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Jesus Calling, a 365-day Journaling Devotional, by Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, 2010, Hardcover, 400 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1404187856, $16.99
Sarah found truth and a greater intimacy with God while she studied with L’Abri, a Christian community in a “tiny” French village in the Alps. There, surrounded by God’s magnificent creation, Sarah opened “…her heart…” to her Lord and Creator in the “…panorama of unbroken beauty…” around her.
It was there she first uttered the words, “sweet Jesus,” an involuntary, personal response to the experience of what she came to call the “Presence of God.” In the coming years she learned the “…secret of the abiding presence…” and the blessings of “…spending time alone with God in quiet, uninterrupted communion.”
After reading God Calling, devotions penned by two anonymous women who called themselves “listeners,” Sarah’s journaling changed from a monologue to a dialogue with the Lord. Instead of just writing her own thoughts and feelings, she made time to sit, pen in hand, and wait for a “…personal message from the Lord…”
“Sitting quietly in God’s Presence is just as important as the writings I glean from these meditative times,” she writes.
The devotions in Jesus Calling: a 365-Day journaling Devotional are a compilation of her experiences with the Lord drawn from topics of thanksgiving, gratitude and trust. I like Sarah’s writings because she writes in the voice of Jesus which makes the words sound like Jesus talks to you personally.
For example, January 10th reading is about trust and God’s peace, where Sarah compares trust to an investment in the Lord and an increase of equity in God’s treasury. God pays compound interest on our trust, evidenced by the more we trust God the more God empowers us to trust Him.
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalm 56: 3-4)January 10th Scripture supports the message
The hard back devotional journal, easy-to-hold and well-protected, includes dates, Sarah’s message from the Lord, Scripture and ends with plenty of lines to journal your thoughts. If you long for a deeper experience of “Jesus’ Presence and Peace” Sarah’s writings are a terrific tool to encourage the discipline of devotions and journaling.
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