I decided to write the names of the giveaway on slips of paper and have my daughter Sarah pick the winner. The winner is Suze from Sues Views. Suze is a very talented mixed-media artist who lives in the Midlands in the UK. Congratulations Suze. I have already ordered the hard copy version of the book, and as soon as it arrives I will send it to you.
A Scrapbook of Scripture is my first book, published by Blurb and is a devotional found in their book store under the category of Religious and Spiritual books. They have provided a badge on my sidebar that links you directly to Blurb to preview the book. The images on this post are taken from the book.
I discovered years ago that standing on the Word of God truly helped me. It relieved me of stress, and enabled me to let go and surrender worry and grief. Every time I began to worry, I would read a verse that spoke to my mountain and I was able to allow God to take over my circumstance as I surrendered and believed the words found in the scripture. This was not an easy undertaking in the beginning, and I had to practice changing my mind. Every time a nagging thought would try to break into my mind, I would read the verse that spoke to the situation. Some days I would read it over and over again. I say read, because I am not very good at memorizing scripture, so I wrote it down in journals. Year after year, for twenty-five years as I practiced this exercise my faith was strengthened. I also ended up with many journals filled with scripture that fit specific circumstances in my life.
God continues to lay parables at my feet to illustrate how He is working in my life one day at a time. As an artist, the Lord speaks to me through visual images, which I can see as parables that teach me how God cares about even the smallest details. The visual images reflect how the Word of God is alive. My devotional is place where I share these images and thoughts.
Living abroad taught me many lessons. I came home after being away from my country for ten years. I think I learned to appreciate everything even more, especially differences. I love different cultures, backgrounds and traditions. I learned that it doesn’t matter where we live because we bring the sense of home with us. I think I will have wanderlust for the rest of my life. Yet I have learned through all the disruption of moving, how to create comfortable places and decorate them from my heart. My goal is to decorate this corner in Blogland, which I call My Devotional with the Word of God.
I have been on a spiritual quest for most of my life. Studying everything that seemed spiritual. I gave my life to Christ twenty-five years ago and have never wavered in my decision. Once I had given my heart to the Lord, I searched for a church that would speak to my spirit. It was not until moving to Hong Kong that my faith became deeply rooted. The church I found was alive in the people I met, whether Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Spiritualist or Christian. No matter what path they followed as long as God was the focus of their lives I learned how to apply that mindfulness to my own faith.
I adore devotionals and I have many that are stacked for me to read every morning and evening. Devotionals usually hold a message accompanied by scripture. I wanted to create something that was a little journal that you could pick up from your purse, your briefcase or in your studio, kitchen or office when you needed to renew your mind. So, I set out to create a series of devotionals that will hold images and words of God's beauty and promises. My first book is a devotional for One Day At A Time, the same name as my on-line devotional. This is the little book that I wish I had when I was first learning to read the Bible. The book I wish I had at work, or when my children were small, so that I could pick it up whenever I needed a reminder of God's promises. To celebrate this first little book I am offering it through Blurb profit free. It will cost exactly what it would cost me to purchase.
I am so thrilled at the gorgeous product that Blurb offers, and the ability to design a book that they will expedite and ship to anyone who is interested in buying it. The book is offered in a softcover for $12.95 and a hardcover for $22.95, not including shipping costs. When I received my first copy I was so impressed with the packaging. I ordered the book on February 22nd and it was received on February 26th. They offer a preview of the book, which is available if you click on the badge on my sidebar. It does take a few minutes to load, so be patient. Once the preview is loaded, you may scroll down to a few pages. I dedicated this book to my mother, Doris, who has been and continues to be my spiritual friend.
My plan is to write a series of devotionals called A Scrapbook of Scripture for different topics. They will have scripture that I have used over the years to comfort, encourage, renew, celebrate, and help me through the ups and downs of life...one day at a time. I have taken my journals for the last twenty-five years and selected my favorite scriptures. I will be hand-picking favorite photographs that I have taken and artwork that I have designed to bring to life the beauty that we see daily that remind us of how much God loves us.
To further celebrate I would like to give a copy away as my gift. If you leave a comment on this post I will use the random number selector to chose the winner and have Blub send you this gift from me. I will announce the winner on Monday, March 3, 2008.
"Everything that was written in the past was written to teach me, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures I might have hope."
The song for this post is Wonderful, Wonder.