Surprised by Worship, Not Snow (A Giveaway)
Y’all are some thoughtful girls. Just loved reading your responses about the things God is working out in your hearts and the fabulous books you are reading to prepare your mind for some action in 2011.
Which is a perfect segue into my telling you about yet one more book that I’ve had for a while and haven’t yet mentioned. It’s called Surprised by Worship by Travis Cottrell. (You may have heard of him. He leads worship for this chick named Beth that I hear is a decent Bible teacher.) His marketing group sent this book to me a couple months ago and truth is, I just got busy and didn’t read it for a while. But as God frequently proves, His timing is always right on and it turns out I was able to work through the theme of this book during a season I needed it most.
Travis talks about worship and how we find it in the most unexpected places. How we can learn to praise when the thing didn’t turn out like we had hoped. How we can not freak the freak out while we are waiting on Him. How we can trust God’s good thoughts toward us when the future feels incredibly uncertain. And perhaps the most important thing, the bursting forth of joy that comes when we finally catch up to the place where God has gone before us.
The part of the book that resonated with me the most is Travis and Angela’s processing of the call as worship pastor at a church in Jackson, TN. I laughed out loud when he talked about the ‘coincidental’ things that confirmed the oughtness of their pursuing this mode of ministry because Luke and I totally get how God does. He’s just hilarious up there laughing when He gets to toss out some random thing that means nothing to anyone but us. Ain’t nothing like having an inside joke with Jesus.
So as my first little gift to you in 2011, I have a copy of Travis’ book that is up for grabs. Simply leave a comment telling us if you are getting any snow right now. Our schools are already cancelled and we haven’t seen the first flake. We might be surprised by worship but no Severe Winter Weather will be catching me without bread and milk. Or orange sherbert ice cream and a box of sugar cones.
I’ll leave the post open until Wednesday and announce a winner Thursday.
There is snow left on the ground from the last snowfall and they are predicting that we will have up to 5 more inches tonight…
Thanks for the chance to win the book :)
Yes, as you know I am snowed in with 2 kids. I believe I will find a way to work tomorrow. I may just go tonight.
I want this book. You know how I love Travis and his sense of humor, not to mention his amazing vocals and they way he never fails to lead me into worship!!
No snow, but lots of cold gray skies.
I have just discovered your website since I found you on the FBCJAX site.
Hubby and I are planning to attend the Pastor’s Conference there at the end of
See you there.
Ethel in Summerdale, Al
We saw a few flakes today (snowflakes that is), but no significant accumulation!
Greetings from the Southwest,
Angel in Albuquerque, NM
(Air Force Chaplain’s wife)
No snow here yet, but we are under a winter advisory. My hubby, son, and I are staying the night at my parents’ house (which is about an hour away from our home) after an evening celebration for my birthday. I’m not gonna lie- I totally hope we get snowed in here!! :)
Mary Beth in Southern Indiana
I live in Ohio; snow is predicted for tonight/tomorrow–up to 6 inches. Though in Ohio we know that means maybe an inch, maybe six, might miss us completely! If I’m snowed in I’ll just have get a little further into your book that I got for Christmas!
No snow, just covered in ice and bitterly cold! My family south of here had a snow day today, but none for us, much to my kids’ dismay. It is so much easier to be cold if there is pretty snow to look at. Ya’ll enjoy!
We have about 4 inches in cookeville, TN and we are expecting more tonight! My husband and I are campus ministers at TN Tech and the new semester starts on thursday…hopefully students can make it back to cookeville!
We are snowed in at 5 inches and are now accumulating about 1/2 inch of ice on top of it. And, I would love to win this book.
Here in BIG Floydada, Texas we are not expecting snow :( As a teacher and mom of three girls, I would love a snow day! I’m sure it would include sleeping in, making snow ice cream and watching some movies.
Happy New Year! May this be the best year for you and yours!
Thank you for the inspiration you give in these E-mails.
I am a pastors wife too and find that God and people are the same all over the world.
Here(Copenhagen,Denmark) we have had snow since the 20th of November it is now about 3 feet deep. love it!
Happy New Year! We have 8 inches here in Ringgold. The kids were suppose to go back to school on Monday after being out 3 weeks and now it looks like they might be out the rest of the week. I love my children but I am ready for them to go back after today. :) Hope you are enjoying the snow.
In NE AL we have a little over 6″. Some thunder, snowcream, & junk food makes for exciting times with family! Played outside like a kid again! God is good. Enjoyed your book and hope to win this one!
No snow yet, but we’re supposed to get some this afternoon. I hope the predictions are right this time!
We had one day of very light snow. It didn’t stay very long, but you can imagine how cool this was for us Las Vegans :) Now, it is just plain cold out.
Have a great day Lisa! Blessing to you.
We live in Ontario….and LOVE when it snows!! There is nothing like the woodstove keeping you warm…a cup of hot tea…and a good book. Unfortunately the kids are all adults now, so no more snow forts, snowball fights, sliding, etc. Enjoy it now girl!! They grow up!! Have fun making lots of memories! Bonnie
Nope. No snow here – in summery Sydney, Australia :-)) Love your blog! God bless x
we’re in the midst of a snow storm as i write this note…pennslyvania style.
thanks for this fabulous giveaway.
Haha no snow here, just meters and meters of water! Our little town is expecting a second flood today, but not as bad as the first. No milk or bread, little meat or veges, but a good book would be a welcome gift! :)