As a rule, I’ve started trying to stop using phrases like, “Is there anything more (fill in the blank) than . . . ” For example: “Is there anything more peaceful than an empty house on a Saturday morning?” I know it’s just a figure of speech, but I can’t help thinking literally about phrases like those (even though the definition of the word ‘literally’ is now pretty much up for grabs.) and saying to myself, “Well, yes, there probably is something more (fill in the blank) than . . . ”
Call me a nerd if you have to, I won’t be offended.
But, being that it’s Easter weekend, I have to ask: Is there any sweeter gift than the one that was given to us when Jesus gave his life for us? No. There is none. There is just nothing sweeter than that sacrifice. He removed all of the obstacles that separated us from God, and opened up the Holy of Holies so that we could experience his power in a way that the world hadn’t experienced before. More importantly, by taking on our sin and giving up his life, he rescued us from death and gave us the gift of eternal life. No one in the world loves me as much as he does.
Since Jesus has already taken care of the eternal life and forgiveness of sin bit, I thought I’d offer you something today as well! 🙂
My dear friend Amanda over at Howdy Panda has offered to let me give away one of her beautiful handmade bird’s nest pendants. Amanda began making these as a way to bless her friends with children; my necklace has two eggs in it, representing my two boys. The necklaces are so versatile and stylish, however, that anyone can wear them, and they make wonderful gifts! One lucky winner will get to customize their pendant with Amanda’s help!
That’s not all though. I also have, for another winner, a very coveted copy of the self-titled debut album from A Boy and His Kite whose song “Cover Your Tracks” was featured on the most recent Twilight movie, “Breaking Dawn Part 2.” Singer/Songwriter/Husband/Father/Son/Friend/Brother Dave Wilton is blowing up the Denver music scene with his music and incredibly genuine love for people, and he just happens to be one of our dear friends. This album is brilliant, soothing and safe for the whole family.
Last, but not least (if I do say so myself), a third winner will receive a free e-book in the version of their choice (.mobi .epub .pdf) of Stones of Remembrance from me! You know me by now right? If not, just click the “about Julie” button up top! 🙂
How to Enter:
Answer this question in the comments below: What is your favorite part about the Easter celebration? (Please make sure your email address is included in your comment!)
For 2 extra entries, LIKE our pages on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting me know that you have!
For one extra entry: Post this to your twitter account and leave a separate comment with the link (after you post your update, click on the time stamp and that will take you to a direct link for that tweet) to your tweet: Free music from @aboyandhiskite, free jewelry from @amandasteed & @Jpresley48’s e-book too! Check out this giveaway! bit.ly/XM0mqw
(For some reason when I copy and paste this to twitter it adds spaces, so if that happens to you, I apologize! You can just delete those spaces and carry on! 🙂 )
For one extra entry: Post about this giveaway on Facebook and leave a separate comment with the link to your post (after you post your update, click on the time stamp and that will take you to a direct link for that post.): Free music from @aboyandhiskite, free jewelry from @amandasteed & @Jpresley48’s e-book too! Check out this giveaway! bit.ly/XM0mqw
Total Possible Entries per participant: 5. This giveaway is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only and will end at 12:01 am Tuesday April 2nd, 2013. Three winners will be picked using Random.org and then contacted via email on Tuesday April 1st, 2013. It is the winner’s responsibility to connect w/ Amanda @ Howdy Panda for design and shipping instructions.