Monday, February 6, 2012

Mornings with Jesus 2012 (Daily Devotional)

I have had the pleasure over the last couple of weeks to read some of the daily devotionals from the book below. I have enjoyed them immensely! They have shown insight into the very heart of our loving savior, Jesus Christ. I better let all those male readers out there that know this book is written by a team of women, but I was able to glean a lot out of it. 

The stories shared in this book are from the heart and from everyday life. It is very easy to get caught up in our own lives that we often forget to include the one who makes every day possible. I have had two friends from high school pass away recently and that has hit very close to home. I have thought of the loved ones they have left behind and the children affected by the loss of life. It has shown me that every day is indeed a gift from God.

This devotional has helped me see that I can include God in my every day life because He included me, yes even lowly me! As I stood in the line waiting to greet the family of the most recently departed friend today I saw many walks of life. I saw young people, old couples, people there on their lunch breaks from work, and people with and without Jesus. I inched closer to the family during the course of about an hour I stood in line. I kept going over what I would say to the family, I had plenty of time to rehearse, and when I got to them all I could remember was the devotional from the 17th of January in the book. 

On this particular day in the book it talks about the time when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane before the Crucifixion praying to the Lord for the cup to pass from Him. The books tells us that, "His prayer wasn't answered". I thought about the unanswered prayers that the husband of my friend would be praying as well as the ones possibly uttered by her mother. I thought to myself that there was nothing I could say to bring their wife or daughter back. I thought of those three precious young children who won't know their mother. Then I remembered that I feel helpless and hopeless I can get through it because I know others are praying for me. 

The book says,

             " Our prayers rise before God's throne. Our prayers reach Him. So even if I feel like my prayers are worthless, or I've become repetitive, I have to remember that they're valuable; they can please God and move Him."

I could only do what others have done for me and tell them that I would be praying for them and I will humbly pray for them and the grief they will endure. God will honor them as He opened His arms for my sister in Christ just three days ago.

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I would like to thanks LitFuse Group and Guideposts for this book! It it a great read and help daily.

About the book:
"Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world.Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Each day’s selection includes: • a Bible verse • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives

Congrats go out to Jessica M. for winning the random drawing for their own copy of this book! Way to go Jessica! I hope it serves you well as a woman, mother, and wife!