Monday, January 5, 2009

TOSGA Giveaway

Heart of the Matter is turning One! To celebrate their birthday they are running a blog carnival TOSGA (the old stuff giveaway). I have decided to contribute by hosting a giveaway. If you are interested in other giveaways or would like to host your own head on over to HOTM to find out how. My giveaway includes a new journal and note card set. My secret (okay maybe not a "secret") passion is paper - I love journals, books, scrapping, notes, etc. So I tend to over buy these sort of items. I had these in my "extra papers and such" drawer, I realize now that they will never get used. So I might as well donate them for a good cause, right?

The journal is a blue 60-page 5*7 inch book. The note card set is a green velvety box with lose leaf sheets of note paper.

To enter leave a comment below on what your best quiet time tip, resource or devotional is.

Giveaway ends January 10. I will post the winner by the 11th. Giveaway is open to US & Canada only, due to postage costs. Please leave contact information if you don't have a blog.

16 comments:

Lisa said...

I love paper, journals, and note cards too. Thanks for the giveaway.

The tip that works for me is to read the Bible along with your kids using a schedule. We all have different schedules, but having that time to read silently together daily has kept me on track.

Marsha Marsha Marsha said...

My current fav devotional resource is Mrs. Charles E. Cowman's Streams in the Desert (I like the original version). It has spoken volumes to my heart this past year!

I also started reading Secure in the Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot. It's not a daily devotional per se, but the chapters are short enough to read one per day.

And as far as tip goes, don't feel like a slacker if you don't START your day with a Scripture and prayer. Any time is good time so long as you just do it! People often quit a good thing just b/c they don't live up to their preconceived notions of doing things a certain way.

Lex0307 said...

My best quiet time tip is DO IT! (faithfully) even when you don't want to or don't think you have time - find 5 minutes. So far my favorite devotional is "His Princess, Love Letters from your King."

ikkinlala said...

My quiet time tip is to do it at around the same time every day - not that this can't be flexible, just that in my experience it's easier to stick to if there's some sort of schedule for it.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Tami Jo said...

My tip would be to leave the house. I get so distracted in my own home; there is the dishes, laundry, my son and let's be honest my husband - j/k ;) I go to a local bakery in my town. I get a cup of coffee with a refill, a fresh muffin and then curl up in one of their overstuffed comfy chairs. AAAHHHHH...I think I need to go now!

Jaime F said...

My tip: read Walking with God by John Eldredge. It is a very practical guide that confronts you with the idea that God wants to talk to you on a daily basis. It also gives you practical ways to try it out! Its a great start!

Jenn said...

I have come to the same conclusion as Lisa. The only way I get my Bible reading done each day is to schedule a quiet devotional time into our school days. I have tried for years to get up EARLY in the morning to do my devotions, but it always seems I have a needy child or I was up in the night and can't seem to get out of bed!

Nikowa@KHA said...

I had a wonderful quiet time today. Bubble baths with locked doors (a book & some hot chocolate)....

Jessica said...

How fun! Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

My tip is if your kids keep interrupting you, have them join you. Have them read their Bible next to you while you read yours. Even if they are little, they can look at pictures in a toddler Bible.

Darlene said...

What I'm reading now in my quiet time is Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.

I started journaling when my daughter left us to be with our Lord. I'm in need of a new journal and this one would be perfect.

Here's hoping!

Connie said...

I too, love paper!!!!! My tip~just do it!!! (real original, I know LOL)
A tip I heard and did a little when my kiddos were small was to leave bibles just open around my house, that way I could just take a peek at the word if I found myself with a free moment. It worked for the time, but there is nothing like having a good hour, face down in worship to the Lord on the floor with some worship music, and then breaking open His word to really draw yourself into His presence. My devotion as of now is 90 days with Jesus, by Beth Moore. So far it has been a great way to kick off the year.
Love you,
Connie

Emily M said...

I love stationary and that kind of stuff,

mom said...

Ohhh, how wonderful to meet someone else who, um, is overstocked in the stationary department! LOL!

Since my favorite quiet time is early in the morning, I like to keep my Bible, journal, and favorite pencil together on the edge of my desk. That way if a child stumbled into my bed in the middle of the night or my husband is sleeping in a bit, I can easily pick up those things up and take with me wherever I can find a quiet spot in the house. In the winter it may be down by the woodburner or in the summer on the deck :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Carol said...

I, too am a lover of paper, journals, notebooks, etc! If you can write on it, I love it!!
My quiet-time tip is - purchase a different version of the Bible to read through every year!! Then, ask the Lord to show you something special each day and see what He does for you!
Hugs from Carol in Michigan

Shannon said...

My favorite devotional right now is Daily Light (online). It's Scripture based on one theme for that reading. There's a reading for AM and one for PM.

I'm also trying to read through the Bible - by just doing one chapter a day. It's all I can manage, and it will take me longer than a year to finish, but that's O.K. :)

Thanks for the beautiful giveaway - I'm a paper lover too!

Shannon said...

Ooops...forgot to leave my addy:
kurtshan@cinci.rr.com