Thursday, December 24, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS, and A Special Grand Opening!!!!

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
James 4:14
(KJV)

 A vapor.
So uncertain.
So fleeting.
This life of ours.

Am I the only person who feels like this has been the fastest moving year of all time?
Honestly, I feel like we just started 2015!
And, now, here we stand...closely approaching year's end,
and Christmas is coming in only one more day!!!


Oh, how I love this time of year!
I know I say that a lot...but I just can't keep it in!

Everything about Christmas warms my heart.
There is a certain feeling in the air that is like no other.
Don't you just wish you could capture that special feeling,
put it in a bottle, and dispense a little bit of it every day of the year?
Don't you wish you could make it all last?

To me, the sweetest part of Christmas is the giving...
God giving His most precious gift...His dear Son, Jesus...to us,
and then us, giving loving gifts to one another.

The gifts we exchange do not have to be elaborate...or costly...or huge.
Sometimes, the tiniest gifts are the most precious of all.
After all, the most important Gift this world has ever received
came to us in the form of a tiny, newborn infant
on that first Christmas night.

As I contemplated the idea of keeping the spirit of Christmas going all year long,
I got to thinking about how much I enjoyed that book giveaway.

Oh, I was blessed!

"...remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Acts 20:35

Can I just tell you how true this is?
You probably already know that, but I just can't say it enough.

I not only had a wonderful time giving away the books,
but an added bonus to that joy was the wonderful email correspondence that ensued
with you, dear readers!

I met some new friends, and you won't believe what else happened!
One of the recipients of a book ended up being the daughter of a precious co-worker 
of Kevin's and mine from years and years ago!!

Can you imagine?
It truly IS a small world.
So, now, sweet Cindy and I have been able to reconnect and correspond,
and, oh, it has been just wonderful to rekindle this old friendship!
I got the sweetest letter in the mail from her the other day,
along with a picture of her and her beautiful family.
I am so looking forward to keeping in touch with her!

All glory to God!
It pays to mind Him.
He never lays something upon a heart without a Divine purpose for good.

So, since this book giveaway was SO much fun,
it got me to thinking.

As we continue to downsize, de-clutter, simplify, and minimize,
there are many things we are coming across that we just really don't need anymore.

So, why not keep the Christmas giving going right on
and passing things along here to you throughout the year?

So today, Homespun Devotions celebrates the grand opening of a new "store"!
But, this isn't just any kind of store, trust me.
Because anything you decide you would like from this store
will be yours for the asking!
No money required.
Not even postage!
We just want to give...that's all.

This will work just like the book giveaway.

Remember the Scripture I shared with you in that post?
"...you have not, because you ask not."  James 4:2
The only thing you will need to do if you want something in the store
will be to contact us and ask for it...first, before anyone else.
You can email us privately for the item, or you can leave a comment.
Provide your mailing address to us, (privately, of course), and it will be yours.
We will NEVER share your address or personal details with anyone.
Never fear.

Now, due to shipping costs, we will have to keep the items small, obviously.
So, there won't be any big things, but as we come across things we think our readers
may be interested in, we will post a picture to the "FREE Stuff" page.
You can come by as often as you want and window shop.
If something catches your eye, just ask for it, and you will be blessed!
But, I insist that we are the ones who will be most abundantly blessed,
because if just feels so wonderful to give!

Money never has meant a whole lot to me.
I know...I'm weird.
But, it just doesn't.
After our needs are supplied and our bills are paid,
I would just as soon give most of the rest away.
Great happiness comes from giving.


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Of the 13 original books up for grabs, there is only one left!
We would love to get it out in the mail to someone who could use it.
Could that someone be you????

Here it is:


NOTE:
An anonymous commenter did ask for this book,
and I have left a couple of replies to let her know that I need her contact information
in order to send her the book, but, so far, I haven't heard back.
Su Ann, if you are reading this, please contact me, if you are still interested.  :~)

Dear readers, please understand that if you remain anonymous,
no matter how hard I try, I have no possible way of connecting with you.
So, I ask of you, please comment by using your name
and leave some way for me to get back in touch with you!
We really want to bless you, and anonymous commenters leave us no way of doing that!

Today, during our "Grand Opening", we added several more items!
You can view them by clicking here,
OR
you can access the "store" anytime by going to our home page
and clicking on the tab that says, "FREE Stuff"!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
He is so good to us.
As the year winds down, I have been doing a lot of thinking and evaluating.
This year has been really, really tough for my family and me.
Honestly, dear Zach told me last night that this has been one of the hardest years of his life.
Bless his heart...it was hard on this mama's heart to hear that.
Especially, in light of the past difficult years and things he has endured.

But, through it all, as I look back over the events and the days that were so hard to plow through,
I see the hand of our Redeemer.
Oh, I do love Him, dear friends!
Now more than ever!
He has proven over and over again that He is a faithful Lord Who absolutely walks through the fire
with His trusting children.
He allows the hard places, but He walks the rocky path right alongside us.
Bless His holy name forever and ever!

As this year comes to a close and we look forward to a brand new one unfolding,
perhaps He will lead me to share at least part of the trials of 2015.
I continually seek His face for direction.
This is His blog.
His platform.
And, I am His...yielded, surrendered, and willing to follow His lead.

For now, let's continue to enjoy the wonders of this blessed season by adding yet a couple more Christmas music videos!
I never tire of hearing these dear, old carols.
Do you?  :~)

These are so inspiring and are beautifully performed by two BYU a cappella groups.
I hope you can find the time to watch!


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The words to this next one are just glorious and brought tears to my eyes
and a sense of worship to my soul!



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Now, in the spirit of Christmas, and even more importantly,
in the spirit of following the example of our dear, endlessly-giving Lord, 
why don't you go give something away?

Think about it.
How much stuff do you have just lying around, collecting dust,
that is still in good shape, but you really don't need anymore?

Why not pass it along and make someone else's day?

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; 
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:7

I send my love to every one of you faithful readers.
Each one of you are dear to my heart.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

14 comments:

  1. Dearest friend, you are so kind and generous! How you bless my heart and I know you bless the hearts of many others. It is truly a joy to give to others, isn't it? :)

    My dear, sweet friend, may you have a glorious Christmas. I so greatly appreciate you. Much love!

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    1. Oh, dear Stephanie! Thank you ever so much for your dear, precious encouragement to me! We truly had a wonderful Christmas, and I am so thankful you did, too. :) I love and appreciate you so very much, dear friend. Have a wonderful day!

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  2. Love the attitude and perspective. We just finished our present exchange and it does warm the heart to give. And why not? It is the heart of our Father!

    I'm with you on the cleaning house and giving things away. Thanks for the reminder. And Merry Christmas to you and yours! Praying for blessings upon you and your family.

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your words of support and encouragement, Floyd. You are right, it is God's will that we give, for He continually gives to us so bountifully. I so appreciate your prayers and kind words. God bless you and yours with a wonderful new year!

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  3. Yes, the year has flown, and the fact that I have come to December feeling this way is affecting decisions I'm making for 2016. Thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement. Blessings to you!

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    1. Me, too, Michele. It seems the older I get, the faster time goes, and the more I see that I need to make the most of every moment. God help us all to do that in 2016, by His grace. So thankful for your sweet visits and kind words. God bless you with a wonderful new year!

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  4. Hi Cheryl! Merry Christmas to your generous family, and to you! I'm so glad we have been connected through our blogs, and to be encouraged by you.

    God's blessings be yours this season, and into 2016!
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you, sweet Ceil! I so appreciate you, your blog, your comments here, and the precious encouragement you always leave behind. You are a dear blessing, and I trust you have a wonderful 2016!!

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  5. What a delightful thing to do, dear Cheryl! Oh, it is so much more blessed to give than it is to receive! And what a joy the Lord will bring into your heart for doing this in honor of him! I do pray the Lord blesses your dear family more abundantly and fill your cup to overflowing with blessings that only He can pour out in abundance! Like you said, money really has no hold on me.. and it is so much more wonderful to give than to receive... and there is a joy in the Lord that comes with a heart full of giving! May the Lord continue to bless you and your sweet family in amazing ways!!! :)

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    1. Oh, you are SO right! It does bring tremendous joy to our hearts! Nothing lifts one's spirits like reaching out and trying to bless someone else. Thank you for your dear kind, encouraging words....they truly mean SO much to me. Sending you much love across the miles!

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  6. Cheryl, what a sweet idea. I just might have to borrow it :) as I have several books that I need to clear out but just hate to give them away without knowing they will go to someone who will really appreciate them. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. WONDERFUL, Wanda!! Oh, I do so hope this spirit of giving will become contagious and just inspire many to do the same! I'm sure your books would serve to be a big blessing to others, as you step forward and pass them on. :) God bless you for being willing to give! Happy New Year!

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  7. Cheryl, What a great idea to give away some things. I have many books that I love and treasure but have found great places to give my books such as public libraries. My mom has a little free library at her house and that has been a great way to pass on our books. Thank you for sharing at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays.

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    1. That is a wonderful idea to donate them to the library and also for your mother to have her own little free library! What an amazing idea! Thank you for the link-up and for your sweet visit here. God bless you with a happy new year!

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