This is my 1000th post!
(Make sure you read to the end because I’m giving away free stuff this week in honor of my 1000th post!)
I started this blog in June 2007 as we were in the middle of our adoption journey. 2007 seems like just yesterday, but it was 4 years ago! I can’t believe it. Since then alot in life has changed…
~I became a mom through the miracle of adoption.
~I became a mom through the miracle of conception.
~Princess graduated from high school.
~Princess fell in love.
~Princess got married.
~I quit my full-time job to work part-time and then went full-time again and now am finally part-time again.
~I made a blog friend and we eventually realized we lived in the same time. We finally were able to meet just recently.
~I reconnected with old friends. High school friends. College friends. Friends I’d lost touch with. Friends I’d hurt. Friends who have offered grace and forgiveness.
~We went into debt, got out of debt, went back into debt and now are slowly making our way out again.
~My marriage struggled. And thrived. We grew apart. And then back together again. Day by day we’ve fallen more in love.
~I struggled in my faith. I doubted God. I’ve struggled to know His plan. I’ve tried to trust. He was faithful. Is faithful. Day by day I’ve fallen more in love with Jesus.
Thank you for being a faithful reader of Grasp the Love. While I mainly write to have a journal of our family and to hopefully give glory to God and share my faith, part of my writing is also for you. I hope you’ve been encouraged these last 4 years by spending time with our family and getting a glimpse into my heart and
To say thank you I’m having 3 giveaways over the next 3 days! I know I have alot of readers that don’t comment. But I hope over the next 3 days you’ll take a minute to say hi – not only to get a chance at winning but also so I can know who you are – and I promise to pray for you too. That’s gotta be the best giveaway of all!
GIVEAWAY #1 – two amazing books!
The one thing I have loved about the blog community is the encouragement I have received. Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience has been such an inspiration to me, especially in these past few years as mothering two young children often brings tears, frustration and feelings of inadequacy. Her writing is so unique, yet it uplifts and it always, always, always points to the cross and the love of Christ. Even if you’ve already read it or it’s not the type of reading you find enjoyable, this book would be a perfect gift for a new mom, a college grad, or someone who is going through something extremely difficult.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Executive Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis, MN (You might have heard of John Piper, he’s Sr Pastor there). Pastor Sam was the pastor at Brookings Wesleyan where I came to know Christ in college. He and his lovely wife and two amazing daugthers were my surrogate family throughout college. Unfortunately we lost touch but through my blog I came in contact with Dawn, one of his daugthers and have been able to reconnect with the entire family. I’ve yet to see any of them in person but I can’t wait for that day to give them hugs and thank them for showing the love of Christ to me. This book isn’t released yet, but if you win you’ll get a copy sent to you. I am so excited to read this book and be encouraged in my relationships. I know that you will be blessed too.
You can sign up 3 times to win!
1. Post a link to this post on Facebook.
2. Write a blog post about this post and giveaways this week.
3. Leave a comment and make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. (Leave a comment by clicking on the “comment” link on the left hand side right underneath the title.)
When you leave a comment make sure to let me know if you posted on Facebook or wrote a blog post and then I’ll enter your name 3 times in the drawing! I’ll randomly draw a name on Friday for the winner!
Thanks again for reading Grasp the Love. My prayer for you will continue to be…
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every familyin heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our second giveaway!
(Disclaimer: Ann Voskamp has no idea who I am. Sam Crabtree does know who I am. Neither one of them are aware that I am writing about or giving away their books. I just think they are super cool and have great books.)