*** CONGRATULATIONS, GIVEAWAY WINNERS ***
5 signed copies of Choosing REAL are going to:
I hope you feel loved, known and pursued on every page. But mostly, that you’ll be encouraged to release your control of needing to be all things to all people, and simply enjoy being invited by a real God through everyday circumstances. Winners, please email me your address and love mail is on its way.
For those of you who are new here, welcome. So glad you’re here. To my tried and true, warm hugs. How I wish I could gather all of you in our small cottage living room for New Year’s and find your eyes and encourage you with a specific word, a prayer for 2017. Perhaps one day. As for now, I’m just gonna throw a Choosing REAL Book Giveaway like confetti: 5 COPIES OF CHOOSING REAL GIVEN TO 5 OF YOU! I’m so passionate about this message, about sharing my journey of releasing control and choosing to respond and celebrate to how God invites us through real life circumstances like busy schedules, loss, transition, loneliness, gratitude, social media, relationships, and the unplanned to experience a near and intimate relationship with a genuine God. It’s my heartbeat to you, my in-the-middle stories and lessons and awareness of how everyday life and faith connect.
I had the crazy honor to write a devotional for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and about fell over with gratitude and a heightened passion for this message when I saw how deeply it’s connecting with everyday souls like us. So.dang.grateful. Enjoy the P31 Devotional HERE:
As an additional New Year’s gift to you, enjoy this Choosing REAL excerpt from Ch. 13, YOU Matter, pg. 211-213
I wish for this to be the year you more fully understand how wide and long and high and deep is Jesus’ love for you. And may you believe it deep down in your gut and live from this space. Ill let you sit in that truth for like, twenty minutes. While eating a mimosa cupcake of course!
I wish for you to know that whether people surround you or you stand alone, you are of great worth.
I pray you will ask people their stories wherever you go and remember that you have a story to tell. May your main characters always be truth and love.
I pray that in the moments you experience the most joy, you will add them to your memory bank and pull them out on hard days.
I wish for you to continue being vulnerable, and when you find yourself getting “in your head,” that you will seek truth, text a friend, or start baking, because those things are life giving for you.
I wish for you to laugh at yourself more. Because that means you are risking and possibly failing in the process. But risking nonetheless.
I pray for ridiculously amazing hair days when you’re PMS-ing.
I hope when you are tempted to beat yourself up, instead you’ll grab a piece of chocolate and say out loud, “I am fearfully and fabulously made.”
I wish for you to experience a life worth looking back on.
I wish for you to hear God through a megaphone, notice artistry in hopeless places, and taste life in grateful gulps. I wish for you to seek out people who feel unseen and remind them that they’re not.
I wish for you to rest and nap and go lip gloss and shoe shopping for no reason at all. I wish for you to book binge whenever you please.
I wish for you to dance- not crawl- forward. And on the days you crawl, I hope you pour buckets of grace on yourself. Because you are human.
I wish for you to emotionally spoil those kids of yours. And receive their spoiling when they do the same for you.
I wish for you to continue discovering who “your” people are to lean on, ask prayer, help, wisdom, and dessert recipes. Because you do need them. And they need you.
I wish you champagne cheers and picnic dinners and midweek movies and laughing till you snort.
I wish for you to know when to turn off your brain, throw the fam in the car, head to the beach, and chase the sun.
I wish you crazy dancing with your hubby and relentless flirting and making out in the kitchen. Dirty dishes can wait.
I wish when self-critical thoughts peck, you will turn outward. Grab a friend her favorite latte and pay her a visit.
I wish for you to pray when you want to complain and give when you want to wallow. And please, be gentle with yourself.
I wish for you to hold nothing back. Gate any doubts and soar.
I wish you bubble baths and belonging and honest conversations.
I pray every “I wish” will become “I’m thankful.”
I pray for you to love yourself as much as you love others.
I wish for you to know you are leaving your little mark on this huge world just by being you. And I wish for you to celebrate that today.
Choosing REAL Book Giveaway begins December 31, 12am (PT) and ends Monday, January, 2 at midnight (PT). To enter, write your name in the comments below and include your Instagram name. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on my Instagram account: BekahJanePogue on Tuesday, January 3 at 9am (PT). Oh.the.FUN!!