Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Give-Away

"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,
because you...have refreshed the hearts of the saints."
Philemon 1:7

Welcome to all, and especially to those personally chauffeured here by "Mr. Linky". What fun to participate in the "Cool Christmas Give-Away" with the Quintessential Blog Give-Away Hostess herself....Lysa TerKeurst! I hope you enjoy your visit to our blog. Grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and linger a while! We pray you are refreshed during your visit here.

Joy In The Truth is giving away some cool nourishment for your soul -- your choice of either:
1.) "Jesus Calling" - by Sarah Young; or
2.) "Pierced by the Word" - by John Piper.
These are two of my favorite devotional books, which are now offered through Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Also, you will receive some cool chocolate treats for your taste buds (just in time for Christmas!) from our great home state of PENNSYLVANIA, such as HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE, PEANUT CHEWS, and TASTYKAKES.

For your opportunity to win, just simply leave a comment! Also, if you haven't already had your quiet time with the Lord today, commit to spending ten minutes in His Word today. If you have spent time in the Word today already, let me know what verse(s) you read. Share the encouragement! Time sitting at His feet will never be taken away! (Luke 10:42)

It's been a pleasure having you visit us here at Joy In The Truth! Stop by and visit again. I'll be by to visit you as well! The winner will be announced on Monday, December 8th.

"...but only one thing is needed.
Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:42


Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Girl,
I was in Luke this morning. Luke 14:7-12. Not a long passage but for me this morning a good one.
It talks about humility. Letting God lift you up not puffing up yourself.
The first shall be last and the last shall be first kind of thing.

ooops! I'm the first one to comment! LOL

Thanks for the time to share.

Jill said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend!

Please do not enter me in give a way!

I came to thank you for the beautiful letter and Christmas card! I love it! I feel so blessed by reading it too! I pray many are touched by His love and are drawn closer to Him through your card and letter! Well done!

Big hugs to you and your precious family!


Chatty Kelly said...

Pick me girlfriend!!

Joyful said...

Hi Sharon! Isn't this fun! Oh, how I'm going to enjoy visiting blogs today! My post will be up shortly...I hope. Trust you'll come visit and see my give-away!

Have a great day!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

oh had me at the chocolate, well, Ok, the devotional. :)

Shelly W said...

Hi Sharon! I'd love to win! ANd thanks for the encouragement to be in the word. Will definitely do that today. I'll be posting my giveaway soon.

Spring Fricks said...


I am visiting from Lysa's give-a-way and having fun with the contest.

Since my family is sick I haven't had my quiet time but I am working towards it.

I loved your site. It was very peaceful.

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

I was awakened early and called to my 'devo' spot to read Luke 2!!! How awesome is our God???

Please enter me in your give-away!

Pamela in TX

Deb said...

This morning in my devotions, I read Isaiah 11:1-12. I'm doing a devotional on Advent. I would like to entered in your contest.


Deb V.

Busy Mom said...

Thanks for your encouragment!

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

I would love to be entered. :)

Bless you in your ministry.

Angela said...

I will be in Acts 26 today! I love that you asked your commenters to commit to time in the Word of God- that was a neat idea. I would love to win your giveaway! Thank you!


Becky said...

Devotions and chocolate are a perfect combination. : ) Thank you for this fun.

Here is the verse I read today:

"Yet I am with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." - Psalm 73:23-24

Thank you for the encouragement to have a quiet time this morning- I was on the path of spending all morning entering these contests instead of spending time with the Lord first.

Merry Christmas!

Beverly Lewis said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Blessing to you.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great giveaway! I hope that you will stop by and enter mine as well. Be blessed!

Sitesx6 said...

Good snowy morning from Michigan,

I am reading through Exodus each day, as I study the Word for BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) The Life of Moses.

Learning a lot about how Holy God is and His high standard for our lives because He loves us so much and wants the best for us.

Kelly S.

On Purpose said...

Life doesn't get any better...a great book..and chocolate...I can see a great weekend coming...hehe!

Lora said...

Greetings. And thank you kindly for the giveaway - books and chocolate, please count me in!

My teens and I read Proverbs 5 this morning. My desire is that the Lord would practically apply what we are reading together in our hearts and lives. Thank you for asking!

Would love to have you visit my giveaway.

Merry Christmas!

Tina said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm in my final week of Beth Moore's "To Live is Christ" study. It's been a blessing to study the life and works of Paul. Today was 1 Timothy.

Lori said...

I feel like I need to start a blog, but feel blessed by reading all of these wonderful ones today.
Thank you,
Lori J,

Kimberly said...

How wonderful! Something for my walk with Him AND something for my tastebuds! You are so sweet to do this!


Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Count me in!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Runner Mom said...

Hey, girlfriend! I am away from my Bible at the moment, but I read about Jacob's running away, falling asleep on a rock, having an incredible dream and waking up to say that "Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place!" I know that it was Genesis!!! Is that close enough??? I am trying to remember that His Presence is with me even at school--the kids are in related arts at the moment!

Thanks for a wonderful give-away. If I win, I will share the book with a sweet friend for her Christmas present. I love those books!

Enjoy your weekend!

dt said...

I would love to be included in your drawing.

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

It is fun to go Christmas-blog-hopping this morning! Please enter me in your contest. This morning I read 1 John 4:4 "But you belong to God, dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." (NLT)

Now, I just need to live as though I am victorious!

Angela said...

I am reading Daniel this week.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!


Laurie Ann said...

I'd love a chance to win. I spent my quiet time with the Lord this morning before I left for work. Reading in the book of John right now. Love it!

Toknowhim said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win these great gifts...

Christie Todd said...

Thank you for your generosity. I would like to be included in your give away.
P.S. I finished up James today

AnooCre8ion said...

Hi Sharon, I stopped by from Lysa's blog and just wanted to say you have a beautiful blog here. I would love to be entered in your contest and invite you to stop by and enter my giveaway also.

I will definitely spend some time since I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit right here.

I've just finished the New Testament minus Revelation. For some reason God has sent me to the beginning - Genesis - before I read Revelation. So for the last two mornings I have been reading about Adam, and the first family.

It blew me away to see God show mercy to Cain even after he killed Abel. The bible says God put a mark on Cain so no one who found him would kill him.(Genesis 4:15 & 16) Isn't that like God, showing mercy to save us even when we don't deserve it? I so love Him with all my heart.

Have a beautiful day

redsoxmom said...

Please enter me! Love the prizes! I've really wanted to read the Piper book, too!

Thanks so much for blessing others!

Holly said...

HI Sharon!
I have both books (love them), but I'd love the treats!

Sara said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the encouragement to spend time in the Word. Blessings to you this Christmas season.

April said...

amazing give a way. Hey how do you get the sound to autmoatically come on your blog?
I am waiting for kids to fall asleep then off to my quiet spot

Helen said...

I'm in! Visit my contest if you like Brandon Heath!

:-) Merry Christmas!

bekah said...

Hi Sharon,
This is my first time visiting your blog.
Please enter me in your contest.

God Bless,

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Oooh what a great giveaway! I love P31 ministries!

Shannon said...

MMMM chocolate......thanks for your post!


Amber said...

I'd love to be included!

Lindsey said...

I came across your blog thanks to Mr. Linky and it has been such a treat. Thanks for sharing your life with so many.

Mariel said...

what a FUN giveaway!! count me in!!

Sita said...

I have to admit it was the chocolate that sent me over the edge...although I may not qualify for the draw as I live in harm in trying, right? (-; Be blessed...

momagain67 said...

Hi Sharon, I am so pleased to be entered in your contest - great choice of prizes! I read through Nehemiah today and was particularly struck by the beautiful, albeit lengthy, prayer in Chapter 9.


Luanne said...

Oh--I'd love the John Piper book--and the chocolate! God Bless!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Wanda said...

Sharon.....your sweet encouragement to spend time with the Lord today is awesome! Way to be bold and speak up. Thank you. of my very close friends lost her precious college senior son to cancer. When she called me to tell heart sank! Even knowing what I know (heaven is our home) it still stung to hear. Your blog reminded me where to go! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm getting ready to do my devotions and go to bed!!

KIM said...

What a fun contest. I am reading a book about praying the scriptures for your children, and my verse this morning is from Proverbs 18:22. I am praying for my son to find a godly wife. He is only 15 but she is out there somewhere being shaped into he woman God wants her to be. I am so excited about your blog! I have bookmarked you!!

Evidence of His Unreasonable Grace said...

Hi Sharon,
Please enter me in your great giveaway! I love John Piper ... and chocolaaaaate!
I'm meditating on Ps 51:16-17 today - reminding me that my works are not what pleases the Lord, but my broken spirit, ready for Him to use.

Jen said...

Since I'll be having back surgery next week these books will be a great addition to my night stand. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

B His Girl said...

To Know EVERYTHING but God's Word

From the message:

Do people fall down and not get up:
Or take the wrong road and they just keep on going?
So why does this people go backwards, and just keep on going --Backwards! Jer. 8:4-5

We can be the energizer bunny in reverse. What a picture this passage paints!
Thanks for the nourishment you are offering. B

Christy said...

Sharon, your blog is always such a blessing to me! I've been finishing the book of 2 Corinthians this week - good stuff! Blessings to you this weekend!

Jenn said...

Hi Sharon:

I could so use some encouraging, inspiring books ... not to mention the yummy treats! Please enter me in your giveaway.


Julie D said...

Good morning!
I usually keep my sound off on my computer, but I really enjoyed hearing the child (one of yours, I assume?) quoting the Christmas verses. Thanks for helping me keep my perspective on the reason for the seaon.
Either book would be graet.

Rachel Ann said...

Thank you for the reminder to get in the word today, so many times I put "things" in front of quiet time and then I let the opportunity pass!

Happy Holidays

Digging for Pearls said...

Hope I win.


Amy L Brooke said...

Count me in. It sounds wonderful.

So, has your son gotten the postcards from all over or has it stopped? I hope that it hasn't stopped.

new every morning said...

What a sweet reminder to spend time in the WORD. I've recently been exploring Isaiah.

It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens. I marshaled their starry host. Isaiah 45:12

Luke & Andria said...

reading through the OT right now and I'm in Ezekiel.

~Deidra~ said...

Great give-away...please enter me.

Anonymous said...

ooooohhhhh Pennsylvannia goodies-yummmy!!:)

Please enter me in your giveaway!

Gayla said...

Bless you! Please enter me in your drawing.

Deane @ My Frugal LifeStyle said...

I am so glad I found your site. Wishing you and your family a Blessed CHRISTmas season.