Giveaway Winner & my Friday Favs!

Here we are once again…it’s Friday!

I’m super excited because we’re going to the mountains today! Josh was asked to attend Life Pacific‘s Fall Retreat this year and the thought of being home alone with all four kids for two whole days had me terrified. Luckily, our friend, who also works at the college, pulled some strings to make it possible for the kids and I to tag along!

Funnily enough, this will only be my second retreat with Life Pacific; my first being my freshman year the Fall of 1999.

I’m looking forward to the coolness of the mountain air, some pine trees that will remind me of home, and inspiring worship and messages. We’re only going to be gone for one night, but I’m going to make the most of it!


Now, without further ado…I will announce the winner of my first giveaway!

The winner of their very own, personal copy of Anne Jackson‘s “Permission to Speak Freely” is…*



I’ll be emailing you to get your shipping information. For those of you who didn’t win, I wish I could buy each person who entered a book. However, I have four children and no job, so I’d suggest heading out to your nearest bookstore and picking it up! :)

Oh, and the next time I decide to do a giveaway would someone please remind me that if it ends at midnight I have to stay up till midnight? Thanks…


And now for my Friday Favs…

Meeting people from Twitter and blogging in real life makes it that much more fun to read what they write. I got to meet Dawn Carter at our tweetup last month.

Josh and I sat next to her and her husband, the guys bonded over the fact that they have crazy wives addicted to Twitter. Even better, we discovered that we have a six degrees of separation thing going on through Life Pacific College and the Idea Camp.

So this week Dawn wrote two posts that I really connected with and wanted to share.

The first was a guest post for Tyler Braun as part of his Dancing Jesus: Mentoring in the Church blog series.

Dawn provides a number of reasons not to mentor. What I loved about this post is that I really believe in mentoring. I want more mentoring and I want to mentor more. The most important thing about mentoring though is that you’re doing it for the right reasons. My main right reason is: God told me to.

The last thing we need is this flavor of exhausted Christian influencing another generation. Mentoring isn’t about adding another project to do. Or having someone under your tutelage. In fact, it isn’t about you at all. (Dawn Carter, Man of

Ahh! I love this post!

The second post that Dawn wrote this week was on her own blog, The Chronicles of Dawnia.

So here’s the thing. I’ve been a SAHM for a while now and I haven’t really been participating in ministry outside my home (because being a mom is a ministry…can I get an AMEN). But, I have been reading blogs, listening to sermons, attending online seminars and reading books about ministry, Christian life, leadership, mentoring, burnout, and more.

I have become Jabba the Christian.

And Dawn pointed it out to me. She is starting to do something about it and I am praying about starting to do something about it — is that like saying I’ll start my diet on Monday? But truthfully, I know that I’ve been consuming a lot and I want to make sure that I’m looking for those opportunities that God provides for me to pour it out.

That’s partly why I started this blog; I see it as a ministry.

As Dawn says:

It feels good. And it beats being the huge green Hutt. (Chronicles of Dawnia)


Jonathan Acuff is brilliant. He has discovered a way of making fun of Christians without causing us all to become defensive. Maybe it’s because we know he’s one of us. It’s like that rule that it’s ok for me to make fun of my sister, but if you try to do it I’ll punch you in the face. I never feel like punching Jonathan in the face.

He should make that his new tagline:

Jonathan Acuff | A Guy You Don’t Want to Punch in the Face

Anyway, as funny as he is, I’ve discovered a little secret about him…a secret I share with the hordes of others who read his blog. He’s actually smart and serious. Every Wednesday is “serious day” at the Stuff Christians Like blog. God has definitely spoken to me through a few of these Wednesday posts (He speaks through the funny ones too, just so you know).

Back to the point…this Wednesday Jon Acuff wrote a post titled: Wondering why God makes life impossible sometimes. He discusses those situations with God where:

More than just not showing up when I want him to in the way I want him to, it feels like he actually makes things harder than they need to be. (Jonathan Acuff,

Aside from the funny story about him in his underwear in 8th grade, Jonathan gives an interesting reason for why God does this in our life. I’m not going to tell you though, you have to read it for yourself.


So that’s it…we have a winner to my first giveaway, some good blog posts for you to peruse this weekend and I’m off to the mountains!!

Before I go, though, I’d love to hear about your favorite posts from this week or what your weekend plans are…


*I chose the winner by assigning each commenter a number 1-15.
The winner was #9

8 thoughts on “Giveaway Winner & my Friday Favs!

  1. Love your favorites! Thank you for being willing to be so open and accessible. This blog is a great way for me to start my “internet time” in my day. :-) It is good for me to read something with substance…Not just facebook updates. ;-) Thank you for your time.

  2. Melissa:

    Wow, thank you for your write-up this week! I am so glad those posts spoke to your heart…if I can spread around my ugly epiphanies and it helps someone, it’s a good thing.

    So, two things:

    1) I’ve been a SAHM for the past 10 years or so and really wrestled with being “out of circulation” ministry-wise. Let me affirm and say YES, being a mom is a ministry. In fact, it is harder than most formal church ministries because it is so hidden & relentless. You are so right on about this.

    2) Your “starting to do something about it…” phrase, well, you are writing (which is something not everyone can do) and you’re encouraging others. Your blog IS a ministry and a beautiful one. (And I might add, so your connecting…Twitter to real life & such).

    It was so great to meet you & I look forward to keeping in touch via Twitter, posts and maybe even (oh my) real life.

    Dawn Carter

    1. I don’t know what you’re calling ugly epiphanies. :) I especially connected with your Jabba description. I’ve been feeling over saturated lately and appreciated the push to look beyond myself.

      But also, I recognize that I have a husband and four small kids and that I need to view them as my ministry. That’s where your post about mentoring came in — to make sure I do it for the right reasons. Your posts were a perfect duet for what I needed to hear this week.

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