Guest Post by Maria Hartman & The Broken Way Giveaway Winner

My friend Maria recently shared this poem with me. Today, Maria’s birthday, I am honored to share this poem with my Red Chair Moments family.

Continue reading below to discover the blessed winner of Ann Voskamp’s book and DVD study guide, The Broken Way.


What If…

by Maria Hartman

What if this Christmas our focus was on

Praising the Lord for the gift of His Son?

 

What if instead of songs about snowmen

Our hearts bowed in wonder at the presence of God-Man?

 

What if instead of the rush to buy more,

We sought out the Giver who holds eternity sure?

 

What if we lived like we knew He was real

And not joined with the throngs who just want to feel?

 

What if this King was our reason for being

Would others take notice that it’s Him they are seeing?

 

What if we wept with repentance and sorrow

That though He is here many wait till ‘tomorrow’?

 

What if we purposed, committed, and vowed

That this Jesus the Christ would be spoken out loud?

 

What if His children with passion anew

Chose not to compromise on what is Holy and True?

 

What if we wanted, more than all else on earth

To know of His suffering and not just His birth?

 

What if instead of just empty traditions

We treasured the Word above all other ambitions?

 

What if we died to the old man each day?

And cried “Holy Spirit, please have Your way!”

 

‘What if’s’ a question with an answer that’s clear

The world would have Hope and no reason to fear.

 

Our Savior HAS come, He’s LORD of all nations

Praise God Almighty, this IS the Christmas celebration.

 

Giveaway Winner

Last week, I posted my review and offered a giveaway of The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp.

Congratulations to Noelle A, the winner of a free copy of The Broken Way and DVD study guide! I will be in touch.

Abundant blessings to you!

~April Dawn White

© 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

 

Missing Pieces or Room for Blessings?

alphabet-missing-q-meme“I’m missing Q” stumbled out of my mouth before I realized no one was around to listen. I positioned the rediscovered Kindergarten photograph next to my son’s eight grade school picture.  The rediscovered Kindergarten photo displayed a round face, wide blue eyes, and a crooked smile. The recent eight-grade photograph, of the same child, displayed a confident and mischievous I-know-it-all thirteen-year-old smile. Staring at the two photographs, I pondered at the handiwork of our Creator.

During my son’s Kindergarten year, the dental hygienist noted that our son was missing the tooth labeled as “Q.” He was greatly disturbed to be missing something that everyone else had. It bothered him so much that each time our son saw his school picture from that year he would point to the photograph or his mouth and state, “I’m missing Q.”

I tried to convince him missing “Q” did not matter. I explained it was only a baby tooth and he would eventually loose it anyway. I tried to convince him that the missing tooth would actually provide more space for the future adult teeth. With each explanation, my strong-willed five-year-old peered at me with a look that said, “Mom, you can’t fool me.”

Over dinner one evening, my husband explained that he also had teeth that never grew in. Andrew’s attitude instantly improved when he realized he was just like daddy.

Eight years later, the phrase “I’m missing Q” automatically stumbled out of my mouth when I saw this old photograph. Talking to the image of my five-year-old son, I said, “See you were so worried about this and you didn’t even need it.” Immediately a thought, perhaps the voice of God, downloaded into my brain. These words penetrated my heart, “April, what about you? What are you so worried about missing, that you don’t even need?”

My knees suddenly buckled. Pressing my palms against the refrigerator, I steadied myself. “Oh Lord,” I exclaimed. “Please forgive me!”whats-missing-meme

We spend too much energy fretting over missing pieces. We are afraid these lacking details will cause us to appear different and prevent us from fitting in or worse, prevent us from fulfilling our purpose.  But, what if we changed our perspective? Instead of complaining about the missing aspect of our life, what if we praised God for the extra space it provided. What if what’s missing allows God the space to plant a future blessing?

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Today, I ask you the same question that penetrated my heart.  Dear friend, what are you so worried about missing? Perhaps it is God’s way of making room for a future blessing. 

Last week, I explored the notion of having growing room in our faith in a blog titled, Soccer, Shoes and Faith: Growing Room. If you want to dive deeper into the idea of God making space and growing room for faith, I encourage you to also read this post.

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Congratulations to Dana S. for winning a free copy of 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild! Dana, I will be in touch soon.

~April Dawn White

*All Scripture is NIV from Bible Gateway. *Images courtesy of Thomas Nelson, author, and Pixabay.

© 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

66 Ways God Loves You: Book Review and Giveaway

book-coverIn her newest book, 66 Ways God Loves You, author Jennifer Rothschild invites the reader to “Experience God’s love for you in every book of the Bible.” 66 Ways God Loves You is a beautifully illustrated full color abridged collection of the 66 individual love letters known as the Bible.

Author, Jennifer Rothschild introduces the reader to her childhood and shares a glimpse of her own personal struggle. When she was eight years old, Rothschild recalls her grandmother giving her a red leather Bible. Seven years later, a rare retinal disease caused permanent blindness, changing the author’s life forever. While the retinal disease darkened her vision, it did not darken her view of our loving God.  “Something deep within me knew that just like the glue on the binding held its pages together, the truth in its pages would somehow hold me together too” (page 8).

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This book is stunning in beauty.  As you hold this book, light dances and the online images do not capture the beauty of the red foiled flowers. The beauty of this book and knowing the author cannot see it, is heartbreaking. Every page of this book is color illustrated. Rothschild presents each of the 66 Ways God Loves You in a 250-300 word synopsis. The author continues presenting the overarching theme for each way God loves you, by making it personal, and offering a meaningful takeaway to draw in your own heart.hope-stands-meme

Sample chapter summaries:

  1. In Genesis, He fashions you with His hands.
  2. In Exodus, He delivers you from slavery.
  3. In Leviticus, He gives you access to Himself.
  4. In Numbers, He shelters you in cities of refuge.
  5. In Deuteronomy, He guides you with His

 

The chapters that resonated with me the most were the Old Testament prophets that I am less familiar. For example in letter description she writes, “In Ezekiel God Brings Life to My Dry Bones.” Rothschild digs deeper by stating, “Sometimes we look at the landscape of our lives and see only a valley of dry bones. We look at dead dreams, lifeless hopes, and ruined relationships, and with Ezekiel, we wonder, Can these bones live? Can all this really come back to life? Can hope be resurrected?” Rothschild ends the chapter on Ezekiel offering the reader to ask God “to breathe new life into you” (page 86-87).

It is a great gift book for someone new to the faith or even a seasoned saint. Wherever you are in your journey, God’s desire is for you to know you are loved deeply.

Giveaway Details Below!

Drawing for a Free Copy of 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild

god-has-a-beautiful-plan-memeI am giving away one copy of 66 Ways God Loves You by Jennifer Rothschild. Winners will be announced the end of October. You can enter for a free drawing three ways:

  • Subscribe to www.RedChairMoments.com and you will receive a weekly dose of spiritual medicine for a healthy soul.
  • Already a subscriber? You can earn entries by SHARING this review on social media. You must be a subscriber for this to count. Each social media share earns you one entry, up to three. Please comment below if you have shared in a place I won’t be notified so I can announce the winner.
  • If you are already a subscriber, but don’t have a social media accounts, e-mail me at RedChairMoments@gmail.com to submit one entry for the giveaway.

~April Dawn White

Give Your Child the World Giveaway Book Winner

give-your-child-the-world-image_2Earlier this month, I posted my review of Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin.  When I posted the article, I offered a free giveaway to anyone who subscribed and/or shared. 

The winner of a free copy of Give Your Child the World is Michelle Gill! I will be in touch.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing. Stay tuned to Red Chair Moments in October. The next book to review and giveaway arrived this week and I am eager to share it with you.

Abundant blessings to you!

~April

Breaking Up with Perfect Book Giveaway Winner

Earlier this month, I posted my review of Breaking Up with Perfect by Amy Carroll. When I posted the article, I offered a free giveaway to anyone who subscribed and/or shared. Breaking Up with Perfect Giveaway Winner

The winner of a free copy of Breaking Up with Perfect is Meg Gemelli! I will be in touch.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing. Stay tuned to Red Chair Moments in October. The next book to review and giveaway arrived this week and I am eager to share it with you.

Abundant blessings to you!

~April

Give Your Child The World: Book Review & Giveaway

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By April Dawn White

As a mother of two middle school children, I am excited to set sail on a new adventure beyond our normal routine of school and sports/music practice. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time is a treasure trove of books. Author Jamie C. Martin, inspired by her Dad’s sense of adventure and her Mom’s interest in books, embarks the reader on an international journey from your home or local library.

As a wife Martin’s interest in raising globally minded kids continued as family members were added beyond international boarders. Jamie and her husband Steve (from England) have three children; one biological and two adopted from different countries. Their family of five represents four nationalities. Martin describes her family as a “Mini-United Nations.” Martin’s love for people, cultures, children, and reading is what prompted her to write this brilliant book.

Martin compares a multi-cultural reading list like a well-spread buffet. @jamie_cmartin Click To Tweet “Where hungry diners browse the offerings and take what looks appetizing” (page 45). In the chapter The Joy of Other Lands, Martin details how the recommended books are categorized and chosen. The subsequent chapters of the book represent different continents or geographical areas of the world. She also included a general multicultural chapter of books without a specific location but convey a global theme. The reading lists are organized by age range; 4-6 years, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12.give-your-child-the-world-image_2

 

 

Martin carefully selected “Books that convey the culture in which they take place with both inspiration and depth.” Only, “Titles that have lasting power–meaning they have been around long enough to prove themselves on the market” were chosen (page 47). By relying on professional reviews such as Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist, her book selection has merit in the publishing and education system.

 

Chapters five through twelve set sail through the Pacific waters of Australia and Polar Regions, voyage to Latin America, weave dreams in Asia, dance for rain in Africa, star gaze in Europe, sway to the silent music of the Middle East, and hitch our wagons across the prairies of North America. The four indexes in Give Your Child the World, provide a detailed cross-reference for an Author index, Country/Region index, Historical index, and Title index.

Give Your Child the World is a treasure trove of recommended multi-cultural reading, sure to whet your appetite for international travel. Jamie C. Martin skillfully designed, Give Your Child the World, as a unique resource for parents, homeschooling families, and teachers to raise a world-changer one book at a time.

Giveaway Details Below!

Drawing for a Free Book by Jamie C. Martin

I am giving away one copy of Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin. Winners will be announced on September 30 2016. You can enter for a free drawing three ways:

  • SUBSCRIBE to Red Chair Moments.com (with your first name and email address) and you will receive a weekly dose of spiritual medicine for a healthy soul.
  • Already a subscriber? You can earn entries by SHARING this review on social media. You must be a subscriber for this to count. Each social media share earns you one entry, up to three. Please comment below if you have shared in a place I won’t be notified so I can announce the winner.
  • If you are already a subscriber, but don’t have a social media accounts, e-mail me at RedChairMoments@gmail.com to submit one entry for the giveaway.

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