Everyday Inspiration from God's Word: Daily Encouragement for Women

Everyday Inspiration from God's Word: Daily Encouragement for Women

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Overview


Allow God’s Word to Speak to Your Heart, Beloved Daughter!
 
Here is a great little daily devotional that provides a year’s worth of reminders for women—straight from the Bible—about how much God loves and cherishes you, His beloved daughters.  Just-right-sized devotional thoughts are readable in just a couple of minutes and follow themes like You Are Loved, You Are Blessed, You Have a Purpose, and You Are Beautiful.  Packaged in a go-anywhere format, this lovely book is perfect for women of all ages. It makes a thoughtful anytime gift or a personal pick-me-up.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683225782
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 540,557
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Barbour Publishing is a leading Christian book publisher offering bestselling books featuring exceptional value, biblical encouragement, and the highest quality. Barbour is the home of New York Times Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter along with well-known fiction authors Gilbert Morris, Olivia Newport, Michelle Griep and many others. If your interest is Christian Living or Bible Reference, you’ll find excellent titles by bestselling authors Josh McDowell, Jonathan McKee, Debora Coty, and Stephen M. Miller’s The Complete Guide to the Bible.   Barbour also publishes the top classic devotionals God Calling by A.J. Russell, and Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts. With inspirational Christian books available in all genres--fiction for adults and children, Bible Promise books, devotionals, Bibles, Bible reference, puzzle books, and gift books there's something for everyone to enjoy.
 

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CHAPTER 1

Day 1

GOD'S ABUNDANCE

God is able to bless you abundantly.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:8 NIV

* * *

The literal meaning of these Greek words adds still another layer to our understanding of God's blessings. When Paul wrote this sentence to the Corinthians, he was talking about God's power — something that is over and above anything else we've ever encountered — to give grace and kindness to us that are also over and above anything we can even imagine. God's blessings are as abundant as His power to shower them upon us. None of our fears and doubts can ever limit either one!

Day 2

YOU ARE GOD'S FRIEND

"I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father."

JOHN 15:15 MSG

* * *

My best friend and I have known each other for over two decades. We know each other's strengths, faults, and weaknesses — and we still love to spend time together.

God considers you His friend. He knows everything about you, including your flaws, yet He still loves you deeply. He wants to spend time with you!

Day 3

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works.

PSALM 139:14 KJV

* * *

From time to time, most of us complain about our bodies. Maybe our nose is too long, our eyes too round, and our mouth too wide. We forget that God's master plan specifically included our features. When the psalmist suggests that we were "fearfully made," he is telling us to consider our bodies with a kind of reverence. We are looking at God's handiwork. And He made no mistakes, so maybe we should complain less and praise more.

Day 4

FAVES AND RAVES

I delight to do Your will, O my God.

PSALM 40:8 NKJV

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Every one of us has a few favorite things, to quote the inimitable Julie Andrews. Rather than bright copper kettles, yours might be centered around coffee flavors, shoes, and lotions. We have favorite restaurants and events and holidays.

The psalmist said that his delight was an action. Put in a modern context, his delight was not just an Instagram photo of someone else's action; he delighted in doing God's will. Today, take a fresh look at God's law and then act on it. Let it become your new fave.

Day 5

THRIVING

I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God's unfailing love.

PSALM 52:8 NLT

* * *

Children need love to thrive. So do all of us older folks. Without love, our hearts would be sad and lonely. Our lives would be narrow and unfulfilling. In fact, love is the most important of all the many spiritual blessings we've received. All God's blessings, both spiritual and physical, are wrapped up in His love. Because He loves us, He will never stop blessing us. His love never fails.

Day 6

YOU ARE CHOSEN

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 PETER 2:9 ESV

* * *

My mom and I used to hunt for Nancy Drew books at antiques stores. When I found a book I was hunting for, it was a thrill. I knew that chosen piece was special to me and unlike the rest.

In the same way, you've been handpicked for God's family. You are special to Him!

Day 7

WORKED IN SOMETHING GOOD

That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

ROMANS 8:28 MSG

* * *

Paul chose a very specific Greek word to convey the idea that the details of our lives (the good, the bad, and the ugly) all "work together" for our benefit. We get the English word synergism from this term. It means that all those details or circumstances cooperate or contribute toward God's stated goal. We certainly do not always understand what is being accomplished. But we can have confidence that it is being worked into something good.

Day 8

LOVE FOR BEAUTY

She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

PROVERBS 31:22 NKJV

* * *

We don't know for sure just when women started caring about clothes. But a yearning for pretty clothing seems to be written on the very DNA of women.

The woman commended by God in Proverbs 31 wore fine clothing, made well and of the best color (purple was a luxury in that time).

God wants you to be beautiful by caring for yourself in the best manner you can. Honor His gift of femininity.

Day 9

BEAUTIFULLY OUTFITTED

Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.

PROVERBS 31:25 NKJV

* * *

Speaking of clothing ... the beautiful woman of God has two items in her closet. Strength and honor. They are her basic wardrobe pieces, her essentials. She may accessorize with other things, but she is never without these.

They originate with God. He is the source of strength and the way to honor. Putting Him in first place ensures that these pieces of clothing are just your size.

And you will rejoice in the future because you wear them.

Day 10

SECURE

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment.

1 JOHN 4:18 NLT

* * *

Sometimes love hurts. Even the people who love us most let us down — and we let them down. When we say or do the wrong thing, they may pull back from us. We fear we might lose their love. We worry they'll leave us, even if it's only through death. But God's love is perfect. It will never let us down. He never pulls away from us, no matter what we do. We are totally secure.

Day 11

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

HEBREWS 13:5 NLT

* * *

The older I get, the more I come across situations I have no idea how to handle. I think, I just want someone to tell me what to do!

One day, the Lord brought me to Hebrews 13:5, and I was reminded that God is with us through every situation we face. If we need help or direction, we can trust that voice on the inside to provide us with the right way to go.

Day 12

STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF A FRIEND

And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

1 SAMUEL 23:16 KJV

* * *

When you "strengthen someone's hand," you encourage them. You speak words of affirmation; you remind them of God's faithfulness and you urge them to immerse themselves in His grace. This Hebrew phrase carries the idea of directing someone to be courageous in spite of their circumstances. Like Jonathan, we all have friends who need to be encouraged. Look around. Whose hand can you strengthen today?

Day 13

WE ARE GOD'S KIDS

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

PSALM 100:3 NASB

* * *

The Beatles struck a chord when they sang, "All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?" A sense of belonging is absolutely crucial to everyone's health and well-being. We need to have an emotional "home." The psalmist addresses that basic need and assures us that indeed we are God's. We belong to Him and "live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28 NIV) in His pasture. Such comfort!

Day 14

QUIETED, BEAUTIFUL YOU

I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

PSALM 34:4 NKJV

* * *

Your fears make you uniquely you. They reveal what frightens you and show the shape of your personality. In your anxieties, the way your mind works is clearly seen.

Your fears do not put off the Master. He can handle them. He can soothe and calm your spirit. He sees the beauty within and wants to bring it out.

Give your fears to Him. You can be delivered.

Day 15

SIMPLY LOVE

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

1 JOHN 4:16 NLT

* * *

We often make our spiritual lives so complicated. We focus on theology. We believe our church has got it right, and we worry about those folks in the church down the road who have got it all wrong. But the Bible says it's really quite simple: when we live in love, we are living in God. God is living in us. His blessing flows through us and out into the world.

Day 16

YOU CAN BE PATIENT

Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance.

HEBREWS 6:12 NLT

* * *

Because God loves you, you don't have to be concerned about when you will see your prayers answered. All you have to do is trust that they will be answered.

In many situations we bring to the Lord, multiple unknowns are in play — including the feelings and prayers of other people. God is the only one who sees everything and orchestrates life in a way that only He can. Trust Him to do so.

Day 17

SPIRITUAL FOOTPRINTS

The things which you have heard from me ... entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

2 TIMOTHY 2:2 NASB

* * *

Recording a mother's spiritual journey is a powerful way to influence generations to come. Children can likely reiterate the tenets of our personal faith, but how can we influence grandchildren? How can we leave spiritual footprints? One way is to write in our Bibles and keep them for our families. Journaling will leave a trail of faith, and so will marking up a favorite hymnbook. Let's start thinking of ways to make the spiritual footprints obvious.

Day 18

PAST AND PRESENT BEAUTY

But Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.

LUKE 2:19 TLB

* * *

Every memory you have is colored by your perception, your emotion, your vantage point. Your memories, to a large degree, are you. We women treasure memories of special days, events, and emotions.

Today, God wants you to know that you are as beautiful to Him as on that long-ago day when your hair was coiffed and your dress was princess-like. You wish for past beauty, but the reality is that to Him, you are always lovely.

Day 19

STRONG HEARTS

"Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"

NEHEMIAH 8:10 NLT

* * *

The Hebrew word used in this verse is chedvah, meaning "rejoicing, gladness." Depression weakens our hearts and separates us from others. But we have a relationship with the Creator of the universe, and He shares His eternal gladness with us. His joy makes us strong, able to face the challenges of life, able to reach out to others. Just as God shares His gladness with us, we are meant to share our joy with everyone we meet.

Day 20

YOU CAN GIVE GOD TIME

Then he added, "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given — and you will receive even more."

MARK 4:24 NLT

* * *

Have you ever started a conversation with someone who walked away halfway through your first sentence? It's as though they didn't hear you talk. Maybe they started the conversation but left before listening? Do you think God feels like that sometimes?

Do more than just quickly read the Bible or blurt out your prayer requests. Spend time with God. He wants to talk to you!

Day 21

A GOOD FIGHT

"Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."

NEHEMIAH 4:14 MSG

* * *

In context, this passage has to do with a physical fight regarding the wall in Jerusalem. But there are many other situations that need our diligent response. As wives and mothers, we are the keepers of our homes, and our children deserve our persistent protection. In this electronic age, it takes effort. Moms need to fight for the purity of their children. Turn off devices. Monitor things. Say no. Fight for the hearts of those you love. It matters.

Day 22

LEARNING FOR A LIFETIME

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me."

MATTHEW 11:29 NKJV

* * *

Tiled halls. Metal lockers. Loud bells. One-armed desks.

Remember your school days? What did you learn?

Hopefully, you are still benefiting from the days you spent in a classroom. Every one of them is a stroke on the canvas of your life, a contribution to the heart of your being. You're now in God's school of grace. He invites you to get in sync with Him and learn how to do things His way.

It's the way to beautiful living.

Day 23

LIFT UP YOUR VOICE!

They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud.

ISAIAH 24:14 KJV

* * *

There's a lot of singing going on in the Old Testament! Here the Hebrew word ranan means a happiness that's expressed vocally, with shouts of joy, with loud singing. Unfortunately, we haven't all been blessed with beautiful singing voices — but we have all been blessed by God in ways that make us sing! Even if we can't carry a tune, He's glad to hear our voices lifted up in praise.

Day 24

YOU CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

JAMES 5:17–18 NLT

* * *

Our prayers are backed up by the power of this world's Creator. When we pray in faith, anything can happen. Elijah had direction from God to pray for rain; we have the Word of God. Pray the Word, and watch it come to life!

Day 25

SIGNING OUR WORK

Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.

PROVERBS 18:9 MSG

* * *

The story goes that the night before his sculpture the Pietà was to be unveiled, Michelangelo overheard some critics questioning whether it was really his work. So he went back into the studio and chiseled his entire name along the fold of Mary's garment. (You can see it when you visit Rome.) It is important to take pride in our work whether it is in a kitchen or a boardroom. Let's make sure and sign our names to everything we do. No slack habits!

Day 26

CRAZY INFATUATIONS

"How beautiful you are, my love, how beautiful!"

SONG OF SOLOMON 4:1 TLB

* * *

"I've got a crush on you!"

Not many of us sang those words to the guy we daydreamed about, but there is hardly one of us who hasn't experienced the wild adrenaline rush, flushed cheeks, and erratic heartbeat that accompany an infatuation. Those feelings, in a small way, mirror the heart of a woman, our longings for a great romance.

Today, God wants you to know that He is the longing behind every crush you ever had, and that makes you beautiful to Him.

Day 27

INEXPRESSIBLE

You love him even though you have never seen him. ... You trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

1 PETER 1:8 NLT

* * *

From the world's perspective, it might seem as though Jesus is our imaginary friend. After all, we can't see Him, can't hear Him. But we know His presence is real because He has blessed us with a joy that lies beyond words. Anekláletos is the word Peter uses here, a joy that's impossible to convey with words. It can't be grasped with language, can't be pinned down with any of our human concepts. But it's real!

(Continues…)


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