10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

by Grace L. Fox
     
 

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In just a few minutes each day, weary moms can refresh their spirit, renew their outlook, and revitalize their relationship with God. Each of these short meditations follows a user-friendly format:

* Upward Gaze — (Scripture-based praise prayer to focus on a particular aspect of God's character)

* Devotional and application

* Inward Glimpse

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Overview

In just a few minutes each day, weary moms can refresh their spirit, renew their outlook, and revitalize their relationship with God. Each of these short meditations follows a user-friendly format:

* Upward Gaze — (Scripture-based praise prayer to focus on a particular aspect of God's character)

* Devotional and application

* Inward Glimpse — (personal growth questions)

* Outward Glance — (a Scripture-based prayer to pray on their kids' behalf)

* One More Peek — (a final Scripture verse that ties the day's thoughts together)

"A wonderful devotional book for busy moms," says Fern Nichols, President and Founder of Moms in Prayer International.

Originally published by Harvest House, this book has ministered to mothers worldwide. It makes a great gift for secret sisters, baby showers, Mother's Day, birthdays, Christmas. Ideal for single moms, too. Even grandmothers enjoy the stories and applications in its pages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939268327
Publisher:
Grace Fox
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29).

Upward Gaze

Father, I praise you because you are light and in you there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Through Jesus Christ, your light shines into the world, dispels darkness and gives us the light of life (John 8:12). With you as my light and my salvation I shall fear no one (Psalm 27:1). Amen.

Darkness spread its star-studded cape across the sky as we turned the sailboat into Gowlland Harbor. We’d enjoyed a delightful visit onboard with friends while watching Alaskan cruise ships glide through the Inside Passage. Together we’d “ooh-ed” and “aah-ed” the sunset as God splashed pinks and golds across the sky.

But now the darkness presented a challenge. Let me explain…

Little islands dot our local waters like sprinkles on a birthday cake. Experienced sailors maintain a healthy respect for these islands. They keep their boats a safe distance from them, knowing that jagged rocky reefs lie under the water’s surface.

High tides easily cover reefs, allowing for safe travels. As the tide drops, many of these rocks are exposed. Some, however, still hide mere inches beneath the water’s surface. A skipper must be alert at all times but especially at night lest he run the boat into hidden rocks and rip a hole in the vessel’s hull.

Gene wasn’t about to take chances. “Take the tiller, Matthew,” he instructed. “We’ll use the spotlight.”

Matt reached for the tiller. He studied the shore’s dark outlines and steered the boat down the center of the passage as Gene rummaged through the storage locker. “Here it is,” he said, pulling out the hand-held light. “Just what we need.”

Gene carried the light to the boat’s bow and flicked the switch. A light beam equal to a million candles’ glow instantly lit our route. Gene scanned the water and surrounding islands with the spotlight. Each time he saw a potential danger, he positioned the beam directly on it. Using the light as his guide, Matt steered the sailboat safely back to the dock.

Sometimes our circumstances surround us like black night. A teenage daughter confides, “I’m pregnant.” The doctor delivers a diagnosis: cancer. The boss apologizes for cutbacks and hands us a pink slip. We can’t see our way; we’re fearful and unsure of how to respond.

But God’s presence in our lives is like that spotlight. It slices through the darkness and calms our fears. He lights our path and directs us from danger’s way when we cry to him.

Sometimes God uses his written Word to guide us. His directives and promises guard us from shipwreck if we obey them. Attempting to live without his guidance is like navigating through a rock-riddled harbor at night without proper equipment, hoping to dodge the dangers. God gives us a choice.

Shipwreck would have been certain if Matthew had chosen to say, “Thanks, but no thanks, Dad. I don’t need the light. I can do this on my own.” Doing so would have been foolish, just like navigating through life while ignoring God, the true Light of the world.

By following the light, however, Matt maneuvered the boat through potential danger and docked safely.

And so it is with our lives. We can choose wisely, walking in the light of God’s presence through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. By doing so, we’ll avoid the dangers of sin and self-reliance.

Dear Father, thank you for the light you’ve provided through Jesus Christ and your written Word. Help me walk in that light, and as I do so, to show others the way. Amen.

Inward Glimpse

1. Have you invited Jesus, the Light of the world, to guide you through life? If the answer is yes, write a short prayer thanking him for the light of his presence in your life. If the answer is no, you can invite him to do so now.

2. God loves you more than words can say. Thank him for his wonderful, unconditional love for you.

Outward Glance

Father of light, you’ve said that those who walk in the light of your presence are blessed. I pray it would be true of __________. May she exult in your righteousness and rejoice in your name all day long (Psalm 89:15,16). I pray that she will live as a child of light, finding out what pleases you. May she have nothing to do with deeds of darkness, but have courage to expose them (Ephesians 5:8-11). Amen.

One More Peek

Revelation 22:1-5

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"A wonderful devotional book for busy moms." — Fern Nichols, President and founder of Moms in Prayer International

"10-Minute Time Outs for Moms will touch the heart, deepen the spirit, and enlarge the caring arms of readers." — Lt. Col. Marlene Chase, former Editor in Chief, War Cry

"When is a 'time-out' anticipated with great joy? When it is one of the 10-Minute Time Outs for Moms! Relax, refresh, renew, and rejoice as you invest 10 minutes in a closer walk with the Lord." — Kendra Smiley, author of Live Free and Journey of a Strong-Willed Child

Meet the Author

Grace Fox is a sought-after international speaker whose passion is to see her audiences connect the dots between God’s word and real life so they can experience each day as He intends.

She’s written hundreds of articles for magazines including Focus on the Family, Insights Canada, and Power for Living. She’s also authored eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation and produced its award-winning corresponding DVD-based Bible study.

Former missionaries to Nepal, she and her husband, Gene, live in Abbotsford, B.C. where they co-direct International Messengers Canada, a non-profit that offers creative short-term and career opportunities in Eastern Europe. They’ve been married for 33 years, have three married children, and six grandkids.

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