Love becomes a habit (and my first givaway ever)

by Craig on December 28, 2011

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A couple of hundred pairs of feet mulling around…
hardly any of the feet knew each other…
it was a Christian writers’ conference.

Every day there were writing classes, but the big thing was grabbing 15 minute, face to face appointments with editors from Christian magazines and major Christian publishing houses. It was the opportunity to pitch, privately and live, your article or book ideas.

Anyway…one day in between appointments and classes…

I spotted a woman…70ish…red hair…wire glasses…
sitting off to herself, making calls, organizing papers…
and a big pile dropped…
and she slowly reached for it…
but I won the race.

I introduced myself…
I was me…
I talked…
I heart talking.

But she said she already knew me…

“I see you. I’ve been watching. Always with that smile on your face, making other people smile.”

Thinking she was just an attendee I asked her what she was “pitching”.
She told me she was listening to “pitches”…
because she was the editor of a devotional booklet…
this one…

She asked why I was there – and one of the reasons I attended was to pitch this…

Love in 365 loveable bite sized chunks – my little Love flippy calendar thing… another story for another time.

Anyway, she leaned into me and said…

“I’ve noticed that in you – love, God’s love – you spread it around like glitter.”

Then she
pitched me
on writing a little devotional on 1 Cor 13 love…
for her.

It’s the only thing I’ve ever had published – and been paid for.
And since being published, I’ve had a bunch of these sitting in my closet.

A month of love…
28 days to take one tiny aspect of love…
and practice it for just one little day.

Kind of an ancient descendant to this blog.

I almost didn’t link with Ann today…

… because her topic was, The Practice of New Habits…

and I really didn’t think I had anything to add.

But then I remembered learning in college that anything we do for 28 straight days becomes a habit. And there just happen to be 28 “loves” to consider in my humble little devo. I couldn’t resist the magic of the matching numbers…

And so…

I thought…

why not cultivate the habit…

of…

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I’ve never done a giveaway before.
I don’t have much to give, but…
I do have these “28 days of love” booklets that were published.
Each day…one adorable little piece of 1 Cor 13 love to work on…for just one day…

for 28 straight days…precisely long enough to make…

a habit.

Here’s the first page…

In this year of blogging I’ve learned how giveaways work. You enter by subscribing to the blog, and following on twitter, and “liking” a Facebook page, and leaving a comment. But, you don’t have to do any of those. I’d heart it if you subscribed, or followed me on twitter, or left a comment. But you don’t have to – except you have to leave a comment otherwise I won’t know that you want one.

28 days to make 1 Cor 13 Love a habit.

And it’s free!

I’ll just stick it in an envelope, and mail it to you.

And it was good enough for me to get paid a pretty penny...or two

When you leave your comment I’ll have your e-mail addy…
and I’ll follow-up to get your mailing addy…
and I’ll get one of these out in the mail to you by next week…
and you’ll be brimming with love by Valentine’s Day.

That’s it – no contest – no commitments…
just 30 days to begin to form the “habit” of love…

because Ann Voskamp made me do it…

{ 93 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina Fisher December 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

What a wonderful giveaway….all for love….I love it!

<3

Tina

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

now, you know this means you’re going to get one right? Just checking ツ thank you Tina, and God bless you as always.

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Dawn December 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

Dear Craig,

I’m glad you left a photo of the first page here. It is fantastic! I would love to have one of your booklets. I would heart it if you’d sign it, too. I know, I know, “Give a mouse a cookie and…” but would you please, please, please?

I really need all your lessons on love and would love to make the journey through this booklet. This should fill the space between Advent and Lent nicely. I’m cleaning the wax off my cradle to cross wreath getting ready for Lent, but was wondering what I would do in the meantime. My husband and I have gotten used to reading the Bible, doing the Jesse tree devotion, reading a book on the constitution (long story) and finishing with a prayer from Valley of Vision. Now that there is no Jesse tree devotion, it feels like there is a hole in our morning routine that needs filled. Twenty-eight days of love would do nicely (we’ll figure out what to do day 29 since this year is a leap year).

I have about 2 dozen jars of Aumiller Family Healing Salve that I made in a box in my closet. They are left over from last year’s family reunion. Unlike love, salve is a bit risky as a giveaway, though, but it stirred my thinking.

Love this,
Dawn

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

sign it – you’re a funny girl! Maybe I’ll just have Laska put his paw print on it – he has far more chance of ever being famous than me. And by the way – I hope you know that I saw this * the other day.

The devotional was done according to their style – a Bible passage on top – and a quote below – then my blah blah – then an “insight” at the bottom. Oh, and put me in line for a jar of healing salve – Lord knows I’ve got some bruises. Anyway, thank you as always Dawn – and God bless you and yours.

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Crissyanna December 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

Thank you so much. I’ve been looking at something different to do in the evenings with my husband. The mornings are with the preschooler’s devos and we sure would like something for us grownups :) Love life with littles, but at times it seems that is all I get during the day.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’ve found that the study 1 cor 13 love is good in any situation – but I’m thinking that with a husband and bride doing it together – that has to be magic. I hope you find it so. It’s a little booklet – but leave room for the Bible because every devotion goes back into the Bible’s pages. Thank you Crissyanna – and God bless you.

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Darnly Motter December 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Craig, I loved your post and I’m so glad you linked with Ann. What a wonderful habit to begin/make stronger. God loved us so we can love others and I have an idea your booklet will help many……praying for that for you.
Thank you and Thanking God for His work in you,
Darnly

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I really, nearly, almost didn’t link up. I was expecting a “word of the year” linky this week – I thought, “what do I have to write about habits” – but the numbers – those matching 28’s – really – how could I resist. I hope you enjoy the little devotional – it’s like one of those little Daily Bread devotionals you see in churches – except it’s all written by me. Thank you Darnly – and God bless and keep you.

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Robbie December 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What a wonderful way to start the year.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Robbie, it’s been a very quiet – very humble – very low-key Christmas for me this year. But I remember last year and reading everybody’s advent posts up until Christmas – and I remember the little tiny letdown just after Christmas because of being so elevated during Advent. I don’t know if that’ll happen to you this year – but either way – I think you’re going to heart this little devo. Thank you – I’ll be in touch.

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Nancy December 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Well if Ann made you do it, who am I to disagree? Would LOVE one of your booklets on love!

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

well – Ann kind of did make me do it – I was really expecting a “word of the year” linky – the whole “habit” thing caught me off guard. And Nancy, it makes me smile to be sending you one. I’ll be in touch. God bless you as always.

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Lori December 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

There’s always more to learn about love. I’d feel so blessed to learn from your devotional – such a beautiful way to start 2012… Focusing on love. ( and how can you encourage without some love thrown in?)

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Lori, thank you. I’ve written here before that there are two guiding lights in my life – one is God’s revelation in our Bible – and second is first Corinthians 13. That’s why I’ve got the two blogs instead of just one – if I had only known how hard that would be to keep up. Anyway, thank you very much, I’ll be in touch, and you’re right – encouragement without love – not the same thing. God bless you.

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Kara December 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Craig,

What a wonderful story!! How great that someone discovered you and your gift of spreading God’s love! I would feel honored to receive your devotional. You have inspired me in many ways, dear brother.
Also, I left a message for you in the comment section of my blog… don’t know if you subscribe to that (or even if you can subscribe to comments??), but it was in response to your comment and words I hope will bless you.

Kara

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Kara, I went back and read your message – thank you, that was kind. And the story that I wrote today – that woman – I now affectionately call her grandma Joyce – she told me to. And I don’t think I’ve quite been discovered yet – but thank you. It’s funny – I had all the “editors” that I wanted to talk to lined up – you only got a certain amount of appointments – she wasn’t on my list – but SHE found me. That was nice. She’s an amazingly strong Christian woman. So Kara. Thank you, and God bless you. I’ll be in touch.

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Michelle Dorricott December 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Just sort of stumbled upon your post today, but there are no accidents in life…. A good reminder that if we want love, we have to give love and we can all work at getting better at that! Your booklet would be a blessing…Thank you!

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Michelle, please come stumbling back sometime ツ thank you for reading. I consider it a blessing to be able to send my little booklet to you – I’ll be in touch – God bless you and all of yours – and please drop in from time to time.

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A. December 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

OK, I totally want one of your booklets…with your signature AND Laska’s. :) Thank you!!!!

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

it’s just a little thing – I’ll try to remember to have Laska put his paw print on it. Thank you A – you have been a blessing – from the beginning.

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Andrea Dawn December 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Hi Craig . . . I would love to receive a copy of your little booklet. I love the way God arranges the meetings in our lives. Keeping you in prayer, Andrea Dawn

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I’m so happy you came by today Andrea Dawn, I’d absolutely heart sending you a copy, really! Thank you for keeping me in prayer – Lord knows that’s where I need to be. God bless you!

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Sue Tell December 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Your post is so creative and enticing. Yes, please count me in. I too would love to grow in the area of love and help other women to do the same. Thank you in advance. Sue

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

thank you Sue! Those are truly kind words. I appreciate them. And I’ll be in touch to get your address – I think you’ll heart the devo (sorry, I use heart as a verb). And thank you for dropping by – I look forward to reading you – soon. God bless you.

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Heather December 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’m here from Ann Voskamp’s blog. Your way of writing draws the reader in. I’d love to receive your book.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Heather, thank you for your kind words. The way of writing is something that I’ve learned this year – I’ve learned it from Ann, and reading a whole lot in this community. You’ll notice a difference when you read the devotional – I just use words differently now. Now that you found me – I’ll get to add you to the list of people who change the way I write for the better. I hope you don’t mind that I’ll be reading you as soon as I get a chance. I’ll be in touch. Thank you, and God bless you.

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Sylvia December 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Count me in for your book, too, Craig! Thanks! And God bless. Prayers.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Sylvia – it makes me smile to know that I’ll be sending you one. Thank you my friend. God bless you.

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Linda R December 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hello, I found my way here today for the first time and my heart is filled with hope that this will be the year I can change, be filled with joy again, and stop making choices that are bad for me and my soul. Thank you in advance for the precious gift you are sending, I see you.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Linda, thank you, really, thank you. This last year I named “connect” – and everyone who has read me knows that it’s been filled with joy and not a small amount of trauma. But the whole year went just as ordered – I connected. Naming a year instead of having a resolution was an amazing thing. Maybe your year can be called change, or joy, or choices. I’m not sure what I’m going to call this next year – I’m leaning toward “seeing” – as in seeing Things the Way, God would see them – rather than just what my human senses can see and feel. Not sure yet. Anyway, thank you for finding me – I’ll be in touch soon for your addy – thank you for seeing me – and God bless you.

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Sharon December 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Craig: Thanks for writing about love. So many people need to know more about love than they do. Would love to have your booklet and your signature. Sharon

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Sharon, everything I write on this blog comes back to love in one way or the other. I have two blogs because I have two big guiding lights – one is God’s word of course – the other one is just three verses from 1st Corinthians. That’s why I began to blogs instead of one – if I only knew how hard it would be to keep up two of them…

Anyway, my signature isn’t really worth much, it’s good for authenticating who I am – but not much more. If I can remember I’ll sign it – but really – it’s just my name. Thank you for finding me, thank you for your kind words, and God bless and keep you.

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Katie December 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Craig,

Just reading your first page has me smiling. I can so see Laska doing that with a ball of yarn. Reading your story of how you got published was great! I love how God works and moves to show HIS LOVE to others.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Katie, I wrote this in 2009, Laska’s predecessor is the kitty who actually finds his way into one of the devotionals. Laska is the love kitty – his predecessor was Froofy the miracle cat. And, if by “published” you meant getting paid by a company – and having them publish your words for you – then yes, I’m published. But it’s just a tiny booklet – it’s really no big thing. Oh, and that red haired lady – I’m now proud to call her, because she told me to, grandma Joyce. Mine was one of the last devotionals she published before she retired. Anyway, thank you Katie, I’ll be in touch, God bless you.

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Eryn {mamahall} December 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Wow Craig this is so cool! I’d love to have a copy! Love…what a godly habit to cultivate. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Eryn, my friend. You have been one of my happier finds in this year of blogging. You have blessed me more than you know. And God’s love? it’s kind of already my habit. That picture of the little pad type thing – that’s my little love flippy calendar. I already do a little bit of love every day – just one love per day. This blog was originally supposed to be just that. It kind of grew into it’s own thing. And I can thank Ann for motivating me to give these little booklets away – they’ve just been sitting there. Anyway, it’s not a chance to win – everybody that wants one gets one – and it really makes me smile to know I’ll be sending one to Texas! Thank you Eryn, God bless you, and your husband, and your babies.

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Kathy December 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm

A very BIG thing inside your little book. Thank you for being a sharer of love instead of a hoarder.

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Craig December 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Kathy, it IS a BIG thing – the biggest thing – love isn’t everything – God is everything – but God is love – and if I get love right – I get Christianity right – not perfectly – that’s what Grace is for – but – well – you know. I heart love! (Sorry, I tend to use “heart” as a verb – I heart “heart” as a verb ツ anyway, thank you – and at least I I’ll not be hoarding these little love devos anymore – I get to send one to you! And I’m thankful for that. God bless you Kathy, and please, don’t be a stranger around these parts.

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Deanne MacBurnie December 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hey Craig, Congratulations on your published book, It looks fantastic! You are a fantastic writer and I enjoy reading your blog! I would love to read one of your cherished books 😉 I sure have missed you writing for “Tell it on the Mountain” Would love to feature something for the New Years issue! Should be out in a couple of days! Here is the link for the Christmas issue in case you missed it http://issuu.com/tellitonthemountain/docs/issue8tellitonthemountain Looking forward to hearing from you soon :)

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Deanne, it’s really not a published book – it’s a published booklet. It’s just a little thing. But I did get paid for it – and it did get published – and a lot of people read it – but it’s still just a little thing. Thank you though. God bless and keep you!

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Erin December 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I’d love to receive this. So happy I found your blog through Ann’s blog. I’m really enjoying reading what God puts on your heart.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Erin, thank you for finding me. Ann’s blog, for me, is the one that changed everything. I think you’ll notice that I don’t write the same as I did when I wrote the booklet – reading people like Ann has taught me how to write better. Ann is a treasure. Thank you again, and God bless you!

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Beth Werner Lee December 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Because Ann Voskamp made you do it. She does that, makes us do the nicest things! I’d love one, Craig.
If I can find it someday, there’s a poem that your post made me think of, “sharing out joy like water” or something like that. I’ll have to find that…in one of my many journals! Stay tuned.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

she did! Sometimes I have a feeling that if, on occasion, she is struck by a how much impact she has – she backs away from it. Such humility. Thank you Beth – thank you, and God bless you. I’ll be in touch for your address ツ I’ve got lots of mailing to do ツ

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Yasmin December 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Well, I wasn’t going to enter (b/c I never win these things anyway!), but I tweeted so others could enter… and then you responded to my tweet!! lol I never get responses to my tweet, so I thought that was cool – so because I love this blog (and I LOVE your Go Deeper blog that I just discovered today), I’m entering! I hope to one day do my own giveaway on my own blog… once I get enough followers b/c if I did it now I think I would win my own giveaway! lol Well thank you for such a wonderful giveaway and I know that God has the perfect person for you to choose! God bless!

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Yasmin, it was no contest – there were no winners – just a giveaway. You might’ve missed that little section in the end where I said there were no hoops to jump through ツ and Yasmin, both of my blogs are just humble little blogs in a tiny corner of the inter-webs – they sometimes look bigger than they are. Thank you, God bless you, I’ll be in touch for your address ツ

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Tina December 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thank you for your willingness to share your devotional. I look forward to a deeper cultivation of this habit in the coming year.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Tina, think YOU for saying you wouldn’t mind having one. God’s love is really the thing – when we get that – we get Christianity. I kind of heart love! Again, thank you, I’ll be in touch for your address – and God bless you Tina.

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Redeemed December 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Because I sent this to my sisters this morning:

I was praying on the way home today. I was asking again how to stay close?  How to “abide”?  How to “breathe” in God?  

And because of all the Ann links, I clicked on yours.
So, He wants me to learn who LOVE is in a new way.
Thank you for the booklet.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

oh, I want to let you know – that the little love calendar flippy thing I pictured on the post – one of the things I “pitched” at the conference – after a year of just doing one little bitty love a day – it markedly changed my walk with our Lord. love will do that. I think you’ll heart the humble little booklet. Thank you, I’ll be in touch for your address, and God bless you.

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Susan Gaddis December 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Since I’m working on the love walk right now, I’d love one of your booklets. Thanks for offering it.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I heart how God works timing out with his children. It makes me smile to be sending one of these to you. Thank you Susan, I’ll be in touch for your address, and God bless and keep you.

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Mairin December 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

Looking forward, Craig :)

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Yay! ツ I’m really looking forward to sending these out – not so much the actual addressing and sending part – but – well – you know. ツ thank you for saying you wouldn’t mind having one in your hands. I’ll be in touch for your address, God bless you!

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Michelle December 29, 2011 at 4:45 am

If the other days are half as good as the first, well it will be time well spent with God (and you 😉 ).

That Ann, I hear she’s responsible for quite a few people getting involved in things outside what they normally would. 😀

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Michelle, I think the other days are just about half as good as the first – so I think you’ll like it ツ and Ann – she’s a treasure that one. God bless you Michelle!

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Sharon December 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

What a wonderful blessing you are n my life. Thankful I started following u on twitter. Your idea of a new habit of love is something a of us can use. I’d love to have a copy ~ loved the 1st page. Can’t wait to read more. A paw print would be perfect!! How beautiful you linked up w/Ann. She’s an exceptional example for all of us. Would love to spend time with her. Thanks for all of your postings Craig. I’m so happy how things turned out for you & see God @ work in your life. <3

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

well, the idea of it being a “habit” – the credit for that goes to Ann. the credit for love, in general, that goes to God. But I did write some words – and I’m really delighted to be sending them out to you. And thank YOU for reading my postings. And remember – the booklet’s just a little booklet – it’s not a “book” – just a humble little booklet – published by a humble little publishing company – written by an ever growing more humble little me. I’ll be in touch for your address, God bless you Sharon.

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Felecia December 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

Ahhh … its Ann’s fault! :)
I follow and I love but I heart that you didn’t ask people to do any of that. That is sooooo like you, Craig! So loving … so giving. Sigh. You always make me smile (well, when you’re not hurting, that is!).
Have a blessed 2012. Noogie to Laska too!
Felecia

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

It IS!!!!! and about all the hoops of contests – I get why people do it – at first I didn’t understand that the reason was to grow numbers – I just thought it was a bunch of pesky steps – but I get how a giveaway could be used to build subscribers, and followers, and Facebook pages – and I don’t mind that. I just don’t like going through it – so I figured I wouldn’t make anybody go through it here. Thank you for your kind words Felicia – I heart having you read me! And how did you know that Laska liked noogies on his head – right around the ear? ツ I’ll be in touch for your address. God bless you my friend.

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Lisa Maria December 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Hey Craig. First of all…I’m not commenting to win your book (I’m out of the running actually because I live in a different country) but I just had to stop by and wish you all the very best for the New Year. I’m way behind on my reading because Christmas is so time-consuming for me with the large family I have so I also have to thank you for your sweet comment you left, probably two weeks ago?) I can’t believe tomorrow is 3 weeks since I wrote anything!

Anyway, congratulations on this LOVE-ly publishing! I hope that you get many such opportunities. If I guess correctly, you’re going to be wishing you had tons more to give away based on the response I see here! Well, from my family to you and yours, may the new year be filled with the abundant blessings of God and I hope you have much peace and happiness and of course, LOVE.

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Craig December 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Lisa Maria, it wasn’t a contest – everybody who wants one gets one – and you’re not the only one from a different country – much less a different continent getting one – the inter-webs makes the distances seem really small. I’ll be in touch for your address – I’ll let the post office figure out the postage ツ

and I think it’s a good thing that your life is too busy to blog lots of posts – your family needs you – your family needs your love – and you’re there doling it out – I think that’s beautiful. I haven’t been to a writing conference in years – I stopped submitting things a pretty long time ago – and naturally since blogging – with two blogs – I haven’t had time to do anything other than this writing. But who knows. I may go to another conference soon. And Lisa Maria, to you and your family – I wish abundant blessings as well – and love.

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Lana Jones December 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for linking with Ann. I would love one of your little books on love.

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

Lana, I’ve been linking with Ann since I’ve been blogging – the whole year that I’ve been blogging. Ann’s writing changed everything about my writing. She’s a treasure. Thank you for reading me today. I’ll be in touch to get your mailing address. God bless and keep you.

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Nacole@sixinthesticks December 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

hey Craig,

i so enjoyed reading this story of you and the sweet, elderly lady. she had you pegged exactly right. thanks for sharing this with us. im sorry that i havent been by or havent written until now. i did see your comment that you left for me a couple weeks ago, but things have been, as you said, rough around here. you were right when you guessed that. anytime i get silent, or just quietly write and dont visit, it means things are stirring like crazy inside and all around me and im just trying to find a sure footing. i keep coming back to Him over and over. i will beat this thing–with His help. i just wanted you to know that i received the comment and reveled in the kindness and thoughtfulness of it.

and can i be part of this little giveaway too? i would love one of your little flippy love things. please sign it if you dont mind.

ive missed you at my place! im glad i was able to come and visit again. thanks for this little gift to cheer everyone after the elation of Advent.

here are a couple of my recent posts. not sure where my writing is going lately…trying my best to stay focused on what really needs saying…whats really in my heart to say…if you have any thoughts on it you can always shoot me an email! i would love to hear your thoughts.

http://sixinthehickorysticks.blogspot.com/2011/12/when-advent-doesnt-go-as-planned-31.html

http://sixinthehickorysticks.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-have-real-lasting-joy-31-days-to.html

blessings in His grace my brother!

Nacole

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Jen December 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Count me in! Your booklet sounds very insightful and inspiring.

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

Jen, thank you for your kind words – thank you for reading. I’m really delighted to be able to send you a copy. Love really is just about everything in the Christian walk. I’ll be in touch to get your mailing address. Thank you again, and God bless and keep you.

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Debbie December 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

Okay, I’m late to the party. But Craig . . .I loved that you had this published! That is a big thing! Don’t worry about sending me one. I don’t know how many you had! Now . . .if you happened to have oodles of them, and still do after all the give away, email me. I’d like to buy some to give to family and friends for Valentine’s Day! :) God bless you and praying for more of this for you!

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

Debbie, it’s just a little thing – and published a few years ago. I’ve got plenty of them – if you e-mail me your mailing address before I get a chance to e-mail you – feel free – a little less work to do ツ and save up – that little pad looking thing that I pitched at the conference that year – I got some of those – I think, if I work at my bravery – I’ll put those up for sale – I call them my little flippy love calendar. I’ve got about 30 of them – I might continue to sell them – or have them available as an e-book maybe – moving forward you know – you know I need to. God bless you Debbie

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Layla Payton December 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Dude, put ’em up for sale! I’ll help get the word out if you do.

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I guess I should – a whole lot of years – and learning – and experience went into that little love flippy calendar pad thing – it’s just like all the other little desktop calendar things – except it doesn’t have numbers – and it doesn’t have that little plastic folding stand. They already cost me more than eight dollars apiece to have printed up. Something soon though – Valentine’s Day is coming up. Anyway thank you my friend – thank you – just finished praying for you – God bless.

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Layla Payton December 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Thank you for praying! I so, so appreciate that.

Yes, I think you should sell them, and what better time than Valentine’s Day?

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jan December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

Hi,
I came here through Ann’s blog. I would love to have a copy of your booklet. Thanks for the giveaway. Jan

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Jan, thank you – thank you for reading – thank you for letting me know that you wouldn’t mind having a copy of my booklet – thank you for being nice – I peeked at your blog – your creations are adorable – now that you found me – I hope you don’t mind that I read you. ツ I’ll be in touch for your address – I have lots of addressing and mailing to do ツ God bless and keep you – and thank you again.

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Layla Payton December 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Holy Awesomesauce, Batman!!! I get sick & miss a few days…sheesh! You mean you’ve been hiding this little treasure all along? I might be a bit late for this giveaway, but…wellll…maybe not. 😉 Even if I am, no matter. I have learned so much from your blog, and gleaned Agape love from your friendship. Pretty much a WINNER! Yep, can’t lose on Craig’s blog, even if ya try. :)

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Craig December 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Layla – a ray of sunshine – an awesome little ray of sunshine – thank you. And I don’t know if you have my e-mail address – but if you do – send me your address so I can send you a booklet – it’ll save me one e-mail – I’ve got a lot of e-mailing – and addressing – and sending to do ツ God bless you my friend.

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Layla Payton December 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Yup…got it! Sending it…

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Sylvia bailey January 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I would love to receive your little 28 day booklet on love..
God is love and I desire God more than anything.. I bless you ,this is my first visit to this blog . Thank you
Syl

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Craig January 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Sylvia – I think yours will be the last comment on this post – so I think it’ll be the last one on my list – or maybe the first – it’s a long list – got lots of addressing and mailing to do – but I’ll get it out to you this week – and I’ll be e-mailing you soon for your address. I’m glad that on your very first visit to my blog – I get to give you something to say thank you. God bless and keep you Sylvia.

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Pam January 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for sharing the heart of love. I would like to follow through in small bites as well with my family:)

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Craig January 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

so much mailing to do – so many addresses to write on envelopes – so many envelopes to stuff – but I would absolutely heart sending you one – I’ll be in touch for your mailing address – I should get them mailed out this week. so thank you Pam, and God bless and keep you and your family.

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Clarinda January 2, 2012 at 1:22 am

A wonderful way to get in a habit! Thanks

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Craig January 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Clarinda, thank you – I couldn’t be sure from your comment – but I think you said you might want one, anyway – I’ll be in touch for your mailing address – and of all the habits to have – I’m not sure we could do any better than first Corinthians love. God bless you.

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Lisa Parsons January 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

Thank you for sharing ideas on how to apply God’s Word to daily life!

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Craig January 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Lisa, thank you – and I wasn’t sure from your comment – but it sounded like you wouldn’t mind having one – so I’ll be in touch with you to get your mailing address – so much mailing to do – so many addresses to write on envelopes – so many envelopes to stuff – I should get them mailed out this week. God bless you – and thank you again.

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Cindy@12Tribes January 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

Craig, I would pay you for this…in fact, if I don’t win, I WANT to pay you for this so I can actually have it…

And I think your corral + horses + lies booklet still needs to happen, and I would pay for that too, and publicize it…

Love you so much blogland friend (and “friend” is loaded with covenant meaning – and I mean that meaning to you fellow blogger…)

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Craig January 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

so much mailing to do – so many addresses to write on envelopes – so many envelopes to stuff – but I would absolutely heart sending you one – I’ll be in touch for your mailing address – I should get them mailed out this week. And thank you for the encouragement – I think maybe the horses and negative voices might just rate in e-book – you think? And the love flippy calendar from this post – the picture in the middle – the thing that I pitched Joyce Gibson – I have 30 of those – I think I might offer them up sometime soon – and then try to find some way to make 365 days of love an e-book – I have ideas – and I do need to find a way to make some income with my writing – so Cindy – thank you, really, thank you – and God bless and keep you and yours my friend.

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Tracie January 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I’m pretty sure these are all gone now (that is what I get for being behind on blog reading!) but I just couldn’t resist a comment saying what a great idea this was.

And also, I love your yarn analogy. So good.

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Craig January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Who among us who blog isn’t behind on reading. I’m dropping the number of posts I write from 10 per week, to 8 per week – the idea is to give me a little more time to read blogs that I heart. And yarn, love, kitten…thank you. God bless. And watch your email ツ

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linda January 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

oh yes! I would love to have a little bit of your love glitter 😀 thank you!

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Craig January 15, 2012 at 4:51 am

I do still have some left – I’d be delighted to send you one. Just remember – it’s just a little booklet – that’s all – and it was written a few years ago – well before I learned how to write better by reading people like Ann Voskamp. I’ll go send you an e-mail now – because I need your mailing address. Thank you very much – and God bless and keep you Linda.

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Martin January 18, 2012 at 2:21 am

He -Perfect love- perfected us (though imperfect by all standards) to Love back perfectly…What a better way than to use His word to in-HABIT us!

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Craig January 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

THAT is a brilliant and PERFECT (though imperfect by all standards) comment. Thank you Martin. thank you much. really. And God bless and keep you!!

PS Let me know if you’d like a booklet – I have a few left.

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