Give the Gift of God’s Promises this Christmas {FREE Download}



Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

A gift that is personal, powerful, costs only a little
but means a whole LOT…

Last year, I wanted to give my husband, JJ, a gift he wouldn’t just open Christmas morning, but one he would enjoy and look forward to using, long after the Christmas tree was down.

Here’s what I did:

  • I found an small old wooden box JJ loved and fill it with personalized Bible promises.
  • I typed up our favorite encouraging verses, put his name in each verse. printed them out, cut them up individually and filled the box. I loved picturing him reading God’s words personalized just for him. For instance, Jeremiah 29:11, “JJ, I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.”
  • I wrapped up the box and tucked it under our tree. JJ said it was one of his favorite gifts of all!

There is nothing more powerful than the gift of God’s promises. The perfect gift for Christmas morning and every day the year.



where you will find a link for
“The Gift of God’s Promises  {100 Verses to Personalize}”
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When My Sunday Heart Dreads the Monday Hurry {a promise & a prayer}

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7, NLT


As I look at the week ahead, Lord, my mind is crowded with thoughts and things.
Competing thoughts fight for my attention; cutting in front of each other to be first in line.
Too many things on my to-do list that feel urgent; tempting me to neglect what is most important.

Jesus, I want You to be first in line, leading my days and decisions.
When concerns consume me and worry comes, hel[ me pause and tell You what I need and
thank YOU for what You have already done. I long for Your peace to surpass my understanding,
and for Your promises to guard my heart and my mind as I live in {and follow after} You.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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God sees. God hears. God answers. {Target gift card & book GIVEAWAY}

In May 2013, our son Andrew told us he was an atheist. The boy we knew and loved had been fading away for months, but we couldn’t get him to tell us why. Now we knew.

We prayed. We begged God to intervene. We had no idea how He would answer. 

If you’ve ever prayed for someone you desperately loved …

If you’ve ever needed to know God hears you, and He’s working in ways you can’t see …

If you’ve ever longed to see God bring good out of something really hard … 

If you don’t do anything else today, please WATCH this video.


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along with a copy of “Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way.” This is a powerful story of faith, hope and uncommon courage. Zach and his family have inspired ours to live with intentional meaning and purpose - no matter how hard life getsMy 19 and 16 year old boys both read the book in less then two days. It’s that good! #ChristmasGiftIdeas #GoodReads

In this video, you heard about God’s HUGE unexpected surprise for Laura and me. What was it? What is one thing Laura prayed for — that she told Andrew he was for her??  

CLICK “Share Your Thoughts” below this point to enter. YOUR COMMENT enters you to win the  $20 TARGET Gift Card and a copy of ““Fly a Little Higher.”  Winners will be chosen and announced this weekend!



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How God Answered A Not-So-Small Prayer In A Really Big Way { + a GIVEAWAY}

When Laura Sobiech and I planned time to talk about her memoir, “Fly a Little Higher,”
we had no idea God had already connected our lives in the most unexpected way.

What unfolded just two days before our interview left us both in tears and in awe of God. 

If you’re reading this via email CLICK HERE to watch a short video that will give your heart a huge dose of HOPE and encouragement! I promise, you do not want to miss it!!

It’s been two weeks since Laura, Andrew and I talked via SKYPE and
I’m still undone by God’s grace, mercy, kindness and sovereignty.  


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Fly a Little Higher: a life changing story {+ Book GiveAway}

“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big.
I want someone’s life to be changed forever.”

This is what Laura Sobiech prayed when she found out her seventeen-year-old son, Zach, had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her child to God’s will and God answered her prayers in a big way.

One of the things Zach decided to do was write songs as a way to say “goodbye” to his family and friends. And what God did next is indescribable {watch Zach’s video below}


Last week Laura and I talked via SKYPE, and I recorded our conversation to share with you so YOUR life to be as impacted as mine has been. Laura’s faith is rare, her wisdom, grace and her poignant perspective will rearrange your heart with hope and comfort. Her’s is an amazing story of a mother’s honest struggle to trust God with her child’s life and a teenage boy’s determination to live his final days with unending purpose and joy!

In my next post, Laura shares what she prayed and how God moved in big ways – in her heart and soul, in Zach’s life and perspective, in her whole family and in millions of lives across the world!! 

God had bigger plans than they could fathom.
In May 2013 a documentary called “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech” was released on the Soul Pancake YouTube channel and went viral – reaching over 12.3 million people within months of its release. During the week of Zach’s death, on May 20, 2013, his song “Clouds” reached #1 on iTunes and made its way up Billboard’s Top 100 chart, debuting at #26, and topping the Rock Digital Downloads at #1.

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We’re so excited to share the big news that Laura’s memoir, FLY A LITTLE HIGHER: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way” is the Target Holiday Book Club Pick!!

Just released this week, this exclusive edition created for Target is signed by Laura, and has special bonus materials including an in-depth Q&A with Laura, discussion questions for readers, small groups and families, and really powerful devotionals in the back!

Will you join us in praying this message will reach people who don’t know Jesus; hearts who desperately need His grace and love!!


Share your thoughts in the comments about Zach and Laura’s story, and why you’d like to win Fly A Little Higher  or who you’ll give a copy to this Christmas!!

Our family has been so impacted by this book, and Zach’s story, we’re giving it away as our Christmas gift to friends, extended family, co-workers, the kids’ teachers, and whoever else God puts on our heart.

I’ll share more of the amazing story behind Fly A Little Higher tomorrow, and a chance to WIN the book and a beautiful “Clouds” necklace. Plus a huge thing God did that connects our lives in a way we didn’t know about. It all unfolded in a way only God could orchestrate.

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Ebook {Cyber} Sale

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Your Life Still Counts {guest post & giveaway}

God has a plan for your life and a purpose for your future.

No matter what you’ve been through or what’s been done to you, if you’re still breathing God isn’t finished with you yet!  Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Other times we need to be persuaded to believe it’s true.

In her new book, Your Life Still Counts, my friend and author, Tracie Miles shares how she convinced herself that God couldn’t use her. There were too many things she had done wrong. But over time as Tracie came to know Christ she realized she was the perfect candidate for His transforming power. Through her brokenness Jesus could show off His grace and goodness. The very things Tracie believed  “disqualified” her from ministry are now some of the most impactful parts of her life’s mission and message. Today, I invited Tracie to share some encouragement I think all of our hearts need to hear:


“Have you ever felt like you had nothing special to offer God? Like maybe He doled out the spiritual gifts to everyone else and forgot to give any to you? If so, I want to challenge you to think again.

God has divinely designed a unique purpose for your life. And, you are the only one gifted to fulfill it! 

But, before we can discover and embrace what God has gifted us to do, we need to do a little looking back instead of just looking forward. The reality is that God has equipped us to minister to others through the experiences of our past.

But most of us don’t want to look back. We want the past to be the past, and keep trudging ahead. We don’t think about mistakes or hurts. We’d rather bury them in our hearts than talk about them with God, much less anyone else.

But when we do that we prevent our faith from fully blossoming, and we get caught up in trying to figure out how our skills and talents might serve God. What if instead, we look back and discover how our life can serve as a shining testament of His power?

We need is more than gift-assessment; we need a life-assessment to help us discover how our journey has equipped us for God’s divine purposes.

With each situation you have experienced or endured, you have been equipped to serve God.

Your experiences have been used by Christ to strengthen you and your faith. And now He is calling you to be an example of what He is capable of doing. Not just a witness for Christ, but a witness of His power in your life. Because your life matters to God, you do have something of great significance to offer Him – and it’s you.

No one can tell your story of healing, redemption, and purpose like you can.

Even if your experience is similar to someone else’s story, your perspective of what happened and your witness to the power of God’s intervention will be different and unique.

Second Corinthians 1:4 says, “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” Your experiences do not nullify your purpose in life; they prepare you for the purpose God destined you for. They do not void you from being able to participate in ministry, but instead they equip you for it.

Your life-change, healing, faith walk, and journey of transformation could be the story that reaches the broken heart of someone who has lost hope; someone who feels like their life doesn’t matter; someone who has never believed there is a God.

No one is equipped, trained, or qualified to share your story and your faith journey except you.

You are unique. Your experiences are unique. Your story is unlike any other.

Only you can glorify God through your one-of-a-kind design by bringing comfort to others as you allow your past to become the foundation of your personal ministry. When surrendered to Christ, your past experiences will become your most profound equipping and training.

As we gather with people this Thanksgiving and Christmas, let’s look for opportunities to love on them, share our hearts and our stories, and be open to how God wants to us for His divine purpose to bring hope, comfort and love to those around us. And let’s make our lives count for Christ!


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Enter to Win

We are giving away 4 copies of  Your Life Still Counts! Two of you will win two copies (one to keep and one to give away)! To enter to win, simply share your thoughts about today’s post and let us know who you would give the second copy to! [If you’re reading this via email, please click here to enter to win! All entries must be on my blog under this post.]


Guiltless Living {Giveaway} Winners

gingerhubbardbookcover The three winner’s of  the You Were Made For Guiltless Living are: Sarah T., Samantha L., and Mary K.

You will each receive a copy of Ginger Hubbard’s Guiltless Living!
We have the winner’s emails from your entries, so we will be in touch to get your mailing addresses.


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