Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Allume Feature

Allume: Living in the Light

One of my favorite blogs is the new Allume blog. Allume is the name of a yearly blogging conference for Christian women, and they recently also began a blog for all of us! I have wanted to go to the conference, but it is just too difficult for me given my limitations. It is such a treat for me now to be able to share in the Allume community online, connect with other bloggers who love Jesus, and learn new blogging and writing tips right from home.

One of the monthly features on the Allume blog is the telling of Her Story.  Each month JessicaHeights tells the story of one member of the Allume community, because everyone has a story worth telling.  Last week Jessica shared my story. I was so blessed by the encouragement I received from friends and the Allume community when my story was published. Thank you, friends, for your kind words!

Click to read Jessica’s telling of my story.  Her Story: Hope In Broken Places

Redeemed Collection Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to The Heart of a Woman!  You have won the Truly Treasured Wallet from DaySpring's Redeemed collection.  You should have received an email from me with your coupon code.

Thanks to all who took the time to comment and enter. I hope to do another DaySpring review in a few months, so stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. Meanwhile, if you didn't win, there is still time to get 20% off of select items in the Redeemed collection.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Redeemed Collection Review and Giveaway


Redeemed - how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child, and forever, I am.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child, and forever, I am.

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell. 

I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song. 

I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose way I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night. 

words by Fanny Crosby

I have have been singing this song a lot recently. It is such a happy and delightful song, and it lifts my spirit on the hard days. These words have come to mind often lately because DaySpring has a new product line called "Redeemed." It isn't associated with the song, but seeing the products always brings the song to my mind.

The Redeemed collection is full of lovely and meaningful items. The collection contains purses and bags, jewelry, home decor, and gift items. DaySpring says, "The Redeemed collection speaks of how our loving Heavenly Father promises to bring all the pieces of our messy, disconnected lives together to make something beautiful. Elements from the patchwork design have been used to create gift collections that are bright, fun, and meaningful."

Last week, in the midst of all of the packing and moving preparations, I received a box from DaySpring with two items from the Redeemed collection for review.  They even put in an extra item, a t-shirt, just because!  The folks at DaySpring are just kind like that. It was perfect timing, because I had realized only a few days before that I was in need of some new nice t-shirts. I needed shirts that were comfortable resting in, but that I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in if someone should stop by for a visit. The Redeemed t-shirt they sent was a well timed gift, and it was a little blessing from the Lord.

The t-shirt was probably my favorite part about the package, but it's not what this blog post is supposed to be about, so on to the Truly Treasured Wallet and the Truly Beautiful Makeup Bag. They are lovely items! They are both made from oil cloth, which makes them easy to keep clean.

The wallet is unique, fun, and pretty. It is slim and slides easily into my purse. The inside zipper is not as sturdy as I would have expected, but I haven't had any problems with it coming loose. The wallet doesn't hold much more than some bills, change, and cards.  If you need a wallet that holds a lot, this is not the one for you. However, if you want something that is slim and attractive, this is just right!

The makeup bag is quite big. If you have a lot of makeup or accessories that you travel with, this bag will serve you well. I am currently using my bag for some of my meds as we are travelling. I love having a pretty bag to put my medicine and supplements in. It brings a bit of cheer to an otherwise dreary task of swallowing pills and vitamins.

For the month of April you can receive 20% off of select items in the Redeemed collection. The makeup bag and wallet are two of the items that are on sale

And now for the fun part! DaySpring has offered to give one Cranberry Tea Time reader a wallet for free (shipping is not included). To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. You can receive an extra entry by tweeting about the giveaway or sharing on facebook. Please leave a separate comment for the extra entry. A winner will be chosen after I get to Minnesota and have internet access again (sometime at the end of April).

Come on over to the (in)spired deals page at (in)courage and see what other bloggers are saying about the new Redeemed collection.

Disclosure: I received the makeup bag and wallet for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

* This giveaway is now closed. *

Monday, April 9, 2012

Goodbye Georgia

This has been our last weekend in Georgia. Tomorrow morning we begin the drive to Minnesota. We are very excited about the opportunity to go to Minnesota and serve the Lord there, but with it comes a sadness as we say goodbye to the friends and family we love in Georgia.  

We had a good Easter weekend with my parents and sister. We still had to do some packing and cleaning on Easter Sunday, but we were able to make time for pictures and an Easter egg hunt!

William and Adelaide with their Opa and Nana

Running around looking for eggs!

Best Friends

William and his Aunt Krista

Goodbye, Georgia family and friends. Please come visit us in Minnesota!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Sunday

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!"  Luke 24:5b-6a, NIV

Happy Easter!  He Is Risen!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday

  1. When I  Survey the Wondrous Cross

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.
  2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.
  3. See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
  4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

    Isaac Watts, 1707

    Photo Credit: SweetCapture

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We Are Moving!

At Will's Ordination Service
March 25, 2012

We have some big changes happening here in the Lundy household. Back in February Will interviewed and candidated at Skandia Evangelical Free Church in southwest Minnesota. Following that, he was asked to fill a two year ministry position there. After much thought and prayerful consideration, we accepted the the position. We will be moving very soon! We are excited about the opportunity to serve the Lord and this church in Minnesota.

The people of Skandia have already made us feel so welcome, and we aren't even there yet. They are very willing to work with us regarding my health and the complications that it brings. I am so grateful for their kindness and sensitivity toward me and the needs I have. We are  feeling very blessed! 

Currently we are, and have been, busy with moving preparations. We will be leaving Atlanta on April 10th, and, Lord willing, we will arrive in Minnesota on April 12th.

If you think of me in the next few weeks, please pray for me. I have had some better days recently, but in general my health has slowly been getting worse over the past few months. Moving is going to add to the physical stress on my body.  Please pray that my health would remain stable during the move and while we settle into our new home. Thanks, friends.

The picture above was taken at Will's ordination service a couple of weeks ago.  Before moving, the elders of our church here in Georgia wanted to hold a special service ordaining Will for ministry.  Will is now officially Reverend Lundy, but you can just call him Will.  We aren't too formal here. :)
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