1,000 post! ***a giveaway and gratitude ***

Good morning & Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m starting today in my favorite way — coffee and reading in bed. Gratitude comes quite easily in these circumstances!

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It’s also my 1,000 post here at georgianne! I didn’t realize that until I hit post on my last entry, so I’ve held off writing more until I could celebrate by giving something away to you faithful folks who have stuck around. Some of you have followed me from blog to blog and have offered me encouragement and prayed for me through some dark times. I’m thankful for you! I’m also thankful for you lurkers and hope that you’ll pipe up and enter this giveaway.  Feel free to share it with others, too, because I’d love to get this blog thing going again, and new readers would be fun.

***Here’s the deal:  I’m giving away a 30 Days of Hymns Perpetual Desk Calendar by littlethingsstudio. I have one on my desk at work, and I love it. Hymns have always been a source of comfort and rich meditation for me, and I’m grateful that I grew up in a church where I learned so many. This little calendar is a good daily reminder of truths that are always timely. It’s pretty, too! 🙂

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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post. If you’re reading this on Facebook, you’ll need to click through to the actual blog post for your comment to be counted. (If you’ve never commented here before, your post may be held for moderation. So don’t panic if it doesn’t show up right away.) If you share this on Facebook or Twitter or one of the many other social media sites that I haven’t figured out yet and probably never will, let me know and you’ll receive an extra entry for each share. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. I’ll close the comments on December 1st at 8 pm ET. ***

So that’s the giveaway; now for the gratitude. I’m deeply thankful for so much. God has blessed me with blessings too numerous to count. Thank you, Father, for saving my soul and giving me eyes to see. Thank you for my sweet husband who encourages me daily to see all of those blessings. Thank you for my children, for my family, for health, and a good job, friends, freedom, clean water, plentiful food, all of my material blessings, that I live in this time and place in history, books to read, yarn to knit, and on and on and on.

I think of this quote from historian and author David McCullough often, but especially on Thanksgiving and when politics and current events bring me down:

And so many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren’t understood; they’re not appreciated. And if you don’t have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don’t mean very much to you. You just think, well, that’s the way it is. That’s our birthright. That just happened. [But] it didn’t just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this. I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn’t just to be uneducated or stupid. It’s to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings.

Let’s overflow with gratitude today and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all,
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two tips

TIP #1: If you maintain an Amazon wish list like I do, go check on it every now and then. I’ve been doing that lately, and the last two times I’ve scrolled through it, I’ve found books that were on sale at very good prices — or even free! If the price has decreased, Amazon lets you know right there on the wish list.

TIP#2: Click here and enter my book giveaway.

Oh, and just a reminder: Every time you click on an Amazon link here at georgianne and later make a purchase, a few pennies are passed along to me. These eventually add up and feed my book habit. THANKS ever so much!

Happy reading!

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finally…another book giveaway!

deathbylivingIt’s about time, right? I’m so excited to share this one with you! N.D. Wilson’s Death By Living is just as good as his Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl, and I’m looking forward to going through it a second time because I quickly devoured it the first time around.

Here are a couple of the many passages I marked:

The world is big, yes. But God is bigger. Yes, your life is a story, but you are carpet-dwelling, dust-mite teensy on the scale of this stage, and number only one in the multitude of His cast.

Your world is tiny, yes. But God gets tinier. Not one dust mite falls through the carpet fibers and into the pad apart from your Father. He’s big enough that small doesn’t matter. Dust-mite drama doesn’t use up His attention, taking it away from something deemed by mentally incontinent college professors to be more worthy of His attention. When one is infinite, one can enjoy two black holes arm-wrestling over a galactic snack, and an uncoordinated junior high defensive end. Infinite goes all the way up and all the way down; and at every level, with equal attention, He creates with the full dose of His personality.

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Clear your throat and open your eyes. You are on stage. The lights are on. It’s only natural if you’re sweating, because this isn’t make-believe. This is theater for keeps. Yes, it’s a massive stage, and there are millions of others on stage with you. Yes, you can try to shake the fright by blending in. But it won’t work. You have the Creator God’s full attention, as much attention as He ever gave Napoleon. Or Churchill. Or even Moses. Or billions of others who lived and died unknown. Or a grain of sand. Or one spike on one snowflake. You are spoken. You are seen. It is your turn to participate in creation. Like a kindergartener shoved out from behind the curtain during his first play, you might not know what comes next, but God is far less patronizing than we are. You are His art, and He has no trouble stooping.

You can even ask Him for your lines.

For more, watch the book trailer here.

This is your chance to get this one for free! Just leave a comment with your favorite recent read, and you’re entered into the drawing. If you share this on Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog, let me know, and you’ll get additional entries. The drawing will close next Sunday evening at 9:00 pm E.S.T.  If you’re the winner, you can choose either the hardback version or the Kindle edition. If you’ve already read it, enter anyway and win a copy to give away.