Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Share the Shelter and Giveaway

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory. R. A. Torey


Those of you who know Abby from Little Birdie Blessings know what a sweetheart she is.  Abby is a pastor's wife from Maine and loves vintage graphics with scriptures and hymns.  Her blog is a papercrafter's dream filled with free vintage printables.  

I was delighted to win a vintage postcard bundle from her last giveaway.  Abby had everything packaged so special and even tucked in some verses in a tiny glassine envelope. I decided I like to win!

Although I love Abby's gift, there's another prize I'm working on winning. Instead of leaving comment love on a blog, I must run a race. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, "I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself."

Paul's words could have come from my mouth: "I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back (Philippians 3:12-14).

Off and running and not turning back.  I'm running for the prize. My eye has caught the bright reflection from the crown of righteousness. God the Father welcomes me to the race, Jesus paid the entrance fee and the Holy Spirit keeps my eyes on the goal.  

I'm not the first one to receive the prize.  I won't be the last.  But "I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."


Share the Shelter and Giveaway

Share the Shelter is open to everyone. I love variety so link your craft and recipes ideas we can use for sheltering.  Link your posts that encourage us in our walk with God.  We're a family here at the Sheltering Tree so make sure you visit the link before yours.  

Since I won, I want you to win, too. There's a $25.00 Amazon gift certificate for those of you who leave a comment.  Those who link up get an extra entry.
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38 comments:

Denise said...

Your heart is pure gold.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you! I'll link my post up if that's OK! Sweet hugs!

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

You are a great encourager! It's your gift!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm linked up! Thank you!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Cheering each other on,
building up one another,
inspiriting one another to love and good deeds..
EnJoy your blessed week, Pamela!

Jill said...

What a lovely and encouraing post!

Sharon said...

Thanks for hosting the link up. I goofed (again!). My post was linked twice, because it kept sending me to a linky website when I clicked on the photo I wanted, so I started over, it wasn't there, then when I went through the process again, it WAS there. So sorry. Feel free to delete one if you want.

You are so kind to pass along a prize!

Connie Nelson said...

Love your beautiful heart and I love your wonderful studies. Thanks for hosting :)

J said...

Thank you for a great giveaway and fun link party! Always love coming here - it is such a welcoming, loving place to be!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Pamela, thank you for your linky party and for the give-a-way. I'm not sure that anybody will really appreciate my entry this week, and feel some may flat out judge me for it, but sometimes life gets hard, and I can't help but think that somebody out there can relate to my post. I am thinking of it as "Shelter Yourself".

Kathy M.

Esther Asbury said...

I'm with you in a)running the race and b)loving Abby's prizes and blog!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Run, Pamela, Run!!!!
The race may be hard...but what about the wind in your face and the endorphins of the run on the way to the prize? :)

I love your pretties. How wonderful that you did win.

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting this party!

Terra said...

Those are darling cards that you won, and your give away of the Amazon gift card sounds fabulous, so please enter me. I am running the race too.

Denise said...

Love this Pamela; what a blessed encouragement for this morning. I strongly believe that running the race for God can change lives one race at time! He changes the desires of our heart to line up with His will and His Plan and then (and only then) can we run the race set before us with speed and endurance. :) :)

Blessings and love my friend,
Denise

Elizabethd said...

This is such an encouraging post. Thank you Pamela. I've linked up again.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Pamela, I'm so glad you're pleased with the prize you won from my blog, thank you for the link back, and for photographing everything in such a beautiful way, as well as your kind words. Yes, I am with you, pressing toward the prize, we must keep persevering. Thank you for hosting this link up and for your encouraging and inspiring blog. ~ Abby

Judith said...

That stationary is beautiful!!! Thanks fo

Judith said...

That stationary is beautiful!!! Thanks fo

Judith said...
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Judith said...

That stationary is beautiful!! Thanks for hosting the linkup!! Have a wonderful day!!

Mindy said...

Thanks for that reminder of what our focus really ought to be. =)

Sharon said...

Great post! Yes, sometimes my legs are tired, and I feel out of breath - but I am running my race. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I will stay on my feet and reach the finish line!!

NO. TURNING. BACK.

GOD BLESS!

Ana Sullivan from The Lost Apron said...

I just received your email after I posted my blog so I didn't get your link on there. Thank you for hosting this. The content is so rich.

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

What a wonderful message! Thanks for the party! Hope you're having a happy day! This week's Homemaking Linkup is up and I would love to have you join, if you haven’t already.

Blessings,
Mrs. Sarah Coller

GraceGal said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog, Pamela. It's nice to meet you:)

Chenille Cottage said...

My dear sister in our precious Lord and Savior,
Thank you for bringing a sweet fragrance into my day. Your blog is a testimony of God's goodness and faithfulness.
Thank you for your encouraging spirit.
To God be the glory!
Blessings,
Carolynn

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. Thank you for your kind words.

Chenille Cottage said...

Ooops...I almost forgot to let you know that I will be adding you to my list of links at the bottom of my post.
Carolynn xo

Noelle the dreamer said...

An inspiring post Pamela and thank you for your kind comment!
I will have to take a moment to browse through your many posts but I wanted to say how beautiful I found the smiles in your banner!
I add my name in the hat for the giveaway and I thank you for such a sweet opportunity!
May His light shine upon you and yours always,

Anonymous said...

Hello Pamela,

Thank you for visiting my blog today. So nice to see you there.

Blessings!
Hope

RicKaren said...

Darling vintage cards! Congrats on winning! I mean to win too--Paul's race, that is. Sometimes the running part is easier than the patience part. =) Great post, as usual!

Natalie said...

So glad that this is a race worth running. I'm also grateful that it's a marathon not a sprint (I'm not that fast anymore!). We've been called to endure and I'm grateful that we have others encouraging us along the way! Thank you for such a lovely post and a very encouraging blog. God bless.

no spring chicken said...

I like to win too.. Such a race is so worthy of the work out and dedication. Oh how I want that prize!

Blessings, Debbie

Rebecca said...

I DO like to win, too. (Just don't like to link!) Your "win" was SO precious - tempts me to enter more....but sadly must limit my time & focus.

I ♥ the lesson/reminder here, Pamela. As usual, very skillfully and aptly put...

Straining to keep my eyes on the goal, Rebecca

S. Etole said...

What a fun package to receive in the mail. The eternal prize is the best.

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

these are good words to remember...prepare on our knees before the next battle comes

Laurie Collett said...

Keep running, Pamela! Keep your eyes on the Prize! When it's all said and done, what else matters, but the race we run for Him and that He runs through us? Thanks for the lovely post & for hosting & God bless!

Relyn Lawson said...

As wonderful as it would be to win, I really just wanted to say, "Hello, friend." Take care and happy spring.