Devotionals and Storybook Bibles for Families

Easter is a great time to evaluate and refresh your family devotional time.  If you’re looking for the perfect devotional or storybook Bible to read with your kids, I have some ideas for you!

We’ve had our share of duds—devotionals that were too superficial and lacked any spiritual depth.  Some of the ones listed below our our favorite finds that stand out as digging deeper and providing a solid biblical foundation for our kids.  Other items on the list are ones that are on my “I want to do this next list” because they look so good!

Don’t worry about starting a 365-day devotional in the spring.  Either begin at the beginning and just keep going to the end.  Or, start on the actual date and wrap around through the new year until you’ve finished.

Feel free to browse and find the book that might be the best for your family. Any of these could make a great Easter gift for children or grandchildren, as well.

  • Our Daily Bread for Kids by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinleyThis is my favorite elementary age devotional so far.  It covers so much more than the basic Sunday School stories.  Even my older children listen in and say, “I didn’t know that was in the Bible!”  Very attractive pictures.  Devotions are exactly the right length. My daughter loves the “Fun Facts” at the bottom of each entry.  I love the solid biblical content.ourdailybread
  • 90 Devotions for Kids (Adventures in Odyssey) by AIO TeamWe love Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) and every one of the AIO devotions makes my top 5 list of favorite family devotionals.  These especially work well for families who are familiar with Adventures in Odyssey, but really any family could read them and be blessed.  Great lessons and content!  Perfect for about second or third grade on up through at least 5th grade and perhaps even into the tween years (depending on your child).aio 90 devos
  • 90 Devotions for Kids in Matthew (Adventures in Odyssey) by AIO Teammatthew aio
  • Whit’s End Meal-Time Devotions (Adventures in Odyssey) by Crystal Bowman and Tricia Goyermealtime devos
  • Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids by Max Lucado

Here’s one I want to do in the future!

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  • Experiencing God at Home by Richard and Tom Blackabyexperiencing god
  • Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony Evans and Jonathan Evans
    I love the format of this one with a theme for each week to go over as a family.  The readings are short and occasionally have very simple-to-prep object lessons to accompany the devotional.  It’s also accessible for a fairly wide range of kids, which is great for  a large family like mine
  • Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young
    We haven’t done this one (it’s just not my preference to read devotionals written from God’s perspective as if He is the one speaking), but others have recommended it to us several times.  She also just released Jesus Today Devotions for Kids.jesus calling

FOR TODDLERS AND EARLY PRESCHOOLERS

  • My Good Night Bible by Susan LingoThese are the very first devotion books we used with my kids starting at late two-years-old and on through the early preschool years.  They are short and sweet and, unfortunately out of print.  But you can still buy used copies from sellers on Amazon!good night bible
  • My Good Night Prayers by Susan Lingogood night prayers

DEVOTIONAL FOR FAMILIES WITH OLDER CHILDREN (TWEENS AND TEENS):

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STORYBOOK BIBLES

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-JonesEvery story in The Jesus Storybook Bible points to Jesus, creating one overarching message of salvation.  I read this to my youngest daughter when she was finishing up preschool.  I think that’s really too soon to fully appreciate the message of the book and think it’d be a good fit for younger elementary years instead.
    jesus storybook bible
  • My First Message by Eugene Petersonmy first message
  • The Beginner’s Bible
    beginners bible
  • The Action Bible 

    The Action Bible was a huge hit with one of my daughters who loves graphic novels.  She devoured this during her reading time.  It has solid biblical content with artwork and a style she loved.  She first received the Action Bible when she was 8 and that seemed like a good age, but it would likely appeal to any of the upper elementary grades.action bible

  • The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible 

    The Story is at times a good storybook Bible, although my kids weren’t always happy with the details or stories that were left out. I think my own children were just getting too old and were ready to read the Bible itself instead of the abbreviated version.story for children

EASTER DEVOTIONAL:

As our children get older, we’re moving away from storybook Bibles and devotionals and spending most of our time reading Scripture itself  as a family.  If you’d like to being reading the Bible aloud with your kids, here is a plan that takes you through the book of Mark in 30 days:

30 DAYS IN THE BOOK OF MARK

Originally published March 21, 2016

Some preorder goodies and a giveaway for #AnywhereFaith

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Friends, excitement is really building around here.

For one thing, my almost-three-year-old is super-pumped about his upcoming birthday in October.  He’s talking about it everyday, planning presents and a cake and all kinds of fun things.

Then there’s me, prayerfully looking forward to the release date for my new book, Anywhere Faith, on October 3, 2016.

That’s less than 2 weeks away!

I am excited to share the message that sometimes we’re afraid to follow God, sometimes we don’t know if we’ve heard Him correctly, sometimes we feel overwhelmed or uncertain or insecure.  But when we tell God what’s on our heart, He helps us overcome and follow Him “Anywhere.”

Thank you so much to those who joined with me to be part of the Launch Team for the book.  I hope you’re having fun sharing and participating in the group.  I know I am!

Thank you also to those who are praying over the book release.  Your prayers mean so much to me!

As a way to show how grateful I am, I wanted to offer some free gifts and goodies to you and host a giveaway!!

One of the ways books receive a huge boost on websites like Amazon is through preorders.  They make a big difference in the success of a book’s release.

If you preorder Anywhere Faith, you can click here (or use the button below) to fill out this simple form letting me know that you did.  We’ll email you some free gifts:

  • Printable Scripture verse cards
  • A printable image of the quote “Lord send me anywhere, only go with me.”
  • A collection of a few of my favorite Bible verses on faith that you can print and post in your home or at your desk or wherever you like!
  • A quick-and-easy book club discussion guide.

Right now, the paperback version of the book is available for pre-order on Amazon.  You can click here if you’re interested in pre-ordering your copy now.  (If you’re waiting for an e-reader version, don’t fear!  It will be offered for Kindle and other e-readers around the same time as the paperback release.)

Remember, this only works for preorders!  So, these offers will end on October 3rd when the book officially releases.

If you’ve already pre-ordered the book (some of you did that months ago), you get the free gifts, too!  Just complete the form and you’re all set.

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Oh, and I have another treat for all of you!

I know this amazing young woman who started her own business creating hand-lettered wooden signs on Etsy.  She calls her business Paintings for Mada and she gives part of her proceeds every month to missions or charity.

I adore this girl!

I’ll be giving away one 12×12 hand-painted/hand-lettered sign from Paintings for Mada to one of you!

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(I love this sign.  I’ll be honest.  I ordered one for me so I didn’t have to give them all away!)

If you don’t win, don’t worry!  I’ll be running another giveaway when the book releases so you can try again.  You can also visit Kailyn at Paintings for Mada on Etsy and see all the beautiful signs she has to offer.

How do you participate in the giveaway?

Leave a comment here on the blog (It has to be on the blog please.  I can’t include Facebook comments in the giveaway drawing) letting me know if you have done any of the things below.

Each action earns one individual entry—so make an individual comment please to make those separate entries count!

  1. Preordered the book.
  2. Liked my Facebook Author page here.
  3. Signed up here to receive my once-a-month newsletter with updates and other fun musings that I don’t share on the blog.
  4. Shared this post on Facebook so others can enter, too!

So each time you do (or have already done) one of these four actions, you leave a comment below saying, “I preordered the book” or “Followed on Facebook,” etc.

This giveaway will end on October 2nd at midnight.  I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winner of the sign and then contact you if you won.

I hope you enjoy some of these thank you gifts!

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It’s Time for Some News!

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We all know waiting is hard.

But it’s even harder when you don’t even know when you’re waiting for.

I can mark Christmas on my calendar and cross off all the days as a countdown until we arrive.  Bam.  December 25th.  It’s here!  The wait is over!

Knowing exactly how long you’ll need to wait makes the waiting easier.  Not easy.  But easier.

But when you’re waiting for news about your upcoming book after you’ve sent it to the publisher, and you don’t know exactly when that news might come, you might get a little nervous and maybe a little crazy.

Like waking in the night and wondering whether the publisher read your manuscript, hated it and decided maybe they didn’t want to publish your book after all.

Or maybe you didn’t get an email they sent and when they didn’t hear back from you, they just put your book to the side.

Or any number of wild imaginings.

Then there’s that day after you’ve been praying and not-so-patiently waiting when you see your book cover for the first time.  And you find your book listed on Amazon.

And you just pause to give thanks because God has been faithful all along.  He’s been at work even when you couldn’t see it!

Some of you follow my Author page on Facebook so you’ve already seen the preview of the book cover, but for the rest of you, I wanted to share the most recent tidbits of exciting book-news!!  (If you don’t already follow my Author Page, you can click here to visit, like it, and keep from missing out on future news bulletins.)

Anywhere Faith: Overcome Fear, Insecurity, and Excuses and Say Yes to God will release October 4, 2016.

You can already preorder the book (in paperback) on Amazon if you are so inclined!!  It will be made available for Kindle after the initial release.

This book isn’t so much about obedience as it is about a dialogue with God.  And it’s not about moving to Africa as a missionary or leaving your job to pursue full-time ministry.

It’s about what we say when God calls us every single day in our homes, in our relationships, in our workplace, in our community, and in our ministries.

Do we tell Him we’re not ready? We’re afraid?  We’re not good enough?  We’re too old or too young or too busy or too insufficient?

Or do we say, “Yes, Lord.  I’ll follow you anywhere….”?  Or, as Mary said:

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38 NIV).

We don’t have to pretend with God and we don’t have to be perfect before He can use us.  We can tell Him the deeply honest truth and bring Him our brokenness so He can make us whole and holy.

 

 

 

Devotionals and Storybook Bibles for families

Devotionalsand Storybook Biblesfor Families

Easter is a great time to evaluate and refresh your family devotional time.  If you’re looking for the perfect devotional or storybook Bible to read with your kids, I have some ideas for you!

We’ve had our share of duds—devotionals that were too superficial and lacked any spiritual depth.  Some of the ones listed below our our favorite finds that stand out as digging deeper and providing a solid biblical foundation for our kids.  Other items on the list are ones that are on my “I want to do this next list” because they look so good!

Don’t worry about starting a 365-day devotional in the spring.  Either begin at the beginning and just keep going to the end.  Or, start on the actual date and wrap around through the new year until you’ve finished.

Feel free to browse and find the book that might be the best for your family! Any of these could make a great Easter gift for children or grandchildren, as well.

For Toddlers and Early Preschoolers:

  • My Good Night Bible by Susan Lingo
    These are the very first devotion books we used with my kids starting at late two-years-old and on through the early preschool years.  They are short and sweet and, unfortunately out of print.  But you can still buy used copies from sellers on Amazon!
    good night bible
  • My Good Night Prayers by Susan Lingo
    good night prayers

Devotional for families with older children (tweens and teens):

Storybook Bibles

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
    Every story in The Jesus Storybook Bible points to Jesus, creating one overarching message of salvation.  I read this to my youngest daughter when she was finishing up preschool.  I think that’s really too soon to fully appreciate the message of the book and think it’d be a good fit for younger elementary years instead.
    jesus storybook bible
  • My First Message by Eugene Peterson
    my first message
  • The Beginner’s Biblebeginners bible
  • The Action Bible
    The Action Bible
    was a huge hit with one of my daughters who loves graphic novels.  She devoured this during her reading time.  It has solid biblical content with artwork and a style she loved.  She first received the Action Bible when she was 8 and that seemed like a good age, but it would likely appeal to any of the upper elementary grades.
    action bible
  • The Story for Children, a Storybook Bible
    The Story
    is at times a good storybook Bible, although my kids weren’t always happy with the details or stories that were left out. I think my own children were just getting too old and were ready to read the Bible itself instead of the abbreviated version.
    story for children

Easter Devotional:

As our children get older, we’re moving away from storybook Bibles and devotionals and spending the majority of our time reading Scripture itself as a family.  If you’d like to begin reading the Bible aloud with your kids, here is a plan that takes you through the book of Mark in 30 days:
30 Days in the Book of Mark

Book Review | Having a Martha Home the Mary Way

Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul
by Sarah Mae

In her new book, Having a Martha Home the Mary Way, Sarah Mae gives you tips, encouragement and a lot of grace as you spend 31 days achieving a “clean house and a satisfied soul.”  As Sarah Mae puts it, this isn’t a book about ‘good housekeeping;’ it’s about “‘gentle homemaking’, which is the ability to be gentle and kind with ourselves in the process of making and keeping a home while being gentle and kind to those around us.”  Her dedication is also beautiful:  “This book is for everyone out there who needs to know that being a ‘good’ homemaker has less to do with having a clean home and more to do with loving others well.”Having-a-Martha-Home-the-Mary-Way-by-Sarah-Mae-Cover

One of the things that set this book apart for me was Sarah Mae’s confession that she isn’t naturally great at cleaning!  Since she doesn’t like cleaning herself, she isn’t looking down on the reader. She’s coming alongside the readers and cheering us on.  The tone of the book, as a result, is so full of humor and grace. She’s not lecturing; she’s encouraging.  She’s honest about her own struggles and constantly offers room for mistakes and learning and differences in personality and style.

The other things that sets this book apart is the beautiful balance of Mary and Martha, spiritual and practical, emotional and physical.  I’ve seen blog posts that preach the organization/cleanliness gospel with rigid expectations.  So many of us jump into plans and programs and then fail because there’s no grace or flexibility.  At the same time, I’ve seen blog posts touting the benefits of a messy and even dirty house because that means you love your kids and spend time with them.  Neither extreme is actually healthy!

Instead of camping out in either extreme, Sarah Mae is encouraging us to spend time with Jesus, to love our family well, and to keep our homes comfortably clean and cozy.  Each day’s entry includes a brief devotional/inspirational reading and then includes two challenges: A Mary Challenge, and a Martha Challenge.  The Mary Challenges typically involve a short Scripture reading, responding to a thoughtful question or maybe a simple assignment that connects cleaning our house with the state of our own hearts.  Each Mary Challenge also includes the space you need to write answers or journal thoughts right there within the book itself instead of needing a separate journal.

The Martha Challenges begin super-simple:  Wash the dishes. Fold all the laundry.  They expand from there, though, into organizing junk drawers, cleaning out the fridge, sorting through papers, and more.  The goal is to take on one project a day so that you’ll have a cleaner, more organized home by the end of 31 days.

Here’s where the flexibility comes in.  You can adapt the plan based on the size of your family and the size of your home.  I think you could also easily adapt it to your schedule.  Are you a working mom who can only do project on the weekends?  Then do two days each week.  Or, maybe you have three days a week where you can work on projects.  Do that!  Obviously, there’s something powerful about the momentum and focus on doing projects for 31 days straight, but if you can’t, then just adjust the plan to something you can do.

Sarah Mae includes plenty of opportunities for you to get your kids involved in the cleaning process.  She also adds in extra tips and suggestions such as “5 ways to create a sense of ‘Welcome! Put Your Feet Up” and other elements of hospitality from “don’t make everything perfect.  Let your house be lived in….” to “be a listener.”  She writes, “The goal of homemaking isn’t to have perfectly decorated, perfectly clean homes.  The whole point is to have a place that is welcoming, and you know where that begins? In your own heart.  Your home is a reflection of who you are.  If you are warm and welcoming, your home will be.  The cleaning? That’s just the cherry on top, you know, so no one trips on the way to your couch!”

One of the beautiful take-aways for me is the reminder that caring for my home doesn’t need to be mundane or insignificant.  She talks about creating beauty, peace, and safe places.  I can make my home a refuge for my family, a place of gentleness and calm.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclaimer:   Heather King is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

20 Books About Prayer

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There are few things I enjoy as much as reading books, but talking about books is definitely one of them.

Getting good book suggestions…that’s another!

So, today, I’m sharing some of my finds with you.  Maybe there are books on this list you’ve read, wanted to read, or haven’t even heard of.  I hope you enjoy browsing through my ‘bookshelf’ and sharing your thoughts.

Let me know if you read a book on prayer that you think belongs on this list!  What I’ve collected here is by no means exhaustive.  I still have prayer books on my to-be-read pile that will make it onto this list one day.

  1. A Busy Woman’s Guide to Prayer by Cheri Fuller

    busy womans guide to prayer

  2. A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

    a praying life

  3. Before Amen by Max Lucado

    before amen

  4. Confessions of a Prayer Wimp: My Fumbling, Faltering Foibles in Faith by Mary Pierce

    confessions

  5. Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer

    fervent

  6. Handle with Prayer by Charles Stanley

    handle with prayer

  7. The Kneeling Christian by Albert Richardson (originally published anonymously)

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  8. Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey

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    Prayer by Timothy Keller

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  10. Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster

    prayer-foster

Prayers for Families:

(Here in this section, I’ve included books that I’ve read myself, as well as others by the same author that might apply to you more personally)

11. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

 

praying parent12. The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian

praying husband

13. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

praying wife

14. The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

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15. The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage by Stormie OMartian

prayer to change your marriage

 

16. Prayers for Your Children: 90 Days of Heartfelt Prayers for Children of Any Age  by Dr. James Banks

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17. Prayers for Prodigals by Dr. James Banksprayers for prodigals

 

18. Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin

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Bible studies:

19. Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

 

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20. Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald

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Book Review | Glory Days

Glory Days
by Max Lucado

In his new book, Glory Days, Max Lucado offers a study of the book of Joshua and a reminder that we too often settle for less than God’s best for us.  As Christians, we can slip into complacency or even defeatism.  We can think that God only intends for us to have victory in heaven, but never here on earth.  This isn’t about material wealth or status; it’s about overcoming strongholds and no longer being held back by shame, fear, or underestimating God’s power.glory-days-max-lucado

Some of that comes from the faulty metaphor we’ve adopted of Canaan or the Promised Land as being heaven, which means our Christian life becomes little more than the wilderness between Egypt and the land flowing with milk and honey.  From the beginning of this book, though, Max counters that.  He says, ‘Canaan, then, does not represent the life to come. Canaan represents the life we can have now.  God invites us to enter Canaan.  There is only one condition. We must turn our backs on the wilderness.’

In true Max-style of simplicity and master-storyteller, this book tracks the journey of Israel from sitting outside the Promised Land to finally taking the territory from the enemies within.  Max covers remembering what God has done in the past, trusting in God and not ‘stuff,’ praying audacious prayers, overcoming failure, and trusting God to fight on your behalf.  The book also includes a study guide that could help individuals and small groups dig deeper into the content.

I felt it was Max’s best Bible study in years, offering Christians both encouragement and a challenge to actually claim your inheritance in Christ: “more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair.  These days are Glory Days.”

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Disclaimer:   Heather King is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

A birthday giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card

It’s the one-year birthday of my book, Ask Me Anything, Lord, and I’m throwing a party of sorts!  To say many thanks for your part in this journey, I’m hosting a giveaway!!

The prizes:

  • One first prize of a $25 gift card to Amazon.com
  • Three prizes for ‘runners up:’ one autographed copy each of Ask Me Anything, Lord to keep for yourself or to give away to a friend.ask-me-anything-lord_kd

How to enter:

  • Subscribe to get my devotionals sent to your email by following this blog.  If you already subscribe, that counts, too!  Then post a comment on this page saying, “I follow the blog” in order for it to count as an entry.
  • Like my Facebook Author page: http://www.facebook.com/roomtobreathe3  If you already follow me on Facebook, then that counts.  Be sure to post a comment here on this blog page saying, “I’m a Facebook fan” so that you get entered in the giveaway.
  • Comment on this post with the answer to the question: “When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?”

Please make sure you comment here on this page—not just on Facebook.  It only counts as an entry if it shows up here!

I’ll close the contest on Sunday, November 16th at 11:59 p.m. and announce the winner Monday, November 17th.

Many thanks to you my friends for your support of Ask Me Anything, Lord this past year!

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He had a scraggly brownish gray beard and glasses and wore a faded t-shirt with worn-out jeans.

I was about 17 at the time, and I had stopped into the tiny used book shop not far from my home.  It was a regular haunt of mine because I could pick up classic treasures for a dollar or so.

It’s been so long ago now.  I can’t remember how the conversation started or even why.  Knowing me, I certainly wasn’t the one to initiate a chat with a stranger, especially as a teenage girl with a unknown guy in a store.

But I do remember that he asked me what I wanted to do.

And I said, “I want to write,” in a whispered confession kind of way, the kind of admission you make in embarrassment because you know what you just said was crazy, impractical and surely impossible.

After all, I’m a practical person.  I may have majored in English in college, but I wasn’t silly enough to think that meant writing.  I told people maybe I could edit, or work in publishing, or go to law school, or teach…..all more logical options than dreaming the impossible dream.

But for some reason, I said, “I want to write,” and I didn’t know how to take it back.018

He didn’t even blink.  He just said, “Well, what you have to do is read the best and just write and write and keep on writing.”  Then he handed me a book called Seize the Day, which I still have on my bookshelf now, and walked away.

I get emails now a few times a month from ladies asking me how to get published and could they do what I do, and I give them all the practical information I possibly can.  Unfortunately I can’t give them “Ten Steps to Publishing Success” or “The Five Things You Need to Know About Christian Publishing” and I wish I could—really and truly.

After all, I’m just a humble girl still plugging away at writing myself.

All I can say is just obey and trust God and start small.  Don’t dream about bestsellers or fame or personal glory or royalty checks.

Ten years after a chance meeting in a book shop, I was a mom with two kids and a job working from home, a job at the church, and ministry responsibilities, and I felt like God was telling me I needed to be writing….in my “free time.”

I started as that tired out mama typing away devotionals and articles in a word processor after my kids went to bed at night.  I didn’t think anyone in the world would ever read them.  Maybe one day I could print them off my own printer and slip them into a three-ring binder for my daughters to enjoy.

Then someone asked me to edit for an online Christian women’s magazine.  And then she allowed me to start writing articles.  Then I felt like God wanted me to write devotionals and publish them online, so there was this blog….and then a book idea that took discipline to write in the middle of crazy busy days….

Then there the day last year when I cradled my newborn son in one arm and held the author’s copy of Ask Me Anything, Lord in my other hand.

And I cried.  Of course.

I didn’t think this was ever possible and it certainly wasn’t on my own.

But God.

Maybe we all have “but God…” moments.  They so rarely start with a grand vision of success in any worldly way.  They start with the smallest steps of obedience, humbly just doing the quiet things and being faithful in the here and now, and then one day we look up and wonder how in the world all this happened—-and know it can’t be anything but Him.

That’s the beauty of the “….but God” testimony; He gets the glory.

Like Asaph tells us in the Psalm:

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever (Psalm 73:26 HCSB)

And it’s the testimony of David, who “stayed in the wilderness strongholds and in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him” (1 Samuel 23:14 HCSB).

It’s impossible.  We don’t deserve it.  It’s hard and we’re weary. Maybe there are enemies; surely there are obstacles.

But God….He is our Strength, our Hope, our Deliverer.

 

Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader.  Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness.  Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now!  To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.

Copyright © 2014 Heather King

Book Review: The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional

The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional: 365 Days of Intimate Communication with God
by Chris Tiegreen

Several years ago, I received one of Chris Tiegreen’s One Year Devotionals as a Christmas present.  I’m usually a devotional critic, expecting more meat and substance to be packed in than most devotionals really deliver.  Yet, I fell in love with Tiegreen’s style and made that Christmas present part of my daily reading all year long. Since then, I’ve used several of his devotionals as part of my regular quiet time.  I choose them because I know what to expect—quick, to-the-point writing that gives me some new way of looking at a particular verse or gives me something deeper to meditate on throughout the day, which is exactly what I’m looking for.hearinghisvoice

His book, The One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional, follows the same format and style that I love.  Each entry begins with a Scripture, includes a one-page devotional thought and ends with a few lines of prayer.  Nothing fancy or elaborate, but still thoughtful and contemplative.  I like how his devotionals follow a particular theme for the entire year, in this case hearing God’s voice.  Right from the beginning, he addresses the skeptics who think surely God doesn’t speak to us directly. He highlights that it is the nature of God to speak and it is His desire to have a relationship with us.

I’m likely the only person to feel this way, but the only part of the book I didn’t like so much were the occasional entries written “From the Heart of God,” in the same style as the popular book, Jesus Calling.  About once a week, he has included these entries written as if God were speaking directly to the reader.  It does fit with the book’s theme of God speaking, but I have to say I prefer devotionals written from a third-person perspective.

Other than that personal preference, I have enjoyed the One Year Hearing His Voice Devotional and look forward to continuing to use Chris Tiegreen devotionals as part of my quiet time in the future.

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