Did you ever have one of those days?  The kind where nothing much seems to go right and you're kind of shooting glances at the sky every now & then, wondering if a piano is about to drop on your head? Well, this day has been like that for this editor. But, then I think about those who are truly suffering...victims and families from the shooting in Colorado, those struggling with disease or hunger, people going through divorce or the death of a loved one.  It reminds me that our joy is not found in daily circumstances, or even in what happens to us over our lifetime. Our joy is founded in the eternal love of the One who gave it all for us.  The One who is there with us each day, through it all, who longs for us to lay our burdens down so He can pick them up. May you be blessed today with joy!

Congratulations to Bonnie Pannabecker for winning a copy of Guy Penrod's Hymns CD in our recent contest! Along with many of you, she sent in the correct answer that if Guy was not in a musical career, he might just be interested in being....a boat salesman! (As he told us in his recent interview here.) And we have a new contest below...keep reading to find out about it!

A thought from the Word...

2 Corinthians 4:17

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

We have been loving these SocialCam videos from Homecoming friends...haven't you? In this new batch of picks, we chose some from artists currently on the Gaither Homecoming Alaskan Cruise! (Rough life, isn't it?) Bill Gaither and Mark Lowry show up in the first one, and Bill gets a little revenge for Mark's constant teasing! Mark appears with some other familiar faces in the next video, and then Wes Hampton is not too thrilled to make the acquaintance of some feathered friends in the final video.  To watch, just click here!
Do you have a little princess in your life?  Maybe a daughter, granddaughter or friend's child? We're giving away a copy of the adorable new Princess Tiara Bible (Tommy Nelson), which is an International Children's Bible translation. Embellished with glitter and sparkly "jewels," the Bible features extras including maps, timelines and practical life lessons. For a chance to win it, just click here to answer our latest reader question. One winner will be chosen randomly from all answers on Tuesday, July 31, so don't delay!
Our own Homecoming contributor SQuire Rushnell has just released a wonderful new book called Divine Alignment, in which he explores the sometimes-mysterious happy coincidences that happen in our lives. He shares true stories from his own life and the lives of others to show the power inherent in what he calls God's Positioning System, or GPS. Recently, SQuire appeared on Fox News to share about the book--check it out here! And to be encouraged by one of his amazing "Godwink" stories, just click here!
If you've seen the July/August issue of Homecoming, you may have read about the Booth Brothers newest album, A Tribute to the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither. This fantastic CD will be released August 14th, but for a limited time, Gaither Music is offering a special deal available by preorder. For only $24.95, you'll receive the new CD, plus the DVD and CD of The Best of the Booth Brothers! Now that is a great offer, folks, and you can take advantage of it here!