Giveaways

CSB Notetaking Bible Giveaway!

on December 1, 2017 in Giveaways with 573 comments by

Let me just tell ya’ll something -the Bible is POWERFUL. God is really generous in tending to my heart and soul, and so much of that happens for me through reading and studying the Bible. The cool thing about the CSB Notetaking Bible is that it’s designed to enhance personal Bible study as well as preparation for teaching. My favorite part (shoutout to my fellow journalers) is that this Bible features a single-column setting, and tons of precious note-taking space on each page to make observations, record insights, raise questions, and dive deep.

*drumroll please*

And of course, because I’m Annie and I LOVE a good giveaway, I’ll be giving away 3 copies of the CSB Notetaking Bible, Sage Cloth Over Board edition! I hope you’re as excited as I am for this one.

To enter, just leave your favorite Bible verse in the comments section below. I know, I know SUPER difficult -there are tons of good ones out there. So if you’re like me and can’t choose, I’ll take ’em all! One entry per person. NOT limited to my friends in the US – booyah!

You’ve got until December 15th at 10am to make it happen people. I’ll put all of your names in a hat (or something cooler?), draw 3 names and BOOM, IT’S YOURS. Make sure you enter a working e-mail address in the “email address” box.

Belle Chèvre

on December 12, 2012 in Giveaways, That's delish. with 70 comments by

cheeeeese

So about two months ago, the girls and I decided it was time to get serious and get sophisticated. Our lovely local farmers’ market was hosting a wine and cheese festival, so we purchased tickets, showed up on a chilly October day, and entered into a heaven we did not know existed.

Rows and rows of local made cheeses and spreads and breads, oh my.

I can’t even tell you how wonderful the afternoon was. We laughed, we tasted, we re-tasted, we were happy gals. We spent hours going from table to table, trying out anything a person would put on a cracker.

We were all smiles and with full-ish tummies and down to our last section of tables. And that’s when we walked over to Belle Chèvre.

I’ll tell you. I’m already a big goat cheese fan. So when I saw Tasia from Belle Chèvre and the beautiful things she was offering, I was pumped and quick to ignore my internal “you could stop now and you’d be full” signal. […. which is a signal I’ve consistently ignored since the beginning of time, but that’s another conversation for another day.]

But oh was it worth it.

yummy cheese

You guys. If you read my dear friend Cassie, then you know she is a Belle Chèvre fan as well. But y’all- that cheese? THAT CHEESE? It is amazing. I multi-tasted which, to the real sophisticated socialites, is probably a no-no. But we all knew that I was poser in that crowd anyways.

And then. THEN. Tasia gave us a taste of goat cheese cheesecake.

I know. You don’t know what to do with that information and I respect that. But let me tell you, if you are a fan of cheesecake, this thing is fluffy and sweet and smooth and, dare I say it, almost perfect.

I stood there, before Tasia, dumbfounded at her cheesecake. I said, “My blog readers have to know about this. Do they know about this? DOES THE WORLD KNOW ABOUT THIS?!?” And then I took her card as my friends pulled me away from the Belle Chevre table.

Then I emailed Tasia. I said, “PLEASE CAN ONE OF MY BLOG READERS HAVE A CHEESECAKE?!?!”

And she said of course. Because she is generous and lovely.

So. SO. Guess what?

Merry Christmas!

One of you is getting a goat cheese cheesecake mailed to your house!!

All you have to do to enter is tell me in the comments who you would share your goat cheese cheesecake with this Christmas.

I will pick one winner FRIDAY MORNING and then we’ll get your address [continental US only please] to Tasia like whoa fast so that she can mail that cheesecake to your house and you can take pics and post them online and be all, “@ANNIEBLOGS WAS SO RIGHT I WILL TRUST HER CHEESE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALL MY DAYS!”

If you are still looking for gifts to send, might I suggest you check out Belle Chèvre’s online store. I’m droooooling just having the website open. I just want it all and that’s a hard emotion to deal with when it comes to cheeses and budgets. I’m sure you understand.

So…. who wants a goat cheese cheesecake? 

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED…. WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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Disclaimer: Belle Chevre is not paying me to write this blog post and all these opinions are my own. This whole thing was totally my idea. But much like our winner, Tasia is kindly giving my family a goat cheese cheesecake at Christmas, but that’s probably because I begged with a pouty-lipped email. Amen. Now get your win on.

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Hillsong (+ a giveaway!)

on July 6, 2012 in Giveaways, Sounds good to me., TOP 5 FRIDAY with 31 comments by

First of all, the winner of Sarah Martin’s Stress Point is commenter #34: BEKAH! Congrats, Bekah! And wowsers, after reading all those comments, I’m thinking you 20-somethings just need to come over to my house and I’ll make lunch and let’s talk about some things, y’all. I’ll let you know when it is planned.

Not really. But maybe. Because I love you people.

On to the show….

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TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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One of the things I push my small group gals about is filling their mind with Godly music. You may recall I made them a little Lent Playlist this spring. And the Hillsong worship albums are some of my absolute favorite.

So I pulled a CLASSIC Annie and opened up the ol’ iTunes, put “Hillsong” in the search box, and then listed the songs by most played.

Because blogging should be the most riveting of entertainment media, here are my Top 5 Hillsong worship songs. [And I am going to kind of announce them like they are in a beauty pageant. Read it that way, okay?]

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Coming in at #5, with 21 plays, most recently on May 20th in the middle of the afternoon, Bones from the Aftermath album!

Tied for #4, each with 23 plays, Point of Difference from All Of The Above [last played when I was in Scotland last July] and Hosanna [last played, well, on Monday].

The #3 position is held for a special song, played 30 times, lastly on February 19 [and you can keep your Valentine’s Day comments to yourself thank you very much]- None But Jesus from United We Stand.

Just squeaking by with 31 listens, last played from this laptop in May of 2010 [indicating a serious song addiction in the 2009-2010 season of life], 2nd place goes to Made Me Glad from This Is Our God.

And our #1 Hillsong United song, with a commanding 40 plays, most recently in February [the 19th was apparently a worshipful / tough day, y’all], Lead Me To The Cross from All Of The Above.

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Why this Top 5 Friday topic? Because the good people at Hillsong released a NEW album this week- a live album called Cornerstone. And I think you’ll love it.

The fine folks at Hillsong gave me a copy of this album earlier this week so I could give it a spin and see if a) I liked it and b) if I wanted to tell you about it because I liked it.

Yes and yes.

No joke, the songs from this album are creeping up my Hillsong most-played list and will crack the Top 5 in no time. #7- Grace Abounds? Yeah, it makes me cry. The album is full of songs that we’ll be singing in our churches in NO TIME, y’all. No time.

[And listen, free copy for me or not, if the music wasn’t good and I didn’t think you would genuinely like it, I wouldn’t tell you about it. I promise.]

Those same good folks at Hillsong? They are giving away THREE copies of Cornerstone today!!! 

Cool, right? I KNOW.

TWO winners will be picked by random number generator.

The third album will go to the person who leaves the most convincing comment as to why you should get a free copy of this worship album.

So… to win, just leave a comment below telling us why YOU should get this free album!

[Buttering me up with happy birthday wishes won’t help you, though I can totally see why you think it would, with me loving my birthday and all.]

You have until 5pm CST on Sunday, July 8th to enter.

Booyah, right? Totes booyah.

Have a great weekend!

Stress Point: A GIVEAWAY!

on July 3, 2012 in Giveaways, I heart books. with 44 comments by

My friends.

We are so lucky this week. I have something fun to giveaway today, tomorrow is America’s birthday, I have a fun giveaway on Thursday, and then Saturday is MY BIRTHDAY!

Right, so that last one may not effect you as much as it does me, but I pretty much am giggly about it because, as you may know, I absolutely love my birthday.

But, ahem, that has nothing to do with today.

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My friend Sarah Martin has done something that not a lot of authors can do … she has written a book about 20-somethings and it is not cheesy.

MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN TODAY, PEOPLE.

You can read all about Stress Point here.

It’s a fantastic book. I promise. I endorsed it.

But here’s the real miracle for today.

A few weeks ago, I was eating at Chuy’s in Nashville and Sarah, who does not live in Nashville, walked up to my table.

I almost passed out. And then I laughed. And then I screamed and hugged her and jumped up and quickly abandoned my companions to hug and yell and smile and hug my friend Sarah.

And then I had a lightbulb moment.

My copy of Stress Point was in my car. I said, “Sarah, why don’t you sign my copy and then I’ll give it away on my blog because that is so funny that we are in the same restaurant even though we don’t live in the same city and I’ll take your picture and it will be SO HILARIOUS?”

Because I think coincidences are funny.

So she agreed, though, I’m not 100% sure she ever really got a choice because I am rather bossy when I want people to make a funny memory with me.

I ran out to my car, grabbed the book, brought it back and, still abandoning my friends at our table, I ran and sat with Sarah and two of her friends who thought I was a total freak and made her sign the book while I took a picture.

So she did! And today, I’m giving away that very copy – the one that is sitting on the table with Sarah at Chuy’s between a Diet Coke and a basket of delicious chips, the same copy that is sitting here beside me at the coffee shop. I’ll mail this puppy to you Friday.

All you have to do to enter is answer this question:

Sarah writes about different stresses of a 20-something: career, self-image, dating, friends, family, money, independence, making a difference, and spiritual maturity.

For you, either in your 20s or when you were, which of those areas could you have used some guidance?

For me, it would had been dating. For sure. [Dating in your 20s, post-college? It is hard, y’all.]

So, leave a comment below answering that question and make sure you leave a working email address in the form you fill out to comment.

Comments will close on Thursday afternoon, 5pm CST. Then I’ll pop this book in the mail to you! [I also have a few copies of From Head To Foot sitting around the house, so I’ll toss one of those in there too. Because it’s my birthday week and I can do whatever I want!]

Yay for Sarah and author friends and great books for 20-somethings!

Empty Promises

on April 10, 2012 in Giveaways, I heart books. with 78 comments by

He leads a church attended by thousands. He has an online following of tens of thousands. And for some reason, I am important to Pete Wilson.

He laughs at my jokes. He looks at me compassionately when I’m whining about being an author or being single or being me. He thinks I’m a better writer than I actually am and says so. His wife and I have a sweet friendship and his nine year old son offered to take me to see the Hunger Games. [He’s already seen it once- what a giver to offer to go again.]

The Wilsons are important to me too.

I’m getting all teary up in here just writing about them. But you know what is true? Most people who speak to Pete after a Cross Point service on any given Sunday would say the same thing. It’s kinda what he does- makes other people feel important and loved.

[Good skill for a pastor to have. And Pete’s got it in spades.]

Days like today are a favorite of mine. One of the JOYS of having a blog and being a writer is getting to use words to tell you about my people, how great they are, and the great things they are doing.

[So let me say here- I’m writing this blog post because I want to – not because my pastor is threatening to make my sins public or tweet the names of everyone I’ve ever crushed on or kick me out of his church and he is not paying me to talk about his book. I just believe in who Pete is and what he is doing and I’m proud to tell you about him and his work.]

Pete has a new book coming out today – Empty Promises. And y’all. I mean. Seriously. It’s so good it will make you want to puke. [That’s a compliment in Nashville, by the way. Well, in my Nashville at least. So go with it.]

Here’s the trailer for Empty Promises. It gives me goosebumps and teary eyes.

Right? RIGHT?!?

Here’s the description of Empty Promises:

We all long for more of something in our lives. In our endless pursuit to feel worth and acceptance we find ourselves sacrificing everything for the promise to be a little more beautiful, a little richer, a little more powerful and successful, a little more loved.

How do we break free from these empty pursuits and start chasing the only Promise that will ever satisfy? How do we uncover the hidden idols that are driving us and turn our devotion toward the one true God?

Join Pastor and best-selling author Pete Wilson in discovering the joy and freedom that comes with seeking after God with your whole life. Learn how to replace, and not just relinquish, life’s empty promises by turning your focus and worship toward Him. It is the only thing that will set you absolutely free from the endless pursuit of everything else.

I know. I. KNOW. This is an amazing book that will, I un-empty promise you, make a mark on your life and probably on the world.

You can get Empty Promises TODAY on Amazon. Woot.

Or.

OR.

Because Pete is a baller and I asked real nice on your behalf, I have a free copy of Empty Promises to give away today. And because I so believe that this book has the power to change the way you live your life, all you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment saying, “Annie, if I win this book, I promise I’ll read it. And then I’ll tell someone else to read it too.” [You can use your own words- you don’t have to quote me quoting you.] No tricky gimmicks or extra sign ups or anything.

Just leave a comment before 6am CST on Wednesday, April 11. Make sure you put a working email address in the “email address” box. I will then use a random tool to randomly pick a random winner from amongst the random list of comments.

Whether you win or almost-win [see what I did there?], you should buy a copy of Empty Promises today.

Happy Tuesday, y’all. [And I know what you are wondering, and yes- I’m totally going to take Pete’s son up on his offer to go see Hunger Games.]

Christmasy giveaway!

on December 19, 2011 in AnnieWrites, Giveaways with 116 comments by

So I made a silly mistake when I mailed out a bunch of the Christmas gift packs last week.

I included a candy cane.

Seems like a simple addition, does it not? Just a little candy cane to brighten the spirits, and the breath, of young ladies around the USA.

Unfortunately, it seems, from what I’ve heard from a few of you, that the Christmas gift packs were stomped and smashed and sent through an oven because candy cane shrapnel is meltingly covering every corner of your gift pack.

I’m really sorry…. for having too much holiday spirit and it causing a peppermint flavored disaster.

If that is the case for you, and your poster or bookmarks or anything are messed up, please just email me (annieblogs [at] gmail [dot] com) and let me know your address and what needs replacing and I’ll ship it out today. No biggie. My pleasure. My fault. Let me replace the candy caned products.

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Now to the fun stuff. We have a few of the Christmas gift packs left and I’d like to mail one to you! Well, “you” being a few lucky blog readers. Here’s the dealio….

I want to send you a full gift pack PLUS an additional copy of the book for you to give away to someone in your life!

Here’s how to win:

1. Leave a comment below and tell me who you would get that extra copy of the book that will be in your mailbox.

2. You can leave a SECOND comment saying that you like me on facebook… either you already do or you pop over, click LIKE, and then come back and say, “I like your page on facebook.”

3. You can leave a THIRD comment saying that you follow me on twitter… either you already do or you pop over, click FOLLOW, and then come back and say, “I follow you on twitter.”

So, you can have THREE different comments total. As many as the gifts the wise men brought…. which, if you read the story closely, you see that they also included candy canes in their packages. [No they didn’t.]

How many gift packs am I giving away? FIVE. FIVE lucky winners will get a gift pack shoved in the mail, sans candy cane, on Tuesday [so you have until Tuesday morning when I wake up and get movin’ to enter].

BRING ON THE WINNING! Ready… set… go!

Day 29 :: Resources

on October 29, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways with 12 comments by

The month has all too quickly ticked away. Just like that, we have woven our way through 28 days of courageous stories and moments. I am a changed girl. Your comments and thoughts and emails have blessed me in ways you will never know. And somehow I feel like we are just getting started…

Hopefully these won’t be our last brave conversations. And I pray that some of these truths have stuck solidly to your heart.

As the month ends, I wanted to share with you some great resources / links / ideas to help you continue to down this path and make sure you’ve got all the discount codes together in one place [in case you wanna do some last minute shopping before the 31st].

To Read

Waking the Dead by John Eldredge
Path of Loneliness by Elizabeth Elliot
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Mr. Gary’s 31 days of scary hope  [I’ve cried. Twice.] A Chance to Die by Elizabeth Elliot
The Dip by Seth Godin
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Rabbit Room

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To Hear

Songs that make me feel brave [and the comments are amazing] Circuit Riders Podcast

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Discounts & BIG THANKS

SweetAftonStudio :: 10% off using the code ANNIEBLOGS2011 until Oct 31

Bit O Whimsey :: 10% off using the code ANNIEBLOGS2011 until Oct 31

Printable Scripture :: 31% off using the code ANNIEBLOGS2011 until Oct 31

Artsyville :: 10% off using the code ANNIEBLOGS2011 until Oct 31

Considering Lilies [today’s giveaway!] :: 20% off using the code courage20 until Nov 5

Also thanks to GloryHaus and SignedbyAnge for the giveaways and thanks to The Nester for planting this idea in my head and giving my the encouragement to actually do it.

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Where you can find Annie

Annie’s book

Annie’s facebook

Annie’s twitter

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For our final giveaway, sweet Kate at Considering Lilies is offering an 8×10 of this print to one lucky AnnieBlogs reader [as well as the discount listed above for, well, the rest of us].

I think this print is a PERFECT way to end the month, don’t you?

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment [with a working email address] and answer this question:

What have you learned this month about courage?

Also, if you have more resource ideas, leave that in the comments as well! Great music, great books, great movies, great products… whatever might help us in our quest to be brave- share on!

You can actually enter this giveaway TWICE – once to leave a comment and a second one saying that you liked the Considering Lilies facebook page.

You have until I wake up Monday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT] to enter.

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Thank you so much. This month has been a gift to me. I’m so grateful that we were on this journey together.

Day 27 :: Fill in the blank

on October 27, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways with 39 comments by

Today is your day.

I just want you to fill in the blank. You’ve heard me talk for 27 days about courage. Now I want to hear you and I want the rest of our sweet community to hear you. Even if you’ve never commented before, maybe today is the day to be brave. Take a step of courage. Just simply finish this sentence…..

One sentence, ten sentences, one word. I don’t care. No rules here, people. I just want to hear what courage is to you.

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Ange at SignedByAnge is offering one of these beautiful keys to courage to one lucky commenter. So all you have to do is fill in the blank “courage is…” and you’ll be entered! I’ll use random number generator to pick a winner from the comments when I wake up Saturday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT].

Go ahead. Let’s hear ya. Courage is…

Day 26 :: Edinburgh [+ a giveaway!]

on October 26, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways, Scotland with 30 comments by

I’ve known I would live in Edinburgh since May of 2000.

Yep. It took me 11 years to get here.

I left Scotland on May 28, 2000, went back to the US, led a small group, graduated college, taught 5th grade, coached soccer and volleyball, worked at a campus ministry, taught 4th grade, volunteered in a youth group, bought a house, sold a house, wrote a book, and moved to Nashville [not in that order and with a few other things sprinkled in between].

I tell you that to say that courage doesn’t come in a day. It took time between when the dream was placed in my heart and when God made it my reality. It took time and steps and smaller choices.

For example.

The summer after 10th grade, I felt the Lord ask me to change high schools. At the time, it was the hugest sacrifice in the WORLD. I had to leave my friends and go alone to a new high school.

The summer after 12th grade, I moved 80 miles away from home. It was terribly hard. I had to leave my hometown and my family.

The summer of 2008, I moved 200 miles away from home. As you know, it was the best heartbreak of my life. I left my family, my friends, my hometown.

God has given me stair-step opportunities to be brave – moving schools, moving cities in Georgia, moving out of Georgia. So then, when it was time to move out of America, I knew I could do it.

I have seen, over and over and over again, that I can trust God and go in His direction, even when it seems crazy and looks crazy and hurts like crazy.

And now I’m here. Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s a beautiful place to be.

But a lot of days, it is really hard.

I mean, I love it. I really do. I love this city and the people and the church and my friends and the coins and the bus routes. But don’t mistake the fun stories and the amazing ministry opportunities to mean that it has been easy.

I miss home. A lot. I miss my parents and my sisters and my friends. I cry every time I miss a wedding. I’ve gotten frustrated that I can’t watch the Georgia Bulldog games. And I get surprisingly furious in the grocery store when I can’t find an ingredient [exposing issues? Me thinks yes].

But.

In the moments like today – when I’m sitting across the Starbucks table from an American student and talking about faith and courage and living in a foreign country and God- I know it is all worth it.

I wouldn’t dare tell you this season overseas has been easy. It has been fun and exciting and rewarding, but “easy” it is not.

Nevertheless, I am grateful. I am so glad that my courage boundaries were blown to bits. I’m glad for the hard days, where I’ve wanted to scream with frustration or cry or check for a flight home. Those days exposed my fears. And when I see my fears, I’m reminded that I’m brave. Because I see them, I hear them, I acknowledge them, but I don’t listen to or obey them [most of the time].

Edinburgh has taught me that living courageously doesn’t always feel good, but it always feels right.

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Krystal at SweetAftonStudio is wanting you to live courageously too. So one lucky reader out there will win one of the 8×10 letterpress prints- your choice of color!

[these are smaller versions… but YOU get an 8×10!]

For the rest of us almost-winners, Krystal is offering 10% off your purchase at SweetAftonStudio – just use the code ANNIEBLOGS2011… and that’s good until October 31! I adore her stuff… I think you will too.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment [with a working email address] and answer this question:

If you could move to any city in the world, where would you go?

You have until I wake up Friday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT] to enter.

Now, let the parade of cities begin…. 🙂

Day 19 :: Rescued by Nashville [+ a giveaway!]

on October 19, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways, Nash-livin' with 41 comments by

Congrats to Sarah for winning the beautiful board from Glory Haus! Hope it inspires and encourages you, Sarah. We have another gorgeous giveaway today… so keep reading!

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As a quick recap from yesterday: God spoke Nashville into my heart in October of 2007. I moved there, alone with no friends or family, in August of 2008.

And it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

But Nashville saved me.

Often people say, “Why do you think God moved you to Nashville?” and I still am not sure of the fullness of that purpose. I mean, I don’t have a list that is complete.

Because let me tell you, my hometown is great. My parents are awesome. My best friends are awesome. My job, my house, my church, all of it- totally worth sticking around for. So I didn’t move because I was unhappy.

It was because I was a wimp and because I had forgotten my first love. It was the only way God could save me from myself.

Nashville saved me from a life without courage. Many of my friends and family can live in Marietta and step into courageous situations, but I didn’t and probably wouldn’t have. I merely went wherever I could to be comfortable. And sorry to say, that isn’t a life that honors God to the fullest. [At least, it wasn’t for me.]

Nashville saved me from a life where I love those around me more than I love God. I often used to make choices more dependent on my people than on my Father, and that won’t cut it. But moving to a city where Jesus was my only friend fixed that pretty quick. And gratefully, more friends came along, but that was only after I really learned, in the trenches per say, that Jesus is the only one that will be with me always.

Nashville saved me from a life of seeking comfort. I have said this before and I’ll say it 100 more times in my life probably- I am less comfortable, but more confident, in Nashville. Because I am so sure that God moved me there, I can be confident. But comfortable? Not always. Just ask Amber– she won’t let me wear fleece anymore; and if you ask me, that is the epitome of comfort.

Nashville saved me from a life of NO. For the first few months, I made myself say YES anytime someone asked me to hang out or go somewhere or do something. I mean, I had no friends, so anytime someone wanted to hang out, SO. DID. I. 🙂 And then, a few years later, when I was offered the chance to live in Edinburgh, I was confident of my YES’s.

[See what God did there? I knew He was faithful with Nashville, so I could more easily say yes to Edinburgh. He’s a genius.]

When God asked me to move to Nashville, I felt like He said, “Give Me your world.” And to some extent He did.

But the reality is, God said, “Give Me a chance. And I’ll give you the world.”

And He has. Nashville is the sweetest gift that I have ever received. The people…. don’t even get me STARTED on the people. I am the luckiest girl in the world, as proven by my 30th birthday. [Just watched that video again and I am totally boo-hooing right now. Ugh. I’m so grateful.]

My writing career has blossomed thanks to Nashville, including my first book, From Head to Foot, releasing earlier this year.

And God literally has given me the world- since moving to Nashville, I’ve gotten to say YES to New York, LA, Greensboro, Chicago, Seattle, Prague [on Friday!], Edinburgh, Dallas, London, Charlotte… and the list goes on. Would those opportunities have come along anyways? Maybe. But would I have said YES? Maybe not.

It hasn’t always been easy; it still isn’t. I still miss my Marietta life and people a lot [and often]. But I know the One who has called me is faithful. And looking back on the last 3 years, I can see how my life has morphed into a better story because He gave me the courage I needed at every turn.

My life is WAY bigger than I ever dreamed. And I am the braver for it.

And I pray that God uses this big life, as unworthy and flawed as I am, to inspire others to say YES to courage. 

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I’ve saved today’s giveaway for this post exactly. Kandy at Bit O Whimsey had said it better than I ever could. [You can click it to see it bigger.]

One of you will win this beautiful 5×7 print … hopefully it will remind you to say YES to courage.

For the rest of us Less-Than-Winners :), you can get 10% off your purchase at Bit O Whimsey using the code ANNIEBLOGS2011 until October 31. Pretty much, I want to own every piece of art she makes. So. I won’t blame you if you buy too much.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment [with a working email address] and answer this question:

When have you said YES and it changed everything?

[maybe marriage, a job, a city, a conversation, a purchase? there are tons of possible yes moments!]

You have until I wake up Friday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT] to enter.

Go on… tell me your YES story! 🙂

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