Jesus Calling Giveaway

Welcome to all of you who’ve clicked over by way of my Encouragement for Today devotion. If you haven’t read it, click here to catch up with the rest of us. Don’t forget to come back!


After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to “listen” to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her.

It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue.

She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping her grow closer to God.

Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title of these thoughts-turned -book, Jesus Calling.

In keeping with the theme of Jesus Calling, I’m offering the following as a giveaway to one of my cyber friends:

~ The book/journal Jesus Calling with space each day for your own journaling.

~ A set of fine-tip Sharpies–my favorite kind of pen :-)

~ A week-at-a-glance schedule pad to write down your appointments with God & others.

~ A pair of fuzzy, shea-infused, lavender-scented lounge socks from Bath & Body Works to keep you comfy when you are spending time with God.

~ Two packets of flavored hot cocoa–one raspberry & one tiramasu.

Will you leave a comment today to be entered in the drawing? Tell us what distractions keep you from connecting with God during your day.

Or what changes you’d like to see in this area.

Or, if you’d just like the giveaway to help you in your quest to connect with God, simply say “I’m in!”

The winner will be announced Monday.

Speaking of winners, congrats to the winner of 31 Days to a Younger You. She is: Lana. Send your home address to me at [email protected]

Happy Weekend, everyone!

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  1. Wonderful devotion! When I take time to spend with Jesus it’s ironic how the “troubles” of the day don’t seem so bad and how different my reaction to them is verses when I haven’t take the time.

  2. I let my life get so busy because of my inability to say “no”, my desire to please others, and my desire to feel good about the things I do. Could this all be wrapped up in pride – an idol that I struggle with on a day to day basis? Once again, God is reminding me of his desire that I focus on Him and listen.

  3. I try to start every day off with a “meeting” with God, but sometimes I don’t always put Him first because of a million and one different reasons, but I find on the days I make Him a top priority things just go better. So I’m going to really focus on making my meetings with God my first meeting of every single day to show him how blessed I am to share another day and another meeting with Him.

  4. I will say this is something I desperately need to work on, it seems when times are busy I can’t find stillness. This is something is something I have been working on, learning to be still even in the most chaotic of times, I think this Is the most important time to be still and make even more time with God.

  5. For me it is the computer…hands down. I am working on scheduling my day so that I can give priority to what God has for me.

    Blessings to you always!

  6. The last couple of weeks I have failed miserably at setting priorities in my Bible Study and prayer. The devil has really been trying to tear me down. My husband and I are both out of work and week before last was my last unemployment check. Also, my husband has no income. I’m trying so hard to let go and let God but the devil keeps putting worrying in my head. Been getting sick over worrying so much. I’m praying I can at least get a part-time job until my Social Security starts in April. I need the prayers of everyone if you would please.

  7. What keeps me from spending time alone with God is Me. I wont get up when my alarm goes off. I just want to stay in bed and not face the day. Whats so sad is he gave me what i wanted a place where i can be alone with him quietly without interuptions.

  8. I think I am my biggest distraction from God even when I’m praying sometimes. What I mean is that sometimes I’m so busy telling God all about what’s going on that I feel like I’m being “that friend” toward God. You know the one I’m talking about– the one who is so busy running her mouth about HER life that she never stops to ask about yours or even to listen to bits of input you might offer. As my mother would say, “My mouth runneth over.” Sometimes it’s fine to vent to God or to tell him all about it, but sometimes we need to just sit in His presence and listen. And that’s what I’m working on. Bit by bit. Just spending time with God and listening.

  9. My family situation gets me very distracted and can change my focus. Without God I don’t know what I would do.

  10. Wow, what hasn’t distracted me from time with God would probably be an easier answer. I’m constantatly telling myself I need to do better, then I let every little thing come between us. And I’m ashamed to admit that even when I do committ and follow through my mind wonders to other things and don’t really conntect. I REALLY want a closer relationship with our God, but struggle constantly. sigh. Thanks for what you do Karen, it certainly helps with the struggles. God bless.

  11. I am distracted by getting ready in the morning, getting the kids ready, getting to work, working, picking up the kids, getting dinner, washing clothes…you see the cycle…it seems that God calls me all day, and I say – hold on. I am so thankful that he will stay on hold for so long. And it never fails that after I’ve taken even just 10 minutes with him, I seem to have more time, be less rushed, and happier. Now…if I could just remember that every time he calls! But honestly, I take the time I can to be with him…on my drive in to work with christian music and prayer, walking down the hall to the bathroom, anywhere I can take a moment with him throughout the day!

  12. I’m a retiree . . . I yearn for calls from our daughters . . . your comments made me think “just maybe God is yearning for my calls” as I yearn for calls. This pretty much took me by surprise or just say it took a hold of me.

  13. I just read the devotional for today and it really hit home. I know Jesus has been calling to spend time with me and although I know that when I do spend time with Him, my whole world gets better, other things just pop up and take my attention away. As a working wife who is now the sole income producer for our family (my husband recently got laid off) and a mom of an energetic little 2-year old, I often put God on the backburner without even realizing I’ve done so…until it’s late at night in the quiet of my bed before I fall asleep while trying to talk to Him. I’m trying to make God top priority, please pray for me. :)

  14. My distraction is often sleep. I like to spend time with God in the mornings before everyone else gets up, but often find myself allowing extra sleep to cut into His and my time together. Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  15. I just read your encouragement for the day and I could feel my heart sink as I realized immediately that I had been ignoring the call of my Father. You see my dad was killed when I was only three, so when I read your dad was calling I thought of God, who I as a child had adopted to be my dad.
    What a great Dad He has been too. Always gently guiding me through life with love and patience. Only for me to think “I’ll talk to Him later”. Thank you for reminding me of how precious He is to me.

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