2/17/12

Mornings with Jesus: Review and Giveaway

"Be still and know that I am God" is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it's not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that "be still" in Jesus' beautiful and powerful presence.

For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life.

With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesusencourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day.

Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year.  

This is a great devotional, with contributions from a number of great authors: Judy Baer, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Tricia Goyer, Sharon Hinck, Keri Wyatt Kent, Erin Keeley Marshall, Camy Tang.  I love it, and I highly recommend it!  Each day consists of a Scripture reading, a story/ application, and a "faith step" or challenge for the day.  I am going to share the second day because this book spoke to my heart right from the beginning.
 
"Give us today our daily bread."  Matthew 6:11(NIV)
In ancient days, god fed his people with manna: bread from heaven that appeared each morning with the dew.  Each day, they could only gather enough for that day, because any excess would rot overnight.  Hoarding was not only prohibited but also impossible.  centuries later, Jesus taught His followers to pray, not for lottery winnings or fat 401(k)s or even a week's worth of provisions, but for "daily bread."
  During his time on earth, Jesus chose to live in poverty.  His human family was not well-off.  As an itinerant rabbi, he depended on the hospitality of strangers and the financial support of several wealthy women (see Luke 8:1-2) and other benefactors.  He trusted that His heavenly Father would provide daily bread.
  Daily bread is so, well, daily.  there's not a lot of security in it.  You have to be grateful each day, and then get up the next day and say, "Do it again, God!"  You have to learn to live with a manna mindset.  It is at once frightening and exhilarating, scary and joyful.
  You have to pray for that bread (or mortgage payment) each day, and trust that it will be provided, that there will be enough.  To pray for daily bread is to be willing to gather only enough manna for this day.  In our self-indulgent world, "enough" is a powerful but unpopular word.  And yet, it is a word of freedom.
  What's true of physical resources is true of spiritual resources as well. Each day, we must ask for and receive spiritual nourishment, and trust that Jesus will provide enough love, enough strength, for us to continue our journey of trust with Him.
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FAITH STEP:   Ask Jesus to give you a manna mindset--and enough of whatever it is that you need this day: love, strength, money, food.  Thank Him for knowing your needs and generously meeting them.
                     Keri Wyatt Kent

This is a great addition to anyone's devotional collection.  It would make a great gift, but be sure to get one for yourself.  With the different voices and viewpoints, each morning there is a fresh word from the Lord.  God is using this book to touch and change my life and I'm sure He will use it in yours as well!!

I received a free copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.
Click here to buy your copy now.  
Or for a chance to win a copy, just leave a comment with your email by next Friday.  Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on Saturday, February 25.

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