Thank you for all who entered my contest. I loved the birthday greetings. Thank you. I like giving away presents. My official "chooser" (better known as my husband LOL) drew the name this morning to win a $10 Amazon gift card for my birthday.
And the winner is . . .
Congratulations, Ada. If you entered but didn't win, today is the beginning of a Goodreads giveaway. Go over to Goodreads. All you must do is click on enter for a chance to win a free signed copy of Worth Her Weight. I'm giving away two signed print copies there. So, try again. Maybe, this time you're a winner.
Again, congratulations to Ada Brownell. Watch for your prize in your e-mail, Ada.
Monday, July 18, is my birthday, but I plan to give the gift, a $10 Amazon gift card. Scroll to the bottom to see how to win.
First, to celebrate my birthday week, here is today's devotion from my best-selling devotion book; Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
197. Watch the Stripes
“I will instruct thee
and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye.”
In my haste to be
all things to all people, my life often veers too far to one side or the other.
Highway departments paint a center stripe on narrow roads and several stripes
on freeways. Without these, one car would swerve into another. Center stripes
stop head-on collisions. The darker the night, the more we need stripes with
reflective paint or pegs. Have you ever thought about who decided to paint
stripes on highways? When did that become necessary?
In the early
1900s, our roads consisted mostly of dirt or sand. Traffic meant horses or
carriages. Interestingly enough, bicyclers first brought attention to the need
for better roads in 1897. With the invention of the Model T, the US government
realized a need for standardization of the road system. A simple idea like stripes
on the highways eliminates collisions and gives guidance on your travels.
God’s word and
instruction in prayer is a Christian’s stripe on their pathway of life. We tend
to get too far in one direction, compensate, and then go too far in the other.
Twelve-step programs use the mantra, “First Things First” to remind us to take
care of our recovery first, then all things will fall in place. God tells us to
“Seek first the kingdom of God.”
Focus on God (the
stripe). He will tell you when your compass is off base. Then, you can adjust
and stay on the right road. Your spiritual recovery must always be your first
Prayer: Help me keep first things first today.
I hope that devotion ministers to you today.
Now, for my chance to give one of you a birthday gift for MY birthday. God said it was more blessed to give than receive.
Leave me a happy birthday message along with your e-mail address. On the morning of July 25, I will draw from the names of all that left a comment before midnight July 24. If you left me an e-mail, I will send you a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Of course, I would love for you to use it for one of my books. (Just a hint) preorders on my new women's fiction due to release Sept 1 will be available the middle of August) Nevertheless, the gift certificate will be yours to use as you wish, with my thanks for the birthday wishes.
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