As December draws to a close and a new year begins my thoughts turn to making New Year's resolutions and setting new goals. It's also the perfect time to select a new companion devotional for quiet time with the Lord.
Barbour's collection of powerful devotions for 2014, penned by women for women, remind readers "how deeply and tenderly God loves" them. The inspirational daily readings of thoughts, scripture and prayer refresh the soul and encourage spiritual growth and intimacy with the Lord.
The title of January's opening devotion for New Years day, "Do Over" caught my attention. The foundation scripture from Isaiah 43: 18-19 says "Forget about what happened before, and do not think about the past..."
The reading is about fresh starts, new beginnings and leaving the past behind which is what a new year offers that the devotion describes as a "do over." The brief prayer asks the Lord for the necessary discipline to make any needed changes. I thought this was an especially nice thought to begin 2014 with.
I know many who are bound by issues from the past that prevent stepping into the future God has prepared for them and that's why this is such a significant devotion. It's not just children who need a "do over" when their "behavior needs correction." It's like God recognizes the need for adults to experience a "do over." And that's what the new year offers, a "do over" of fresh starts, new resolutions and new beginnings.
Devotions feature challenging issues and concerns women struggle with from family and parenting issues, to work stress, balancing wife and motherhood, practicing forgiveness and more. Pages filled with nuggets of God's wisdom encourage faith and trust in the One who loved us enough to sacrifice His very own Son.
If you feel a need for greater intimacy with God set aside time to start or end your day with Jesus. The rewards of increased faith trust and spiritual intimacy far exceed the effort it takes.
Daily Wisdom for Women: 2014 Devotional Collection, Barbour Publishing—2013, Imitation Leather, 384 Pages, 978-1620299128, $14.99
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