“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV
At the end of each year, I spend time considering what I have read in the previous 365 days. Which books made their way into my heart or onto my nightstand. Did they make an impact on my life? Did I pass them on to someone else or are they gathering dust on a shelf. At the end of last year, I donated over 250 books to the church library, keeping only a treasured few to keep in the Beast II. Living in a motorhome definitely has its downside when you’re used to having a library of books to choose from.
This week I have to put some books into storage. My life journals, my prayer journals, my Bible study books, each carefully filled with my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, my prayers, my answers to the questions. We are just out of room, especially with the new crop of school books headed my way. I just ordered 12 required books for my next 2 semesters. Yay me!
This week I will also be picking out my devotion books for the coming year. You know the ones. 365 days of soul moving, scripture filled words to help me make it through the good times, the bad times, the in between chaos times. And of course, as He always does, God made sure that two excellent books came my way from the very fabulous Blythe Daniel Agency.
The first, A Pocketful of Seeds by Debbie Johnson is a book of daily “seeds” to plant in the world. Debbie has spent her life working to change the world. In this 365 day devotion book, there are suggestions to help you show Jesus to everyone you meet. Doing, going, being, serving, living our lives with purpose.
Can you extend a hand? Sow the seed of Proverbs 31:20 “She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”
Can you be Jesus to someone today? “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12
Can you be a peacemaker? “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Matthew 5:9
This book is filled with purposeful, timely reminders that God has placed us here for a reason. To plant His seeds. Get A Pocketful of Seeds today and become a part of positive change.
The second book, Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer by Jeannie Blackmer is going to change the way you think of prayer. Jeannie has taken those names in the Bible that blend into the pages and woven them into stories. We encounter the Leper, the Rich man, the Canaanite woman and more as they come into the presence of Jesus. We see just how easy it is to talk to Him, sharing our hopes and dreams as well as our pain and sorrow. He is there, listening, loving and offering His Word to our soul.
Each chapter of Talking to Jesus gives you a story, a bit of reflection, and a place to record your thoughts for the day. You will definitely want to make this book a part of your devotion time. I think it would be a great mother/daughter or father/son or grandparent/grandchild devotion book. There is so much Jesus in this book! And who doesn’t want to improve their prayer life?
So what books are on your “must read” list for the coming year? Do you have a favorite devotion book? I would love to hear what sits on your shelf! And just because it’s Christmas, I would love to give you a chance to win a copy of either Talking to Jesus or A Pocketful of Seeds. Just leave a comment, send me a message, or share the post. That’s all it takes to enter.
Merry Christmas sweet readers. I have enjoyed sharing books with you this year. My hope and prayer for the new year is that each of you will get closer to our Lord and Savior and feel even more of His love wash over you. What other ways can I pray for you?
©2017MichelleWelch, team member for Breath of Life Women’s Ministries and reviewer for Blythe Daniel Agency
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