So many things to celebrate! So little time!
First, the ADA25 celebration I talked about last month was AMAZING! Around the country, thousands of people and organizations came together to honor the anniversary of this landmark civil rights legislation. Meanwhile, Max and Matthew and I traveled to Washington, DC where we stayed busy every day with a number of events: Kennedy Center Honors and spotlight concerts and exhibits; an exhibit and festival at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History; an interfaith worship service; awards and panel discussions at the White House; a huge gala; and a march to the US Capitol with hundreds of our fellow advocates. Mixed in with this was a lot of hard work as well as time to be tourists. By the end we were happy, exhausted, and ready to head home.
Now that the summer of major events is over (moving, a new church, ADA25, SOULfeast 2015, book release, a kid out of school, multiple family visits, etc. . . . gasp!), I am trying to get caught up with everything else. First on the list: celebrations and giveaways!
JULY GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED
Many of you accepted the invitation to research ADA25 events in your neck of the woods and found some great ones! I hope you took the time to participate and/or celebrate in some way! Meanwhile, I entered the names of everyone who posted a comment into a random drawing. And the lucky winner of a copy of my book (cowritten with Mark Johnson), I Love Today: A Story of Transformation, is Marliss Aldridge! Congrats! We will contact you to get your copy to you!
AUGUST GIVEAWAY: IN HONOR OF THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF MY CALLING
I just celebrated the sixth anniversary of my call to this ministry. As I’ve shared in the past, the call came in a very quirky way: a voice from God in a biker bar. It’s a fun story, but it’s so quirky that for the first several years I would write about it but otherwise not talk about it very much. However, I’ve started talking about it a bit more. What’s helped is this blog post that my husband, Max, wrote. He addresses some of the odd elements of the call in a way that is a) hilarious and b) right on target. I especially LOVE that he takes the setting for my call – a cheesy diner/biker bar – and makes the point that throughout the Bible, God approaches people – and intervenes in their lives – in the most ordinary (and/or cheesy) of settings. So true. At the Writers in the Round event at SOULfeast 2015 last month he read his post out loud to the delight of the entire crowd, so I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy.
To mark my sixth anniversary, I want to give away a set of prayer beads. I recently worked with my friend, Gerald, a brilliant photographer, to capture some shots for this website. He took some great pics of me in my studio (at the former house).
What We’re Giving Away
I’m giving away the set of prayer beads I was making during the photo shoot. It is one of my new favorite designs, featuring multi-colored Chinese Crystal beads and a pewter cross.
How to Enter the Giveaway
1. What are the quirky ways God has intervened in your life? In the comments below, or on our Facebook page, share your story.
2. Do this by Friday, August 21, 2015. We will collect the names of everyone who posts a comment, enter them into a drawing, and randomly choose a winner. We will announce the winner here and on our Facebook page on Monday, August 24th.
FACEBOOK FAN APPRECIATION SALE THROUGH AUGUST!
The last thing to celebrate is that in the past two weeks we have reached more than 1,000 likes on our Facebook page. That’s a lot! Y’all are part of the prayer bead revolution! How fun is that?!?
To thank you and celebrate, we are offering 25% off everything in our Etsy shop from now until August 31, 2015! Just use the code Facebook25 at checkout to receive your discount. Enjoy!