Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joy, Roaring Lions, Book Giveaway...

* Books bring me much joy! I love to read and I just love getting new books. A few months ago, I bought the book Roaring Lions, Cracking Rocks, and other Gems from Proverbs by fellow blogger Warren Baldwin.  I have always loved reading from Proverbs but there have been times when I didn't always understand them and perhaps didn't always see a modern day application. Warren has taken these ancient sayings and so brilliantly applied them to our everyday lives. He has brought the book of Proverbs to life and given me new desire to dive into it with fresh awareness.

I love the way the book is set up. It is divided into 8 sections and each section is divided into short entries. I love using it as part of my daily devotion. I can read one at a time or I can read several, as time permits. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great devotional. 

When I purchased my copy of this book, Warren so graciously sent me an extra one to use in a giveaway.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will pick a winner from the comments sometime next week. 

You can visit Warren on his blog here and you can also read more of his wisdom laced posts at the Titus 2 in Action blog.

Thank you , Warren, for this great book inspired by the Holy Word of God.

* My granddaughter, Mercie, fills me with joy! She is so full of life and has such a sweet personality. There is nothing quite as sweet as her little arms wrapped around your neck and hearing her say, 'i wuh u, Nana'.  Last night she was riding in the car with me and her Papa and she was just amazed at all the Christmas lights. She was so excited and kept telling us, 'I see the 'tisamas lights! I do see 'em!'  I think that Jimbo and I got our hearts filled with much joy just from her delight.

* The Christmas story bring me much joy! I have been reading Luke 1 and 2 every morning for the past few weeks. Each time I read it, I feel an overwhelming sense of wonder in my heart. It still moves me to tears. It still fills me with awe at what my precious Lord did for me. May I never grow weary of reading about my Savior's birth and may it never cease to fill me with great joy.

* My granddaughter, Mikaela, fills me with joy! When she stays the night, we always spend some time together before bedtime reading God's Word and talking. A few nights ago, we were talking about getting crowns and rewards when we get to heaven for our works here on earth and how we would be able to lay these at the feet of Jesus. We were talking about how wonderful that is going to be and Mikaela looked at me and said, "Nana, I don't want to do good works just to get crowns and rewards, I want to do them because I love Jesus so much." Oh, my.. my eyes filled with tears and I could barely speak. I said, "Oh, Mikaela, me too, baby.. me, too."  Indeed, this eight year old child fills me with some JOY!

* My 4 grandsons bring me much joy! It has been so much fun watching these little ones grow. Boys are so different than girls and I have had the most fun experiencing all the 'little boy things' that I missed out on while raising 3 girls. Bryton, Sawyer, Eli and Silas fill me with great joy!

* Jesus fills me with much JOY! He is all I need. He is everything to me. I am so grateful for His presence in my life and I want to live my life totally surrendered to Him and His will for me. I am blessed beyond measure. I am overwhelmed at His goodness. I am so unworthy. He is my Joy.

"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the lord."
(Luke 2: 10-11)


Stacey Dawn said...

Joy is one of my favorite emotions - and words and I can so see how those beautiful grandbabies of yours bring you joy. I'd love to enter to win a copy of that book - sounds fantastic!!! (As Robert would say!)

Elizabethd said...

I would love to enter, but I do live in France so may not be eligible.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I have the same ornament on my tree this year...only in red...I love the Word - JOY!!!
Precious, precious grandchildren! What an exciting Christmas around your house...Merry Christmas!!

Terry said...

I would like to enter the contest for a copy of Warren's book.

Peggy Arteberry said...

What precious grandchildren! Oh my, they are all beautiful!

Joy to me is something other than happiness. It's a *knowing that you know* type of emotion. We win (because of Jesus) in the end! It's an proclamation of deep personal belief.

I would love to enter for the book too... it sounds just wonderful!

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweet friend, I don't need to be entered because you so graciously sent me Radical-which I love. I just wanted to say hi and say what great photos of your grands. I love you dear sister and treasure you!
Hugs, Noreen

Wanda said...

Hi Beth, I have the joy ornament as well except in gold. The book sounds interesting. Proverbs is my favorite book in the Bible. Hope you & your family enjoy a Merry Christmas.

Warren Baldwin said...

Thanks Beth! Nice review. I hope whichever reader wins the book will enjoy it!

Sonja said...

If I didn't think so little of Hollywood... having grown up out there... I would say your little ones should all be models!! They are just so beautiful!

I know your Christmas will be joyful, as we all celebrate together the very one who came to give us life , joy and eternal hope! How blessed we are!!

Big Christmas Hugs!


Faith Imagined said...

I got a bunch of joy just reading your post! I need to remember to take my kids to see Christmas lights. Your grandkids are adorable!

I've read Warren's book, and I love it! I hope you have an amazing Christmas!

Nana Jul said...

He does fill us with joy...Every good and perfect gift is from Him!
Your joy is jumping right off the page! Love this post!!
So glad I stopped by!

Sarah said...

Oh what joy you always splash my way!

Have a joy filled, love overflow Christmas and sing with me Happy Birthday Jesus!


LisaShaw said...

I enjoyed this post and beautiful photos Beth! Praying for your family to have a blessed Christmas!

I have Warren's book. It's wonderful!

Merry Christmas!

Jackie said...

Hey Beth! Hope I'm not too late to enter...this book sounds wonderful!!

Wishing you and yours a most joyous Christmas and abundantly blessed 2011, sweet friend!

Big Christmas Hugs!

angelonwheels said...

Merry Christmas! Thanks for spreading the JOY! The book sounds lovely!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Count me in!

I love Luke's account of the Christmas story; in particular Simeon's response in the temple courts. I've been reading it over and over again in the last few days and see something new every time.

Blessed Christmas Advent to you and yours. What a glorious week of remembrance!