“I’m quirky, a total mix of contradictions at times, but fully in love with my Lord.” If you haven’t read my “About Me” page yet, this is one of the last lines from it. Oh how I wish this were true every day, “fully in love with my Lord.” Some days, I’ll admit I’m not there. I question, I cry, and I try to do things in my own strength. I am so thankful for a Lord Who is fully in love with ME, though.
My heart has really yearned the past few years to seek the Lord with all my strength and all my mind (Luke 10:27). One way I have sought to do that is in the area of my devotions. I have really been challenged to make that verse my life verse. There is so much wrapped up in loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind…and I definitely don’t have it all worked out. But that is my goal.
I want to challenge you all to join me this month and in 2015 in:
This idea for this series was planted in my mind a few months ago while trying to find good devotions for women. Through conversations with friends who were also looking I seriously began to wonder where I could find good material for conservative Christian women. I wanted something specific to where I was at. The other ladies I talked to were questioning as well, wanting to know where we could to turn to find good material without sacrificing our own values. The scary thing about just picking a book from an online book store is that you don’t know what’s in it, if it’s worth reading, or if it’s going to have elements that directly contradict the Bible. Who are the authors? Are they Godly women who are writing under the Lord’s leadership? These were questions we were all asking and I felt, at the time, that there were no answers.
There were the tried and true books that we had used in the past. Some I have read many times. I wanted something new and I knew there had to be resources out there! Christian women are still writing. It was just a matter of finding them. Devotions for women had to exist.
Devotions for Women
I finally turned to a pastor’s wife here in the Maritimes and we had many discussions over the course of January about this subject. Many hours were spent researching and talking to authors and publishing companies in order to be able to find resources that I would feel comfortable promoting on my blog.
Having had numerous conversations with friends on this subject, I wanted to be able to share my research in the hopes that others would have a place to go where they, too, could find resources to help them in personal study and Bible study. With that in mind, over the next few weeks I am going to share with you a number of different books/study items that I think will benefit us all. I am looking forward to adding a number of them to my bookshelf. Most of them I have used in the past or will be reading within the next few months. These lists will be added to the menu bar at the top of the page for easy reference (look for the heading, Devotions for Women) and will also be added to as more resources are found.
*Disclaimer: Not all books use the KJV. In fact, most probably do not, it is sad but many publishing companies are choosing not to use the KJV at this time. I do not endorse all of the information found in these books but I will do my best to add a disclaimer to books that may include something questionable.
This week I want to share a list of resources that can be used for daily readings. Some of these I have used many times over. I will try to include links on where you can find these to buy, just click on the title of the book (I have chosen to link to Amazon.com for certain books, if you are buying in Canada you will need to switch to Amazon.ca).
Daily Readings with Scripture
Glow in the Dark (for Teens) (My church uses these for adults as well as teens, there is also a junior one for children)
A Heart Refreshed – This is a daily reading but also includes pages for journaling (I am definitely ordering one!) There are 700 pages to this book.
Gospel Meditations for… (et al) – These are 1-month daily devotionals on various subjects. There is one for women, one for men, one for prayer, the hurting, and missions.
My Utmost for His Highest – by Oswald Chambers. My copy of this is so marked from use. I don’t know how many times I have read through this one. There is also an app you can download that will make it easy for you to keep up with that day’s reading. I love this option!
Streams in the Desert – by Mrs. Charles Cowman. I think my mom has read this one and it’s counterpart (see below) many times. I used it one year when I was living at home but my mom wasn’t going to part with it. =) This also has an app that you can download from the Google play store and it will give you the daily reading.
Springs in the Valley – by Mrs. Charles Cowman
Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions – by Keneth Osbeck. I have not personally read this book but I have read a couple others by him (101 Hymn Stories, etc). I was told it uses the NIV (there’s my disclaimer) but it gives a hymn or chorus for every day of the year. I think it would be a really neat read.
I hope that your prayer this year will be to seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. I look forward to adding to these lists and seeing a place for conservative Christian women to find resources to aid them in their devotions and in seeking the Lord.