Festive Friday #1 + Giveaway

Festive Fridays are for counting blessings, recapping posts, announcing giveaways, and sharing special treats with you.

Special Treat

A poem celebrating winter, on this snow day of no work or school for our family!

January anew


Sleepy blue shadows

stretch long in the snow

among baby cedars waiting

for old snags to crash

and create sunnier space

for their evergreen branches.


Wildflower seeds lay dormant

under molten oak leaves

patient in winter’s mock death

burrowing deeper

with each freeze

and thaw.


Like the brittle brown grasses

blowing in the frigid wind

I considered my dream lifeless

not daring to hope

for any answer

to buried prayers.


Today’s answer held surprised joy

like a January daffodil.

My heart basks in bright slanted rays

with the cedar’s winter berries

and the patient wildflower seeds, certain

spring will return.


Recap of This Week’s Posts

Monday marked the beginning of my Newness of Life post series.

On Tuesday I shared a portion of my new book.

On Wednesday I wrote about sowing new seeds in my current season of obscurity.

On Thursday I got vulnerable with a hidden sin.


Questions for reflection: (please comment below)

Which post from this week resonated most deeply with you?

What did you like about the poem?

Have you joined the online Bible study?  If not, please visit the link now!

Counting Blessings

  • I am currently in second place in the Fear Fighting Bloggers Contest.  If you will take 30 seconds and vote for me, I will be so grateful!  Vote 17 in the comments section on this link (click here)! One vote per email/IP address. Please comment if you voted for me.  I will have a special prize drawing for all my voters at the end of February.
  • My new book has almost 200 downloads and 23 reviews on Amazon in the first week, and I am praising God for the exposure to new audiences.  If you have downloaded the book, please post a review to Amazon and consider reviewing it on your blog, thanks!
  • I was chosen to be one of six in a special critique group for Suzie Eller as she writes her next book.  So excited and blessed!


Congratulations to Dawn C., this week’s giveaway winner!  Thanks for your comment in the online Bible study group, Dawn!

Dawn will receive a copy of Edie Wadsworth’s book All the Pretty Things and a magnet set of these beauties:

Keep the comments coming to be entered in weekly drawings on Jan. 20 & 27, and for the grand prize drawing on Feb. 3.

Enter this special giveaway to receive a free download of Newness of Life!

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My new book Newness of Life will help you apply Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 so you can understand God’s plan in your current season.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

No matter what season you are in, God is teaching you valuable lessons to grow your faith and trust in Him.  We will discover what God is saying through the different times and activities we traverse.

I look forward to hearing how God is working in your current life season.  I hope you will join in the fun and discussion on the online Bible study.

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  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    Sarah this poem is gorgeous! And wow – what great news to follow!!! I will be checking out some of your listed posts as of late, here soon! God bless you in your God-led paths, xoxoxo.

    • Sarah

      Thanks, I am always glad to hear feedback on poems, because I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. They are my *favorite* writing genre, and I love making them into spiritual stories. I’ll check out your site today too! Smiles!

  • Ruth

    I love your January Anew poem!
    I never thought of winter as “mock death” before! Such an exciting concept! 🙂

    • Sarah

      Thanks Ruth! Glad you stopped by…from where? Curious.

  • Hello from another Christian poet!

    Beautiful phrasings… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    (visiting from Grace & Truth)

    • Sarah

      Hi, I will check out your site now! Glad we found each other!

  • Kori

    I love the poem! I agree with Ruth! I have never thought of the “mock death” of winter before, but such a great way to put it! I also voted for you in the writing contest.

    • Sarah

      Oh Kori, thank you so very much for your visit and your vote. Blessings to you. I’m headed over to your blog right now.

  • What a beautiful picture you’ve painted with words.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Andrea!

  • a January daffodil.
    I love the hope in that small, yellow offering.

    Thanks for linking up! #FridayFive

    • Sarah

      Love your linkup, Kelly! Thanks for always posting prompts in advance so I can plan accordingly!

  • Joy

    Beautiful poem!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah

      Thanks for your visit, Joy!