Thursday, November 29, 2018

Loose Ends * The Final Giveaway * November 2018


Dear Friends ~

I'm up, up, and away in the Adirondack mountains this week.  It's crisp and gray, frigid and snowy.  All is calm, all is bright.  I've come to retreat, yet I'm armed with books to finish, posts to write, a stack of magazines to page through.  My Bible, a journal, a coloring book, a handful of gel pens aren't far from reach.

One thing I've learned over time is that we can make all the plans we want, but the Lord has a way of upending and re-ordering our days so that His purposes can be fulfilled.

My purpose?  To rest and to create and to plan. Yet I'm prepared to toss all my preconceived notions to the wind and pay attention to His whispered sacred agenda.




ADVENT OPEN HOUSE

I'm ready to roll into my 2nd Annual Advent Photo-A-Day here on the blog.  Last year, I found the weeks leading up to Christmas so much more purposeful, peaceful, and profitable than expected as my mind became focused on each day's Advent Whispers post.   And wonder of wonders, my heart filled with anticipation and joy in the process of waiting for Jesus in ways that I hadn't experienced before.

December became an oasis instead of a madhouse.  The daily rhythms turned out to be hope-giving, not a must-do.  When all was said and done, writer and readers blessed each other with our calming dialogue.  It was a spiritually heartening experience for me.

This year, I'm calling the gathering an Advent Open House.  Each day I'll be sharing a simple photo and just a few words, Scripture, a prayer, or a song.  Let's see where the Spirit leads.

I'll be opening the doors this Sunday, the 2nd, and continuing through Christmas Day.  I hope you'll find your visits to be a gently peaceful oasis, a bit of needed white space, and a calming grace in the crazyness of planning, shopping, decorating, wrapping, caroling, baking, cooking, and get-togethers.

Subscribe here so you won't miss a single day.  And if you'd spread the word to your social media friends, I'd be so very grateful.

Want to join me in creating your own Advent Photo-A-Day?  All the info you need is right here at Tim and Olive's .  If you share your photos on social media, please tag them with #adventphoto2018.




HOLIDAY LINKS
Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Myquillyn Smith

Courtney Carver

Joshua Becker

Sharon Darmody




ONE FINAL GIVEAWAY!

It's been too much fun sharing all those pre-Christmas goodies with you all this year!  Congrats again to our winners Jeanne, Betsy, Bill, Lisa, and Michele.

I've saved one final CD for this Loose Ends post ... Chris Tomlin's HOLY ROAR.  Chris is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world, amassing an impressive body of work along the way.  He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks, 16 #1 singles.  The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, and 21 Dove Awards.  His worship songs have found a permanent place in our hearts and in our churches.

Take a listen to the majestic HOLY ROAR


I'm giving away a free copy of the HOLY ROAR CD to one person who leaves a comment on this post by Sunday, December 2nd at 8 am {eastern}.  U.S. only, please.  Please be sure that your contact information is easily available when I click on your name.  

You may enter via email as well.  Send your comment to lindastoll @ juno . com

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SUNDAY UPDATE
Congrats to the winner of the giveaway

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I'll see you on Sunday for the launch of
An Advent Open House.  
Please bring your social media friends to the party!




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26 comments:

  1. First! Haha. I look forward to reading your daily posts Linda. I've contemplated doing something but my hectic schedule put it on the back burner. Hmmm maybe I need it!

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    1. I hope the daily graces will encourage you, Bill, in this your busiest season of the year ...

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  2. It will be a joy to receive daily snippets to prepare us for the season. I pray your time in the Adirondacks is exactly what it needs to be.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you'll be here, Mary! I sometimes wonder if people will show up ...

      ;-)

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  3. Such fun to be a winner at your place!
    Thank you, Linda!

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  4. What a fun giveaway!
    I just got that Holy Roar CD. Great music!
    Came over on Holley Gerth's link up.
    Linking for my friend Pam at journeytohim.com.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    1. Melanie, welcome! And I love that you've brought your friend Pam along for the ride. How cool ... and how blessed she is to have you in her life.

      Let's hear it for Holley's link up!

      ;-}

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  5. So excited about the Advent Open House, Linda! I might miss some of the first week as Danny and I are "escaping" to the mountains for a week while his brother stays with MIL, but I will be sure to tune in as soon as I can.
    Sending blessings your way!

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    1. We'll be here when you return, Martha! Enjoy every second with your man ...

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  6. I hope your time this week is productive and peaceful, and I look forward to your posts during Advent. It sounds like a great way to slow down and focus!

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    1. It's been a good week, Lesley. Internet is kind of spotty which isn't a big surprise up in this neck of the woods.

      But it never hurts to unplug, does it ...

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  7. I'm glad you were able to get away and have some time of reflection. The pictures are beautiful and they exude peacefulness!

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    1. I'd like to exude peacefulness ... all the time!

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  8. I look forward to the 'white' space you'll be sharing! I'm all about Breathing Spaces as I think you know. And of course sharing our places through photos so we can add beauty to other peoples places too! Your retreat sounds fabulous. What a wonderful way to start this season.

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    1. Even the words 'white space' make me breathe deep ...

      ;-}

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  9. I find myself wanting to click on every single link here, Linda! So I'm off to do some reading. :) Thanks again for the book!

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  10. I hope you have a lot of quiet time with God to "pay attention to His whispered sacred agenda," Linda. I'm looking forward to your Advent Open House. :) I remember how much I enjoyed last year's photos, etc. Advent blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. You always come laden with encouragement, friend. Just the fuel I need as we get the party started!

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  11. You're equipped with a Bible, coloring books, pens, journals, etc. I feel like a kindred sister. That's my kind of hunkering down in the mountains. Enjoy! :)

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    1. I never touched the coloring book or pens. But otherwise, yes, yes, yes!

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  12. Linda, I love that you are leaving yourself open to God's agenda and I'd love to hear how He showed up for you during this special time.
    By the way, the Advent Photo a Day sounds like a wonderful idea.
    Blessings to you this Advent season.

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    1. He simply spoke peace.

      I'm grateful!

      And I'm so glad you're here with me this weekend, Marva ...

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  13. Those pictures look so cold, my friend! But the retreat sounds heavenly. I hope you are enjoying the time of reflection. I'm looking forward to seeing your series of photos!

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Dear Reader ~

Technical glitches happen.

* sigh *

Doesn't seem to be a place to leave your comment? Or your comment doesn't show up within an hour or so?

I'd love if you'd email me your contribution ... I'd be delighted to hand post it as soon as possible.

lindastoll @ juno . com

My apologies. And thanks for the grace ...

Linda