Tricia Goyer's Living Inspired News

December 2011
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If I could, I'd invite you into my living room and we'd sit in front of my Christmas tree. On the branches you'll see mostly homemade ornaments that my kids have made over the years. Around the house there are also candle holders made from tin cans and doilies made from cut-out felt pieces. I take greater joy in these simple mementos than fancy decorations and a house that looks as if could be on display in Better Homes and Gardens


Of course that wasn't always the case. As a young(er) wife and mom I'd want to display a certain image. I'd want everything to look, "Just so." I can't really say when things changed; it happened slowly over time. The more I wrote and shared what was really going on inside me, the more I understood that I wasn't the only one facing the same obstacles and struggles. The more real I became, the more others responded. I built connections not by being perfect but by offering my true self as a present to others. 


This Christmas remember that life isn't all about the tinsel, and bows, and bling. It's the simple things--like handmade snowflakes--that can bring the biggest smiles. And sharing what's really in our hearts--what's really in there down deep--is the best present we can give to those we love. 


Things I'm looking forward to this Christmas: 

  • Traveling to Montana to see my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson! 
  • My grandma's enchiladas for Christmas eve dinner. 
  • Worshiping at our church on Christmas day 

What I'm thankful for: 

  • Immanuel, God-with-us 
  • Family and Friends 
  • Sharing the stories of my heart with readers 
A Remembering You Holiday MEME (a chance to win one of 10 four book prize packs)!   

It's Christmas and I feel like giving away presents!


My latest book, Remembering You, is a story about a girl and her grandpa (and well, there's much more to the story, but for the purpose of the MEME, we'll leave it at that!) and what better way to give a shout-out to our elderly relatives this holiday than sharing our thoughts about them!

So ... I'm bringing back the MEME!

Here's how it will and answer the below questions on your blog or Facebook. Then either tag specific people or tag your readers/friends (so they will answer share and answer the questions too). Then hop over to my blog to fill out the linky. Easy.

I'll choose 10 winners to receive a 4 book Tricia Goyer prize pack***!

Here are the MEME questions!

1. What's your favorite holiday song?

2. What's your favorite holiday tradition?

3. If you could travel one place with an elderly family member where would you go?

4. What questions would you ask?

5. What is a non-tangible gift have you received from an elderly relative?

6. What is the best/worst/strangest gift you've received from an elderly relative?

****On December 22nd ten people who have filled out the linky will be selected at random to win one of the ten 4-book prize packs. You can either have it sent to yourself or a friend. To enter all you have to do is answer the MEME on your blog and then fill out the linky on this post. Easy.

Then be sure to pop over and read the other MEMEs on the linky - let's celebrate our elderly loved ones!
Mornings with Jesus 2012 (BOGO friend giveaway)!   

Earlier this year I was asked to contribute to Guideposts 2012
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devotional, Mornings with Jesus. I was honored to be asked...

When I first heard the title I thought the writers would be focusing on the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But the more I started praying and digging into God's Word, the more He reminded me that the whole Bible is about Christ. He was there from Genesis 1 as The Word and His message is on every page. The study of Christ is the best study because it reminds me I don't need to learn about Him, He is with me at every moment. Our relationship continues to grow! I started out drawn by the New Testament ... until Jesus reminded me to 'look around' and that He had more to share from His heart.

Read an excerpt here.

I hope you'll consider adding this devotional to your quiet time next year.

I have some copies to giveaway! If you purchase a copy for yourself and email my assistant Amy and let her know, I'll send a copy of Mornings with Jesus to the friend of your choice! When you email her, be sure to include your friend's name and address. (First come first serve, while supplies last.)

Contest ends 12/31/11.
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