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Sunday Snippet: New Beginnings and a GiveAway…

December 28th, 2010 · 19 Comments

We are in that lovely post-Christmas lull, when all the urgency seems to have got up and left and what wasn’t done for Christmas can safely be forgotten, until next year. Just as we settle into this comfortable place we are going to be flung into a media mass of New Years Resolutions and time to tackle our faults and failings and pull ourselves up to speed… plotting all our good intentions in new crispy diaries, reminders popped on the fridge with post-it notes… And the tragedy is we will fail again and again and worse we will feel really bad for failing!!! You can tell I am not great on resolutions and all the pressure!!! But I am for new beginnings…


In Lamentations 3:22-23, we are told that God’s compassions are new every morning, and how encouraging is it that God starts each new day with us fresh!!! The world is always on about making life-changes and new habits… and how often we feel we have failed because our good intentions were just that. A good intention, but two weeks into January and we have forgotten our new plan and are back in our old ruts. Well don’t be disheartened because in Zechariah 4:10 we see that God rejoices when we start new projects, particularly those that are leading us to a life of greater faithfulness.


And to this end I have a fabulous new Page a Day Day-Planner to GiveAway this week, published by Christian Art Publishers. It is a page a day diary with a bible Reading Plan for the year and the relevant chapters to read for the day written on each day. As well as that, each month has a new theme and a printed in full Bible verse of the day, which relates to the monthly theme. So even when you just can’t get around to your reading plan, and I know that we all have days like that, there is a Bible verse right there for you to read and meditate on.


So where do we get our inspiration and encouragement to keep plodding on, well I have found the writings of great Christian writers can really be encouraging… to that end I have this fabulous book to give away:


It is a devotional book that provides a page a day visit with John Calvin: Each page consists of a short Bible reading and a reference to further reading, Calvin’s comments taken from his writings and then something to think about. Just dipping into this book I have discovered how easy it is to read and learn from a man that lived five hundred years ago. I thought it would be quite dry reading but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read and his writing was really relevant and encouraging. Spending a year with John Calvin is a great way to draw closer to God.

As usual I have to thank CBD, our GiveAway book suppliers for some more great books.



If you would like to win these fabulous book then go ahead and enter our GiveAway. The GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Sunday, 2 January 2011, and we will draw and publish the winner next week! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAway Books are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and get commenting!!!

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LindaOz // Dec 28, 2010 at 3:28 am

    This book sounds great. I agree – a lot can be learned from past men and women of God.

  • 2 Hope // Dec 28, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the scripture from Ecclesiastes. I am so grateful for his mercy that is new each morning. And what a beautiful way to think of it — that He starts each day with us fresh. I pray I can do the same with my house full of children each day! Thanks again.

  • 3 Kimberly // Dec 28, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I would love to win – these books sound amazing! Thank you!

  • 4 Katherine marie // Dec 28, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I think your new beginnings concept is wonderful!!!

  • 5 Katherine // Dec 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Great. I would love to win this. More incentive to read the Bible daily can only be a good thing.

  • 6 Shells // Dec 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

    aaahh little ‘Dora the explorer ‘ has the right idea – lazing about in the sun!
    Sounds like a great book to have!
    Many Blessings for the year ahead and keep up with the inspiring site! X

  • 7 melanie grant // Dec 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Could really do with a new diary – my planning hasn’t even started yet — still beached after Christmas lunch:)))

  • 8 Rebecca // Dec 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I loved the verses you shared in this post! They are so encouraging to me as I am on this journey to lose weight and have a healthier life. I learn so much from you! Thanks for being faithful!

  • 9 Mumsy // Dec 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Wow, this sounds great!

  • 10 Susan // Dec 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    What a great giveaway. Thanks so much for all the good ideas you share. Susan

  • 11 Judy Dudley // Dec 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I’d love to win this book. Thanks!


  • 12 jacki // Dec 29, 2010 at 2:25 am

    A new beginning with some help from above must be a good thing!

  • 13 Mamalion // Dec 29, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Oh, that looks lovely!

  • 14 Cara Kapp // Dec 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Look like just the book for me!

  • 15 Ruth Hill // Jan 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Sounds like a great giveaway! Count me in.

  • 16 Anita // Jan 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’d love to win the Calvin book, thanks for organising another wonderful giveaway.

  • 17 Lillian // Jan 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Hi, I’m trying again. I’d love to read this book! Thanks

  • 18 Sunday Snippet: New Beginnings and a GiveAway Winner… » se7en // Jan 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

    […] Sunday I posted the Sunday Snippet: New Beginnings – A GiveAway… and promised the winner by this week. Here we go, first the books: There is a page a day diary […]

  • 19 Sunday Snippet: Resolutions, Reading Plans and a GiveAway... - se7en // Dec 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    […] And if you really can’t face reading your way through the entire Bible it has become easier… you can listen to an audible Bible or even a podcast!!! I kid you not… so much easier!!! Take a look at this post from The Gospel Coalition… it has heaps of tips and a variety of ways for you to read through your Bible in a year… and in the first paragraph the post mentions that the average person can probably read through the Bible in ten minutes a day, or listen to the Bible in 12 minutes a day. Even I can find the time for ten minutes a day. And yes I will fail and miss days, but the important thing is not to quit… but to keep at it, despite our failures!!! […]

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