Spreading Joy in Unexpected Ways (a giveaway)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I promised a giveaway today, didn't I? Sorry this post is late going up. 'Tis the season for busy and forgetful mamas!

Well, this is worth the wait. DaySpring sent me two beautiful items from their Redeemed Christmas line recently to enjoy and ponder:

I say "to enjoy and ponder" because it isn't reviews they really want - they want stories of what it means to live the message behind these items. I've got two:

First, the Share the Joy fabric apron reminds me of one I've mentioned here before (but can't find that post now, for the life of me!) that my Grandmother used to wear. Her apron was pink and white gingham and had the words "Spread Joy" stamped on it. My mom made it for her, and it is an expression I still associate with her, though she has been gone for years. She spread joy in many ways, but so often while she was wearing that apron, working in her kitchen and sharing good food with many.

Second, Kristen (from one of my favorite blogs, We Are THAT Family) recently wrote about how these DaySpring products attracted the attention of a repairman at her home. It reminded me that, just a few weeks ago, I was at home when our monthly cleaning crew stopped by. Rarely do we have the same people twice, and this time, the crew consisted of a man and a woman. I was trying to hurry up and get out of their way, but one thing after another delayed my departure. Seems it was God's hand at work, because just as I was about to leave, the man found me. 

"What church do you go to?" he asked. 

He gestured to my devotional book still out on the counter, a verse on the wall, and my husband's Bible nearby. We ended up talking for a good while, and I did my best to answer his questions. I wasn't trying to "advertise" our faith, but he made me realize that it is part of our home. I'm glad of that. I welcome products that not only spread joy to me, but help me (and push me to) spread joy to others, even when I'm trying to rush out the door.
Today, I'm giving away the Advent Tabletop Devotional. I know it will be a blessing in your home, and something you can use for many years. Each day offers a short devotion and verse, perfect for reading aloud as a family at breakfast, lunch or dinner. I especially like how there is a question to ponder - what a good conversation starter! 

To enter, please answer this question in the comments: 

When have you had an unexpected opportunity to spread joy?

This giveaway will close at midnight on Monday, December 17th and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 18th.

*Finally, DaySpring provided me with these products, but I earn nothing from their sale. All opinions are my own. Also, I'm also under no obligation to promote them or give anything away. I just want to :)

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4 Responses to “Spreading Joy in Unexpected Ways (a giveaway)”

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  2. just last week i paid for the person behind me in the drive thru line. i wish i could have seen her face, but i drove off quickly. the week before i handed a starbucks gift card to a lady waiting in line at the target starbucks. those are fun things to do!

  3. I know it's not much, but the only thing I can think of off the top of my head- I make a habit of spreading the coupon love- if I see someone looking at/buying a product that I know I have a coupon for that I won't be using, I will offer up that coupon. I know it always makes my day when I get an unexpected deal, and it seems to bring joy to others too!


    1. Randi - You are the winner! I will email you. Congratulations!

      P.S. Spreading the coupon love is great. I've left them next to products before and I've found them like that - a great way to make someone's day.