Devoted: A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God

Devoted: A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God

by Marjorie Jackson

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ISBN-13: 9781683221661
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 394,817
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Twenty-year-old Marjorie Jackson is the author of two books thus far—The Greatest Book You’ve Never Read (2013) and Devoted: A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God (Barbour Publishing, 2017). She is the oldest of six wildly energetic, half Guatemalan kids. She enjoys playing the piano, strumming away on the ukulele, singing with her sister, Genevieve, musical theater, art (especially hand lettering), spending time outside, watching black-and-white TV shows from the fifties, and talking with family, friends, strangers…pretty much anybody.

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Devoted

A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God


By Marjorie Jackson

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2017 Marjorie Jackson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-68322-333-7



CHAPTER 1

DAY 1


Doing It All unto Jesus

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23–24 NIV


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Wouldn't it be nice to live in a sitcom world — every day centering around a plot, applause and laughter for every scene, and never a dull moment? The reality, however, is that regular days bring tasks to be done, work to accomplish, laundry to fold, bathtubs to scrub, practice to make perfect. Life can feel like it's panning out to be 27 percent exciting adventure, 73 percent monotony. Sometimes we wonder when we're going to get to the real mission that God has in store for us — the good, thrilling stuff. What about taking part in mission trips, reaching the world, being a part of something huge?

Real-life example: landing a publishing deal was just about the most exciting thing that happened to me all year. It changed up my schedule a bit — I not only got to write a book but had to write a book: put words on paper, meet deadlines. And here's a secret: I wrestle with horrible writer's block. Sometimes the responsibility of the project before me can be overwhelming. I love writing, but when a blockage clogs up the brain pipes, it takes just about every remedy in existence (prayer, fresh air, coffee, Chick-fil-A, you name it) to overcome it.

The process of getting to the grand finale or finished product can often feel tedious. It's an in-between season that involves hard work, waiting, and patience. I'm not just talking about book writing here — though that's a good example of a long, but highly rewarding project. What about growing relationships, whether with family, friends, acquaintances, or coworkers? What about completing high school or college? What about training in a sport, dance, or music? There's temptation to slack off, give our B effort, or even complain when we hit a dry, rough patch. We try to simply get by, looking blessings straight in the eye and instead calling them burdens.

Most of life is spent preparing for yet another "next step." We acknowledge the importance of the big things in our lives — the book deals, the mission trips, the championships, the adventures — but maybe, just maybe, God sees it all, and it's all a crucial part of His detailed plan for us. And when you think about it, maybe that makes even the little, in-between, seemingly menial parts of our lives a big deal in His eyes. Maybe He's watching our faithfulness to write a thousand words, fold our little sister's laundry, scour the dishes, tutor that classmate, help Mom fix dinner, do our homework, work our summer job, run that errand ... Forget the maybes. I know He does — scripture is clear that "little" is big in God's eyes.

What have you been given on your plate? Maybe it's huge. Maybe it's meager and plain — something like five loaves and two fish (Matthew 14:13–21). God works outside of our logical human understanding — He takes what we humbly offer Him and multiplies it for the kingdom of heaven. We may think we're just giving our tithe to the church, but we don't see God using that money to bless someone in need. We may think we're only babysitting, and we don't realize we're imprinting a godly example on a child who will grow up desiring to love others and know God like we do. Each little act of faithfulness can have big results. No wonder Jesus said, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much" (Luke 16:10). God wants the ones who have faithfully tended to His smallest responsibilities to be the ones on the big jobs — He knows they will obey and get the job done well, no matter what.

So do your best. Colossians 3:23–24 (NIV) says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." In public and in private, wherever we are, whatever we're doing, we are really working for the Lord. No matter how demanding the manager, no matter how lenient the teacher, no matter how difficult the client, we respond to the Lord. He deserves our very best, our 100 percent. A cheerful heart, a thankful attitude, a joyful countenance, and diligent effort turn the daily grind into an eternal mission: bringing God glory everywhere. Every day. Through everything.

Are you serving? Serve like your guest is Jesus Himself. In Matthew 25:39–40 (NIV), Jesus tells us that when we serve "one of the least of these brothers and sisters," we are really serving Him. Serve others, even your enemies, all for the glory of God, like the good Samaritan from Jesus' parable in Luke 10:25–37.

Are you playing? Performing? Working? Bring your best forward. Let the gifts that God has blessed you with shine His light and openly proclaim His name. Be humble, directing the praise to the One to whom it belongs. Relying on the Lord's strength rather than your own, let Him be your "glory, and the One who lifts [your] head" (Psalm 3:3).

Are you suffering? Maybe taking a blow or two because of Jesus and His truth, or going through a tough time in life? First Peter 4:13 (NIV) encourages us to "rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed." Have joy in your relationship with Christ as you trek through hardship — let your every response point back to Him. Let your patience and grace be a witness to your love for Him.

Whatever we do — and whatever we don't — we do it all for the God who has lavished us with His love and blessings. You see, good works and dos and don'ts are completely independent of our salvation — we are saved by repenting and trusting in Jesus alone. Nothing we do or don't do can save us — salvation is the work of grace alone. Jesus accepts us the way we are, however messed up we may be; He saves us, and then through His love and Holy Spirit, He changes us. He washes us clean.

The things we choose to do and choose not to do are a testimony to the Holy Spirit's sanctifying work in our lives. We live by God's Word, obey His commandments, and listen to the voice of conviction from the Holy Spirit. Some areas of conviction, aside from explicit commandments, are a little gray, and it feels like there is room for interpretation. What kinds of movies, music, media, clothing — anything — are honoring and pleasing to the Lord? First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Let the Lord lead you. Pray and seek wise counsel. If we wonder if something is pleasing to the Lord or not, we can ask, Can I do _____ to the glory of God? Can I thank Him for this as a blessing?

God is so good and loving toward us. He gives us His absolute best. He crafts such personalized plans for our lives. He takes great care and tends to every detail concerning us. He gave us the most wonderful gift of all for free — how can we help but give Him back our best? He deserves it more than anyone else, and His heart is warmed when His beloved children glorify Him. He sees little people like you and me offering the little that we can give, and in His power, He transforms it into something huge.


PERSONAL (OR GROUP) QUESTIONS

1. What kinds of responsibilities, opportunities, and blessings — little or big — has God entrusted you with right now?

2. When is it hardest to give your best effort? When do you feel like giving up? What is your motivation to keep going?

3. What are some decisions you have made (or would like to make) to bring glory to God through every area of your life?

CHAPTER 2

DAY 2


Setting an Example

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 NIV


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Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? Well, you'd be amazed how many people are watching you and me. Not every day do you see dedicated young Christian women who actually care about living out their faith. Many people choose to disregard whatever the Bible says and just live life their own way, following their own agenda and adhering to their own style — it's true. But you know what else is true? Matthew 5:14: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." When we choose to shine the light of Christ and live in obedience to His Word, people take notice! People are going to see the difference Jesus makes in your life. They might ask questions. And if they like what they see and realize Jesus is the solution to their problems, they may choose to follow Him.

Contrary to what many people think, true, committed Christianity is a call to live life to the absolute fullest through Jesus (John 10:10). We are called to represent the one and only true God — how do we make Him look? I mean, if people are looking at us Christians and basing their judgments about God on what they observe in us, what do they see? Do they see a bunch of girls who don't do this and don't do that, begrudgingly following the Bible because they feel obligated?

Or do people see young women who appear to be fairly regular teens aside from a stark difference in the way we carry ourselves and behave? Do they see joy on our faces? Respect and love in our interactions? Purity in our motives and in our hearts? Do they see how we've been changed from the inside out by true love? Yes, we follow the Bible and hold to its high standards, but we're not legalistic, fake, or robotic — we're authentic about our relationship with the Lord. You'd better believe that people will watch the way we interact with our parents, siblings, friends, guys, and authority figures. They will watch what kinds of pictures we put on social media. They will watch what kinds of entertainment we choose.

But let's not be fooled: Christianity isn't a pointless list of dos and don'ts! Of course God has commandments that He requires us to follow, but they're for our own good! We aren't perfect, and we will mess up now and then, but as we strive to live a righteous life, God's grace — the undeserved favor we receive from Him — floods our lives and He sanctifies us to become more and more like Christ. The things we do and don't do are signs of our love, devotion, and obedience to Him and our trust that His Word is true and good for our lives. The dos and don'ts we follow certainly don't earn us our salvation, because we can't earn it!

First Timothy 4:12 (NIV) is the young Christian's manifesto — a burst of lively hope that our choice to follow God and His Word makes a big difference: "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." Right now, we're at the prime of our youth — not infants, but definitely nowhere near old. We have opportunities, mobility, and energy. Our age is a grand asset — it seems that everybody's interested in young people! Advertisements target young people as their demographic, trying to sell us whatever they can. Entertainment caters to the responses and demands of young people. In short, it's no secret that people are paying attention to us!

But what message are we sending? Is our behavior, our social media use, our relationship history, our vocabulary, our dress — you name it — worth admiring? The question is one we all need to evaluate. Thankfully, 1 Timothy 4:12 gives us a checklist — okay, so it's not actually a checklist. Truth is, if the Lord really is doing a good work within our hearts and lives, the change will be manifested through the Holy Spirit in our speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. Let's break it down, shall we?

Speech. Some people say talk is cheap, but Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Our words hold great power and potential, and God doesn't take them lightly! Matthew 12:35–37 makes it clear that we are defined by and fully responsible for the words escaping our lips. Just think: our lips can pray to the Lord who can change things in the heavenlies outside of space and time. But we can also use vulgar language that may sound cool or edgy at the time but that in the end is a stain on our reputation, a negative statement about who we truly are, and an altogether bad example and testimony of someone who professes to follow Christ.

We can use our tongue to build someone up; for example, we can comfort someone going through a rough patch, speak true value into someone's life, or affirm how loved and appreciated someone is. But our tongue is also capable of abusive evil: bullying, cyberbullying, or just plain gossip — which may seem harmless but is capable of snowballing way beyond control.

When we choose to keep our words not only pure and godly, but encouraging, kind, and purposeful, the listening ears around us perk up. We share about Jesus. We openly share our faith — not in an obnoxious, abrasive, or cocky way, but rather with an inviting, joyful, and loving spirit that desires to see others draw closer to Him.

Conduct. Live with conviction. How do we present ourselves, inside and out? Do we behave authentically and honestly — being the same person in front of our friends as we are in front of our grandma — or are we two faced? People will notice inconsistencies in our lives when our walk doesn't line up with our talk. We have to keep in mind whose name we are bearing. My mom likes to remind me before I go anywhere, "You first represent Jesus, then your family, then yourself." What kind of reputation do we bear? It all plays into our testimony — the story continually being written of God's powerful, sanctifying, transforming work in us.

Love. What kind of person can possibly exhibit the selfless, unconditional love of Jesus? Surely only those who have experienced such love themselves! As Christians, we ought to exemplify the perfect love Jesus displayed for us when He gave His life so we could live free. Do we intentionally show love and kindness to people? Are we diligent in showing others through our actions and words that we love them — and more importantly, that God Himself loves and treasures them? When we really think about it, not many people do that — true, daily, enduring love stands in stark contrast to the norm.

Faith. Apathy — particularly about anything spiritual — plagues our generation. Few teenagers dare to venture beyond their own social bubbles, wants, and interests to care about eternally important matters. How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm not really into religion." Religion? Who said anything about that? We're in a relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe in Him and His Word; we love Him (but not nearly as much as He loves us!); and we desire to obey Him and serve Him because He's just so, so good! When people see us living out a vibrant faith with a true heart for Jesus — not just a church girl act — they will be intrigued. Choosing to live out our faith means choosing to swim against the crowd — the cool, the popular, the "normal." But it's worth it. When we choose to be bold, we inspire other Christians to stand up, to quit living like the world, and to start sharing their faith — and the boldness just spreads more and more contagiously from there.

Purity. You'd better believe people will watch for purity in your life. Sexuality is a big deal in our culture; where promiscuousness once would have been the hush-hush elephant in the room, it now seems that purity sticks out loudly more than ever in a world where anything and everything goes. How do we handle relationships? What kinds of movies, music, websites, jokes, and conversations do we allow and engage in? Is our dress suggestive and provocative, or modest and proper for a girl professing to have Jesus in her heart? Don't stop at appearances, though. Guarding our hearts and minds is key — because what's on the inside eventually comes out.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Doing It All unto Jesus 11

2 Setting an Example 16

3 Identity 22

4 Joy 27

5 The Power of the Tongue 32

6 Prayer 38

7 Why Read the Bible? 42

8 How to Read the Bible 47

9 Why Share Your Faith? 52

10 Defending Your Faith 57

11 Ministry 63

12 Standing Up for What's Right 68

13 Fearlessness 73

14 Forgiveness 78

15 True Beauty 83

16 True Love 88

17 True Purity 93

18 Delighting Yourself in the Lord 99

19 The Truth about Your Heart 104

20 Guys 110

21 Beware of Idols 116

22 Selfishness 121

23 Humility 126

24 Ten Ways to Be a Great Friend 131

25 Picking Good Friends 137

26 Being a Good Sister 142

27 Submitting to Authority 147

28 Being Teachable 153

29 Living Wisely 159

30 Determining God's Will 164

31 Trusting God will Your Future 170

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Devoted: A Girl's 31-Day Guide to Good Living with a Great God 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
TLPPA More than 1 year ago
There are so many things to love about this 31-day devotional that is equal parts light-hearted and heavy-hitting! First, Devoted by nineteen-year-old Marjorie Jackson provides more than just a short devotional reading each day. She also provides a small handful of thought-provoking, deep-reaching questions for either personal reflection or discussion with others, based on the reading and Scripture for that day. Each day also has a challenge to push the reader to put the day's "lesson" into action. As if all this isn’t enough, she also includes beautiful hand-lettered coloring pages to enjoy. Can you imagine? And I haven't even really talked about the content yet! Devoted is geared toward young women and speaks intentionally to the issues that these girls struggle with every day. There's hardly a subject that Jackson doesn't cover, and I HIGHLY recommend this devotional. So do influential Christian women like Holley Gerth, Olivia Hawkins, and Emma Mae Jenkins. Buy a copy of this devotional today and richly bless the young women in your life! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DebReads More than 1 year ago
An excellent devotional for girls, written by a young lady who clearly loves the Lord and is a gifted writer. I loved the format of the book. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse, followed by an essay written in a friendly, conversational manner. Next are three thought provoking questions and a doable, encouraging challenge. Each chapter ends with a beautiful coloring page of the key verse. An especially good chapter was focused on joy. One of my favorite words! She even referred to my favorite verse: Psalm 30:5 " Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning." Do you want more joy in your life? Try practicing an attitude of gratitude. This little book is packed full of wisdom, good advice and relevant life lessons. A joy to read and to share. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written with love. Marjorie uses sound reasoning from God's Word and relates well with her audience. With Marjorie as the author, the book displays a wonderful, relevant perspective of a young Christian woman. This is a great buy, well worth it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
YlvaSchauster More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure whether I should recommend this book or not. I am also not sure if it deserves 3 or 2 stars. I would like to give it 2.5 stars, but since that's not possible on Goodreads, I went for 2. I'm not happy with this book and its message. First of all, because it recommends resources that support Young Earth Creationism. Well, I shouldn't have been surprised because Marjorie Jackson is an acquaintance of the Duggar family and they are convervative fundamentalist whatever. And there was a big focus on evangelization. The style of writing was quite preachy at times and the author quite often came across as precocious . Which was a little funny in my opinion because I am older than she is and it was hard for me to take her serious because she wasn't always convincing. It sounded like she was repeating what her parents/church elders etc. said. A few chapters also felt like she just rewrote chapters from her first book, The Greatest Book You've Never Read. However, I liked the idea of a coloring devotional. The handlettering pages were gorgeous and if this had been a coloring book, without the text, I would have given it five stars. And some chapters did contain useful advice and helpful questions for reflection. I think that girls with similar beliefs like the Duggars and the author might really enjoy the book. It was just not for me, and I could never recommend a resource that supports Young Earth Creationism. Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
oktobeme More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS: This 31-day devotional is incredible.The author Marjorie Jackson is 19 years old. 19 years old, WOW! This is geared toward teenage girls but the truths within these pages are for any woman. It would be a great gift for any woman. Just be sure you get one for yourself as well. It's That Good! Blessings, Karen Hadley Rating: 5* I received a copy of this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
Devoted, by Marjorie Jackson has many qualities to make it appealing for teen (and mature preteen) girls, as well as young college aged women. First, many of the topics are the very concerns I have heard expressed from this group! Reading through the book I encountered many of the topics my granddaughter has asked about during some of our treasured private conversations. The book is written in an easy to read style that sounds almost like you are having a conversation with a treasured friend, someone you look up to and trust that won’t look down on you for having questions. Conversations like Guys, Ten Ways to Be a Great Friend, Purity, Sharing your Faith, The Power of the Tongue and so much more are contained within this 31 day devotional guide. Second, the author herself is a young woman experiencing the same questions and concerns. And finally, the hand-lettered art work will speak to the creative side of whoever is reading the guide and reinforce the lessons learned. I definitely recommend this book to young women, AND to the men and women who want their girls to grow up to be the women God wants them to become. The questions at the end of each chapter are excellent for small group discussion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
JenniferKPowell More than 1 year ago
Devoted is a truth-filled 31-day devotional aimed at teen and young adult women. Even though I am a 40-something mom of three, I found this devotional inspiring, convicting, and overall enjoyable to read. I especially liked the hand lettered verses between each day’s devotional. This book reaffirmed to me much of God’s truth and how it applies to my life. I look forward to sharing this with my oldest daughter as she will soon be a teenager. Excellent book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PamMooney More than 1 year ago
I love this book is young woman to young woman/girl. This is a very talented author that is able to write directly to her audience. I enjoyed the format which is conversational and includes scriptures that inspire and are relatable to the intended message. The end of chapter questions and challenges are perfect to open discussion whether in a group or one on one. The author is able to match scripture to topical issues young people face which is something even the most experienced theologians struggle to do. The coloring pages are bonus and certainly add to the entire experience of this devotional and can certainly help draw attention to the message and help to bring others in to an interactive experience.
MrsTurpin2015 More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice devotional for girls! They need to hear these messages every day and I appreciated the length of each entry. Gives them just enough to think about and then they can dig deeper on their own. The only challenge I could find with this book is the size. While it's great in that it doesn't take up much space, I think it makes it a tad difficult to use the coloring pages, which are really nice! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
I got the opportunity to review this book - and I was excited since it was by Marjorie Jackson - who had previously courted a Duggar (some of my fav people!) My 15 year old and I worked through this together and it was a great mother daughter bonding experience. I love that it gives great views on how to live for Jesus - especially in the self centered world we live in, "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Ndfin More than 1 year ago
Devoted is a guide for teen (and even older) girls to daily spend time learning about our great God. It is very well written and I would even encourage my 20 something girls to read and study. Marjorie is a nineteen-year old author who challenges, encourages and teaches us lessons about our amazing God in a dark world! It includes questions that can be used for personal time or in a group. Coloring pages at the end of each day's reading add something extra!
jmcnutt More than 1 year ago
"The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman." Elizabeth Elliott (Introduction page 7) This wonderful devotional gives and offers hope to all women, but is written for young adults, to inspire them to live a life that is purposeful and dedicated to Jesus that is in opposition of the world view. Marjorie Jackson is a young adult author who will easily connect to her readers. Her spiritual insight is evident in each chapter where she discusses real life issues that impact young women every day. Each chapter includes hand- lettered art pages for coloring, scripture verses, personal or small group questions and a challenge for that days reading. This devotional would make a wonderful gift for any young woman. It will appeal to those who have a relationship with Jesus, but it is also for those who have yet to meet Him. It would also be great for small group study or personal growth. I received this complimentary book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LynlovesGod More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reviewing Devoted by Marjorie Jackson. What a phenomenal devotional for young ladies! Marjorie blends Biblical teaching with one of the trendiest crafts of the day~hand-lettered coloring pages. Such a fun way for a Christian lady to spend a few minutes a day with God! This is a 31-day devotional. Each devotion is a few pages in length, and is followed by questions suitable for either personal reflection or a group. The day ends with a challenge, and then a coloring page to complete. This devotional is perfect for older teen ladies through college age, and for brand-new believers and seasoned Christians alike. I plan on buying additional copies for my teen daughters to have! I appreciate the opportunity to review this book. Blessings! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LBCLBCreader More than 1 year ago
The Heart-Shaped Life by Karen Moore Do you have those times when your sitting in traffic “pondering things”? Or what about the times you are sitting in the car before a meeting or an appointment? I find this a great devotional to carry with me in my car so that I can easily look into God’s Word for strength, patience, Hope and encouragement. A great way to be reminded of God’s never ending mercy and grace! **I received a copy of the book from the publisher but was under no obligation of any kind.
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Excellent devotional for young girls. The author, who is wise beyond her years, shares from her heart with young ladies on all areas pertinent to living the Christian life. And who better to write this devotional but a young lady who understands the struggles and challenges of walking the Christian life in this world. I was very impressed with the insight shared in this little book. While this is geared toward young ladies, I was learning more about walking out my faith and making wise choices as I read this book and I am 47, just a few years past the target audience. Each chapter (daily reading) begins with a key verse for that day and then a couple pages of talking about what that verse means to the reader (young ladies), followed by some application questions, a challenge for the day, and ends with a coloring art page of that day's key verse. And I have to say the coloring art pages are a thing of beauty and very appropriate for the target age group. In one of the chapters the author even talks about how these art pages can be a tool to meditate on scripture as you can be pondering how the current days topic applies to your own life as the reader or even be praying out the verse and its application to your life as you are coloring the page. I myself have found this very helpful because there is something about coloring that calms the senses and helps me to be still before God. A few topics covered in this book include: -Setting an example in speech (how we use our words), conduct (how we walk the talk), love (how we treat others), faith (how we live out our faith), and purity (guarding our hearts and minds) -Finding your source of identity, who you are -Power of the tongue in relation to mean girls, gossip, lying, perversion and emptiness and the need to use discretion, to think before speaking, to choose honesty, to speak humbly, to honor others, to honor and glorify God, to choose life -Prayer in which the author includes tips such as selecting prayer targets, journaling, and creating a prayer list -Dating with suggestions for what is helpful and not helpful And so much more. One of my favorite daily challenges was in the chapter on fear in which the author shares a very practical way to address your fears. Young ladies, highly recommend this 31 day devotional for your Christian walk, you will find it engaging, practical, and helpful. For the not so young ladies (like myself), get a copy for the young ladies in your life or your church, and while you are at it, get a copy for yourself as well, you will learn as well. I did. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
A girl’s guide to good living with a great God! I am constantly on the lookout for a great devotional for the fragile teenage years of growing up. This one is beautiful and so meaningful! It is a gift to my oldest daughter. It is divided into thirty-one days of deep devotionals. All of the hot topics seem to be covered: beauty, purity, joy, ministry, truth, love, faith, selfishness, friendship, wisdom, etc. Not a fluffy devotional that won’t convict – this one seems to lovingly remind us what we really need in our lives and how to live a Godly life. At the end of each you have personal questions, a challenge (which I think is awesome) and a sweet and beautiful page to COLOR!! It is a coloring devotional!!! (I’m so jealous, I want this for myself) This is perfect for any young woman who needs that daily boost of God’s goodness. I can highly recommend this – well done!! I was given this by Barbour Publishing and this is my own opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living With a Great God by Majorie Jackson is such a wonderful, cute little devotional. Written for young women by a young woman, this book talks about the importance of not allowing anyone to look down on you because of your age, finding your identity in God rather than in worldly things, and many other important lessons relevant for teenage and even tween girls are all wrapped up in this devotional. At the end of each chapter there is a coloring page made up of scripture verses, and sometimes other pictures (like a tiara or some cameos). The lettering was beautiful and the pictures were so fun to color. I greatly enjoyed reading and coloring in this devotional, and learned many great lessons from it. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Carolm More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written 31 day devotional. I am amazed at the insightfulness of this young but very talented and gifted author. I would recommend this for youth groups as a study guide. The book is full of references to scripture for leading a Godly life. The questions at the end of each chapter are very thought provoking. The daily challenge helps you to lead a better life with Christ. I really liked the coloring pages too. I plan to color a few and hang on my office. I enjoyed it very much. 'I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post'
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with this devotional for teen girls and young women. I have been reading and studying through it as part of my quiet time. This guide is written in a straightforward manner, with some occasional humorous moments. It truly feels as if the author is speaking to you and offering guidance and suggestions. I appreciate that it is not full of “fluff”, but gets to the heart of important matters, including things such as “Why Read the Bible?”, “Guys”, “Picking Good Friends”, “True Purity”, and so much more. My teenage daughter has also been reading through this devotional. She has expressed how much she likes it and plans to read it through multiple times. She compared the writing style of the author as being similar to discussing an issue with a trusted older sister. My daughter is seventeen and the author is nineteen, so this seems a great way to describe things. My daughter was happy that it was someone near her age offering suggestions and direction. She also liked the physical size of the devotional. It is easy to hold. She’s enjoyed doing a few of the coloring pages, as well. I highly recommend this devotional for teens and even their moms, because it can lead to some very important discussions. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
gccbookworm2 More than 1 year ago
"Devoted" is an inspiring devotional that offers alot in 31 days of study. Although this is tailored for teenage and young adult women, I found some golden nuggets to ponder as I read through Marjorie Jackson's book as an older adult woman. Marjorie's style is fresh and appealing offering coloring pages to meditate upon, a challenge to take each day after reading the day's lesson along with a daily Bible verse. For someone so young, the author offers great insight that young women are experiencing in today's world. I would recommend this devotional to moms' of teenagers and young adult women. The moms may find reading this book along side their daughters to be a great time of bonding, learning, and loving as they grow their faith in Jesus. I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligatin to post a review.
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
A truly unique devotional book for young women, this is a special guide for living a beautiful and contented life. Here is a way to experience God with a 31- day guide to good living. With so many roads to take and temptations for girls and young women, this is a refreshing guide. In addition to a daily devotion, there are three personal (or group) questions that are applied to your own life to ponder. Then there is a daily challenge which is godly and helpful to pray about. On top of all that you can color a daily page which so many are enjoying today. I recommend this devotional to give as a gift for any girl who is searching. What young woman isn't? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a good study. Although I am way past the age group the author is focusing on I learned a lot. I felt that her topics were definitely relevant to today’s young women. I liked that there was not only a general scripture for each lesson, but throughout the lesson other scriptures were also used. There was a daily challenge, things that would help a young person to use what she’s learned on a practical basis. And, there are some questions to help her (or a small group) think more thoroughly through the topic. To top it off each day has one of those neat “adult coloring” pages. That’s a fun thing, plus as she is coloring she can think more of the scripture that is really being memorized while she does that. The only drawback I could see, as a teacher for many years, there are some young ladies that might not be able to absorb the allotted amount for each day. It may take them two or more to go through each part. However, that isn’t really a problem since even the ones that might not have that difficulty may want to do it that way to get more out of it. Who says it has to be finished in 31 days? That’s the problem with our society – we’re always in a hurry. Let’s slow down and really think about these things. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I do plan to pass this on to a high school senior due to graduate later this month. So, pick one up for your graduate.
ceciliadlynn More than 1 year ago
Great devotional for girls teen through college. The devotions are exactly what every girl needs to hear to help in her growth with Christ. The devotions are easy to follow and the challenges every day keep you fresh and doing what is right. My 17 year old noted that she felt the challenges kept her on track in doing what is right throughout her whole day. The coloring pages were at the end of each devotional were an fun bonus. I was truly impressed with Marjorie’s writing style. She writes in a personal and real way that helps the reader in their growth. I love that she shares her own personal thoughts and stories to address everyday issues and life. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. This review is my own personal opinion and I highly recommend this devotional to young women. I was very happy to pass this along to all three of my daughters who are enjoying each new message in this 31 day challenge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly reccomend this book to teenage girls looking for a motivational daily devotion. Women of all ages can enjoy the easy reading and flow of each devotional that deals with a different area. How to be a good friend, staying pure and living for God were three of my favorite days that really gave you a "boost" to get moving and get serving our Great God. I recieved a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PatriotMama More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this devotional. The author did an excellent job writing the devotionals & the questions at the end of each one (it's hard to believe she is so young). I loved that she wrote it to be both for individuals & groups. An added bonus is the beautiful coloring pages. I can't wait to give this devotional book to my daughter when she gets a little older. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.