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'The Quiet Place' by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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Nancy Leigh DeMoss, teacher, author and Revive Our Hearts radio show host considers herself a “wedding coordinator” and penned these devotions to help the “Bride get ready for the Wedding to their heavenly Bridegroom.” With devotions that encourage women to experience “freedom, fullness and fruitfulness in Christ” with daily readings in The Quiet Place.

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Away from the blinking, chirping iPads, iPhones, e-mails and other devices that make it difficult to hear the still, small voice of the Lord necessary for intimacy. All it requires is to turn off all distractions, from the television to the telephones, to the computers or iPads, grab your favorite Bible, paper to write on if you journal and this devotional.

She begins with a hymn Emily May Grimes 1868-1927 wrote that begins, “Speak Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee…” and the devotion, “First Thing.” The scripture is from Mark 1:35 about Jesus rising early and going to a quiet place to pray.

She recognizes some who make time for God do so out of a sense of obligation and routine that robs them of the “sweet rich fruit” that’s a result of drawing apart with God. Others have problems with consistency and still others relegate little or no time for such things, perhaps because they lack a thirst for God’s Word and don’t understand what they’re missing.

However, those who are thirsty, who long for intimacy with God, who recognize they draw strength from time in His presence, bear the “fragrance of God” and His “living water” flows through their lives, relationships and worship. If you experience that thirst these devotions are for you.

Devotions include Scripture, Nancy’s thoughts and reflective questions. For example the devotion for January 27th is about rejection, self-worth and God’s versus man’s opinion from 1 Peter 2: 4-5. Early experiences of hurt, neglect or abandonment leave an indelible negative imprint behind that drives a need for affirmation from others. Compliments and praise from friends, family and co-workers can’t overcome a basic sense of worthlessness.

Jesus also dealt with rejection by the very people He created, yet His self-worth wasn’t determined by what others thought. Christ’s self-worth came from the knowledge He was “chosen and precious” in God’s sight. Remember God chose us too and we are “precious” in God’s sight and God’s opinion of who we are is more important than what anyone thinks. Questions on self-value and influences conclude the devotion.

The Quiet Place’s soft, supple faux leather cover fits nicely into a purse, Bible bag or briefcase. It’s an excellent gift choice for loved ones this Christmas.

'The Quiet Place' by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (Moody Press—2012, Imitation leather, 400 Pages, $19.99) 978-0802405067

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