Thank you so much for helping me get through my Frustrated Friday yesterday! You are the greatest bloggy friends ever, and your words of encouragement blessed me more than you know (especially when my computer crashed later in the day ~ AHHH!). Thanks for being a bright spot in my crazy day!
Today we continue a 10 day *She Sparkles* 1st Anniversary CELEBRATION with giveaways of my favorite things! Woo Hoo!!
We kicked off the Celebration with a Starbucks giveaway! And for today, I have 2 amazing music packages to giveaway!! I'll tell you more at the end of the post!!
But first, I'm wondering...do you have "a song?"? You know, one of those songs that instantly takes you back to significant places along your walk with God??
For me, "my song" is Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zscehch.
I heard Shout to the Lord for the very first time in 1997. I was a brand new baby Christian, and someone gave me the Shout to the Lord CD. (It was my first Christian CD ever). I listened to it over and over and over again.
The first time I shared my testimony (March 1, 1998 at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids) ~ guess what song the worship leader introduced to the congregation? Yep, Shout to the Lord. I shared my story at 4 services that morning, and heard "my song" 4 times as well.
My Jesus, My Savior,
Lord, there is none like You;
All of my days
I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love.
In fact, I loved the song so much that I told my fiance David Timmer that we had to have someone sing it at our wedding. The words were so perfect for me! God had taken me out of such a pit of rebellion and sin, and given me a new, firm place to stand. A new song to sing! I was no longer going to be a single mom ~ but would be married to a Godly man and we could build a special family together. I couldn't stop singing these words...
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands,
Forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand,
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
David and I made plans to have someone sing Shout to the Lord at our wedding on May 1, 1999.
And when David was killed on December 10, 1998, just 2 weeks before Christmas and 5 months before our wedding ~ I vowed that I never wanted to hear that song again. Ever.
And yet, as we planned David's funeral....I knew what special music we needed to sing. My favorite soloist came to David's funeral and we all cried through Shout to the Lord together.
My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You.
Fast forward a number of years, after God brought much healing came to my broken heart....
As John and I were planning our wedding, we knew what song we needed to sing. Our favorite soloist came once again, and together, at our wedding on August 5, 2000 ~ we lifted our voices and praised Him through song with Shout to the Lord.
I sing for joy at the works of Your hands,
Forever I'll love You, Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have
God has used Shout to the Lord and the music from Darlene Zschech & Hillsong Australia to bring much hope, healing, and joy along my journey. In honor of *She Sparkles* 1 Year Anniversary, today's GIVEAWAY is the gift of Worship Music, and lots of it!!
My good friend and favorite music man, Tom Brown of Provident Music has provided an assortment of my favorite worship music to pass along to TWO blessed winners! Woo Hoo!!
Each winner will receive a *Sparkly Gift Pack* containing 5 CD's of amazing music! Artists include Hillsong Australia, Casting Crowns, Sarah Groves, and so many more!!
To Win my Giveaway: Please leave a comment in the comment section answering the following questions:
What song is special to you? Why?
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Please be sure to leave me a comment to let me know your extra entries.
RULES: Starts today, Saturday, April 24th and ends Tuesdy, April 27th at 9 PM. Winner will be posted on my blog on Wednesday, April 28th.
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Thank you for stopping by *She Sparkles*. Have a wonderful, worship~filled day!!