Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book Giveaway Winners Announced, Elisabeth Elliot's Visit & Wednesday's Prayer & LinkUp Party!

Hi, everyone! Lots going on in today's post! So let's jump in right away. 

First off, today I'm announcing who won my recent Christian Book Giveaway. The first two names I drew each will receive Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love are You Making (for married women) and the third name I drew will receive Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom (for teen girls).

And the winners are:
  1. Terry 
  2. Jana Hagan
  3. MyNameisAnn88
Terry and Jana will receive a copy of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love are You Making. MyNameisAnn88 will recieve a copy of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom.

Congratulations to our winners! If you won, please contact me by writing me here and letting me know that you are claiming your prize! I will need your mailing address. If I don't hear from you by midnight, Friday, January 31, I will pull another name out of the hat, and tell the others on the next Wednesday LinkUp Party the new winner's name and continue until we get a winner.

  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧

Our family was so blessed this week to have Elisabeth Elliot, her husband Lars, and their two caregivers in our home for a weekend visit. Okay, do I even need to tell anyone what an honor and blessing it was to have them in our home? Her two young caregivers have such servant spirits and blessed us so much by just meeting them. 

One of the highlights for me was coming home from our church on Sunday and singing hymns together in our living room (yes, it was such a huge accomplishment to get us all ready, fed, dressed, and out the door early enough to get there before church began!) Thank you, Lord! 

We tried to sing Elisabeth's favorites, which I had written on a sheet of paper ever since she gave them to me about 10 years ago. She had told me, "I have about 70 favorites..." Here's a link to 3 of the hymns we sang (the man you hear singing is Elisabeth's husband; I didn't include them for the quality of our singingsome parts were hard for us to sing together; I wanted you to hear some of her favorite hymns and words as we sang them to her so you could "feel" you were here in spirit, too ☺)

Click the hymn title to hear us sing:

Beneath the Cross of Jesus "I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face..."
How Great Thou Art (singing all the verses—the only way Elisabeth taught us!)
And Can it Be (they always ended on this hymn when they had hymn singing at their house.)

{Then Mary serenaded Elisabeth and Lars by singing them, "Over the Rainbow." Mary loved singing them the line, "Dreams really do come true," because having them back in our home was a dream come true for Mary, and she has saved Elisabeth a dried yellow rose for her since March! Just before they left the next day, Mary serenaded them again this time with "For Good," from Wicked. She loved singing the line, "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good," and she sang it straight into their dear faces }

My blind daughter, Mary, loved sitting with and talking to Elisabeth. When Mary was born, Elisabeth told me I had been given, "The Gift of Suffering," a gift that Elisabeth herself had been given with the death of two husbands.

I couldn't resist capturing this photo of Mary's hand in Elisabeth's.
My prayer is that my girls, Mary and Blair, and the other young women of our day
who are now two generations away from Elisabeth,
learn the Biblical truths that Elisabeth taught.

You might also like this previous post of their Spring, 2013 visit here. (Or feel free to type in "Elisabeth Elliot" in the search bar on the right side bar of my home page, or click her photo at the top of my home page for a complete list of prior posts).

  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧  ❧

It's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!). I may not be able to reply as I am working on writing a companion study for my new book coming out, but I will absolutely read your prayer and pray for you (click the word "COMMENT" located below my signature below, under the colorful social media 
sharing squares:-)


If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party! For readers, enjoy the blog party below!
♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  

I'd love to connect with you on your favorite spot:

You may follow my blog here or on Bloglovin'. 

Walk by Faith,


  1. Please pray I would be focused to write the Companion Study Guide for my Book coming out end of the year (never written a study guide before), for Mary's school schedule to be successfully worked out, & that I would listen better when others are speaking beginning with my husband. Let me know what I can pray for you!

    1. Father we ask for focus for Juana as she is writing the companion study guide for her book, and for Mary's school schedule to be worked out perfectly. Also Father that Juana would listen better when others are speaking starting with her husband. We all could use a dose of that. We thank you Father and praise you.

    2. Oh, thank you Jana! Means so much!

  2. My favorite post of yours ever! Elizabeth Elliot would be my #1 hero and the reason I'm the woman I am today. How Great Thou Art was my Grandma's favorite and I was able to make a recording for her just before she passed suddenly at age 67. Such a special song now connected to two very special women in my life . Thank you for sharing this. Praying for you!

    1. How wonderful Jennifer that you were able to make that recording for your grandmother not knowing she was about to suddenly pass away! That is so neat about the influence Elisabeth Elliot has had on you!

  3. Prayers for Wayne as he gets back test results from his biopsy taken two weeks ago during surgery. Specifically that it come back negative which would mean no cancer!
    Prayers for many of us here in Alabama dealing with what was supposed to be a dusting of snow. We ended up with 2+ inches. Many kids are stranded at school, many stranded at work and in cars. They let school out at 11:30 and mine left school (I don't think they were supposed to) and went an alternate route home but were not able to get down a steep hill. They left the car at a friends and walked about 2 miles home with a friend. Hubby decided he needed to try and go to work but got stuck in the interstate. He was able to turn around and spent 2 hours trying to get get the two miles from the interstate to home. He finally ditched the car at a church and walked the last mile. Then the boys waled back another mile or so to meet a friend and his younger brother and now they are all here. So we have 8 people here, 7 males. Maybe I need prayer too! :)

    1. We will certainly keep lifting up Wayne. He is so blessed to have a praying friend like you, Jana! WOW! you all in Alabama had quite a surprise!!!

  4. Thanks, Juana, for hosting the link-up!! I always enjoy reading here! And I'm praying for Lars and Elizabeth and for your family.
    Also, I am not trying to respond to every comment from bloggers...wanting to go deeper and not wider, and that determines who gets visited. Blessings in the name of Jesus!

    1. I'm so so blessed that you make time to come to the party for just a few minutes, Jacqueline! Your godly, feminine blog posts are such a wonderful contribution!!! Thank YOU for your prayers!

  5. Oops! I AM trying to respond to every blogger....eek!

  6. Good morning Juana, It sounds like you have had an awesome time with Elisabeth! I pray for clearity while writing your study guide! The Lord will bless you in all you do! Please pray for healing as my diabetis continues to take a toll on my health! They are saying that I have stage 3 kidney failure! The Dr. seems hopeful that some medications could be causing some of the problems! God is faithful and had this all under control! Thank so much for doing what you do! It is greatly appreciated:-) Have a great day! Blessings, Anita

    1. Dear Anita, Lifting up your kidneys to The Great Physician right now, and for wisdom for your doctors! I so appreciate your prayer on my writing, means so much to me. Prayer makes a difference!

  7. I love love love this, your blog and Elizabeth Elliot! What a blessing to share life with her!!

    I just started up my blog and would love it if you could follow me too??

    On Bloglovin its http://www.bloglovin.com/amykiddwalker


    Amy Walker


Thank you for your comment!