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review 2017-10-10 17:28
My Time With God
My Time with God: Renewed in His Presence Daily - Joyce Meyer

Renewed in His Presence Daily 

By: Joyce Meyer

ISBN: 9781455560141

Publisher: FaithWords / Center Street

Publication Date: 10/10/2017

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars 

 

Christian author, Joyce Meyer returns following Wake Up to the Word: 365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Day "Best Devotional" Top Books of 2016 with her latest: MY TIME WITH GOD Renewed in His Presence Daily — A 365 Day personal devotional filled with a collection of encouragements, quotes, confessions, and prayers. 

Powerful, inspiring and uplifting, a great way to start your day! 

God’s word is extremely powerful and it contains the power to renew our minds and change us into the image of Christ. He wants to have a close and intimate relationship with us. He has plans for all of us. 

We all hope each day contains nothing but good and exciting things and goes according to our well-laid plans. However, this is not always the case. 

Trusting God at all times, even before we have a challenge. We all are guilty of not setting aside the time to be with God and study His Word. To simply rest in His presence and listen. To be aware of Him. Trust Him. 

When we trust God, we shut the door on fear and release peace and joy in our lives. Trust relieves stress and that helps our health and our relationships. 

In this day and age of unrest and uncertainty in our country— and in our personal lives, we are often overwhelmed and filled with stress and anxiety. In addition, we crowd our schedules –our minds and our daily lives. 

Whether you are hurting spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, or financially, He cares and wants to help. His will is for us to be in a growing intimate relationship with Him. We often do not take our cares to Him. Let Him into our lives and hearts, and give Him time. 

I love Joyce Meyer’s devotionals! In addition to the advanced reading digital copy, I also purchased the hardcover. A beautiful book. I look forward to her devotional books in October (highly recommend 2016 copy as well). 

I enjoy her beautiful and inspiring words and having a hardcover sitting on the bedside table is a daily reminder. Each day the reading ties in with the season and coincides with the specific time of the year. Easy to read and well organized for devotional; morning or evening, or both. A perfect gift for Christmas or other occasions and a great way to start the new year.

Each day offers a different topic. A scripture verse, and a note from the author. A devotional and a short prayer. Anyone can stop and spend a few short minutes to read, pray, and reflect. A way to kick-start your day. If we are too busy to seek God, then we are too busy. 

You do not have to start in January. I started from today’s date and you working my way through. I especially enjoyed the one about Living Large. He is a God of abundance. He wants us to live large, free and have a full life. The author encourages us not to be afraid to ask God for big things. Don’t settle for less than the best life that you can have. “Don’t let your own small thinking keep you trapped in a little life.” 

Another favorite, Waiting on God. I am a very impatient person. “Waiting on God is mostly an attitude of the heart.” We have to wait on God to reveal Himself to us and show us His favor. We need to pray and refuse to take action without assurance that God is leading. Often this means waiting for God’s help and being patient. Wisdom to make good choices. 

Ultimately, spending time with God regularly is the foundation of living the victorious life that Jesus died to give us. How do we use our time? Make each day count. Time is a gift. 

Over the course of three years, Joyce Meyer recorded in her journal the personal devotions and inspirations that guided her busy life. From meditations and words to renew your minds for a closer walk with Him. The courage to be honest. Pray your way through the day. 

“Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us . . . Psalm 62:8.

"Bad things can become good things when we put God in charge of all things!"

God created us and we are special to Him. He has a plan for our lives and loves us unconditionally. We all need a daily appointment with God. Discover a way of life that will try satisfy your soul. 

Highly Recommend!

A special thank you to Faith Words/Center Street and NetGalley for an early reading copy. 

JDCMustReadBooks

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/09/03/My-Time-With-God
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text 2017-08-01 02:56
How Many Books Do You Read At One Time?
Murder under Cover - Kate Carlisle
Owls Well That Ends Well - Donna Andrews
The Overton Window - Glenn Beck
Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 Days - John A Carroll
The Devotional Bible: Experiencing The Heart of Jesus - Max Lucado
Mint Chip Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery - Book 6 - Susan Gillard

It seems that a carry over from my college days is that I will read several books at once. Mostly because I have books everywhere and in two formats....paper and ebook. I have a book upstairs by my bed, a book that is in my car, a book in my purse, a book downstairs near my chair. When I have trouble getting into a book (see "The Overton Window") I will start reading other books. The other thing is that the Bible is a work in progress. I am (and have tried many times) to read the Bible in a Year. This year, I am doing better, but I have fallen behind. I find that the books that get read the most or fastest are the cozy mysteries (my favorites). I try to sit and read things that require quiet when I am alone and that is almost never. I have my children that are homeschooled and my husband and just when I start to get into a book, they demand my attention, so I put that aside and then they don't want my attention until I touch it again. So as a curiosity....how many books do you read at one time? Are they all the same genre or are they a mixture? Are they the same media or different? 

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review 2016-11-25 00:15
Wake Up to the Word
Wake Up to the Word: 365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Day - Joyce Meyer

365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Day

By:  Joyce Meyer

ISBN:  9781455559954

Publisher: FaithWords

Publication Date: 10/11/2016

Format: Hardcover

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

A special thank you to Faith Words Center Street and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Words are powerful. With one word, God can change our lives and we can help change the course of someone’s day. Within one word, we can find encouragement and hope.”

Joyce Meyer, one of my favorites, one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, Joyce’s books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Each and everyone has a powerful and positive message.

WAKE UP TO THE WORD 365 Devotions to Inspire You Each Dayis a beautiful inspiring book to empower you! A book to treasure and a great addition to any library devotional collection.

A small book with a big message. A perfect size with a positive message to start each day. For those with busy lifestyles, starting from Jan 1-Dec 31, each day features a scripture, one word, and a message. At the end of each passage is a summary or affirmation with a positive thought-provoking takeaway.

An ideal gift for the upcoming holiday season. What better way to begin the new year or your spiritual journey. No matter who or where you are in your faith or journey, or your personal relationship with God.

From sins, mistakes, failures, or your path in life; you can discover a way of living, that will truly satisfy your soul. God has a plan for each of us. Whether you need a fresh start, or a renewed relationship. Each of us could use a positive word to help us navigate the negatives throughout the day.

Each word is powerful and I love waking up with a fresh new message each day. Whether you prefer your devotional time in the mornings or the evenings, each message will renew your spirit. One word for each day of the year, a definition of that word, a Bible verse and a Bible-based encouragement.

If you are looking for a quick word of encouragement, thought for the day, or something to think about, focus, or meditate during the day, it will assure a blessing.

A small, yet powerful book. The beautiful cover will draw you in and the soothing words will capture your heart. Share it with others! You will look forward to rising each morning, with a new special message awaiting you every morning. Like a special Christmas gift, all year long.

 

The daily devotional includes:
Powerful words to focus on each day
Scriptures and practical advice from Joyce for each word
Encouragement to read and pray every day

My favorite: July 14 "Risk":

"It has been decided by us . . . to select men and send them to you with out beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Act 15:25-26

"I believe we should live our lives with an enormous spirit of adventure and risk. We only get one trip through life, and I don't want to be old and have nothing but regrets.

We face the struggle between faith and fear. Don't give int to fear of the unknown or of being adventurous-move past it and follow what God places on your heart to do. There will always be critics who tell us our faith is too risky but don't let them cause you to live a small, boring life. you can fully live today by not giving in to fear or by worrying about tomorrow.

If you step up to the plate, you might strike out, but if you don't try, you will never know the joy of hitting a home run!"

Risk: To venture: to dare to undertake.



Also, recommend, Seize the Day: Living on Purpose and Making Every Day Count (Sept 2016):

JDCMustReadBooks

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/11/01/Wake-Up-to-the-Word
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review 2016-11-12 00:00
Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd
Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in H... Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd - Ninth Wave Press,Jhenah Telyndru Excellent compilation of a variety of work on the Celtic goddess figure. Historical scholarly articles, re-tellings, poems, a book review on a related fiction book, poems, songs (with music), there's a little bit of everything. I've had a very hard time finding more than a paragraph or two on Blodeuwedd so I was delighted with this little gem and it answered a lot of the questions I had about her and her story. I really should probably go read The Mabinogion for myself, but it's one of those books that I've meant to read forever and never seem to get around to reading.
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review 2016-11-07 00:01
Review: The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional
The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional: Includes 90 Devotions (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) - Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is a good book for young readers. It appears a collection from different Titles of the Berenstain Bears. It got a Christian theme throughout the book. It is a good one for young children.

 

If parents want to settle down their children this would be good for them to listen to. Children can learn to read through this book as well. You can read any story that you feel is best for you and your children if you want to.

 

Each story has a life lesson for children to learn and listen to. It is good for family gatherings.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-berenstain-bears-bedtime-devotional.html
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