Tuesday, July 10, 2012

to love the journey

I think it takes a brave person to love the journey they are on, especially if it feels like it's a rocky one. We are called to keep our faith and pray at all times, whether it's good or whether it's not so good...something i need to work on! One thing is for certain throughout our lives and that is God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Circumstances and feelings change like the wind, but oh how good it is that God is constant and never changing! Some days I feel energetic, happy and my day is purposeful... and then some days or moments, i feel irritable, tired and like i don't know where i am going! God is the rock upon which i stand. The fire is reignited to love my life, my journey, no matter what, because IT IS a gift from the Lord. He has placed me "here" for a reason and I want to answer the call for His purposes!

Hebrews 13:8,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Proverbs 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

We all know that I love to talk about my faith journey and I felt an instant connection with a new blog friend of mine, Danette of All My Love for all My Days who also is loving the journey she is on. This gorgeous lady writes such encouraging posts and her faith inspires me to deepen my walk with Christ! Her notes from jackson, written from the perspective of her fur baby crack me up!! I can tell she's in love! She also shares hot rockin' nail art ideas that she likes! Who doesn't like jazzing up their nails pretty? i wish i could do some of these looks but i'm not that talented lol.

{MEET DANETTE}

Danette loves God and loves people.  She's on the pastoral team at Cathedral of Praise in Sand Springs, Oklahoma,  but loves to blog and craft and cook and decorate in her "free time." "I love working with my students from youth.  They are like my friends and kids all at the same time."  For Danette, these students are her joy.  She would never tell them to their faces but she will always love them and she brags on them non stop, but only behind their backs.  They do have to stay humble.

Danette writes of her blog, '"All My Love for All My Days" is really a journey in love.  There is so much of life that God has given us.  Even the struggles are gifts from God because He uses them to teach us more about His character.  All I want to do with my life is show Christ's love for humanity, to love the journey, and to share my love of the journey with you.


I thought we'd do a little Q & A with Danette to get to know her a little bit better. 
After reading, i'm sure you'll want to be friends so go check out her blog and say hello & tell her i sent ya!
Or find her at her above social links! You may also want to stick around to the end of this post for a nice surprise! *wink *wink!

1.Why do you blog and when did you start blogging? 
Originally, I started blogging as a way to keep the volunteers of my team at work up to date.  (In the real world I'm a Creative Arts Pastor at a church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.)  After a long break from blogging, I discovered that I missed the creative outlet.  So, I changed the name of the neglected blog to "All My Love for All My Days" and found a source of friendship and joy. 

 2. What color represents you (your spirit, style, personality, etc) and why? 
I personally think that one color might not represent my me, but I do think that a palette might. :)  I love natural colors.  I think that they are so peaceful. 

3. What was the last book you read? Do you even like to read? lol 
Besides the Bible?  That would have to be "The Hunger Games."  Love that series.  And I love reading books and magazines.  I just don't quite always get the chance.

 4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? 
 Diet Coke.  No more explanation needed. 

 5. Up to this moment in your life, who has impacted it the most and why? 
My parents are by far the most influential people in my life.  They raised me to love God and love people. 

6. if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
 I love seeing fun, romantic places.  I would love to go to Rome and Israel, but I would also love to live in Hawaii, California, New Mexico, or Arizona. 

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Oh danette, we could be neighbors in Arizona!? lol. I would love to be able to travel to Rome too! And one more thing, Danette is graciously giving away a $10 Starbucks giftcard to one lovely reader! gah, i wish i could win, you know i love my fraps!!



To enter:

Make sure to leave a comment for each entry you complete! and please leave your email in your comments, so I can contact you if you are the winner!! especially the no-reply bloggers!!
you can do any or all of these entries!

*follow all my love for all my days blog (+1 entry)
*follow Danette on twitter (+1 entry)
*follow Danette on facebook (+1 entry)
*follow all my love for all my days on hellocotton (+1 entry)
 *follow this blog via GFC (+1 entry)
*follow me on twitter (+1 entry)
*follow me on hellocotton (+1 entry)
*tweet about the giveaway! (+1 entry)

that's a total of 8 entries!! scoot scoot and enter you coffee lovers!!

This giveaway will last from today until monday, july 16th at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time. Open worldwide. Winner will be determined by random.org and will be announced Wednesday July 18th. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply. If no reply, a new winner will be selected.

33 comments:

Nikki Mata said...

I love your blog and just started following! Check out mine!!

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xo
NIkki

Amanda said...

I follow Danette's blog

Amanda said...

I follow Danette on twitter

Amanda said...

I like Danette on fb

Amanda said...

I follow Danette on HC

Amanda said...

I follow you.

Amanda said...

I follow you on HC

Amanda said...

I follow you on twitter

Melanie said...

I follow you on Twitter:)

Lynne said...

I follow Danette on GFC as lynne_foster

Lynne said...

I follow Danette on twitter I am grapet7

Lynne said...

I follow Danette on facebook! Thanks for introducing me to her, I am going to enjoy following her.

Lynne said...

I follow you on GFC as lynne_foster. I am encouraged when I read about your faith journey, thank you for helping me on mine!

Lynne said...

Ack! I thought I already followed you on twitter.....but I don't! I requested to be a follower. I am grapet7. Thanks for this chance to win. I enjoy Starbucks alot! I got some Starbucks Mocha Powder in a gift basket from my mother-in-law (she got it at a fundraising dinner auction she went to at her church. I am trying to be thrifty, so I don't go to Starbucks every day......but adding that mocha powder to the coffee I brew at home is a nice treat too! Do you like Mocha Powder? I highly recommend it! I don't use it to make the syrup and then add that, as they direct you to do on the can, I just add the powder straight to my coffee cup and stir it up. Have a wonderful caffeine filled week! : )

Lynne said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!

Lynne said...

Don't count this as an extra entry, cuz I already put down that I tweeted....but I forgot to leave you the URL I don't want to be a cheater! : )

https://twitter.com/grapet7/status/223067041056292864

Kelly said...

Oh, yay!!! Fun giveaway!!
I like Danette via GFC! :)
khoutz3@gmail.com

Kelly said...

I follow Danette on twitter!

Kelly said...

I follow Danette on facebook.

Kelly said...

I follow Danette on HelloCotton.

Kelly said...

I follow YOU on GFC! :) Muah!

Kelly said...

I follow YOU on Twitter!

Kelly said...

I follow YOU on HelloCotton.

Kelly said...

I tweeted!!!

https://twitter.com/HoutzHouseParty/status/223216567708684289

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

I follow All My Love for All My Days Blog

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

I follow All My Love on Twitter

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

I liked all my love on fb

Chelsea said...

I follow All my love for all my days' blog!

Chelsea said...

I like All My Love for All My Days on FB

Chelsea said...

I follow Danette on Twitter!

Chelsea said...

i follow your blog via gfc :)

Chelsea said...

i follow you on twitter!

Chelsea said...

i tweeted! https://twitter.com/chellywelly1/status/224271347839287296