Christmas Giveaway 2015 (ENDED)


Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

I am so excited about this giveaway, I can barely contain myself (okay, that was slightly exaggerated, but you get the idea :)..).

In one of my posts, I shared with you that I used a Bible reading in a year plan. The response I got was just phenomenal and God bless your hearts. It’s so amazing to see so many of you desire to read on a regular basis. As I was contemplating what to do for a giveaway around Christmas, the thought of doing something like this came to mind and well, I’m going to take it as God’s nudging and here we are. There will be five winners. Yes, five!

Each of you will receive:

-Read the Bible in a Year Plan (please note which plan you want, the Russian or English version)

-Some peerrttyyy colored pens to make the journaling more interesting

-Few highlighters to keep you notes bright and cheerful

-Some sticky notes for your thoughts as you read

-A mug, because.. you know, coffee or tea is such a great bonus (how adorable are the knitted mug covers?)

-A picture frame with an encouraging quote , I even designed it for you 🙂 (you can change it to one of you favorites)

-Index cards for Bible verse memorization

-And of course some chocolates, no need to explain this one 😉

To be eligible for this giveaway all you need to do it comment below. You can tell me about a recipe you have enjoyed from our blog, your New Year’s resolution, your experience with trying to keep with up reading the Bible on a regular basis or anything else that has been on your heart. Sharing on social media would be appreciated, but not necessary, hashtag #valentinascornergiveaway @valentinascorner. {Be sure to double check your e-mails when commenting, that is how I will be notifying the winners. I will also put names of the winner at the bottom of the page.} Giveaway will end December 23rd, 2015 @6:00p.m. and a random winner will be drawn.

and here are the different packages:).. aren’t they so darling???

Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

Everything you need to get started with reading the Bible in a year giveaway.

I thought I would share some things that help me stay faithful in reading the Bible.

Date- When you and your spouse dated, remember how eager and excited you would be for those dates? I think of my Bible reading as almost a date with God, a Him and I alone time. What will I learn new about him? What will He share that I didn’t know before? How can we become closer, etc. As much as I desired to get to know my husband, I truly believe we should desire to really know God and not about God.

Plan- Reading the Bible with a Plan is so much easier than without one. You don’t have to use the one I have, you can try something different. A plan keep you accountable in a way, it shows you where you should be on a daily basis. IT’S OKAY IF YOU FALL BEHIND. Don’t beat yourself up over it, just try to catch up. It truly can be done.

A place- Find a place in your home where you keep your Bible, journal, pens, notes, etc. You know this is your place to go and you aren’t trying to find your journal for 15 minutes, then the Bible for another 5 and in the end too worked up to even read. Sticking to your schedules builds a routine. If you are a morning person and this is the first thing you do, stick to it. You will get so used to the idea and it becomes automatic. Or if you’re a night owl and usually spend some time doing things you enjoy in the evening while the little munchkins are snoozing away, that great too. A candle burning, a hot cup of tea and some give me Jesus time. Yup, yup, has perfection written all over it.

Discipline- This is the hardest part. Especially if it’s your first time. It truly takes discipline, but with God’s help, you can do this. I know it’s hard, I have five children. There are days I have a list two pages long with things I need to work on or do, but they will ALWAYS be there and the list will not change in half an hour. At times I have to ask God for help. It’s hard to discipline myself and sometimes “Lord, please give me the desire” is needed and it. This is something He wants badly for us and when I, even in something so simple ask Him for help it, He is faithful. He desires to know me for me, not through a book I read, or a devotional, but when He speaks directly to my heart through His word, that’s powerful. Just like disciplining our children, most times it’s not a “son can you not do this” and miraculously he never does it again (though we all wish that was the case). Many times, it’s repetitive reminding that actually sinks in (through their hard heads). If you are a week behind, don’t give up. Show yourself some grace and try to catch up. You can do it. Just like when your child messes up, you show grace, discipline and move on.

Journal- This is the funnest part of reading for me. I write down my days and highlight them and keep all the things that spoke to my heart in there. I love to actually journal about how the verse can be applied to my life and where I need change. If we are reading the Bible as God’s word and direction for us and our lives, I better be taking notes when he touches my heart and tells me this is for you. You may read a certain passage and it mean nothing to you. I can read the same passage and it’s something I have been struggling with or praying about and it’s amazing when God speaks to us. It’s as if He is like, my daughter, this needs corrected in your life, or that needs changed, so lovingly, so gentle, so God!

In my journal I also love to add pictures and drawings my munchkins make for me. They motivate me to keep going. I feel the responsibility as a mom and when it’s hard and I don’t feel like reading, opening up my journal and seeing their handmade pieces inspire to do it as much for them as me. 🙂 

Index cards- I love to write down verses I love to memorize and put them up around my home, laundry, kitchen sink, fridge, etc. As I go about my day, I glace at the verses and it’s so nice to memorize Scripture this way.

I see in myself, if I skip a few days without reading, I can tell right away in the way I change (and the change isn’t in the positive direction). It’s amazing how many time during my reading God spoke to my heart about situations we were going through with my spouse. I will call him and apologize and he is so sweet, he will be like “hon, were you just reading the Bible”, when God convicts, there is no room for excuses. Can I get an amen to that? 🙂

Before I close, I would like to encourage, challenge and inspire each one of you to get into the word of God and dig! Dig until living water flows. Until the waters flow and bring healing, correction, reassurance, inspiration, motivation and direction for your life and your family’s.

Oh and if you do not win (oh how I wish I could ship all of you something), but still desire to look at the plan I use, don’t be shy to comment below and I will e-mail you a plan (or contact me via my e-mail:

WINNERS: You have 24 hours to respond to my e-mail with an address.. 🙂 I wish I had one to give all of you!. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the lovely comments and e-mails, y’all are just so kind.

Anna                   v****    

Viktoriya             V****              

Inna                     i****    

Julia Y.                 j****        

Lyuda                   l****



(P.S. This giveaway is open to shipping within the US and Canada only.)

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  • Eilin 01/13/2016, 11:37 pm Link Reply

    Hi, thank you so much for being such an inspiration. May God bless you abundantly! Can you please send me your plan?

    • admin 01/15/2016, 1:49 am Link Reply

      Thank you for your beautiful blessing Eilin. May there be blessing upon your life as well in all that you do! 🙂 E-mail sent

  • Jasmin Schewa 01/03/2016, 5:11 am Link Reply

    Hi Valentin,

    I just recently discovered ur blog and and i am really enjoying all ur recipes, videos and especally ur posts about ur life with God..i just read that u have a bible reading plan for the year and was wondering if u would share it with me
    since i have been looking for one to use this year???

    • admin 01/05/2016, 6:21 pm Link Reply

      Hi Jasmin and welcome to our blog. We are so happy to have someone with such a beautiful name here!. 🙂
      Send you and e-mail with the plan:)..

  • Yana 01/01/2016, 8:50 pm Link Reply

    Thank you for this post. May God bless you for encouraging and uplifing your readers. Can you send me the reading log as well please. 🙂

    • admin 01/03/2016, 1:03 am Link Reply

      Thank you for visiting Yanachka, glad you have you here, and Happy New Year’s. E-mailed you the reading plan:)

  • Katrina T 01/01/2016, 9:36 am Link Reply

    Thank you for the blessings :). Happy New Year to you. May God’s abundant blessings be upon you and your beautiful family. May His complete peace remain in your heart, and may you continue to advance His kingdom. May the work of your hands be blessed. Thank you for all you do.
    My resolution is to read the Bible in a year, but I have never followed a reading plan…which one would you recommend? I read in Russian mostly, but my Bible is parallel. Also…which English version is do you use…which is the most accurate, yet reader friendly?
    On a side note, I baked Timurs cake from your blog today, but haven’t frosted it yet…I’m sure it will be delish, can’t wait :).

    • admin 01/03/2016, 12:59 am Link Reply

      Katrina, Mmm, oh I love that cake, how did you guys enjoy it?
      I am sending you both the English and Russian version to your e-mail. I have always read the Russian Bible but this will be my first time reading an English bible all the way through this year, a little nervous. I will be using the Holman Study New King James Version. It’s awesome, has all kinds of commentaries for important verses.
      P.S. thank you for your sweet words.. :O)

  • Julie 12/22/2015, 5:21 pm Link Reply

    Valechka! Thanks so much for all your posts! The food for the soul is most desired by me! You sure have found your mission! I like your food posts as well, and have prepared lots of them too!
    Reading Bible is so powerful! I’m not surprised you chose this giveaway! You are amazing! Nice way of getting people to get reading Bible!!
    Please keep those spiritual food posts coming! I wish we could meet in person! Please come visit OR or WA! And you are so welcome to our place!!
    God bless your family! Merry Christmas! And Blessed New Year!!

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:16 pm Link Reply

      THANK YOU, thank you Yulichka, you’re way too kind!. I promise you, I am no different than you:)…
      Hey, I will keep that in mind, I like to travel and will definitely take up your offer of a place to stay! 🙂 🙂
      Wishing all of God’s blessings upon your family!!. May God richly bless you, your hubby and children as you Shine for Christ.. 🙂

  • dala 12/22/2015, 2:44 pm Link Reply

    I would love to win this! I’m a first time mommy and I miss having that time alone with just me and my Bible. this would be awesome to have so I can concentrate on God. I love your recipes they are all delish.

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:19 pm Link Reply

      Dala, Hey, hey congrats on being a first time mommy. How do you like your munchkin taking over your life, hehe, they little stinkers sure do know how to take over:)..
      Blessings on raising your little one for Jesus in a world that needs Him so badly.
      Merry Christmas to you, your loved ones and a wonderful New Year..

  • Olga B 12/22/2015, 12:04 pm Link Reply

    Oh girl, what an awesome giveaway you have! Love it! Thank you so much 🙂
    We tried mostly every dish in your blog 🙂 Love them all, specially your casseroles, plov, layered salads and of course sweets. That non baked spartak is super fast and oh soooooo good. Thnx a lot for being there for us 🙂
    And personal posts. …I just keep rereading them 🙂 they’re great example, keep them coming please.
    Merry Christmas to your family and may God bless you all abundantly in the new coming year!

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:20 pm Link Reply

      Olechka, so glad you enjoyed that spartak, cannot believe I didn’t think of it earlier;).
      Thank you for you encouragement, it’s soo soo soo appreciated, genuinely from the bottom of my heart!.
      Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and a very blessed New Year!. 🙂

  • Tatyana M 12/22/2015, 11:09 am Link Reply

    Privet Valyachka,
    This is Tanya from Sacramento, CA. Thank you for a wonderful blog where we can get food for the soul and recipes for the stomach. Wow your amazing, i love your personal posts, we relate so much. I have six kids n prego with #7. I also noticed if ur read n pray before kiddos wake up ur day goes sooo Blessed. If you ever decide to visit Sacramento u r more than welcome to stay at my place. Oh, n my favorite food post from ur blog is the Ikra. When all the veggies where in season we sure did can alot, now we r enjoying our canned food. Thank you again for finding TIME to do this Blog, God Bless You sister, and your beutiful family. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:23 pm Link Reply

      Hello Tatyana!! THHHHAAAANNNKKKKK you for sure a beautiful and sweet comment (made me blush a little, okay, a lot…) Hhhm, California you say? I will keep you in mind:)..
      Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. May you live a life that is full of purpose for our Maker! May he guide in raising your children and be the wife and mom he wants you to be. Blessing your hubby that he is your support, morally and spiritually, it’s SOOOO hard raising children. Blessing your children that they will honor and respect you and cause you very little shed tears.. 🙂

  • Olga Levchuk 12/22/2015, 12:25 am Link Reply

    Thank you for a great blog, wonderful recipes, & this giveaway. My favorite recipe from this blog that I’ve used over & over again is baked chicken fajita.

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:13 pm Link Reply

      Olechka, so glad you gave that fajita a try. I love how simple it is and glad you enjoy it too:)
      Merry Christmas to you and your family. Shine for Christ to those around you..

  • Alla N 12/21/2015, 9:01 pm Link Reply

    Most of all I love your posts about advice on how to live a Godly life and advice about children. It motivates me to be a better mother and wife and to get up and spend more time with my family.

    • admin 12/23/2015, 6:12 pm Link Reply

      Allochka, I’m oh so happy that God is able to touch you heart and you find something he speaks to you about when he is teaching me too! =) We have such a caring FATHER!.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family.. 🙂

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