Have you ever used this devotion book? I know you are probably like...duh, yes, I've been using it for years. Obviously, I have been living under a rock since this book came out - I say this because I started asking some people if they had Jesus Calling, and almost every single one of them said, yes, and that is was a GREAT devotional book. So, I ordered one. It came back last month sometime. I have SUPER early mornings, and since we moved, I have struggled more with doing a devotion time, because it seems like so much hectic-ness has gotten in the way. I get up at 5am, leave the house at 5:40am, get home close to 5:30pm, anyway, you get the drift (a.k.a. my excused). The point is, it's been a struggle for me to figure out this new schedule. I put this book in our bathroom, and every morning since it came in the mail, I sit on the edge of the bathtub in the morning after putting on my makeup and read the devotion for the day. Let me just tell you. I LOVE this book. She writes it like it's Jesus actually talking to me. The days are very short, but they are so good, usually I read the day 2 or 3 times before I put the book down.
Check out these excerpts I love from the past couple of weeks:
I love you for who you are, not for what you do. Many voices vie for control of your mind, especially when you sit in silence. You must learn to discern what is My voice and what is not. Ask My Spirit to give you this discernment. many of My children run around in circles, trying to obey the many voices directing their lives. This results in fragmented, frustrating patterns of living. Do not fall into this trap. Walk closely with Me each moment, listening for My directives and enjoying My Companionship. Refuse to let other voices tie you up in knots. My sheep know My voice and follow Me wherever I lead.
Ephesians 4:1-6, John 10:4
Rest in My radiant presence. The world around you seems to spin faster and faster, till everything is a blur. Yet there is a cushion of calm at the center of your life, where you live in union with Me. Return to this soothing Center as often as you can, for this is where you are energized: filled with My Love, Joy, and Peace.
The world is a needy place; do not go there for sustenance. Instead, come to Me; learn to depend on Me alone, and your weakness will become saturated with My Power. When you find your completeness in Me, you can help other people without using them to meet your own needs. Live in the Light of My Presence, and your light will shine brightly into the lives of others.
Galatians 5:22; 1 John 4:12
Wait, I lied - I have to tell you one more! Maybe my favorite one for right now...
You are Mine for all time - and beyond time, into eternity. No power can deny you your inheritance in heaven. I want you to realize how utterly secure you are! Even if you falter as you journey through life, I will never let go of your hand.
Knowing that your future is absolutely assured can free you to live abundantly today. I have prepared this day for you with the most tender concern and attention to detail. Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in a responsive mode, being on the lookout for all that I am doing. This sounds easy, but it requires a deep level of trust, based on the knowledge that My way is perfect.
Psalm 37:23-24; Psalm 18:30
Aren't those awesome??? Isn't it a great book? It has really helped me start great conversations with the Father in the morning, just sitting on the edge of the bathtub while I'm getting ready. The way she writes helps me feel like I'm just sitting right up in His lap, and He's just brushing my hair out of my face and telling me stuff so gently while we rock back and forth. He is a good God. I'm so happy I found this book (finally...apparently after years of everyone else having it). I have an extra right now, so I'm trying to decide who to give it to....