Advent Giveaway on our Instagram!

What would this time of year be without a giveaway?! Wooo, praise hands all around!

We’d love to point your hearts toward Jesus as Christmas is soon approaching (aahhh, so soon!) by giving away Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift.

 

This time of year is filled with warm + cozy feelings, special moments with family, and fun traditions. All of this time spent with people who really matter in our lives is important, but we want to direct our hearts even further. Ann writes in this book about the “celebration of the complete love story that’s been coming for you since the very beginning.” We want you to make the most of this Advent season by reminding your heart & mind of this wonderful news!

Here’s how to enter!

Head over to our instagram (@awakeandfreeblog), make sure you’re following us, and like the giveaway picture. Then, since Thanksgiving is still fresh on our minds, post a picture on your own account telling us something you’re thankful for, and tag us! We’ll go through those tags and choose someone to win!

But wait, there’s more!

Although there will only be one winner for the giveaway, The Daily Grace Co. has a free Advent devo, and we figured we’d pass it along for you all!

This link will take you to where you can download it! ♡

See you over on Instagram! Happy Friday!

 

Bring Me Anything/Corinne/Alumni

I am so honored and so excited that Brooke has asked me to write this post today. I have to admit, I have found myself at a loss for words. I have found myself questioning what in the world do I have to offer? What wisdom do I have? I graduated college two years ago, I’ve been married for just over nine months and most days I feel like my life is a tornado that keeps spinning in circles and I’m just trying to keep my feet on the ground. Then I reminded myself that this is not about me or the knowledge I have to share with you. It’s about Jesus and the way that He is using my crazy life to hopefully encourage you today.

I mentioned that I’ve been married for just over nine months. They have been some of the best nine months of my life and I am so grateful for my husband and the way he leads our marriage. That being said, they have also been some of the most challenging months of my life. I have seen the tragedy and horror of the death of a close family friend. I have seen the pure miracle of life being brought into this world, when at times it seemed impossible. I have seen the excitement and joy of new friendships, but I have also felt the pain as old ones have faded away. I guess you could say that I have been made very aware of the reality of being an “adult”.

rain-on-windowI was driving home from work recently after a somewhat stressful day. I had just found out that the family friend I mentioned earlier was living his last days on this earth and my world seemed to be falling to pieces. A song came on the radio at what was probably the perfect time. It’s an older Christian song, but as it played I found myself singing along and I knew every single word. This time hearing it was different somehow. I paid close attention to the words and they hit my heart in a new way. The song is called “Bring the Rain” by Mercy Me. If you have a few minutes, I strongly encourage you to look up the lyrics or listen, but for the sake of time, I’m going to quote the chorus. It says, “Bring me joy, bring peace, bring the chance to be free. Bring me anything that brings you glory. And I know there will be days when this life brings me pain, but if that’s what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain.” Whoa. Bring me anything that brings you glory.

Those words really struck me in a way that is hard to describe, but I began to wonder, what does it look like when I pray for God to bring me any circumstance, as long as it brings Him glory. Then, what does it look like when I allow Him to be glorified through whatever it is He brings me? That’s kind of a scary thing to pray and ask God for, but again, it made me wonder, how is God glorified in the sickness and death of my friend? How is God glorified in my marriage and my friendships? How is God glorified in the time spent in my car commuting almost an hour to and from work each day? The list could go on and on.

There are so many things in my life that I tend to look at as monotonous, time-consuming, and burdensome. There are also things that I find joyful and awesome. But how can I glorify God through ALL of those situations, not just the joyful ones. I don’t have the answer for you, because quite frankly, I’m still figuring it all out myself. The advice I do have for you, however, is to truly seek how you can be glorifying God through every situation in your life, no matter how big or small, stressful or joyful, because I can promise you that it will change your perspective towards your circumstances and the people around you. So whether you are working away your summer at the local mom-and-pop restaurant, or living out all of your wildest dreams, know that God has given you these opportunities to bring Him the glory that He more than deserves.

 

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Hi! My name is Corinne Robertson and I am a very proud alumni of CNU. I graduated two years ago with a degree in Psychology, but now I run a mobile coffee shop and bakery called The Mix House with two of my three my sisters! It was always our family dream to own a coffee shop/bakery and now we get to live that dream each and every day. I live in the backwoods of Essex County with my husband, Sean. We met through Cru at CNU and were both the Outreach Leader at one point. I went on Summer Mission with Cru to Melbourne, Australia and it was the best summer of my life. I have a big heart for the ministry of Cru and for reaching college students all across the world. Sean and I don’t have any kids or pets, but I cannot wait for the day when we have a pet pig!

P.S. That picture is of me and my mom. I want to be her when I grow up! [photo credit: Katelyn James Photography]

[Thankfulness photo rally! (Meg)]

Thankfulness.

I always seem to hear this phrase and hear people throw around the concept of thankfulness around Thanksgiving and I kind of roll my eyes a little bit.

I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my clothes. I’m thankful for my grades. Blah blah.

I guess in my heart of hearts, I really don’t see God’s provision in the smallest things. After all, don’t I deserve at least some of the blessings I’ve been given?

Far too often in our individualized, capitalistic culture, we take for granted what God has provided and given us.  We want to take the credit ourselves.

So, almost begrudgingly today (if I’m being honest), I want to challenge you girls to a thankfulness photo rally.

I’m sure you’ve seen a million things like this floating around social media – you weren’t born yesterday – but I’m hoping that maybe if I take a few minutes to actually thank Jesus for what he’s done each day, maybe, just maybe, a spirit of thankfulness will begin to grow within my heart.

And what is a more fun way to do that than to do that with girls in my community?


 Next week – Monday, November 17th through Friday, November 21st, I challenge YOU – the girls of Tidewater-Richmond Cru (and everyone & anyone!) – to a thankfulness photo rally.

So, here’s how it’ll go down:


  •  Every day next week (5 days in total), ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind something that you are thankful for. Hopefully this will be something that might even surprise you each day! I can list more than 5 things I’m thankful for now without even thinking, but I’m curious about what God might work in my heart when I pray and ask him to help me see things I can be thankful for. Maybe they’ll look different than what I’m thinking about right now…
  • Post a picture that represents the new thing you’re thankful for each day on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag: #thankfulawakeandfree
  • Share your link, if you’d like, on our Awake & Free facebook

    page or in the comment section below to be sure we’ve seen it.

  • At the end of the week, a NAME will be drawn to receive a G I V E A W A Y – even if you only post one photo of something you’re thankful for next week, your name will go in the hat! Incentive? Yes. More details on that giveaway to come…

  • During the week of thanksgiving, we will gather up the photos and FEATURE some them on our blog with your description of what you’re thankful for! We’ll have a chance to praise God together for the things going on in each other’s life.
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Remember: This is not just a free pass to brag. It’s not even a free pass to forgo time with Jesus because you’re being “thankful” on Instagram.  It could be, however, a cool opportunity to bring God into a situation or a part of your life where others might get to hear about him from you for the first time… It could start conversations about Jesus in your friendships and relationships with family… It could be an opportunity for God to search your heart and reveal to you things about Him and His character and you and yours that could draw you closer to Him.

Let’s be a community that is real, that is transparent, that is awake & free… that is thankful.
Join me.

I dare you.