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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Daily Wisdom for Women: 2014 Devotional Collection
This brand-new devotional collection is designed to draw women closer to their heavenly Fathers heart. With an inspiring reading and powerful prayer for every day of 2014, this beautiful edition Daily Wisdom for Women will provide both encouragement and inspiration for your soul.
From the Publisher:
Experience an intimate connection to your heavenly Father with the Daily Wisdom for Women devotional collection. Featuring a powerful devotional reading and prayer for every day of 2014, this beautiful volume provides inspiration and encouragement for your soul. Enhance your spiritual journey with the refreshing readings and come to know just how deeply and tenderly God loves you.
Quiet Moments Alone with God: A Devotional for Women, by Emilie Barnes
Much-loved author and home management expert Emilie Barnes wrote Quiet Moments Alone with God to help women develop consistent devotional habits. This beautiful deluxe edition, with a padded cover and in a take-anywhere compact size, is filled with heartfelt meditations for busy women. From someone who has been there, Emilie writes about God's grace, family struggles, forgiveness, the challenges of everyday life, and other subjects close to heart and home.
Each quiet moment includes a Scripture verse, a brief devotion, and an inspiring message
takes 15 minutes or less to complete ends with encouragement to put thought to action
Readers experience God's touch daily as they make their way through this book spending a few Quiet Moments Alone with God.
Daily Gifts of Hope: Devotions for Each Day of Your Year, by Women of Faith
Women of Faith speakers share stories, advice, and laughter in this daily devotional.
Daily Gifts of Hope is designed specifically for women, with a stunning hardbound case, colorful interior design, and a magnetic closure. Weekly reflection days contain lyrics to classic hymns and space to write personal thoughts or prayers. Readers will enjoy getting their daily dose of hope each morning or evening as they sit down for some quiet time with God.
Contributors include Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Lisa Harper, Marilyn Meberg, and Sandi Patty.
The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations, by Joyce Meyer
THE CONFIDENT WOMAN was published in 2006 and remains Joyce Meyer's only #1 New York Times bestselling book. Clearly, she tapped into the concerns and issues that trouble women most.
In this devotional, Meyer provides encouragement and tools to help address and resolve problems in an area of life that women struggle with. It is easy to get caught up in what the coming weeks, months or years might hold and forget to slow down and live in the present. This powerful daily devotional will help women on their journey towards a confident life filled with love, laughter and God's acceptance, one day at time.
Power Thoughts Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations for Winning the Battle of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer
Based on Joyce Meyer's New York Times bestseller Power Thoughts, this devotional includes 365 opportunities to tap into God's power in your daily life by thinking and speaking His way. The POWER THOUGHTS DEVOTIONAL will provide you with life-changing declarations of truth, directly from God's Word, to think and speak over your life every day of the year.
Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Simply put, words are containers for power--positive or negative, creative or destructive. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn to think and speak on purpose, using the life-giving wisdom in God's Word. When you do, your life will never be the same!
If you struggle with being negative, critical, or judgmental of people and situations, don't be discouraged. God wants to help you renew your mind to think and speak as He would. It won't happen overnight--but each day you will make progress as you choose power thoughts to be more like Jesus.
It's time for you to experience and enjoy the life God created you to live, and Joyce wants to help you get there. You can do it with this devotional by learning how to think and speak power thoughts daily.
The Upper Room Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions, by Upper Room
You probably know the benefits of rest, relaxation, and meditation for your physical health. But what about your spiritual health? What if you could escape every day to a tranquil retreat to restore your soul?
You can find this kind of peace and rejuvenation in The Upper Room Disciplines, the best-selling book of daily devotions based on scripture passages from the Revised Common Lectionary. Fifty-three writers from diverse locales, ethnicities, and Christian traditions help you grow in your knowledge of the Bible and how to apply its truths to your life.
Sample of 2014 Topics & Writers
Choose Love Amie H. Vaughan
What Only Faith Can See Kwasi Kena
Voices of Holy Week Michael E. Williams
Trust in God Luis F. Reyes
Letting Go Missy Buchanan
The Gift of Faith Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Heeding God s Direction Claudio Carvalhaes
Where Heaven and Earth Meet Jan L. Richardson
Enrich your daily walk with God with The Upper Room Disciplines. If you want to share the journey with a small group, each week offers an overview of the scripture for that week plus questions and thoughts for reflection and discussion.
With Disciplines, your escape to a spiritual retreat is always nearby.
Also available in Enlarged Print.
Daily Guideposts 2014: A Spirit-Lifting Devotional
Daily Guideposts, America's favorite annual devotional with more than 20 million copies sold, is a trusted companion, helping readers grow in and live out their faith in their daily lives. Daily Guideposts 2014 large print edition offers the same beloved content found in the regular edition, but is set in easy-to-read 16-point type.
Every day, Daily Guideposts offers a short Scripture verse for reflection, accompanied by a true, first-person devotion, told in an informal, conversational style, that shares the ways God speaks to us in the ordinary events of life, and a brief prayer to focus the reader's own prayers and apply the day's message . For those who wish for more Scriptural depth in their quiet time, the 'Digging Deeper' feature provides additional Bible scriptures that relate to the day's reading.
You'll enjoy favorite writers like Elizabeth Sherrill, Marion Bond West and Brock Kidd, plus two all-new writers.
In just five minutes a day, Daily Guideposts helps readers find the spiritual richness in their own lives every day of the year. And it brings them in to a remarkable family of readers and writers brought together by a common faith and united by heartfelt prayers.
Morning Moments with God: Devotions for the Busy Woman, by Grace Fox
Do you desire to draw near to God?
Discover fresh biblical insights and renew your spirit as you journey through more than 150 new devotions for women by popular author Grace Fox. These gems of godly wisdom focus on God's faithfulness and reflect on His power, presence, and promises in your life today.
You will experience practical encouragement as you savor multifaceted chapters like:
· Motorbikes and Leather
· Loving Naomi
· The Power of Three Little Words
· When Life Doesn't Make Sense
· Will You Help Me, Please?
These engaging devotions for women allow you to draw near to God as you develop a greater appreciation for how God's truth is woven throughout all of your days and deepen your trust in Him to provide for all of your tomorrows.
Mornings with Jesus, Guideposts Compilation
"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 the presence of Jesus' beautiful and powerful presence. For those who seek 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.