You may remember me sharing about a lovely book I read recently. You may remember I posed with the yellow book in my yellow room, and felt very happy about it all. You may have even wondered “What is all this fuss about, anyway?” Well today I’m happy to share a giveaway where you can win not only your own copy of the book Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs, but also a gorgeous Everlasting Light: Shine necklace from Dayspring!
These photos were taken at the camp where I serve every summer. It is a tiny, unassuming place, located near… nothing. It may be small, but it is a refuge to many. Driving by you might peg it as a farm- which was true, once. Barn, quonset hut, granary, farmhouse. It was abandoned by the family after a terrible tragedy many years ago. They left with dinner sitting on the table, uneaten. It easily could have remained just another toppled-over, deserted old farm, covered in layers of dust and junk. Useless. Forgotten.
But God. He does not give up or declare “This is beyond hope. Let’s give up on this one and start with a clean slate somewhere else.” He renews and restores, putting in the hard work with great patience.
In her book, Deidra shares the Bible story of the widow who makes a loaf of bread for Elijah, using the very last of her flour and oil. She writes,
“God hears our desire for purpose; He knows when our dreams have turned to dust and all we know to do is figure out how to eat that last meal before giving it all up for good. ‘Make the bread,’ He says to us when we find ourselves scraping the bottom of the barrel and coming up with nothing. Do the next thing. Do the next, small thing. God is not measuring by the world’s standards. God set the world in motion, and God is making all things new- every little thing.”
Now days the farm is a camp for kids (and adults!) to have fun and grow in their faith. The barn loft is a chapel, a holy space for worship and learning. The granary serves as a bunkhouse. The quonset is a gym, offices, snack shop, game room. The farmhouse is where we gather to eat delicious meals. The sunsets stop you in your tracks, and the stars glow brightly in the night sky.
It’s where I go to be still, and know that He is God. He gives me hope when all I can think is, “Impossible,” He brings light to the darkness, and He is making all things new.
Giveaway is open to US & Canada only, and no P.O. Boxes, please. (And- I would recommend this book for both men and women. The necklace could make a good gift! Just saying, this is a giveaway for everyone! If you want to learn more about the book go to Amazon or read my review.)
To enter- just leave a comment! Tell me about a place where you go to “get away” and be still. Or just say hi!
I will choose a winner at random and close the giveaway on Friday. (And make sure I have a way to get in touch with you! Blog or email.) I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.