PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is now closed. But the story is still very much alive!
The series of events I’d like to tell you about today is not of the coincidence variety. I’m convinced.
It all started with my dear friend Alene. Or so I thought. Turns out, it started with my friend, Janelle.
Confession time: I’ve followed Janelle of Grace Tags for six months or so. And I’ve tried to win one of her giveaways longer than that. You see, she makes the most amazing Christian Jewelry and I’ve ached to wear it around my neck. Any of it.
So I would enter a giveaway when I saw them. I started following her on twitter. Then started reading her blog regularly via email. Before I knew it, I was convinced we were kindred sisters in Christ. And she has become a dear friend.
Then it happened. I received this in the mail! I had finally won one!!!
I was elated to say the least.
A day or two after receiving it, I read THIS POST from my friend Alene. Titled “Say What You Need to Say.” In the post, she mentions a quote from Jeff Goins where he asks the question:
If you had one thing to say to the world, what would it be?
Instantly, my indecisiveness fought to take over. Trying to cause me to miss what my heart was longing to reveal. But I knew how I would answer it. I just wasn’t sure how to phrase it quite yet.
Insecurity took over next and I ended up tweeting Alene about it. Asking her if she thought it was okay that I hadn’t perfected my one thing yet. Is it even worth it? Can it be my one thing? Would the world hear me, even though I don’t have all the answers?
Alene assured me. And encouraged me to jump and claim it. Still, I spent days mulling over even how to phrase it.
Until the young cashier asked me the question point-blank. And I knew.
“So, is that your motto or something?” she asks while swiping the jeans for my boy I found on clearance.
“I’m sorry, what?” and friends, I seriously thought she was talking about my frugal shopping.
“Your necklace. I noticed what it says. Is that your life’s motto?“
My back straightened, shoulders swung back as the light bulb went on. And I declared proudly, “Why yes. Yes it is my one thing. It’s what I’m striving for anyway. How about you — what’s your motto?“
She finishes swiping as she declares, “Oh, my mom would love you. I think mine is ‘live in the moment’ or something like that.” …. and then we proceeded to talk about what she wanted to do this summer, with her new drivers license and all.
Friends, all this time, it had been hanging from my neck. And oh how I want you to be able to say the same thing!
On to the Giveaway!
Dear Janelle has offered to give one of you (via random.org) any Grace Tags Aluminum Necklace found in her Christian Jewelery Line! (your choice which!)
THERE’S MORE! Janelle has also offered all of you a discount of 15% off any of her jewelry pieces FOUND HERE. Simply use the code “nikki” at checkout. Discount valid through July.
Would you like to win one of the aluminum pieces featured? Here’s how:
- MANDATORY: In comments, please answer this question:
Which necklace would you pick and why?
I would love it if you would also share with me your one thing…
which is optional for now. Because I’m not done talking about mine.
For Additional Entries:
- Follow Simplystriving either by email or Facebook and let me know in a separate comment which one you have chosen (Or both). Please leave an additional comment for this so random dot org works properly.
- Share this giveaway via social media. Your choice how (there are a plethora of options at the end of this post). Let me know in an additional comment which one you chose with the shared link if possible. One share per person is plenty.
NOTE: Only additional comments will be valid for an additional entry. Any Continental U.S. Resident may enter.
Winner will be chosen via Random.org on Thursday, July 19th at 10pm Central Time. I will contact the winner around that time. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
UPDATE: Congrats, Christina! You’re the winner! She has been contacted and has gotten back with her selection: Because of Grace. Thank you all who entered!
Here’s me today with my Grace Tags necklace. I LOVE IT!
And friends, I would love it if you would take the time to get to know my friend Janelle. She has a story to share and does it well on her blog. She is a joy to follow via Facebook (and does giveaways there as well). She shares about joy. grace. her battle with lymes. her son’s battle with the same illness. and brings God glory through all of it.
Thank you, Janelle, for sharing your handiwork here. Your friendship and display of grace astounds me.
And thank you, dear reader, for sharing your time with me.
Me. Who’s simply striving to let go and let God…
Disclaimer: I won a Grace Tag necklace in an unrelated giveaway. Janelle is too gracious to tell me what to say here. She is simply offering another. All opinions, including that I love her handiwork, are my own.