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Apr 05 2013

Our Big Celebration Begins with a special “One Word Art” Giveaway!!!

Welcome to our BIG CELEBRATION!

What started out as a Christian husband and wife blog– Learning to Live a Surrendered Life when it began on July 31, 2011 with Will and I as a writing team God, Will gave me the site to dedicate to women’s ministry in October 2011 as a birthday gift and it has grown into the Unwrapping His Grace blog and on-line ministry and community which Gina Marie and I are so blessed to be a part of today!  We never expected to grow this much this quickly and are daily humbled and so thankful for the direction the Lord is growing us and taking us!

We have surpassed 423,000 hits and continue to reach more and more people with God’s message of love and healing grace in the midst of the messiness of life.

It was my husband, Will, and my dream to reach people who are hurting with God’s love and life and soul transforming grace and now that Will has gone home to heaven, Gina Marie has joined me here and has the same passion for reaching people for God that we did from the beginning just nineteen months ago!

Our first photograph as a new family at our wedding, April 10, 2010.

Our first photograph as a new family at our wedding, April 10, 2010.

These next several days also lead up to another very special day in my life…April 10, 2010 is the day I had the honor of becoming Will Pershing’s wife and Will, Annelyse, Josh, Michael and I became a new family!  Since this is our first wedding/family anniversary since Will’s home going, we thought this would be the perfect time to celebrate by offering gifts to YOU in our special, BIG CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY!!!

We will be doing giveaways Friday (tonight) April 5, and Monday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 9 with the drawings all taking place on my wedding/family anniversary…Wednesday, April 10th!

There is something for everyone in these three days of giveaways so be sure to check back and enter each one!!!!  And of course we would be honored if you shared them with your friends too!  In the process of thanking you for your support, prayers, and time with us at Unwrapping His Grace our prayer is that we are able to welcome even more new faces to our community!

So let’s get things started, shall we?

Our first giveaway is an awesome blessing from my dear on-line friend Michelle Pendergrass who is an incredibly gifted Visual Prayer artist!  I wrote about her beautiful gift of visual prayer art last year in “Drawing Closer to our Savior…Visual Prayer”.

What is Visual Prayer?  Here is how Michelle defines it…

Visual Prayer is a way to connect to God through our natural desire to create. By combining several artistic values that may overlap each other including (but not limited to) scrap-booking, painting, drawing, doodling, and countless other visual and kinetic art techniques, we are able to commune with God in silence through creation.

Visual Prayer offers tangible comfort and peace in our sometimes intangible faith.

If you are one of the many people around the world-wide web who has prayed and chosen “One Word” for 2013 this is the perfect giveaway for YOU!

My “One Word” for 2013 is Faithful –as in God is always faithful!

Gina Marie’s “One Word” is Portion– as in God you are my portion.

I’ve hired this dear friend and amazing artist to create “One Word” art for Gina Marie and me to celebrate and guess what???? 

Michelle Pendergrass would like to create a one of a kind “One Word” Art original art piece for you too!

One winner will get to pick either a pen and ink or pen/ink with watercolor “One Word” Art piece using their own personal word!

Here are a few samples of what some other pen and ink pieces she has created …

Word Art by Michelle Pendergrass Harmony Word Art by Michelle Pendergrass Agape Word Art by Michelle Pendergrass Breathe

And here are those same words done using pen/ink with watercolors…

Word Art by Michelle Pendergrass Harmony WatercolorWord Art by Michelle Pendergrass Agape WatercolorWord Art by Michelle Pendergrass Breathe Watercolor

Aren’t they just amazing?????  And since we have readers all over the world I have great news!!!  She is happy to create and ship one for a winner living anywhere in the world!

On April 10, 2013, one of my boys will draw the name of one blessed winner who will get to give her “One Word” to Michelle and ask that it be done in pen and ink OR pen/ink and watercolor!! This professional, beautiful “One Word” Art piece has a value of $25 but is priceless as far as I am concerned!

Here is how you enter to win!!! There are lots of ways to enter!  Please remember…EACH COMMENT is worth ONE ENTRY.  You need to leave ONE comment for EACH thing you do to enter.  Thank you so much!  :)

One Entry—- leaving a comment here on this blog post telling us your “One Word” and whether you would pick pen and ink or pen/ink and watercolor if you win!

One Entry-– Subscribe to Unwrapping His Grace via email (leave one comment here to tell us you did!)

One Entry— Follow Unwrapping His Grace on Facebook (leave one comment here to tell us you do!)

One Entry— Follow Unwrapping His Grace on Pinterest (leave one comment here to tell us you do!)

One Entry– Follow Michelle’s Visual Prayer website on Facebook (leave one comment here to tell us you did!)

One Entry– Follow Michelle’s Visual Prayer website on Twitter (leave one comment here to tell us you did!)

And finally…

Five Entries— Share a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!!! (Let us know you did and where you shared it in a comment please!)

And remember…The drawing is on April 10, 2013, Wednesday at 7:00pm!!!

The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with her email address so that I can send it to Michelle so she can communicate with you and begin creating your One Word Art piece!  If we do not have a valid email address and haven’t heard from you in 48 hours another name will be drawn and you will give up the prize. Thanks for understanding!

Be sure to come back on Monday and Tuesday for MORE BIG Giveaways!!!  Trust me these are too good to miss!  Some of our next giveaways include a print copy of “The Good Wife’s Guide” from Time Warp Wife AND an adorable matching child’s chef’s hat and apron (you choose the fabrics) OR a custom-made Snowman Adult size Apron from Blessed Little Home. And MORE!!!!

Giveaway closed!

In addition, we will have a week filled with articles focused on the theme of Marriage to share with you!!

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Thanking God for His Blessings,

Mary Joy

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About the author

Mary Joy

I am a broken daughter of God and a work in progress. I am passionate about encouraging women to embrace God's grace and faithfulness as I discover and share His faithfulness, grace and even joy in the messiness of my journey as a widowed (less than 2 yrs), homeschooling mom with a missionary's heart. I am in awe of how God fills me up and carries me through each day. My Heavenly Father leads me as I continue to parent and home school my two recovering and very active boys and encourage my beautiful teenage step-daughter (long distance) during her first year in of college. In every moment I see incredible evidence of God's healing love, grace and faithfulness. I am so blessed to be the creator, manager, and an author of Unwrapping His Grace as I lean on my Savior to lead us in this special web-ministry.

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  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    1) My word is “truth”; watercolor 2)subscribed to unwrapping His grace via email 3)liked unwrapping His grace on facebook 4)followed unwrapping His grace on pinterest 5)followed Michelle’s visual prayer on facebook (the link above went to her personal page) 6)followed Michelle on twitter 7)shared a link to this page (giveaway) on twitter

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    My word is “simply”. I would choose pen and ink. They are beautiful!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I follow on Facebook.

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    My one word is Perseverance. I would LOVE to have the pen, ink, and watercolor. Michelle is such a talented artist.

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    Following Unwrapping His Grace on FB. :-)

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    Am friend with Michelle on FB.

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    I follow Michelle on Twitter. :-)

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    I am now signed up for email updates from Unwrapping His Grace.

  • http://bunny-trails.blogspot.com Dianne – Bunny Trails

    And I’m following on Pinterest. My name is bunnytrails on Pinterest. Thanks!! :-)

  • Maggie Swanson

    My one word is Trust. I’d love it in watercolor! I am following on Fb and Pinterest, and also Visual prayer on Fb and Twitter. I’ve subscribed and will share on Fb! :)

  • Vridge

    My word~ Blessings… Like Laura Story’s song, I have seen the blessings and the hand of God in the midst of trials, pain, loss. I recently lost my mom to brain cancer, and she wa diagnosed shortly after my husband was in a coma and in the midst of his recovery. These past several years have been extremely difficult, but I do see and feel the blessings in it all.
    ~ as for extra entries, I follow you on Facebook, Pinterest, subscribe to your blog, and follow Michelle’s page on Facebook as well.
    Many blessing to you :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/michpendergrass Michelle Pendergrass

      I lost my mom to brain cancer, too. (((hugs)))

      • Vridge

        I’m so sorry Michelle… Brain cancer is such a horrible thing to experience. The loss is so great, and my mom was so young. God saw us through it, but I feel for anyone who has seen, and been through it. (((Hugs))) to you as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    My word is “trust”, and I would love watercolor!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    “The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled” is the error I got when trying to sign up for email. Maybe I did something wrong.

    • http://www.surrenderedlivingnow.com/ Mary Joy Pershing

      That is strange. I’ll need to look into that because it is enabled for Unwrapping His Grace. I am subscribed by email so I know when things go out to folks. I am sorry. If you try again and get a different result or another error would you mind letting me know. I am sorry about that.

      Blessings!

      Mary Joy

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    I also follow you on Facebook!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    And I follow all of your boards on Pinterest!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    And I am following the Visual Prayer page!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.maclean.14 Erin MacLean

    I shared your giveaway on Facebook! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.t.jones Allison Turnham Jones

    my one word is PURPOSE – it’s what I want God to show me – and boy, does this word show up all around me! I’d pick the pen/ink and watercolor if I win! thanks for the chance!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.t.jones Allison Turnham Jones

    I already subscribe to Unwrapping His Grace by email!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.t.jones Allison Turnham Jones

    I already ‘like’ Unwrapping His Grace on facebook!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.t.jones Allison Turnham Jones

    I follow Unwrapping His Grace on Pinterest!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allison.t.jones Allison Turnham Jones

    I ‘like’ Visual Prayer on facebook!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/darlene.m.dunlap Darlene Miller Dunlap

    My one word is Trust. and if I won it would be pen/ink with watercolor. I am thankful for the christian sites that are available. they strengthen me to “trust”. I subscribed to “unwrapping his grace” via email and on facebook, and pinterest, also Michelle’s visual prayer page on facebook. I chose the word “trust” because that is what God has called me to do. through the years, I always helped God when it came to his will. If I felt God should do this or that, then I always tried to make it happen. Of course, with my help, I went through more storms than if I would of waited on God’s timing. I have felt for years that the weight of the world (my family’s problems) was on my shoulders, and that I was responsible for everything. This year God spoke to me and said, “Darlene, you are not responsible, I am” So my word is “Trust”. And when its turning your child over and trusting God with his life, well its very difficult. I have to trust God with my son. My son is a born again believer, but not responsible in fiances. So now, I have to turn loose, let him be homeless and suffer, and TRUST God that he will work in my son and turn him into the man he is suppose to be and that God will provide for his needs. I do need lots of prayers. Thank you for putting your struggles and faith in writing so people like me can have hope. oh also shared the site and giveaway on facebook.

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  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    Wasn’t totally clear that each comment needed to be separate…2)subscribed to unwrapping His grace via email

  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    3)liked unwrapping His
    grace on facebook

  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    4)followed unwrapping His grace on pinterest

  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    5)followed Michelle’s visual prayer on facebook (the link above went to
    her personal page)

  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    6)followed Michelle on twitter

  • http://www.cherylcope.com/ Cheryl Cope

    7)shared a link to
    this page (giveaway) on twitter

  • jesus_redeemed

    I would love to have one with pen/ink/watercolor. These are absolutely lovely!

  • jesus_redeemed

    My one word would be Heaven.

  • jesus_redeemed

    Following Unwrapping His Grace on FB

  • jesus_redeemed

    Following Unwrapping His Grace on Pinterest

  • jesus_redeemed

    Requested friendship on FB for Michelle’s visual prayer website

  • jesus_redeemed

    following Michelle’s Visual Prayer website on Twitter

  • jesus_redeemed

    Shared giveaway of awesome artwork on FB. https://www.facebook.com/roberta.eldridge.58/posts/276038039198122

    email address:timjbradj@yahoo.com

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  • Kelli Sulski

    My word is reprioritize and I like the watercolor.

  • Kelli Sulski

    Following you on FB

  • Kelli Sulski

    Following Visual Prayer on FB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexanderzpc Andy N Dawn Alexander

    Following you on Facebook

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexanderzpc Andy N Dawn Alexander

    My one word would be Sovereign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexanderzpc Andy N Dawn Alexander

    Following you on Interest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexanderzpc Andy N Dawn Alexander
  • http://kizi-friv.kizi2.com/ kizi friv

    i follow on Twitter for my friends.