Birthdays and Giveaways

 I’m so excited.

I’ve never been one to bother with getting upset over birthdays.  The whole growing older thing is inevitable, I realize.

This year insecurities about turning 40 have been trying to creep in, and I’m fighting.  So my plan of attack is to embrace it, and GET EXCITED.

I want to be one of those women, and we’ve all seen them, who age with poise and dignity.  I think it would be such a gift from God if I could just manage to grow old gracefully.

So that’s my goal… and prayer… “Lord, let me grow old gracefully and shine for You.”

One of my favorite things in the world is to see someone surprised with gifts.  I LOVE giving gifts.

So to EMBRACE turning 40, I’m glorying and giving!!!


The four books I’m giving away are wonderfully written by beautiful women of God.


A Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

{w}hole by Lisa Whittle

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp


There are 2 ways to enter to win:  Either subscribe to my  blog OR leave a comment.  Either way!  (If you’ve already subscribed, no worries just leave a comment).

*If you’re uncomfortable leaving a comment, it can be as short and sweet as “Happy Birthday” or “Entering giveaway.”

Hope this helps:)

I will be drawing 4 names out of a hat–or whatever my children decide to use, as I’m sure they will be helping me–next week.  The winners will be announced on Thursday, April 5th right here on my blog.  Please check back to see if you won.  I will need you to email me with your mailing address.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” James 1:17

I hope you will be one of the winners.  And to make this even more fun for me– and possibly the best birthday EVER– I humbly ask you to pass this on to get the word out!

I’m having fun with this, so thank you!!


84 thoughts on “Birthdays and Giveaways

  1. Veronica McMahon says:

    I remember this birthday for me. It was “so hard” coming into it. I recall my Aunt asking me, what was the alternative to turning 40 :). You will continue to shine, just like you do now!! God Bless.

  2. Penny Arnett says:

    Happy Birthday, Rivera!!!! I sure hope your birthday is the best one yet! And, all the happiness you bring to others is return to you on this special day! And, we have something in common we both LOVE the same authors! I receive each authors devotion daily with a grateful heart!! Enjoy your day!!! :)))

  3. Lindsay says:

    Turning 35 myself this month. I’ve been bummed about it a little and I normally love bdays. Thanks for your post. I love making everyone’s bdays so special. Serving gracefully… Think I might trying giving to others on my day too. Thanks

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Glad you were inspired Lindsay 🙂 Don’t be bummed, 35-40 have been some of the BEST years of my life. Blessings for your 35th birthday, and may you have many MANY more!

  4. gallerhea says:

    I hope you have a FANTASTIC Birthday!

    I have learned to embrace my Birthday as a day that is all about me! ;D

    I decided one year to find out how many freebies I could get for my Birthday. I ended up with a free meal from a local Chinese restaurant, a free Mocha from Dutch Bros and Starbucks (after registering my gift card), a free burger from Red Robin and Ruby Tuesday, a free Ice Cream Creation from Coldstone and Baskin Robbins, a free dessert from Carinos and Applebees, and…well, you get the picture! ;D I had a BLAST!!!!!!!!

    🙂 Rhea

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Wow! I’d say you really did figure out the embracing! You scored! 😉 Thank you for the Birthday wishes. Blessings.

  5. Betty Cummings says:

    Happy Bless 40 Birthday I Pray it is just as Special as you are to all who know you. Though we have never met on a one on one basis.You are my Sister in Christ I am Bless to be able to Pray Blessings on your Special day.Every day is a Gift given to each Of His Children.I Pray that you have many more years ahead of you to Propper and Succeed in all you do for the Building of God’s Kingdom.God Bless you my friend and Sister in Christ.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      We’ve never met, but HOW SWEET of you to pray such beautiful blessings over my life! Thank YOU! I pray God richly blesses and meets all of YOUR needs Betty, my sister!

  6. Ami 'Ramirez' Maceiras says:

    I’m friends with Renee Swope, and I’ve read her book. I also know Lysa Terkeurst and have her book. But maybe I’ll get one of the other two! 🙂 Great idea and great perspective on life and birthdays!! Happy 40th!!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you for the Birthday wishes Ami. If your name is drawn, I’ll try to make sure you get one of the other two;) Blessings!

  7. Bridget Burroughs says:

    I turned 40 last year and did the same thing! I embraced it! I was so excited! I even made up a silly little song I sang all month long. My husband thought I had lost my mind! My family threw me a suprise birthday party which was a blast! With lost of frineds and family there. I loved it. I also had 4 other friends who turned 40 last year too so we celbrated all year!!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Now THAT’S what I call a celebration… all year! 😉 Thank you for stopping by. Be blessed Briget!

  8. Linda Reip says:

    Happy Birthday Renee from someone way past 40, it looks really good on you. I am often reminded that His Grace to us, is all sufficient. Enjoy your forties.

  9. Angie O. says:

    you are sunshine in my life, and i know, in so many many others, so your prayer is an answered one, and btw, i’m thinking of the song, THE PRAYER, and would just love to hear you sing it! it would be just amazing, I miss your spoken word, but am so thankful for your written word(s)….happy birthday beautiful friend, sending hugs!!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you Susan! I hope yours is too, AND I hope to see you this Monday night:) Oh and technically my birthday’s not til the 11th. I wanted to do this early enough that the winners would get their GIFTS by the actual day I turn 40:)

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Haha… Oh no! Well I guess I have something to look forward to;) Thank you for the birthday wishes Patti, and thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jennifer Littleton says:

    ♪♫•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to Rivera! ♪♫•*¨*•♫♪
    Have a fun, exciting, fantabulously wonderful and blessed day! (✿◠‿◠)

  11. Bruce Brady says:

    As someone who is 21 years your senior, I can tell you that my wife never been more beautiful than when she turned 40. And she has only grown even more beautiful since. Not because of genetics but because of God. I know He’ll do the same for you. Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Goodness Bruce, your wife sounds like a blessed woman! Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging words:) Blessings!

  12. kaloveley says:

    Happy Birthday wonder woman! You are an inspiration to so many! I miss having lifegroup with all of you and think dinner/lunch/breakfast should be in order while we are in town! 🙂 I like your blog lady!

  13. Tracy Johnson says:

    I love you so much. You are so awesome and a good person to talk to you.

    Love you so much,
    Happy Birthday
    Tracy Johnson

  14. Audrey Malloy says:

    Rivera you are too sweet!!! May I add that you exude grace and poise my friend…. You are beautiful inside and out!! I am so blessed with your friendship and by your God-inspired writings…. Thank you! A very Happy Birthday to you my sweet friend. May the Lord continue to richly bless you always. Love you!

  15. Christine says:

    This is when life begins! The forties are wonderful and full of discovery! May you receive a special blessing this day my so beautiful friend!

  16. Kathy Wilson says:

    I have grown closer to God in my 40s than I every thought possible. Embrace it! You are beautiful, inside and out! Happy Birthday!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you little one! YOU make your momma smile everyday! God blessed my life abundantly with you and little (big) Hunter man;) You are a gift! I. LOVE. YOU. MORE!

  17. Mary says:

    Wishing you a great, God-filled birthday!! BTW, at 40, the best is yet to come…you’re still a “young chick!” Love & blessings to you, Rivera!

  18. Amy puckett says:

    Happy birthday, Rivera! The best is yet to come. May God bless you all the days of your life. You are so very special,.I love you so much!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Amy

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