lysa's blog by clicking on her name above. If you do have a blog, feel free to enter my contest by leaving a comment.

Before I share what you could win if you leave a comment on my blog, I want to share with you some other free gifts you could all walk away with simply by receiving and unwrapping them today. You don't even have to identify yourself, as the Giver of these gifts already knows your name :o) No-one needs to leave here without carrying a treasure away. Everyone can receive these gifts in abundance.

Today you can enjoy:

The Gift of Peace: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

The Gift of Freedom: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36

The Gift of Hope: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

The Gift of Joy: " Your presence is fulness of joy" John 16:11

The Gift of Forgiveness: "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13,14

The Gift of Eternal Life: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

The Gift of Comfort: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

The Gift of Refuge: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

The Gift of Love: "But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children." Psalm 103:17

I pray that many of you have already enjoyed years of each one of those gifts as Christ, by His grace, has given us so much. Freely He has given - Freely receive.

Now, for my GiveAway!

Writing is my passion and the first time I ever read the saying below, it touched something deep within me, because truly, "Home is where my story begins".

Included in my Christmas GiveAway is a beautiful wall plaque that says, "Home is where your story begins" (Dickens); a tin of Rejuvenating Pink Candles; The Christmas Story CD; three yummy flavoured Hot Chocolate mixes - Dark Chocolate (for gals after my own heart), Gingerbread and Candy Cane and finally, a container of red Christmas Popcorn!

Remember, in order to win, you need to leave a comment below. If you don't have a blog, be sure to leave an e-mail where you can be reached if your name is my winner!

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you come by again.

The winner will be announced Monday, December 8th.

Love to you all!


Runner Mom said...

Oohh! I'm the first one! Joy, I love the gifts that we can receive each day. HOw wonderful of you to remind us.

I hope all is well with you all. Hubby is traveling your way next week--believe it's a little chilly up there!!

Enjoy your day, sweet friend.
Love you!

Carol said...

Thanks so much for the reminder of gifts that ours for the receiving.

Carol at envision printing dot com

Kimberly said...

How wonderful for you to share the gift of His Word first!

And thanks so much for giving away these wonderful gifts!
Blessings to you!

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

What a beautiful post! Blessed by Truth of Scripture!

Count me in!

Love you, Canadian friend!

Bree said...

I enjoyed reading your blog this morning. Thank you for the reminder of the gifts we can all freely receive!


micaela6955 said...

I loved reading your post, it truly touched me. Wonderfully worded and oh so true! Thanks for your holiday generosity as well, wishing you a blessed holiday season!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Joanie Butler said...

Your reminders of what we have already been given because of the sacrifice of our Wonderful Savior were great! I pray that I never forget or take advantage of how blessed I am.

Please enter me in your contest.

Laurel Wreath said...

You have a beautiful blog and I loved reading this post. I love that sign!

Lora said...

What a beautiful reminder of the gifts that never fade away. Thank you Joy. And please include me in your wonderful giveaway!

redsoxmom said...

Ahhh...the beauty of scripture! Thanks for the reminder of God's incredible gifts to us. The best part is that we don't have to wait to open them! God is sooo good!

Count me in!
May your day be as blessed as your reminder has blessed me,

Laurie Ann said...

I love the first gifts as much as the ones you are giving away! Awesome post! I'd love a chance to win. How sweet are you to do this!

Deb said...

Thank you for sharing the free gifts we can have everyday. What a beautiful post. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Deb V.

Julie Gillies said...

Your post is just one big gift, Joy, and absolutely beautiful. I am so touched by the gifts you listed (of scripture). Jesus is the Word made flesh, and the greatest gift of all. You tied the two together beautifully.

Oh, and I'd LOVE to win. Everything looks wonderful...and I'm a chocolate fiend and a half.


Chatty Kelly said...

Please enter me in your contest. I'd love it. I already had the "Faith" plaque that matches the "Home" one and they'd look so good together!

Come by and enter my contest at my blog, if you haven't already!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

What a fun giveaway! I love the saying as well. Thanks and Merry Christmas.


Holly said...

I love the plaque. Great saying!
Sending lots of hugs to you today!

Carol said...

Great post! And great give-aways! Wow!

Hope you are well! I'm looking forward to life slowing down in January so we can get back to having a coffee together!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A treat to read your heart this day! Thanks for the take-away, already stored in my heart. Sign me up for the prize. I've already signed up for the other One...the Prize.


April said...

what a wonderful post and great way to get the word out!! thank you for sharing!! and I love that plaque. wow, what an amazing phrase

Amanda said...

I would love to be entered. Thanks!

Lindsey said...

So many good gifts. Thanks so much for reminding me of all of the gifts that Our Father so lovingly lavishes upon us!

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Hi Joy! I still remember sitting in the P31 van with you on our way to She Speaks! What fun!!

I absolutely love this plaque! What a great giveaway!

Shanda said...

Oh Joy-I would love to win your Cool Christmas Give away! I love that saying!

Denise said...

Dark chocolate is my favorite too! Looks like a great Christmas give-away. Thanks!

Shelly W said...

What a great post, Joy. Very nice. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Mariel said...

oooh, what an awesome giveaway, Joy!! count me in!!

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

Wow, that plaque is beautiful! But I think the big draw (for my kids) would be the red popcorn, lol. Enter me, please.

Angela said...

Have a beautiful day...God bless you.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the reminder

Tasha said...

Thank you for entering me in your giveway.


Kirsten said...

I love the plaque!...and the hot chocolate haha I enjoyed reading your posts! I hope I win!
Much <3

Carrie said...

I'm having so much fun checking out some new blogs, so glad you decided to join in! Thanks for the reminder of so many gifts that are always available to accept and share.

Spring Fricks said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love that you love the princess theme. Isn't it awesome to know you are a princess of the King? It is definitely my passion.

I have seen your name all over the blogs I've been visiting. I can't believe I'm just now getting to your site. I'm so very glad I did. I will be back for more.

Catherine said... me! pick me!! Yes, totally childish but would you expect anything less?? would be free shipping! *bribe! bribe!*

LOL! Great seeing you tonight! Thank you for the reminder of the free gifts that are ours today.

Wanda said...

Bless you dear girl....for sharing those sweet free gifts. That was so awesome!
I can see that you LIVE OUT LOUD!

Your other prizes are rockin too. But God's my treasure!
Thank you for being so bold!

Miss Sandy said...

I love the gifts you listed in your post, not the ones in your give away, but the ones Jesus gives away! Beautiful post!


Heather said...

Thanks for reminding us of the One True Gift!! The best gift ever!!

mylifewith5kids said...



Amy L Brooke said...

Count me in! Thanks for stopping in and always being so encouraging. Thanks for the upfront gifts/reminders too!

Luanne said...

Thank you for leading us back to the only gifts that truly matter! God Bless!

Yolanda said...

Blessings Miss Joy!

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

Thank you for such an awesome blog! I will hopefully be adding you on my blogroll because we all need encouragement!
Please enter me in the drawing...and yes, dark chocolate is the best!

Pamela in TX

Cheri Bunch said...

Dear Sweet Joy!
You have listed the best gifts EVER!
Thank you for reminding us of how giving our Father is! We are a blessed people!
I love you, dear sister!
Have a beautiful weekend!


Jen said...

What a great give a way! Please enter me in it. Have a wonderful day.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What beautiful "gifts" that are free to everyone.

Michelle said...

Wow Joy what a responce you have received! Had you not mentioned your 'give-away' last night I mighy have missed out. Your list of Gifts we can receive each day is just perfect, I am so thankful for those gifts each and everyday.

Had a wonderful time with everyone last night.

Edie said...

Oooh, Oooh, pick me, pick me. :) I would love to win this. Please drop my name in the hat!

I love your gifts list, and it gives me inspiration too.

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

What a great giveaway! Please enter me, and then stop by my site and enter my giveaway. Such fun!

Jenn said...

I love the saying on the plaque and have the perfect spot in my bedroom. I am a writer at heart, too and believe seeing that each morning and evening might inspire me to put my life's journey in writing. Everyone keeps telling me I have a story to tell ... I just need to get my confidence up and DO IT.


Rachel Ann said...

I love the plaque, but I really love all the gits you mentioned in your post! Thank you!

Charlene Kidd said...

Thanks for offering such wonderful words of wisdom. I love each of them. Your give a way is so cool!

Lynn Cowell said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to join you! Greg & I just got back from running a half marathon this morning. It was hard; but good! Renee was also there and did great as well.
Hope your holiday season is going well!

Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for participating.


Krista said...

Joy, what a fun looking package! Writing is also a passion of mine (maybe of all of us bloggers), and I love that quote! Please sign me up for your giveaway. And thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful words.... Thanks for including us non-bloggers but readers of great your give away... kathy

new every morning said...

Thank you for that SWEET reminder of all the gifts we have on a daily basis. I feel like you just wrapped them up and put them in my mailbox!

Your giveaway is lovely. Count me in.

Renee Swope said...

Love, love, love your gifts - all of them!! Love the ones that are already mine in Christ and the ones I could possible win through your give-away. Love the quote on the plaque especially since I am all about our stories!!

Love you!

Lehrerin said...

What a wonderful giveaway - both in Scripture and 'stuff!'

Happy Four said...

What a wonderful blog and thank you for the scripture and words on God's gifts.

Please enter me for your AMAZING giveaway and blessings to you as we celebrate this most special time of year,


thegrossmans at

hkudla said...

Oh Joy,
I truly love the gifts up front. The reminders and scriptures are priceless aren't they? there is nothing better than going back to the word of God and soaking in it.
Love you my dear friend!

Julie D said...

I love the quote on the plaque. What a great motto to live by!

Leah said...


I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!! Thanks so much for reminding us of all the gifts that can be ours.

Have a blessed day!!

Evidence of His Unreasonable Grace said...

Thanks, Joy, for reminding us of the rich gifts we already have - we need no others.
Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

Vern ~ Inspired said...

That was a great way to start my day!

Thanks for inspiring us!

Tracy said...

Hi Joy,
I know your actual giveaway is over, but I must tell you, I am so blessed by all the treasured gifts from our Lord you have shared. beautifully captured. I will print and ponder upon them all. Thank you.