Tuesday, February 02, 2010


I am thrilled to announce the winner of the Ink Dots book giveaway. 

Raymonde, today is your 'lucky day'!  You will be receiving your very own copy of Amanda Deed's The Game, and I know you will not be disappointed!

Thanks to Amanda for generously offering a copy of her book for our winner, and to my beautiful daughter Sophie for randomly choosing the winning entry. 

It's been a pleasure introducing you to Amanda and I hope you will keep an eye out for more of her fabulous work in the future. I can't wait to see what she has to offer her readers next.

I have never won any prizes myself. It's not really a sad thing, don't feel bad for me. I hardly ever enter competitions. I did send a short story to a women's magazine when I was 15, and my 'prize' was $50. That was a very exciting experience, and I have had some favorable results in other writing competitions. But I am yet to win a Christmas hamper or sports car.

Have you ever won anything? I would love to know if you have been 'lucky'.

I say lucky but I really don't believe in luck so much. I know God is in control and brings about His desires in our lives when we commit ourselves to Him. I know for myself I would rather have the plans of God fulfilled in me than some random chain of events fall upon me. I am secure in the knowledge that nothing can thwart His plans for His people when they submit to Him.

I am encouraged by the words of Psalm 37:4.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Not that God promises me everything on my wish list. But rather, He places desires in my heart according to His will for me as I delight myself in Him. 

And I know Raymonde delights herself in God. Today He has blessed her with a precious gift, using one of His other children, Amanda, to make it happen.  

Maybe you have received a special gift from God like this too. I would love to hear about it!