Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Fan's Challenge

This post (and giveaway) comes courtesy of Libby. Get ready for the spiritual adventure of a lifetime! I'll keep it at the top of the blog until the challenge ends
In Libby's own words . . .



Hi girls! 

My name is Libby and I love to write. Literally I love it. When I have a pencil between my fingers I feel like everything will be okay.

A few months back I wrote a letter to myself stating the things I regretted. Some of these things were not being loving to my siblings, not having serving Jesus at the top of my priorities. Sure He was my God and my King, but I didn’t approach Him as one to be served on earth by serving others. I wrote that letter, tucked it into one of my books to be found later. I was feeling sad. I had so many regrets. I went to bed crying that night. I prayed. And I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me before, but as I prayed that night, I realized that it wasn’t too late yet. I still had most all my life before me to change those things. So I took that letter out of it’s book, tore it up, and decided to fix all those regrets.

I’m not perfect. Boy, do I have long way to go, but that woke me up.

So I propose a challenge. Girls it’s the beginning of a new year. This is when we make resolutions, but instead of eating healthier, or getting twice as much exercise (see 1 Timothy 4:8, but also 1 Cor. 6:19), let’s make a resolution this year to grow in our spiritual relationships. Let’s grow closer to God. Let’s serve Him this year. Lets serve Him through our families.

Last year my New Year resolution was to serve more. But I had wrong motives. I wanted friends from church, and what’s a better way to get people to think good of you than to start serving in church. WHEREVER YOU CAN. That’s what I did. I realized this later in the year and asked God to forgive my wrong motives. I have continued serving in church. Because it’s fun, but mainly because I feel that’s still where God wants me to be. This year’s resolution is to find excitement in serving at home. Because that’s what God would want us to do, and I personally want to grow.

Girls, I know everyone is different, so my writing assignment is called Four Letters in Four Weeks. I want you to write four letters. What you do with them is up to you, but I want you to write them. You can file them. You can bury them, you can burn them, or you can give them to your parents. You don’t have to do any of that, but you should really write them.

The first letter is to the future. Between the 2nd and 9th of April, write about things you hope for. Your dreams, your hopes, your regrets, and the things you want to grow on and fix. Write to next year, or write for you to read in ten years. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 4, 2017.”

The second letter is to the past. Between the 9th and the 16th of April write to yourself. Tell what you have changed. Write from your heart. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Write it out. Tell yourself how you wouldn’t believe what you are going through now. Do it. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 12, 2017.”

The third letter is to your parents, starting April 16th- 23rd. Do you have a grudge? Do you feel hurt? Do you wish they would change the way they train you? Tell them. Do it with respect. Accept that God has put you where you belong, and they are there because that is where they need to be. Do you feel you never thank them enough? Do it now. Thank them for everything. Tell them you love them. Express what you feel. Again, you don’t have to give the letters to them, but you should live by them. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 19, 2017.”

And the fourth letter is to God, April 23rd - 30th. Pray. On paper. Tell Him everything. Your crush. Everything you think is wrong with you. Your anger. The bully at school. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit and for Him to speak to you. Then go and read the Bible. Write out what you think about what you had read. Keep reading. Keep searching, Keep praying. Dedicate at least an hour to this letter. Thank God for everything you have overlooked, and for how far He has grown you. Ask Him to help you face whatever He has planned for you. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 26, 2017.”

Because this is not a contest, and the letters are private, we are going to do a name drawing for the winners. All you have to do it write the letter of that week. Then comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote the letter. The contest starts April 2nd and ends the 30th, giving us 4 weeks total. To qualify for this you have to write all 4 letters, each in the correct week.
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PRIZE:

The prizes are two of my personal favorite books. The first one is called "The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer. If you know anyone who has gone to Bible college I'm sure they can vouch for him. This book was given to me by a very good friend and I honestly have to say it has changed the way I approach our God. It wipes clean the distorted picture I had of Him and has helped me to start seeing Him for who He really is. I cannot recommend this book enough. If your name does not get drawn I highly recommend looking into getting it on Amazon. It is not to expensive, and worth every cent. This book is a good read for every adult and teen! It can be pretty dense for younger readers, so that's why there is a second prize! (NOTE: These two books are given away as one prize. If your name gets drawn you will receive BOTH books.)

The second book is called "Before You Meet Prince Charming." By Sarah Mally. This book is also really good! It's a look on guarding your heart. Why you should do it, When, and How. A must read for every girl! It's clean and good for girls ages 8 to infinity. (I don't want to leave the 100-year-old's out. XD)

Thank you girls for reading and I hope you'll join us on this mission clean our slates and reignite the Fire that's in our souls.
LIBBY


65 comments:

  1. Wow Libby! This sounds awesome! I'm very excited! I've never read those books but they sound great. Thank you SO MUCH Libby!
    -Abigail D.

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  2. This is a wonderful idea, Libby! I'll have to do this!

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  3. This is such a great idea! Thanks for doing this!
    ~Kenna

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  4. This is a great idea! Libby, thanks for doing this! I have the Prince Charming book but I've never have heard of the other one, it sounds cool. I was wondering can I wait tell the end of the month when I have all of the letters wrote to post it?
    <3 MA

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    1. Hopefully Libby will get back to you soon with the answer, but I would suggest that you post your letters "as you go" according to the schedule laid out. :-)

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    2. OK, thanks!
      <3 MA

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    3. HI! I was hoping the letters could be written by the schedule. This way it's a commitment and you have to do it this way. I guess you could consider it a challenge "Rule." It will help with the name drawing for the prize. Anyone can make up dates in the weeks and post them at once, but I was hoping this would take a little more effort to keep it honest. :)

      Thank you!

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    4. Yes, that is what I thought. Glad we're on the same page. :-)

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  5. Hi, Libby, can I post this challenge on my blog?

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    1. I passed your request to Libby. Hopefully she'll respond soon. (Sounds like a great idea to me. Maybe it will go viral.) :-)

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    2. Thanks. Who knows, maybe. :) I think it's a wonderful idea.

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  6. Hi Bethany!

    Of course! That would be great! The more the merrier. You can sum up the challenge and then post a link to this page. Make sure that any participants from your blog know they need to comment on THIS blog. That way we all have one place to go.

    Thank you so much!

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  7. Marissa, April 5, 2017

    Hey Mrs M could you maybe keep this post at the top of the blog till the challenge is over?
    <3 MA

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  8. I received "The Persuit of God" in the mail today! Get your letters written girls! The prizes are waiting!

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  9. Sophie, 4/7/17 - first letter done - thanks so much for doing this Mrs. M!

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  10. Emmalee M. April 7, 2017

    Thank you for doing this!

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  11. Aliyah, 8th April 2017
    I wrote the first letter last night but didn't have time to post a comment!

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  12. Abigail D., April 8th, 2017

    This was such a great idea, Libby!

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  13. Kenna, April 8th, 2017

    Thanks so much for doing this!

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  14. Libby, how do you know people aren't just riting there names at the bottom to get the prize?

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    1. Hello.

      I don't know. I am just praying about it and since the "winner" is going to be picked by a name drawing, I trust God will lead the books to fall into the right hands. :)

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  15. Livi Jane, April 9, 2017

    Thanks for doing this, I think I will really appreciate come next year when I reread these letters! :)

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  16. Edit to the contest you guys. If you missed the chance to write your first letter in the first week, I think it's ok to write letter one and letter two this week. Just to open it up to more people. Also, please write which letter you are writing, e.i. "Letter 1, Libby, April 10th, 2017 and Letter 2 April 11th, 2017."

    Got "Before You Meet Prince Charming" in the mail, so both prizes are waiting!

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  17. Lydia W. April 9, 2017

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  18. Letter 1, Lydia W. April 9, 2017

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  19. I meant to leave this comment a few days ago:

    Letter 1//Bethany R.//April 9, 2017

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  20. Letter 1
    Gray Marie
    April 11, 2017

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  21. Emmalee M. April 14, 2017

    Letter #2 done! Thank you for doing this. I'm really enjoying it!

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  22. Marissa, April 14,2017

    Letter #2 is done!! God bless Ya' all!!
    <3 MA

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  23. Letter #2, Livi Jane, April 15, 2017

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  24. Letter No. 2
    Gray Marie
    4/15/17

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  25. (I did it yesterday)
    Letter 2, Lydia W. April 14, 2017

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  26. Letter 2, Abigail D., April 15, 2017

    Half way through!

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  27. Letter 1, Abigail B., April 16, 2017

    Letter 2, Abigail B., April 16, 2017

    Letter 3, Abigail B., April 16, 2017

    This is awesome Libby:)

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    1. Lol! Now we have an Abigail D. and an Abigail B.!

      -Abigail D.

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  28. How can your name be both Alicia and Sophia?

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    1. Many fans use pet names instead of real names for security reasons.😀

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    2. Right. :) I have a hard time getting it to post under the right name - my computer is rather irritating sometimes. :)

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  29. Letter 2 (I wrote it on Saturday, but forgot to post it :)) Kenna, April 15, 2017.

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  30. Emmalee M. April 19, 2017
    Letter #3 done! <3

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  31. Letter 3, Lydia W. April 21, 2017

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  32. Letter #3, Marissa, Saturday, April 22, 2017

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  33. Letter 3, Kenna, April 23, 2017.

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  34. Letter 3, Abigail D., April 23, 2017

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  35. Letter 3, April 23 2017
    Sophia H.

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  36. Letter #3, Livi Jane, April 23, 2017

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  37. Emmalee M. April 24, 2017
    <3

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    1. Hey Emmalee, is this your fourth and last letter?

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    2. Yes! Thank you for doing this!
      <3 Emmalee

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  38. Letter #4, Marissa, April 24, 2017

    I'm done, thank you Libby for doing this i really enjoyed it:)<3

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    1. Hey Libby, is OK if I'm not in the giveaway??
      Marissa

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    2. Hi Marissa,

      Sure. That's ok if you don't want to be in the drawing. It's too bad though, since these books are so good! Thank you for doing it.

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    3. Thank you.
      <3 MA

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  39. Letter 4
    Gray Marie Cox
    4/25/17

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  40. Letter 4, Abigail B., April 27, 2017

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  41. All done! Thank you Libby! When will you announce the 'winner'?

    Letter 4, Abigail D., April 29, 2017

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  42. Letter 4, Kenna, April 29th 2017.

    Thanks for this challenge, Libby! I really enjoyed it!

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  43. Letter 4, Lydia W. April 29, 2017

    {Thank you so much for doing this! It has really blessed me!}

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  44. Letter #4, Livi Jane, April 30, 2017

    Thank you again for doing this!!

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