New Gifts for the whole Year!

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I was gifted two new devotionals on Christmas from our daughter in love Laura and our niece Debbee. The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller with his wife Kathy Keller is a year of daily devotions in the Psalms. Savor by Shauna Niequist 365 devotions with recipes interspersed. The description reads, living Abundantly where you are, as you are. These two devotionals are different in style and I’ll enjoy each one.

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Our daughter gave me a calendar with Bible Verses illustrated for each month of the year.

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True words illustrated beautifully. I won’t get tired of the visuals.

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We bought our favorite waitress at the Mexican Restaurant we frequent the devotional by Sarah Young called Jesus Calling in Spanish called Jesús te llama for Christmas. When we went in last week she mentioned that she had started reading it already but was wondering about the references, wanting to read them, too. We realized she doesn’t own a Bible so we went to the Bible bookstore and bought her a Bible in Spanish so she could look up the references. (The most important part…yes?) We will give her the Bible this week and show her how to find the references. Her first language and the language she still excels in is Spanish. We have fun trying to communicate with her in English.

Do you read devotionals? Are you trying to read the Bible through in one year? Do you have a favorite devotional? For years my favorite was Daily Light. Over the years I’ve preferred reading verses right from the Bible with the same theme as opposed to someone’s thoughts with a verse tacked on. But…I’m not a legalist about it! I do believe wholeheartedly that the Scripture, God’s Word, the Bible is the one book that holds all authority. Period. God’s light and truth will shine!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “New Gifts for the whole Year!

  1. I do not have a new devotional for this year. I often use online devotionals and am signed up for them to be delivered to my inbox. My favorite devotional of all times remains Streams in the Desert. A classic. What a perfect gift for your favorite waitress!

  2. I love the story about your waitress. I sat here smiling with joy as I read. May God bless the reading of His words to her.

  3. I just did the Bible-in-a-year in 2015. Whew! 🙂 I like reading Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals every morning..always good food for thought. Love your calendar!

  4. Such thoughtful gifts! I have read My Utmost for His Highest many times. I’m also fond of just reading through various books of the Bible at a time.

  5. I love the Daily Light on the Daily Path devotional for the reasons you mentioned…it is simply a collection of Scriptures with a central theme and not the thoughts of man. I have read other devotionals in the past that I have found helpful, for example those by Amy Carmichael. (I am, however, wary of devotionals/writers who claim to speak for God. He has already given us His Word.)

    That looks like a wonderful calendar! Pondering a verse for a month would be a great way to “hide His word in our hearts”!

  6. This year I will again be reading Celtic Night Prayer after taking a year off to read another devotional book. Also, in 2016, our church is going to be reading through The Bible and I’ll be doing that as well.

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