Redeemed {And A Giveaway}

My hands were drenched in play-dough, colored markings, and confetti stuck on with glue droppings when the doorbell rang. My senses shifted from the task at hand as I noticed the familiar whirring of the delivery truck. My son joined in, trying to yell out the letters on the truck before it raced out of view. I sprang down the steps like it was Christmas morning. For I knew this package was for me. For me to share with you.

I had no idea what was inside, but I knew I was going to love it. For I had seen Dayspring’s Redeemed line online and was encouraged by the intent behind it. When (in)courage invited me to take part in the redeemed journey, I happily obliged.

The vase was opened first. It glistened in the sun breaking through storm clouds and I instantly knew what I wanted to place inside it. Hydrangeas. Full bloomed, color-dripping hydrangeas. But there are none to be found. Not yet anyway. I reached for a tall candle instead and my thoughts started stirring when I surrounded it with polished rocks.

For isn’t that what happens with redemption? We are polished clean by His scarred hand. Our ordinary is made extraordinary with His unfailing love and unfathomable grace.

My preschooler oohed and aahed alongside me and said “Mom, I’m so excited! You love rocks as much as I do! Can I pick some rocks to put in your beautiful thing?”

The long, thin, heavy box was next. When I opened it and saw the caption on the back, I was captivated.

Life is a patchwork of the meaningful things we keep with us…
daily reminders of where we’ve come from
and who our loving Heavenly Father says we are in Jesus.

And my finger traced along the lines of the patchwork design on the package. Inside it were amazing coasters glazed with glory. Perfectly selected Bible verses adorn each one. Except the one graced with one of my adored hymns: Blessed Assurance. And I scanned quickly to ensure my favorite stanza was on it:

♪♫ Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Saviour am happy and blest.
Watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with His goodness, lost in His love. ♪♫

Yes, this is my story. My song. One I am striving to live all the day long.

May you discover how to celebrate the way “God, in His generous grace, sews together every beautiful bit of our lives to form one masterpiece creation after another.” For every piece of every day is stitched together perfectly with grace. Every note of every lifesong is an essential part of the great score.

And so I choose to delight in the journey. I strive to get lost in His love. And as I sit down to play the hymn glazed on my new favorite coaster, I praise the One who chose to redeem me.

~~~~~ON TO THE GIVEAWAY~~~~~

Friends, Dayspring is allowing me to give away my favorite item of the entire Redeemed line to one of you! PLEASE NOTE: You do have to pay shipping.

Would you like to have this Redeemed “Beautiful in It’s Time” Tabletop Mirror?

I adore it. And would love for you to win.

TO ENTER: Simply leave a comment letting me know where the mirror would go if you won.

FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: you may follow Simplystriving on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. Simply leave an additional comment(s) letting me know which one you chose. (Feel free to choose all if you don’t mind hearing me jabber.)

Winner will be chosen via random Friday, April 20th at 12pm Central Time. I will email the winner a coupon code to redeem your prize soon after.

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Winner is #3: Kris! You can visit her at one of my favorite blogs: AlwaysAlleluia . Thank you, everyone, who participated!


{DISCLAIMER: I was given these products for my review, but was not told what to say. These thoughts are my own. There are numerous links in this post that allow you to purchase these items and more. Please know I am not an affiliate of anything and will not be rewarded if you do.}

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,

Nikki

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47 thoughts on “Redeemed {And A Giveaway}

  1. Nikki – I love reading your blog and am thankful for the inspiration!!! If I won the mirror it would go in my bathroom as a daily reminder to me of how God sees me!! Thanks again

  2. Love your new treasures!! Your coaster looks so “at home” on your piano…I can certainly see you sitting down to the keys, cup in hand, song in heart, and waiting for Him to move through you to make beautiful music together. The thought warms my heart. 🙂

    As for the giveaway, I could find any number of wonderful places in my home to place this mirror so as to have the reminder of being fearfully and wonderfully made in my constant view….but truly if I were to win, I have a friend who needs that message much more than I (praise God for this mighty work in my life recently!)…and so I would place it at her house.

  3. sweet post…I don’t have twitter for FB…just a comment here…the mirror would go in my daughter’s room…a constant reminder for her in this daily becoming as a teen…blessings to you~

    • Thank you, Ro, for entering my giveaway. I hope you win one of these mirrors elsewhere (visit (in)courage deals for more chances) as I so want your daughter to have one of these!!!

  4. Love the coaster, cup, and piano picture! It’s everything “You” (I imagine you have a Chia Latte in there). Very cute mirror! I’m assuming family cannot win, so I’ll let it go to someone else. Great choice!

  5. I would put the mirror in my living room as that is where guests come into my home. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!!

    • Thank you, Janet, for entering my giveaway. Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      All for Him,
      Nikki

    • Thank you, Gabrielle, for entering my giveaway. Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one and be blessed!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      All for Him,
      Nikki

  6. well, if I won, this would definitely go to my daughter. She has just gone through a terrible abusive marriage and divorce and so needs lifting up in His love for her and His thoughts on who she is. She needs to see herself in Christs love. So I would give this to her for her new place as a constant reminder of How the Lord sees her when she looks in the mirror!
    Cathy pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

    • Thank you, Cathy, for entering my giveaway. Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want your daughter to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      (thank you for subscribing!)
      All for Him,
      Nikki

    • Thank you, Courtney, for entering my giveaway. It is so great to be redeemed! What a blessing!
      Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      All for Him,
      Nikki

  7. If I won, I would put this in my daughter’s room. It’s so sweet and matches her decor. Her dresser doesn’t have a mirror, so it would also be useful. 🙂

    • Thank you, Kimberly, for entering my giveaway.
      Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want your daughter to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      (thank you so much for subscribing!)
      All for Him,
      Nikki

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  9. The mirror would go in my bedroom so I would remember that God loves me no matter what happens!

    chrisziegler69 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Thank you, Chris, for entering my giveaway. Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      Thank you for the new follows! I pray you will be blessed…
      All for Him,
      Nikki

  10. I am an email subscriber.
    I love your blog! I hope I can win this, thank you for the chance.

    chrisziegler69 (at) gmail (dot) com

    • Thank you, Jeanie, for entering my giveaway. Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving or my facebook page again soon! I’d love to get to know you.

      All for Him,
      Nikki

    • Thank you, Kim, for entering my giveaway. (Kris @ Always Alleluia won)
      Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want your daughter to have one!
      Hugs to you, friend. Enjoy your weekend!
      All for Him,
      Nikki

    • Thank you, Krstin, for entering my giveaway.
      Please feel free to visit (in)courage deals for more chances to win this — I so want you to have one!
      And stop by Simplystriving again soon! I’d love to get to know you.
      All for Him,
      Nikki

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