Thursday, November 13, 2014
365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart
This beautiful looking book showed up in my mailbox from Bethany House yesterday. It was given me for the purpose of writing a review about it.
Now obviously, I didn't read the whole book since I just got it yesterday and I am not a speed reader, but I leafed through it and read a few random days to get a feel for the book and how I liked it.
First off, I love how it looks. It has a nice feminine appeal--actually very peaceful looking if you want to consider the title of the book as well. I opened the package and immediately wanted to like the book very much simply on the basis of how it looked. Shallow, right; but hey, I like pretty things.
I opened the book to around where we are in November and the first verse I read was a verse I had read in my devotions that morning or the day before: "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." Isaiah 30:15 (NKJV) That was a verse that had spoken to me so it really stuck out when I read it in this devotional book.
Then this morning, before I blogged about the book, I decided to read today's reading. Anyone who knows me very well might know that to just randomly read through a book is a bit out of character for me. I like to read things orderly, which is why I would never start this book as a daily devotional book until the beginning of the year. It's quite likely that this will be the book I choose for my daily devotional book in 2015, but that's beside the point. Back to today's reading. The Title for today is "The Dark before Daylight". Underneath the title is a verse for the day; this is followed by an inspirational reading and then another verse at the bottom. Off to the side is a prayer. The verses talk about crying at night with morning bringing rejoicing and our sadness being turned to a joyful dance. The reading talks about trusting God with our anxieties; resting in Him and believing that He will take care of us while we sleep. The prayer goes like this: "God, please calm my fears and give me rest. I want to trust you, Lord. Please release me from these worries so I can praise your matchless name. Amen." This is a very timely reading for me because today, November 13, 2014 has some important dates attached to it (see my next blog post for more details) and worrying and fear has been a part of my last few months. I have tried to trust and I think I am trusting, but I still get scared and this was a good reminder for me to again trust God and let Him take control.
So, all in all, I am excited to have this book and am looking forward to using it in the future on a daily basis.
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