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As most of us ended 2017 in a reflective spirit, I wanted to share my recommended devotional read for 2018 to supplement your spiritual growth in this new year.
I don’t know about you but 2017 was a year of many ups and downs as far as personal challenges & growth grows. I was challenged beyond ALL of my comforts and pushed beyond many of my hypothesized capabilities. I really grew in the knowledge of myself and what is possible beyond my often too quick “no” when I’m uncomfortable with an idea.
My devotional for 2017 was Experiencing God Day by Day: Devotional . Being challenged to that in my new environment, there was no better time to supplement the things I was learning in church and reading on my own than with that devotional. Any time I looked beyond the day that was in front of me, like Peter, I lost sight of Who carries me through my days and I began to sink. If you’re having trouble being disciplined in seeking God every day, I’d recommend you start with this devotional before moving into something more specialized like my pick for 2018.
For 2018, I want to be more intentional with embracing my femininity and learning about the women of the Bible and how they were used by God.
B & H Publishing & Front Gate media gifted me the She Reads Truth Bible to review. All thoughts & opinions written below are my own.
I got ANOTHER Bible!
In the United States we are definitely fortunate and blessed to be able to not only possess the written word of God, but we’re also able to read & live it openly without fear of fatal persecution. Well, at least for now we are. Who knows what the fate of this country holds in the future but that’s another post for another day.
I’ve spent a few weeks thumbing through the She Reads Truth Bible and seeing it all it has to offer. It’s a thick Bible so it’s not necessarily one I would always carry around which I think is truly it’s only downfall but the meat and potatoes of this version leaves nothing to be desired. It’s all in here!
Every so often I come across a book that seems like my soul is the author that wrote it through another human being. Uninvited is that book right here and right now in my life. Lysa Terkeurst has the ability to capture the reality how often we associate rejection with people and events that have nothing to do personally with us, all the while speaking the truth about the root of the problem and the solution being Jesus. I cried with this book. I repented with this book. I was delivered from Satan’s lies with this book.
Uninvited is an emotion that some of us all too often feel, pin on others and continue life saying we don’t feel rejected but our thoughts and actions say differently.
To anyone looking for a new devotional to work through during 2017, I highly recommend Experiencing God Day by Day by the Blackabys. A few years ago I did the bible study and the revelations I received through that study sent me on a life changing journey to literally experience God. I had no idea this devotional book existed on the summer of 2016, which happened to be when I purchased it and started it. Just reading this mornings devo, I’m encouraged to remember that as I begin a new year not to get caught up on performance based resolutions but getting back to the basics of returning to God. A snippet of this morning’s devo:
“As you begin a new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your Lord in many ways. Perhaps you were not faithful……Perhaps you denied Him by the way you lived. Jesus will take you aside, as He did Peter. He will not berate you. He will not humiliate you. He will ask you to examine your love for Him.”
Often times we let the unplanned events of life determine how we feel or how we act in life. It’s easy to lose our identity in those seasons. Tim Tebow has been a media magnet for 1) being an NFL player that can’t seem to land a permanent position on a team and 2) being a Christian. I appreciate the vulnerability that Tim expresses in the pages of this book and how he doesn’t shy away from sharing his true heart in those seasons. Rejection is hard period. I can’t imagine having it broadcast across the media every day. God taught Tim many lessons during these seasons that I believe can resonate with anyone that’s had an unwelcome surprise in their life. His perspective, authenticity and small victories made this book hard to put down. You can purchase this book on Amazon in print or kindle here: