Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Challenge & Giveaway - Week 7


So it seems like forever ago that I started this 2013 Book Challenge & Giveaway. Since it's been so long, I thought I'd post the original introduction I wrote for this series (just so we're all on the same page):
Well y'all, I've taken on a challenge. I'm going to read ONE BOOK A WEEK (12 books total) until the the New Year. Now it may not sound like anything super spectacular, but wait till you hear all the rules.
Coupled with school and work, reading a book a week is a hefty responsibility. And not just any old book, I am going to read a historical book (no fiction whatsoever) of 200+ pages every week. On top of that, I am going to be working part-time and being a student full-time. It's a jolly challenge I am excited to take on! And furthermore, I'd love to have you JOIN ME!
But that's not all. I will also be HOSTING A GIVEAWAY at the beginning of each week. 
The GIVEAWAY will take place at the beginning of each week, and will last for two weeks (giving you all enough time to enter). The giveaway will be a book of my choosing (one of my favorite books), plus some little goodies such as hot chocolate or tea (what with the autumn and winter months approaching), handmade book marks, and other bookish oddities. I will also be posting a blog post of some of my favorite quotes from the book I am giving away each respective week. Now there is the catch! In order for the giveaway to work (and for someone to win it), at least 8 people have to take part in it (meaning: Tell ALL your friends and family about it). 

So now that we're on the same page, I want to highlight again how important it is that at least 8 people enter each giveaway. I've already not been able to give away two books (The Taming of the Shrew and Blind Man's Bluff) because I didn't have at least 8 people enter those giveaways. That's really a bummer for me because I love giving away my favorite books. But if there simply isn't enough people entering the giveaways, there will be no package(s) filled with a book and goodies arriving at anyone's door. <That makes me sad. So please SHARE and ENTER all the giveaway(s) so that there will be some lucky winners of some fantastic books. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

do as YOU have spoken


   "And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken." -2 Samuel 7:25

This is just one of those days, again. Overwhelmed with school, work, and on top of it the weather has been rather crummy (which, by the way, does not help on ‘these’ kind of days) and I've had a jolly cold I've been trying to fight for over a week now. And although I love the cold weather, the only thing I want to do on cold, crisp days is stay in bed, drinking a cup of tea and studying or reading a good book. I can’t do that today. Work is calling my name, and school won’t let go of its hold on me. And all this just adds to the amount of worry and stress I already have.

But it is in these times that I have to remember God's promises. More specifically, I choose to remember that God loves it when we bring to Him the promises He has made to us. For "nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him and say, 'Lord, do as you have said'" (Spurgeon). 

Earlier this morning, although already running late, I stopped and spent some time with my Father. In the past 8 or so months I have been reading through Morning and Evening Devotions by Charles Spurgeon*. I went back and read a devotion from January 15th**, and it really moved my heart.

A good while ago I talked about how I sought to find Joy in my Savior. I explained how that Joy gets me through each and every day. Well, this devotion speaks of putting God's promises into circulation, for "God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as wastepaper; He intended that they should be used" (Spurgeon). How incredibly beautiful are these words, "Lord, do as You have said"? The Lord has promised. Therefore we can be assured that these promises will come true. Let us, dear reader, daily bring His promises before the Lord.
Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its sheath and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favors. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God's nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with, "Do as You have said"-Spurgeon
We bring glory to God when we plead His promises. Do you think that your sins are too great, or His holiness too holy to be poured on you? Remember His words, for He has said "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool" (Is. 1:18). 
Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, "This is a precious promise--I wonder if it be true?" but goes straight to the throne with it and pleads, "Lord, here is the promise. Do as you have said." Our Lord replies, "Be it unto you even as you will. -Spurgeon
When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonors Him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace and cries, "Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, You have said it," then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes (Spurgeon).

So dear reader, are you struggling with a great trial? Is there a difficulty that you just can't seem to get through? Or perhaps you're overwhelmed with the speed the world wants you to go, and you don't have a second to catch your breath? I know how you feel. I have been there, and frankly I am still there. But as a weary traveler like you, I encourage you to remember the blessed promises of the Lord. And to bring "His promises [into] circulation", pleading with Him to do as He has said. He promised, dear child. Will He not do as He has said? 

Simply go before the throne of God, right now, and bring to Him the promises He has made to you, His child. For you are His precious one, and He loves you.

Sincerely,
footnotes & copyright:
All text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand and Charles Spurgeon
*Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon; A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Revised and updated by Alistair Begg. 
**If you would like to see the entire text of Charles Spurgeon's January 15th Morning Devotion, just send me an email and I'll send it along to you!
All Images © 2012 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 6


My word, can you believe FOUR giveaways have already come and gone, and there is still 7 left (including this one)! Man I am stoked, and I'm the one giving not getting. Simply put, I love to give things away. Specifically, I love giving away books. And more specifically, I love giving away some of my favorite books! So I love it if y'all would enter and share my giveaways. It would make me jolly happy.


 I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate in  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, (Week 4 was cancelled) and Week 5  of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway. Do please spread the WORD about my giveaways because I need at least 8 people to enter the giveaway in order for it to work! 

I'd also love to have you comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, literary muses, story tidbits, and other bookish fun! 

And of course I'd love to meet you! So head on over to my Guest Book and say hello!

PLUS: I am now accepting ideas for the last couple of book giveaways! Is there a book you'd like me to give away? One of your favorites, or perhaps a book you'd like to read yourself? Either participate in one (or both) of the polls to the right side of my blog, or comment with your book recommendations for my giveaways!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 11 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.


The BOOK I am reading this week is:

 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America | by Gary Wills


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Book Recommendations for Giveaways!

 

I would love to hear if you all have any recommendations for books you'd like me to give away for my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaways! I'd also like some general feedback from you all on how this is working, so feel free to comment below with suggestions and comments. 

In the meantime, grab a cup of cocoa (tea or coffee) and snuggle down with a good book!

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 5


 Well y'all, THREE book giveaways have already come and gone, and there is still 8 left (including this one).

 I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate, in both Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 of my 2013 Book Challenge and Giveaway. Please continue to spread the word about my giveaways and my book challenge because I need at least 8 people to enter the giveaway in order for it to work! I'd also love to have you comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, and other bookish fun! 

And of course I'd love to meet you! So head on over to my Guest Book and say hello!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 11 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.



The BOOK I am reading this week is:





Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 4 - CANCELED!


I know you all might be sorely confused about last week's giveaway and book challenge...simply because there wasn't one.

I didn't do a book #giveaway or read a book for my book challenge last week because of Elections (in Va) and obligations. I was campaigning the Monday-Tuesday of last week (4-5), and then the rest of the week (6-10) I had guests over and they deserved my complete attention. And so, I decided to skip JUST one week of the book challenge and giveaway.

But I am starting up the regular schedule this week, and will have a blog post up TODAY! So stay tuned!

And I've love to have some feedback from you all, so I've put up a few polls on my blog to know what is and isn't working with these challenge(s)/giveaway(s).


Also I'd love to meet new people, so head on over to me guest book and say hello. :)

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography