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I Am Making You into a New Person
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
In your old life you lived for yourself—for what brought you temporary pleasure, for what made sense in your worldly way of thinking and had value in your worldly way of measuring worth. I love you far too much to let you linger in that old life. That life is gone for good. The old you is gone for good. I've made you into a completely new creation—fresh and new on the inside—blessing you with a fresh perspective about what really matters and a youthful vigor for pursuing me.
This newness is no self-willed fix-yourself-up, become-a-better-you self-improvement project. Your newness is not an effort I required of you but a gift from me, a work of my Spirit from start to finish.
I know I am new, and yet I find myself so easily embracing old habits, old grudges, old patterns of thinking. I'm turning toward you today, Lord, so that I can walk in this newness of life in the words I speak, the thoughts I think, the pleasures I enjoy ...
I Have More Blessing for You Than You Know
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. John 1:16
When you ask me to bless your plans, I wonder if you really know what you are asking for. To be blessed is to experience and know more of me. To ask me to bless your life and your efforts is to invite me into the center of them. That is the essence of blessing, the joy of it. Oh, how I long to bless you! I want to share from my abundance one gracious blessing after another.
To be blessed is to be deeply content in me. It is to make your home so securely in me that nothing can shake you. You can be blessed in the midst of a miserable situation, because being blessed doesn't mean you have no trouble or struggle or sorrow; it doesn't mean you always experience success and comfort. Instead, it means that in the midst of the trouble and struggle and sorrow, you find yourself deeply secure, profoundly content, and happy in me. To know me, walk with me, and share life with me—that is the essence of blessing.
I am incredibly blessed! In the hard places as well as the good times, I am finding more of you than I have experienced before ...
I Have Said "Yes!" to You
All of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20
Hear me saying "Yes!" to you throughout your day. By giving Jesus to you, I am living up to every promise I have made to my people throughout the ages. Into eternity you will be blessed by my abundant fulfillment of my promises to you. I've promised you peace, and I've given you Jesus, who is your peace. I've promised you joy, and Jesus is your joy. I've promised you a life that is meaningful and worthwhile, and it is Jesus living through you that makes your life meaningful and worthwhile.
Whenever you might be tempted today to think that I am withholding anything good from you, remember that I have given you my very best in giving you Jesus. In him you have everything you truly need, and more than you even know to ask for.
God, I hear you saying "Yes!" to my every need through Jesus, and I say "Yes!" in response to whatever you ask of me today ...
I Myself Will Bless You
May the Lord bless you and protect you. Numbers 6:24
All the goodness you desire in this life comes from me. It doesn't come from having things or enjoying pleasant circumstances, but from relationship with me. You do not have to work or manipulate to extract from me the goodness you long for and the resources you need. I give to my people freely. All I have is yours in Christ, given freely, abundantly, eternally.
To experience and enjoy my blessing, simply cling to me. Cling to me in the pleasant places of life. Cling to me in your darkest hours. Come to me early in your day and throughout your day. Remain in me when your patience is tested and your strength is gone. Rest in me when you are tempted to simmer in anger or agonize in anxiety. Whenever you are tempted to think that I have been unkind, unfair, or untrustworthy, close your eyes and hear me whispering, "I myself will bless you."
I open my hands to receive all you want to give me today. I place my life in your hands, resting in your promise to protect me ...
I Am Working Out My Plans for This World
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Ephesians 1:9-10
When it seems to you that everything about this world has careened decidedly off course, you can rest easy, confident that everything is really falling right into place. Human history has never been determined by the decisions or actions of mere humans. And the future of this world and all who live in it will not be guided by mere fate. I am Lord over history and Lord over time, and I am guiding this world to its appointed destiny.
You do not need to live in fear that a dangerous dictator, a dreaded disease, or an environmental disaster is going to displace my plans for this world or for your life. Of this you can be certain: All of my plans will one day fall into place, and all of my promises will become the reality you will live in and enjoy into eternity future.
How I long for the day when I will see with my eyes what this world will be like under the authority of Christ ...
I Will Bless Your Brokenness
Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take this and eat it, for this is my body." Matthew 26:26
In this world, when something is broken, it is often considered useless and thrown away. But in my economy, brokenness is not cause for being cast aside. It is your brokenness that actually makes you useful and pleasing to me. The sacrifice I want is a broken spirit. Brokenness is not the automatic result of experiencing deep hurts; rather, it's a lifestyle of agreeing with me about the true condition of your heart. It is shattering your self-will so that the life of Jesus might spill out of your life. It is continually responding to conviction with humility and obedience.
It was in his broken body that Jesus accomplished the work of salvation. Jesus has shown you what it means to be broken and to be used by me in painful but beautiful ways.
Broken Savior, used by God, as I remember your body, broken for me, I begin to see my heart the way you do. I fall down in brokenness and repentance before you ...
Walking in My Ways Brings Real Blessing
Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him. Deuteronomy 11:22
To know me, walk with me, and share life with me—this is the essence of real blessing. And the truth is, it is the hard things in your life that cause you to want to know me more intimately, walk with me more closely, and share life with me more fully. That is why, in the losses of life, you can find yourself blessed beyond your imagination or expectation. Because you have found more of me in these hard places.
When you look up from your hardship with a smile, you know you've moved from just hearing my Word to living it—putting it to the test. You're finding that giving is better than receiving, neediness is better than self-sufficiency, trust is better than worry. You've discovered that my Word is true, my joy is your strength, my promises are your hope, my presence is your comfort. This is the life of blessing you always longed for but didn't expect to find in this way.
What a blessing to walk with you and hold tightly to you both when the sun is shining and when there is only darkness. Lord, you are the real blessing in my life ...
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Posted November 22, 2011
The whole cover of the book is beautiful. It looks like tooled leather and has a little butterfly on the front and back. There is a paper cover on the bottom part of the book that is meant to be removed after purchase.
This devotional has over 365 days of readings taking you through the
scriptures helping you to experience God and His intentions for you.
I have been reading once daily from this Devotional Day Book and have great inspiration and peace to lead me through the each day. I plan to continue to read this devotion for the rest of this year and next year.
I like this book so much that I purchased two more to give as gifts to family member for Christmas.
So I guess it is apparent that I would definitely recommend this book.
I rate this book a 5 out of 5
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my own opinion.
Posted November 3, 2011
Not only is the pocket sized devotional, The Abundant Life Day Book by Nancy Guthrie, inviting to look at and read, it is inspirational as well. The first thing that stands out on this book, is the embossed cover details and the bright green butterfly print. While it is important to follow the old cliche about not judging a book by its cover, obviously this book is designed to catch the reader's attention. There certainly is no shortage of pocket sized devotional books on the market- not to mention full sized- soft covered trade book styled devotionals. The idea of a pocket sized devotional is that the reader will find it convientient to carry in a pocket or a purse. Furthermore, the cover must be sufficiently stylish to carry around. This book certainly qualifies as a stylish accessory.
The point of pocket sized devotionals is that they are easy to carry and easy to read. Usually theu are not rich in theological detail, but rather they offer simple advise, in a quick to read single paragraph- just like this devotional by Nancy Guthrie. If you are looking for quick inspiration in a stylish package, this is the book for you. In the genre of pocket sized devotional books, this is a good choice. The devotionals speak out to the reader to provide inspiration and biblical truth.
As a blogger for Tyndale I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing this review. My opinions are my own.
Posted October 25, 2011
I recently had the chance to review this book. It is 365 days of blessings to remind you of the abundance of Gods love for you and how you can live fully in his blessings for your life each day. It has a devotion for each day with a Bible Verse to go along with it. I found it to be your typical devotion book and nothing really stood out from others with this one. I think it would be a wonderful book if you just need that little reminder everyday of his blessings on us that we forget sometimes. It is a nice litte book size to carry around and have devotions no matter where you are. Over all it was a nice little devotion book to remember the blessings we overlook.
Recieved free for my opinion of book
Posted October 22, 2011
I started reading this book with the wrong mind set. I love Devotionals, and I thought when I got it that that's what it was. After reading it for several days, I decided to go back and read the introduction. This is not meant as a Devotional. It is a book of Blessings for each day. I was disappointed because I wasn't getting "the meat" that I usually obtained in a devotional. Anyway, after reading the introduction, I changed my mindset and started reading again with a whole different perspective. I would recommend this book as a nice "light read", or just what it is, a book of blessings, but do not mistake it for a devotional. I did however, like the idea that it is a hardback book and not softcover. It would make an excellent gift for someone as well. PJWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2011
"The Abundant Day Book" surprised me. I'm not normally a devotional sort of person, but this small, beautifully laid out and designed (and good smelling - I know, I'm weird) made me think with each of its daily devotions. The book included a year's worth of daily devotions. Each devotion includes a Scripture, the beginning of a prayer and a short note "from God"written by Nancy Guthrie and based on the Scripture of the day.
According to her bio, Guthrie teaches at her church. I'm not sure in what capacity that is, so I'm a bit uncomfortable with her as the author. I also do not like that she chooses to use the New Living Testament version of the Bible, which is more of an interpretation than a translation. Still, the translation does not appear to affect the effectiveness or accuracy of the devotions presented, and the devotions are very thought provoking. Despite my reservations, I enjoyed this devotional and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Posted October 18, 2011
Abundant Life Day Book is a great thing to expect every morning. When you read it it'll give you advice on how to live your life and your days will be brighter. Nancy Guthrie did a great job on her book. The layout, verses, and writing were just splendid and kept you enjoying the book. Nancy Guthrie shared a verse a day and wrote about it. This is a magnificent book! I can tell Nancy Guthrie put a lot of work into it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2011
The Abundant Life - Day Book To (365 Blessings to Begin You Day) by Nancy Guthrie is a devotional. I have to say this book is bound by a hard cover and it is beautiful. The book is small so if you want to take it with you, you can easily put it in your purse. The pages are simple, beautiful and modern. I have to say that I love that this devotional it covers verses from both the Old and New Testaments and are wonderful. I think it is best to used in the morning. This book really starts your day on a positive note. I find these messages to be valid with today. The words are both uplifting and the best way to describe for me is a hug. I think this is book is great with a cup of coffee and as a gift. I received this complimentary copy form Tyndale Publisher in exchange for my review. The opinions in my review are my own. It was a true honor to have reviewed this devotional. I give this a 4 star rating. I rate the books I have read on a star scale of five stars being the best and one star the worst. I hope you all get a copy of this and have a blessed day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.