Friday Finds: Musical Rest and a GIVEAWAY

When the world closes in and I need an instant dose of peace, I turn on a rotation of songs that seem to breathe rest over all of my fears and worries. This Friday I wanted to share the gift of rest through some beautiful music. These are just a few of my favorites for inducing some soul rest.


1. Be Still, By Kari Jobe

Listen/Purchase (#9 on the Kari Jobe Album)




2. All I Want, Robbie Seay Band

Listen/Purchase (#1 on the Robbie Seay Album)



3. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Sufjan Stevens

Listen/Purchase (#15 on the Songs for Christmas Album)




I would love to gift ONE lucky reader with the mp3 of all three songs! Be sure to check out the swankified and simplified entry form below. (Thanks to Jordy Liz for the idea!) There are a few ways to enter, just follow the instructions. Contest is open until 12:01 am on Monday morning! Stay tuned for the winner…

It’s your lucky Friday!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Song of the Stars WINNER!

Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones

There were 33 total entries in the drawing and 1 winner as chosen by the random number generator at

I counted starting with the oldest entry receiving the #1…..

The #7 entry belongs to….




Jenna for the WIN.

Congratulations!! Send me a message with the name and mailing address of where you would like this copy of Song of the Stars to travel for Christmas.  (Ginger at gingerciminello dot com)

Thanks to everyone for entering, following and reading!  If you didn’t get the chance to catch Sally Lloyd-Jones at the Zondervan Christmas Party yesterday, be sure to watch some of the videos from the event!

Merry Christmas and I will see you all on Monday when we explore how love keeps no record of wrongs.


Advent Resource: GIVEAWAY

Song of the Stars for Advent! 

Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones

It’s no secret that Sally Lloyd Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible is one of my favorite books.  This year she graciously added another gem for our Christmas libraries.  This celebration of the Light to light up the WHOLE WORLD will be something you want to read all year-long. Whether you want this book under the tree for you OR for a loved one – this is your opportunity to WIN A FREE COPY!

Here are 3 ways to enter:

  1. Subscribe to the blog via google reader or e-mail. [Look at the awesome subscribe box for your e-mail address just to the right!   (Simply comment: Following the blog OR I’m already following)
  2. Follow on Facebook or Twitter.  (Simply comment: I am following on FB or Twitter OR I already follow)
  3. Share the give-away on Facebook or Twitter. (Simply comment: I shared on FB or Twitter)

Use one of these or write up your own.

“The one who made us has come to live with us!”  Enter to win Song of the Stars FREE: via @gingercim

A copy of “Song of the Stars” could be headed your way for free.  Enter the drawing by heading to:

Three chances to win.  The contest closes at Midnight Central Time on Thursday, December the 8th.  The Winner will be announced on Friday, December 9th and the book will hopefully ship  your way that weekend!


This Week

We have some business to attend to!

1.  Last week was the April “You’d have to be a fool not to enter” Contest. Thanks so much to everyone who entered, liked, and shared!

I’m happy to announce our two winners.  Congratulations to entry number #11 – Elizabeth and #13 – Stephanie H.  You were the lucky comment numbers chosen by the random generator!

If you will contact me through the website or e-mail me at ginger at gingerciminello dot com with your mailing addresses I will get your beautiful copies of  “From Head To Foot” into the mail and to you this week!

2.  I’ve just returned from nine days in Texas.  My husband and I took a whirlwind trip around the state seeing people, places, and things.  Mostly we talked and ate.  We are very good at both things.

3.  I’ve decided that I need a vacation after my vacation.  Anyone else with me?

4.  This week is going to be themed.  Get excited.  TC sent in a great question about the Fruit of the Spirit so we are going to run with it.  Here’s the passage:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

5.  It’s Monday and it is CHOCK-FULL of potential.  I want to send you out with a great quote by Margaret Feinberg with the reminder that God could not love you any more or any less than He does right now!  He absolutely loves you.

When God echoes I love you, it’s not a slice of information but a feast of transformation.  I am invited to experience the fullness of God’s love in my life, heart, and spirit.  The holy metamorphosis is designed to ring so genuine and true that others can’t help but notice.  When I love you is alive in my heart, I become freer to love others.  When I love you is alive in my mind, I become better at expressing that love.  When I love you is alive in my life, I become a smidgen closer to being who God has called and created me to be.

Happy Monday, friends!