Sunday, July 19, 2009

One Year Blogiversary & Give Away!

One year ago today I wrote my very first blog post. It seems so much longer ago than that in some ways and yet shorter in some ways as well. Isn’t that how most anniversaries seem though?

Thank you to each of you who have made this blogging adventure full and meaningful this past year! I have enjoyed laughing, crying, learning and growing with you all. I look forward to continuing that this year!

One photo that I took on vacation really stood out to me. I will tell you more about why AND reveal an extra bonus to the giveaway later this week! Here it is:

On to the Giveaway...
The winner will choose their prize! You can select,

"Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God" BY Francis Chan


"Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires and the Respect He Desperately Needs." by Emerson Eggerichs

What do you need to do to win?

Leave a comment below letting me know at least one of the following:

what post here at A Teachable Heart has meant the most to you & why,

share some way that God touched your heart by reading, etc.

or I'd enjoy hearing your reactions to the above photo. Does it stir up any feeling or emotion within you?

Once again, THANK YOU! Thank you for reading, for being open to what God may be speaking to your own heart about as I share what He is teaching mine, for commenting, and for encouraging myself and other commenters along the way.

I pray God will fill you with His peace and joy today!



Rachel said...

Happy Blogoversary! I have really enjoyed getting to know you over the past few months - and going back into your old posts too!

Love the Christmas in July idea. And how you tied it together with Love Languages - because that has made an amazing difference in how I feel like I understand what is meaningful to my husband.

We're most of the way through Love and Respect too.

Would it be bad of me to say that your most memorable (for me) post was about the low rise jeans??? I still giggle! :)

Belinda said...

Love the post....and the picture. I have both books so don't enter me in the giveaway. Do you still want me to do a guest post for you? Let me know if you do. I am headed to write my own later this morning, summer kind took over and there you have it. Talk to you soon.

HappyascanB said...

Congrats on your first anniversary! Your blog has taught me sooo much about how to truly live a godly life. I thank god for you!

christy rose said...

Happy Blogaversary Shanda! I love your blog!
My favorite posts were the ones where you answered questions about you. I like getting to know the person behind the blog and I feel like that is a quick way to learn new things about them.
I am glad you are back home! The picture in this post is really inviting. It looks like a road into a serene and quiet place.

Still Learning said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I enjoy your blog so much. I enjoy the marital posts. You are very inspirational though in every thing I read. And I like your photo too, would that be the narrow path?? It's so pretty.

Our pastor recently told us to answer people when they say that Christians are narrow minded that yes, we are. We are on the narrow path, we have to be narrow minded, lol. Love the photo.


Robin C. said...

Hi Shanda! Happy Blogiversary! I only found your blog several days (maybe a week or so?) ago, when you were a guest barista at Internet cafe devotions. I consider it truely a blessing to have found your blog. God uses your writing to speak to me in areas where I need it in a time that I need it most. My husband and I are having a rather tough time right now. Some days are good, most are filled with frustration and snarky comments. When I read your "The Epoxy of God's Love" post.... WOW! I was really convicted and realized that MY ATTITUDE needed changing, otherwise my family, marriage, would become another sad statistic. That post prompted us to have a long conversation that has helped us sort through a lot of different hurts, frustrations, and unintentional disrespect. So, thank you for being attuned to what God is "whispering" to you, and being an incredible vessel for His Will. :) As for the picture, it is beautiful! I see it as sort of being at the beginning of a long walk. I am begining one myself. I am beginning that walk of changing myself. My attitude, my way of thinking. I am going to change from being a person that follows my heart and living on emotion, to leading it and relinquishing the control to Christ. So as I stand in front getting ready to head into those unfamiliar woods, I will look up at the beautiful splendor of those tall trees and will be searching for God's light trickling down between the shadows, instead of focusing on them. So Shanda, thank you again. I look forward to reading your blog as often as you post them, and I also look forward to delving into your archives for more pearls of wisdom! (sorry such a long post. I just really wanted you to know how God is using you in my life)!

momof3darlings said...

I LOVE the posts on marriage. I can't pick out a favorite because I believe they were all God-led and were great!

And I want the Crazy Love book SO BAD I can't stand it!!!!

As far as the picture...girl...I want to play with that so bad I can't stand it...I even have a verse for it: Show me Your ways O Lord, teach me your paths OR it is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect....

OK, if you wanna email it to me I'd LOVE to play with it. ;)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! How exciting. I have really loved getting to know you both through your blog and the comments you leave on mine. It's so wonderful to meet a "sister in christ" and to have that common tie. Your blog is kind of like a devotional to thank you.

I loved the picture too. I think it represents being brave. The beauty of the fence framing the road begs you to move forward even though the path ahead is dark and unseen. Very lovely:) Have a great day.

Pam D said...

Oh, Shanda, you have to know that your Titus2 Tuesdays are always my favorite! You have so many women who encourage you; I love reading about them! I really loved "Never Return an Empty Dish" and "See the Good", but I've loved them all. And I loved "Butterfly Principles", too; what a great post!
As for the picture, it somehow makes me think about "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". That path seems to go into darkness, but we know that when we carry His Word with us, we will always have light for the journey. And you? Are a light for me, dear friend!

rhemashope said...

Happy Blogiversary, Shanda! There was a post you wrote about giving and receiving that has always stayed with me. Also, the post I will never forget is the one on marriage where the old lady gives the advice to 'have an affair w/ your husband.' I also have to say the one about the low rise jeans was so funny and clever!

I've never read the Crazy Love book - sounds great!

I recently wrote a post called Trust and I include a quote by Oswald Chambers on "gracious uncertainty." Your beautiful photo of a winding road reminds me that the path may be unknown to us, but God KNOWS and we can rest in that.

Kate said...

Hope you had a great blogoversary! I'm so glad you started blogging. And I love the photo, for me it sums up a life that is fully surrendered to Jesus.

Warren Baldwin said...

Since I'm fairly new to your blog and haven't read a lot of posts (although I am following now), I'll comment on the picture.

I grew up in Vermont, a mountianous, tree-filled country reminiscent of the picture you have here. I have seen many scenes like this when my dad was driving us into the wooded areas to fish, go to school (on the other side of the mountain) or cut firewood. This picture conjures up images of family time, carefree summers, and God's beautiful creation. It makes me want to go back in time!


Shanda said...

Robin C.,
Thank you so much for sharing so openly and for your kind and encouraging words. I am so glad that God is at work in your heart and in your marriage. I am praying for you!!

God's blessings and peace upon your household,