The One Year Home and Garden Devotions giveaway!

The One Year Home and Garden Devotions giveaway!

I love starting out a new year with new books – and one kind of January book I love is devotionals. I’ve had the privilege of writing three One Year Devotionals for Tyndale House (the third one is scheduled for 2018 publication!) and I’d love to send one of my Home and Garden Devotionals to two of my readers. Interested? Tell me, below, what you best love to do to comfort others, and what most comforts you when life turns a little chilly.  Renee will draw a name from among the comments below, and I’ll ship a signed copy of the book off to the winners asap!



49 Comments On This Topic
  1. Vicky D
    on Jan 24th at 3:14 am

    Love taking flowers to others or sending a card. Time with friends comforts me the most.

  2. Vicki
    on Jan 24th at 4:03 am

    ohhh… I love this question. I’m a baker. (not professional) That’s my love language. ha! To cheer people in my life, I bake quick sweet breads or chunky cookies. (If my husband needs encouragement, I make a hearty stew since he’s not really a “sweets” guy.) But for myself, really, when “life turns a little chilly,” I grab a fun novel, a glossy mag, my journal or my Bible (depending on the chill factor), make a cuppa and curl up for some quiet time.

  3. Steph J
    on Jan 24th at 4:08 pm

    I love cooking and baking and sending a card to others to comfort them. When life turns a little chilly for me I love to drink hot tea or hot chocolate, read a book and lay on the couch with my blanket. I also like to journal and read my Bible too.

  4. Ann
    on Jan 24th at 4:09 pm

    Prayer changes things! With them and on my own. Words of comfort and gifts of comfort like this Devo book.

  5. Sally Davison
    on Jan 24th at 4:09 pm

    I am a soup queen (so I’ve been told). I love to make a comforting soup to give to them.
    If I am sick, I would love someone to do that for me. In fact a couple years ago I had back surgery and a friend from church brought me potato soup. I remember that more than any other comfort at that time.

  6. Robin
    on Jan 24th at 4:10 pm

    I love to spend time with them and be a good listener. Going somewhere with my best friend comforts me as well as spending time reading God’s Word.

  7. Caroline
    on Jan 24th at 4:22 pm

    I love to cook for others and soups are so comforting – in fact I took my own homemade tomato soup to a sick friend yesterday with some flowers and several hugs. I like to lie on my bed under the blankets with a cup of cocoa and a good book for ultimate comfort. Knowing that my family is close by makes it even cozier.

  8. Diane M
    on Jan 24th at 4:28 pm

    I love to share with my family & friends inspirational quotes and “smiles” either by phone or email. I like to remind everyone how special they are. I don’t think we do that often enough in this day and age.
    My husband and I spend a few minutes each morning looking into each other’s eyes without speaking. It’s our way of connecting in an otherwise busy world.
    When I’m feeling the need for comfort I take a walk and listen to the sounds of nature. It’s one of the best places to connect with the Lord

  9. Debbie Clatterbuck
    on Jan 24th at 4:36 pm

    I simply like to listen to my friends and provide a shoulder to cry on. For me, I like to write in my Dear God Journal. It’s an idea I got from a book I read where the heroine didn’t know how to pray so she started writing letters to God. So that’s what I do and it helps me vent and feel better.

  10. Shelia Hall
    on Jan 24th at 4:43 pm

    I love to cook and bake so i do that for those who are sick or need comfort! also i send lots of cards of encouragement

    • Shelia Hall
      on Jan 24th at 4:45 pm

      what gives me comfort is snuggling up with my bible or a good book

  11. Pat Shrader
    on Jan 24th at 4:51 pm

    When people are not feeling well or worried, I like to mail a card or call and just Listen. Ps: I love tomato soup. Thanks!

  12. Melissa Alexander
    on Jan 24th at 5:01 pm

    Music soothes the soul, even a sick soul. Comforting, God abiding music can lift one’s spirit. It also gets attention off the illness and puts the focus on Jesus. Lift one’s spirit with gentle, cozy, music. IT DOES WONDERS!!!

  13. Susan Wilson
    on Jan 24th at 5:04 pm

    I am still a greeting card or “little note to say hi” kind of person. I also like to share baked goods or a cold beer with my next door neighbor/friend when I feel like she’s in need of a kind gesture. Visiting or calling sick family is always on my to do list as well.

    • Susan Wilson
      on Jan 24th at 5:06 pm

      Also, what comforts me is my son or husband showing me kindness and caring.

  14. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    on Jan 24th at 5:06 pm

    I would love to have your devotionals. I am trekking out this season despite those pesky chiggers I am allergic to and they wait on the edge of the lawn saying, “Wait! Wait! Here she comes!!”
    I have been nudged to pray right then with people when they share a need or request. They are brought to mind later to continue to pray.
    My every time lifter of my head is to play nightly board games or cards with my husband. Learning not to pout when I miss a play I could have made, and not being a sore loser. Ongoing.
    My very favorite treat is hot buttered homemade popcorn with sprinkled parmesan cheese and watching Fixer Upper together.

  15. Janet R
    on Jan 24th at 5:13 pm

    Soup is the ultimate comfort food, right?! A card or visit means so much, so it’s worth the small effort to do something nice for someone else!

  16. Judy Weaver
    on Jan 24th at 5:19 pm

    I like to send a note or card, and take some homemade food or baked goods.

  17. Sylvia Miller
    on Jan 24th at 5:35 pm

    I like to pray for people regularly and don’t mind listening to them when they want to talk.


  18. Judi Dreith
    on Jan 24th at 5:47 pm

    I knit as a great way to relax and take a sanity break. So I make hats and scares for the homeless or for inner city schools, prayer shawls, baby blankets for Children’s Hospital etc. Although I never get to seenjoy the recipient using them, I pray for each and every one as I knit

  19. Stephanie H.
    on Jan 24th at 5:53 pm

    When my family is sick, I make sure that they feel comforted with hot soup, blankets, hugs, and a listening ear. Whenever I am feeling blue, I love the peace and quiet of my bedroom.

  20. Debbie Melton
    on Jan 24th at 5:58 pm

    Doing good deeds is a natural behavior for me as I have been taught as a child in my Catholic School taught my nuns in a tiny out of the way isolated community/town. So whatever the situation calls for I am usually wanting to help to make it better. Sometimes cooking a meal for the family or baking something delicious to deliver.

  21. Paula S.
    on Jan 24th at 5:59 pm

    I like to encourage friends with posts I get in emails. I like to bundle up and read a good Christian Historical or Suspence novel. With a cup of tea or hot chocolate . I would love to have one of you devotional books. I would use it in our Church women’s meetings as well as personally.

  22. natasha
    on Jan 24th at 6:08 pm

    I love sending notes and little prizes to those who need comfort. And that’s my favorite thing to get when I am in need of comfort.

  23. Gail Hollingsworth
    on Jan 24th at 6:17 pm

    I always think hugs are comforting but if someone is not close by I like to send encouragement cards in the mail.
    I love cups of coffee winter, summer, spring and fall, day or night. My sweet husband bought me a bell that says “ring for coffee” and it works! Every time I ring it he brings me a cup, but I also don’t take advantage.

  24. Debrah
    on Jan 24th at 6:31 pm

    Encouragement can come in many ways. I like to send a card or take a batch of homemade soup to those who may be under the weather. I believe that the Lord instilled the gift of a heart touched by need in me. My precious father was the same way. It has certainly helped me to be a better pastor’s wife. I am very excited by the release of “A Lady in Disguise”.

  25. Linda D. McFarland
    on Jan 24th at 6:43 pm

    I love sending a ‘thinking of you/praying for you card’ and in turn love receiving them. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  26. Debbie Williams
    on Jan 24th at 6:46 pm

    I love to send cards to friends. For myself, just being home with my family, in front of a fire, mmakes the world a less “chilly” place 🙂

  27. Linda B
    on Jan 24th at 7:00 pm

    I try to be ready to listen to those who need to talk. And remember them with cards and notes to let them know that I am thinking of them and lifting them up in prayer.
    As for myself, when I need comfort I usually read the Bible or watch a favorite movie or walk (though with cold weather I end up walking laps around the basement). Some of my friends will offer me reading suggestions when they can tell I need something to take me away from things for awhile.
    Thank you for this giveaway.

  28. Debra G.
    on Jan 24th at 8:17 pm

    I like to bake cookies and send “thinking of you” cards to friends who are going through difficult times. I like to read my Bible or a good devotional book to get strength from the Lord in my time of need.

  29. Ann Austin
    on Jan 24th at 8:30 pm

    I listen to them, and try to send a note or short letter to encourage them in their faith, and just let them know they are not alone.
    As for me, I get in the car and go cruising down back country roads, and enjoy a slower pace, see the animals, watch the trees blow,or the fog rise up at night. Being out where there is little traffic, and things are more serene helps me focus on good in my life, and be grateful. If things are really bad, I stop the car, roll down the window, and take my hands and toss out the problem in the ditch. I don’t take it back home with me. If it is to the extent I can’t carry it anyway, I throw it away, literally, and release hat burden. God grabs that, and then the burden of resolution is in His hands, not mine.

  30. Angela E.
    on Jan 24th at 9:02 pm

    Just meeting the need of others does give them comfort or just spending time to comfort others is comforting already in itself. When life turns chilly, I appreciate a loved one who will just hang out & spend some quality time with would bring me lots of comfort.

  31. Bethany Mabin
    on Jan 24th at 9:25 pm

    I love to pray for my friends that are hurting or just because. My favorite thing to encourage someone by sending a text message or note letting them know I am thinking of them and praying for them. I loved to be encouraged this way when I am down

  32. Pat Tomlinson
    on Jan 24th at 11:09 pm

    I love devotionals. My husband and I start each day reading a devotional and the Bible. A great way to start the day.

  33. Charlyn
    on Jan 25th at 1:09 am

    I listen and send cards, emails or treats. Those things from family or friends also help me. For myself, I get in the recliner with a fuzzy blanket, hot chocolate, tv remote to find clean movie &/or my iPad with kindle books…and popcorn! Lots of prayer for me and for family & friends. Thank you for opportunity to win the devotional.

  34. Heidi Hogan
    on Jan 25th at 2:44 am

    What I love to do for someone as well as receive is to send a personal note and scriptures. I pray first, asking the Lord what to write, which scriptures to include.
    Thank you again Sandra for the fun of another contest as well as a yummy recipe to try and Bible verses to encourage us.

  35. Barb
    on Jan 25th at 3:09 am

    Thanks for the encouraging message. Friends do make life so much nicer.

  36. Sonja
    on Jan 25th at 3:22 am

    I’ve had to do a lot of comforting and helping this year for my mother, since my father’s recent passing. For myself, my husband and I read scriptures together daily. It’s always very uplifting and comforting.

  37. Linda Horin
    on Jan 25th at 4:05 am

    I love to do what matters most – pray for those who are in need. If I don’t feel like they will be receptive to that, I try to write a note and include scripture that I feel applies to their situation. When I am in need I also like to receive prayer, but a cup of tea with a good friend with a listening ear is also comforting.

  38. Lisa Cullett
    on Jan 25th at 12:49 pm

    Having an introvert’s personality, I’m learning how to better reach out to those who are sick or hurting. It means a lot to me when I know people are praying when I’m in need, so my M.O. is letting them know that I am lifting them up to the Lord, sometimes by sending them a card, a phone call, but many times on facebook, text, or email.

  39. Melanie Backus
    on Jan 25th at 1:43 pm

    I send cards to others or bring little surprises to those that aren’t feeling well. Little inspirational books are lovely gifts!

  40. Marilyn Smith
    on Jan 25th at 7:22 pm

    I bake something and leave it as a surprise. I pray intentionally. And I love to know a friend is praying for me — and I admit that I love also being the recipient of any little gift — because the real gift behind it is LOVE.

  41. Connie Hendryx
    on Jan 25th at 9:11 pm

    I try and drop them a nice note. I love to hide up in my quilting studio when the weather is chilly…or wet…or windy…or sunny…I guess you get the idea I love to quilt!

  42. Linda Finn
    on Jan 27th at 4:52 am

    I love fixing comfort food and drinks ! On a chilly day I love to fix soups or stews with biscuits and have hot tea or flavored coffees ! Quick Breads are my favorite Comfort food with Coffee !!!
    Linda Marie Finn

  43. Maria Mast
    on Jan 27th at 5:33 am

    To be honest, I am horrible at giving comfort…I always have good intentions but tend not to follow through! 😔 Song lyrics are often what I go to though when I do! Music is a huge comfort for me!!

  44. Cheryl Olson
    on Jan 27th at 6:51 pm

    I don’t mean to give the Sunday School answer, but I would have to say that first off I pray for them and truly ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in terms of what would help them the most. So it looks different every time. Last week I had coffee with a friend , who had recently lost her husband to cancer ,at my house and made a yummy coffee cake and just talked and cried ( mostly listened) for like 4 hours. Other times it’s a text with a certain verse God has laid on my heart for that person, a phone call, a meal, a devotional that has blessed me, a card, an anonymous gift, one time I brought cookies to a lady in the $ store who was having a bad day because God told me too!! I just try and listen to God and then do it.

  45. Lisa Harness
    on Jan 30th at 4:06 pm

    A bread or cake of some kind. Music, but also just a good book, hot tea & cozy quilt.

  46. Amanda
    on Jan 30th at 7:12 pm

    Listen and pray.
    I first realized the need for these things when our daughter began losing her eyesight after contracting a common childhood febrile illness (virus). We had the best care at Children’s Hospital, but all of the tests yielded no answers. The whole ordeal lasted four months and in that time our friends rallied around us to listen to our troubles and then to pray with us. While many of our family and friends live out of state, just knowing they were praying gave us comfort.
    When God chose to heal T. we made sure she knew that He (and not modern medicine) deserved all the glory!
    Though our trials were short compared to those of others, they felt long when we were in the midst of them. Having been on the receiving end of a kind listening ear and faithful prayer, we seek to do the same for others.

  47. sandra
    on Feb 2nd at 1:38 am

    You guys have some absolutely delightful, wonderful ideas and I’m sure your friends are as blessed by you as I am! Renee has drawn some names, and those winners have been notified; my agent had a few extra copies of the book, so 10 names were drawn. Please stop by in March when I launch my new book, A Lady in Disguise. I’m very excited to introduce you to her!


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