Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wow! 2017's 3rd Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!




I'm thinking of that gentle Saturday morning not long past, in the relaxed company of a couple of the creative grand-girls.  

Together we idled the time away, feet up {theirs literally}, doing a few fun art projects, chit-chatting away, playing on our tablets, the little one casually launching into spontaneous one handed cartwheels and death-defying splits at a moment's notice.

And singing.

{Yes, the two of them are holding paintbrushes with their toes.}

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The hours passed by with songs of praise playing in continuous forward motion all thanks to You Tube.  Ol' Grandma learned a few new praises, the three of us loving the songs that were belovedly familiar.  I relished the sound of their sweet voices singing quietly, with occasional bursts of energy and joy.  And I joined in with them.

How cool to all say at the same time, 'Ohhh, I LOVE this song!'

I can't think of anything I'd rather do than sing to the Lord with the next generation.  It just doesn't get better than that.  Our hearts united by more than genetics and history, eternally knit close by our mutual love for the Holy One we sing to.

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That chart-topping band Kutless has a brand new rock / worship album, their 10th one ... and I'm absolutely sure that the gang will love ALPHA / OMEGA.  Maybe I'll bring their music along when we gather for Thanksgiving.   And maybe all twelve of us will sing King of My Heart together.

I'd love that.  And I can't help but believe that He would, too. 


I'm super happy to share this year's 3rd Stocking Stuffer Giveaway today!  Maybe you'll be the one to take a copy of ALPHA / OMEGA on your next journey to see someone you love ... to tuck deep into a Christmas stocking ... or give as a lovely hostess gift.  

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by this Sunday evening, November 26th at 9 pm, eastern {continental US only, please}.   I'll be announcing the winner right here that evening!

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SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE

Congrats to Debby Hudson,
winner of the copy of ALPHA / OMEGA!

Let's reach the next generation with the love of Jesus ~




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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255:  Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

30 comments:

  1. Love the video, Linda! And the photos are a delight.

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/11/your-dying-spouse-407-hate.html

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    1. I hope you feel well enough for a few bites of turkey, Andrew, maybe just a bit of stuffing and gravy.

      Comfort food, 'ya know ...

      My best to you and Barbara and all the barkers ...

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  2. Yes, intergenerational worship is a gift! And I love the way you are pushing me to be more broad-minded in my listening.

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    1. For sure, Michele, we have continued opportunities to lay our preferences to the side so that the next generations get to experience the beautiful, grace-filled love of Jesus.

      Especially in our worship services.

      Thanksgiving joys to you and your gang!

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  3. Music has played a big part in our family for a few generations. What a special delight to share the songs of faith with our family. Love the painting pics too. Maybe and idea for my grand and I to try one day. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I'd love to see those paintings, Debby!

      Thanksgiving blessings to you and your beautiful family ...

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  4. Thanks for sharing that new music from Kutless Linda! It may just hit my play list super soon. (not entering the give-a-way being a northern neighbour :) but always a pleasure visiting your place)

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    1. Well, thanks for leaving a little ' hello' anyway, Lynn! That's just plain sweet ...

      ;-}

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  5. Wow those grandkids are so talented...just like grandma. I thought that was you drawing with your toes but even if you don’t paint (with your feet), you are one creative lady. Thanking God for you, pal.

    Have a fun feast and passing on your faith to those precious kiddies.

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    1. And I'm so grateful to you, dear friend. We've stuck together through decades of ups and downs. And I'm still learning to adjust to living life without your encouraging presence just a handful of miles away.

      Yet I sense you nearby. I'm so grateful.

      Enjoy your family celebration. And the dogs, the dogs! Sending hugs back NY way ...

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  6. I love that song! I haven't heard it before now. Thank you so much for sharing it, Linda. Yes, He is good, He's never going to let us down, and He's always holding onto us in the night. I would do well to remember that. :) I smile to see your grandgirls painting with their feet. They must be quite creative. Better than I would have done with my feet! Thanksgiving blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. You said this and I love it, Trudy -->'He's always holding onto us in the night.'

      Isn't that the most calming reality? When we need Him most, when we feel most alone, He's right there, unchanging, gentle, and strong.

      And He keeps whispering, 'peace, be still, My beloved.'

      May you feel Him so very close to you today, dear Trudy ...

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  7. Linda, the Lord used Christian music to draw me closer to Him back in 1990/91 during a health crisis that had me in the hospital for 167 days over a 13-month period. My kids were in grade school and we all came to love the music - and the Lord - even more during that time. I don't follow Christian music like I used to, and this song is new to me, but I think my older grandkids would enjoy it (some are still toddler/preschool age). Thanks for telling us about it (and I love the pic of your creative grandkids' artwork!) and giving us a chance to win the album (isn't it funny how we still call them albums?!).

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    Susan, aka Soozie4Him
    moot96 AT aol DOT com (I don't use gmail address)

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    1. The 'album'!

      ;-}

      You're so right, Susan ... music ministers to us somewhere deep, especially in the night, when the old hymns come to call and calm and soothe our souls.

      It amazes me that even though I much prefer 'contemporary' worship these days, it's the hymns from hundreds of years ago, the songs of my youth, that touch my soul deepest when I am afraid, unsteady, or in need of a deeper connection to God.

      Whatever takes us to Him, yes?

      Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family ...

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  8. I love the pictures, and the image in my mind of you all painting and singing together. It sounds lovely! Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. And do you do something similar to Thanksgiving over the pond? Some kind of feasting or celebration during this month?

      My Dad's gone now, otherwise I'd ask him ...

      Thanks for joining in this little gathering here, friend. I hope you are well ...

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    2. No, we have nothing like Thanksgiving here. St Andrew's Day is on the 30th but it's not a proper holiday. I'm sure you must miss your Dad especially at family times like this.

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  9. I can't paint with my fingers--and they are using their toes--SIGH!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I know, I know ...

      I have no idea where they all got their creative, artistic bent from.

      I can imagine your tribe doing something quite dramatic with paint, too, Lulu!

      Hope you're still going to be celebrating together. They must all be missing you like crazy ...

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  10. Hahaha, those pictures just inspired the next homeschool project with the toddlers.. I will let you know how they enjoy toe painting! hehehe! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. I'd love to see pics ... or a post, Gingi!

      ;-}

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  11. You've got some super cute and talented toe-painters there :)

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  12. That photo is quite the eye catcher! what fun

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    1. I'd love to have half their energy!

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  13. Hi Linda! I just spent most of the week with four of my six grandchildren. Ages 5 - 3 - 2 - 6 months. Yes, exhausting! But so much fun too. Lots of coloring (But we never used our feet. I may have to keep that one in my back pocket for another day), chocolate and videos. And feeding the geese too.
    We are the luckiest of grandparents aren't we??
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    1. Don't you just love coloring and random art projects? And chocolate! Videos! Geese! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful week, friend. Yet, one more beautiful memory maker ...

      And you survived to tell the story!

      ;-}

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  14. I love all the fun things you do with your grandkids, Linda! And what's even better is that you include us on all of these cute and silly times with your sweet gang. I'm taking notes for the days when I have grandkids, my friend! Love your heart and hope you had a great Thanksgiving with all the Stoll's gathered in!

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    1. You will be one fabulous grandma, Beth! It'll be worth the wait ... and the miles that have to be navigated back and forth.

      Promise!

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda