Thursday, June 16, 2011

Count Your Blessings ~ Review and Giveaway!

     The words came softly whispered through the phone. He was taking a quiet moment out of his busy day to call me and let me know what was in his heart.

“Honey. I am so proud of you for taking such wonderful care of our boys. I just don’t think that you know how very much I love that. How much I love you.”

     And there. There in those few short sentences, my heart was filled. How did he know that I needed to be encouraged?
     Sometimes, to be quite honest, I do ask him, that dear husband of mine. I ask if what I am doing is enough. For the boys. For him. For God. Oh how I hope! Because sometimes it all just feels so overwhelmingly tiring. The how-in-the-world-can-I-do-this kind of tired. Where cocooning under the sheets is blissfully tempting and you have to physically drag your body out of bed. So it is so perfectly life giving, life sustaining when someone we love can lift us up with just a few words.

     As Mother Teresa so wisely said, To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.
We are asked to give of ourselves…
            To share what we have…..
                        To do unto others…YES….

     But we need encouraging too. Listen to those beautiful words from Isaiah 43… “I have called you by your name, you are mine”. Oh how we are loved. We are cherished. We are counted. We are blessed
     Not long after I received such encouraging words from my husband, I received this frame from Dayspring. Count your blessings. Where do I even begin? One of the first pictures that I chose to put into it was the one of Tom and me at our wedding. For I thank God for him every day and I count him as one of my truest blessings. However, as I continued to think about counting my blessings, I naturally wanted to put in a picture of our two miracles. Our two boys. Our blessings.
But no….

     For also in the mail that day was another special package. A reminder of what this life is all about. Counting our blessings yes, bu also... Encouraging others. Here is the blessing who now adorns this frame:

     This darling child is Maria, our adopted child through CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.) We are lucky enough to receive letters in which she tells us how our small donation each month has helped her and her family.

She can attend school now.
She and her family do not go hungry.
She thanks us and tells us how she is praying for us.

     So this lovely frame now sits proudly on our prayer table, nestled up to the basket of books about the saints, prayer cards, and of course...The Word. We thank God for our dear Maria, and we pray for her every day.

     Among our many blessings, we are lucky enough to count her as one. By her life, we are encouraged.

     Whom do you count among your blessings?


This month DaySpring is celebrating encouragement. If you’d like to make use of the special deals they are running to celebrate the gift of encouragement, please take a look at the items featured on their {in}spired deals page.
And, to enable your desire to encourage, DaySpring would like to give one of you a $20 credit towards any item in the DaySpring store!!!
Giveaway details:
1. This giveaway is open to all. No need to have a blog to enter, just some way I can get in contact should select your name.
2. Please leave your name and a little bit about who encourages you in the comments section of this blog post.
3. After perusing the DaySpring store, come back here to tell me what you would apply your $20 towards for a second chance to win. (**Please note that the $20 cannot be used towards shipping costs.)
3. Additional entries for facebooking, and posting. Please leave an additional comment indicating where you shared.
4. One winner will be selected using and announced Thursday, June 30th.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Count Your Blessings ~ 4x6 photo frame from DaySpring to review for {in}courage. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising


  1. Maria is blessed to have you praying for her and taking care of her whole family. I am sure your family will also be blessed by the experience. Neat that you are part of the incourage team too! Love it!

  2. i read these and wish we were still neighbors!!- Carol Moscarello

  3. Hi! I'm Becca and blog over at :)

  4. I would purchase either the next Book Club book or something for my wall at home.


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