Too Blessed To Be Stressed. . .Inspiration for Every Day: 365 Devotions for Women

Too Blessed To Be Stressed. . .Inspiration for Every Day: 365 Devotions for Women

by Debora M. Coty

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ISBN-13: 9781634098106
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 250,044
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.10(h) x 3.40(d)

About the Author

Debora M. Coty is a popular humorist, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed line. Deb considers herself a tennis junkie and choco-athlete (meaning she exercises just so she can eat more chocolate). A retired piano teacher and orthopedic occupational therapist, Debora currently lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and three grandbuddies and one grandprincess. Deb would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and her Too Blessed to be Stressed blog at her website, www.DeboraCoty.com. While you're there, sign up for her free e-newsletter!

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Too Blessed to be Stressed ... Inspiration for Every Day

365 Devotions for Women


By Debora M. Coty

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2017 Debora M. Coty
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63409-810-6


CHAPTER 1

January 1

FRESH HOPE

"'Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.'"

Isaiah 49:23 NIV


I awoke before dawn on New Year's Day in a fog of gloom. I was bummed by recent family problems, pressing decisions, and the sudden death of a close friend right before Christmas.

After wading through depressing headlines and unfunny comics in the Sunday paper, I dressed and headed to church alone. Spouse was under the weather. Wouldn't you know, the day I needed company most ... zilch.

As I pulled out of my driveway and nosed the car around the first curve, I was immersed in light. Beautiful, sparkly, utterly amazing white light from a magnificent array of sunbeams. Maybe it was a unique combination of sheen and mist; perhaps the angle of the sun was different than usual, I don't know, but it was as brilliant as an elaborate Disney light show.

Okay, here you need to know that I'm a sunbeam connoisseur. Yep. Since I was a little girl, I've taken special joy in early-morning sunbeams — those translucent fingers of Papa God reaching down to earth to touch His creation with the first light of a brand-new day. Hope! That's what they make me feel ... hope.

Such promise! Such possibilities! Anything could happen.

On the first day of a fresh beginning, those hope-filled sunbeams cut through my mental fog and clutter to reach right in and caress my careworn heart. I was surrounded with luminescent, soul-stirring reminders that I'm not alone — that Papa God is right here with me.

He's with you, too, ya know, girlfriend. And He will continue to be throughout the upcoming year.

Hope Eternal,

Help me see You in the first light of a brand-new year. Such possibilities! Such promise! Anything could happen.


January 2

EVERYBODY NEEDS A PAPA

"... You received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.'"

Romans 8:15 NLT


It started in 2004 when I began writing my novel, The Distant Shore. The plot is based on the true story of a young girl sent away — for mysterious reasons that are gradually revealed — to live on Florida's remote, untamed Merritt Island in 1904.

Emma-Lee finds island life with crusty spinster Aunt Augusta bewildering and lonely until she's befriended by kindly Captain Stone, an Irish freighter captain.

Captain Stone is a godly man and introduces Emma-Lee to his beloved heavenly Father, whom Emma-Lee wholeheartedly embraces as "Papa God," the heavenly papa who will never abandon or forsake her like her earthly papa.

Papa God fills a hollow hole in her heart.

Along with Emma-Lee, I began referring to Him as Papa God and have done so ever since. Acknowledging that the Almighty views us through the lens of a faithful, unconditionally loving parent fulfills a deep need for belonging in each of us.

Abba is the intimate Aramaic form of Father used in the Bible numerous times, most notably by Jesus, referring to God the Father. Abba is translated into currentday Daddy or Papa. I love the term Papa God — it's warm, protective, and delightfully cuddly. What name could more richly express our close relationship with our heavenly Daddy?

I invite you to join me. I think you'll be surprised how quickly — and almost magically — the secret, deep longing in your heart for nonjudgmental, all-accepting, all-forgiving love will be fulfilled.

After all, He's your Papa, too.

Papa God,

Thank You for adopting me into Your family as Your adored, cherished daughter. You truly are my Papa.


January 3

PURSE POLITICS

"Prepare your minds for action."

1 Peter 1:13 NASB


Have you ever noticed that purse loyalties divide womandom like politics divide our nation? Such devotion toward swatches of leather and fabric!

Okay, you've got your two basic purse parties: bullmastiff (massive and intimidating) and Maltese (petite and adorable), with various trendy independent parties toting contraptions like moving vans with straps, Tic Tac–sized micro-clutches, and glorified horse feed bags.

My kids roll their eyes while claiming that my tendencies run toward the latter, but I never hear them complain when I happen to have the very item they need at the moment, be it dental floss, a blow dryer, or half a chocolate éclair. (You must be prepared; never know when you might become stranded on a deserted island.)

Of course, there are sporadic bipartisan crossover occasions like beach trips or formal dinners when party lines blur, but in general, each purse party feels absolutely certain that its platform is superior and will fight to the death to defend it.

According to my hilarious friend, author of Purse-uit of Holiness, Rhonda Rhea, "pursuing holiness is kind of like finding the perfect purse. You know it's out there — somewhere — if you could only find it."

If you could only find it.

It's my prayer that this little devotional will help you do just that. Pursue, discover, and embrace a deeper relationship with Papa God, the Master Designer. Trust me, regardless of your purse party, there's NO better designer label to wear proudly!

Designer of Me,

I want more of You as much as I want that Prada bag. No, more. Help me be diligent in my purse-uit.


January 4

KILLJOY

"Be anxious for nothing ... let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:6–7 NASB


I love this Bible chapter; not only does it contain my favorite decom-stress verse (above), it teaches us how to deal with everyday stressors that steal our joy.

Grab your Bible as we look at four killjoys in the fourth chapter of Philippians:

Killjoy #1: Conflict (verse 2)

The apostle Paul sends a message to two women who can't get along. Know any of those? Women in Philippi were quite liberated and were allowed to take part in government and politics. But conflict divides and conquers; Paul cautioned them to make amends, not allow conflict to rob their joy.

Killjoy #2: Anxiety (verse 6)

We sometimes feel overwhelmed by daily fears and anxieties, but hey, we can be whelmed without being overwhelmed. Will we choose to serve our crazy, runaway feelings or the all-powerful One who helps us manage them?

Killjoy #3: Stinkin' thinkin' (verses 8–9)

Fear is like static blocking our inner faith voices. All we can pick up are those destructive, toxic voices that cast doubt on truth. Paul gives us a marvelous list here that enables us to change channels and focus on positives instead of negatives.

Killjoy #4: Fretting (verse 10)

Fretting is our feeble effort to maintain control.

F: False sense of

R: Responsibility for

E: Every little

T: Thing

But guess what? We've never actually been in control. Papa God is.

Emmanuel (God with Us),

Make me more aware of the Killjoys I allow to sabotage my abundant life in You.


January 5

PERFECTING MY STINKY FACE

"Encourage one another."

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV


My three-year-old grandbuddy, Blaine, watching me apply makeup: "What's that stuff do, Mimi?"

"Blush makes me look less dead ... er, I mean it gives me more color."

"Oh. Why do ya wanna be pink?"

"I don't want to be pink. I just don't want to look like a walking marshmallow."

He contemplates this deep concept.

"What'cha doing now, Mimi?"

"Spraying perfume to make me smell pretty. See — [holding out wrist for olfactory inspection] — what do you think?"

[Making stinky face] "Ugghh. You smell like my Pull-Ups."

Swell.

I, too, have been perfecting my stinky face. Not intentionally. But sometimes when I pass a mirror, I'm floored at my gnarly expression. The thing is, I'm not angry ... or sad ... or even displeased. I'm just preoccupied. So preoccupied that I'm not aware of what my face is doing, and apparently when ignored, my facial muscles default to my mother's scowl.

I thought Mama was always mad at me. One time, I asked what I'd done, and she seemed surprised and said, "Why, nothing. I'm not upset; I'm focused on what I'm doing. Just ignore my face."

Well, of course that's impossible. The face is the window into the mind. Reading expressions is our feedback mechanism to know what's going on inside others.

So does my countenance bless or intimidate people? Does Jesus-joy shine through my eyes and encourage through my smile?

Hmm. Maybe I should tell my stinky face the good news in my heart more often. And ditch the Eau de Pull-Ups.

Sweet Lord,

Make me more aware of the You I portray. I offer my countenance to You today as an instrument of praise.


January 6

CRASH DUMMIES

"'I have had a great struggle with my sister, and I have won.'"

Genesis 30:8 NIV


Siblings are the reluctant instructors in our life classrooms. They're our crash dummies, our failed experiments, the unfortunate people we practice on to learn how not to treat others.

They unwittingly teach us civility by suffering the consequences of our mistakes as we forge the virtues of kindness, fairness, and helping one another. They're our first and last teammates, the ones we're forced to depend on. The ones who bring us secret joy when they actually come through.

Of course, we're their crash dummies, too.

Yet despite trampled feelings, bruises, and occasional concussions, what would we do without them? They're as much a part of our DNA as our crooked noses. We love them, admire them, and are irritated senseless by them all at the same time.

We share memories no one else in the world fathoms; they understand where we're coming from even better than our spouses. Siblings are passengers in our lifeboat, and it would be suicidal to try to blow them out of the water.

So we might as well accept them as heaven-sent companions for this voyage of life and try to paddle in sync.

In the movie, In Her Shoes, Rose Feller (played by Toni Collette) voiced every sister's sentiments when she was trying to explain the unexplainable bond she shared with her incorrigible sister, Maggie (Cameron Diaz): "Without her ... I don't make sense."

No, without our siblings, we just don't make sense.

And strangely enough — despite the lumps, bumps, and hard knocks — we don't want to go it alone.

Prince of Peace,

Motivate me to tell my crash dummies (siblings) that I love them before it's too late.


January 7

AGING GRATEFULLY

"I will still be the same when you are old and gray, and I will take care of you."

Isaiah 46:4 CEV


As we cross that invisible half-century line, things begin to change.

Varicose veins pop and sizzle like tiny zags of electricity.

Harry Potter's got nothing on me — he may have a lightning bolt on his forehead but I have fifty on my left leg alone.

After decades of decorating ourselves with heavy earrings, those previously plump, robust earlobes droop to our Birkenstocks. Ever notice how in young folks, the piercing hole is a tiny dot? As we age, that dot elongates into a long wobbly slash.

I tell people Captain Jack Sparrow ran his sword through my piercing hole in a fit of passion. Right.

And our earlobes aren't the only things wobbling.

Cleavage suddenly quits cleaving and you find the best reason to wear low-cut blouses is to funnel crumbs down to collect in your belly button for a late-night snack.

My PAH theory — Physiological Aging Hypothesis — states that as a woman's age creeps northward, her body parts travel south, and hips expand to new horizons east to west. We hot mamas are all over the map!

But shouldn't maturity be the most productive season of life? After many years of trial and error, we finally get a grip on our unique sets of gifts and abilities and we can gratefully determine how best to use them for Papa God's glory.

Eyesight might be on the fritz, but insight is keener than ever. We've learned to take our eyes off the mirror and focus on things more important.

Lord of My Later Years,

I refuse to die before my actual death. I'm grateful to be here. Use me to Your glory.


January 8

THE REVEALING

"'He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness.'"

Daniel 2:22 NIV


Betty enjoyed being surprised when she gave birth back in the seventies ... first she had one boy. Then another. Then a third. All unexpected marvels.

But she did not enjoy the surprise four decades later when her husband, Arthur, gave birth ... sort of ... to a turn signal lever from a 1963 Thunderbird.

The seven-inch metal lever had apparently impaled Arthur's arm in a horrific car accident. His life-threatening injuries took precedence over a little arm discomfort, so the imbedded metal wasn't discovered. Over time, a protective pocket grew around the lever and Arthur went about his normal life, unaware of his strange bedfellow.

Then one day Arthur's courthouse visit mysteriously set off the metal detector. X-rays revealed a slender object, a little longer than a pencil, stuck in his arm. (Hey, if it'd been inflamed, do you think they'd have called it Arthur-itis? Tee-hee!)

There are times when we're all surprised at things stuck inside of us. Maybe not rusty T-Bird pieces, but other things. Ugly things like envy (I wish my job paid as well as hers), jealousy (my sister's skinny little be-hunkus is SO not fair!), or resentment (I will never forget what my husband said to me ten years ago).

We can just go on day after day, unaware of the ugliness festering deep inside, infecting our hearts. Or we can ask Papa God to X-ray our souls and reveal the foreign objects that need removing. The choice is ours.

Great Physician,

Search me and reveal buried ugliness that needs to be excised. I'm sick of being sick. I'm itching to be healthy.


January 9

DIS EQUALITY

"Keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble."

Proverbs 21:23 NLT


The masculine sex has finally found their answer to the female's cover-all-sins catchphrase "Bless her heart."

It's always amused me how women — especially Southern gals — can say anything about someone, no matter how catty, scathing, or gossipy, as long as they end it with "Bless his/her heart." That little disclaimer supposedly makes everything palatable.

The vocabulary equivalent of ketchup.

Males have now gained dis equality. They've taken up a slang phrase that enables them to disagree, disparage, and disrespect without apology. And it's not only socially acceptable, it's considered hip. Ultra-cool. Tooled. Just sayin' ...

In case, like me, you're not completely hip, ultra-cool, or tooled, I'm not just saying nothing here; that's the phrase: "Just sayin' ..."

Oh, women use it, too, but I've noticed the hairy gender has really latched on. Now they can shred, tear, and rip apart other people with a smile on their faces just like us girls.

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Just sayin' ..."

"You can't believe anything he says. Just sayin' ..."

"You're not really going out with her? Just sayin' ..."

It might behoove us all to remember a well-known scripture about now: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." No, wait. That's the gospel according to my mother.

Actually it's today's verse, Proverbs 21:23. Now there's sage advice. Plain. Wise. Always hip. Just sayin' ...

God Who Cannot Be Deceived,

Let me not deceive myself with weasel words. Please forgive my critical spirit and make me cognizant of what I'm really sayin' about other people today.


January 10

JOURNEY TO DAWN

"My hope is in you all day long."

Psalm 25:5 NIV


My internal rooster woke me as usual at five for my predawn prayer walk. Blinking in sleepy confusion at my surroundings, I remembered that I had bivouacked at a writer's retreat for a little physical and spiritual renewal.

After my first lap around the large campground, the sky began gathering momentum in preparation for sunrise. It was still dark, but hints of light appeared. One lone mockingbird braved a medley in the crisp air.

On my second lap, more light appeared over the lake, accompanied by streaks of pink and tinges of silver. A cooing pigeon joined the mockingbird.

By my third lap, layers of multihued crimson emblazoned the horizon. More color, more promise. Tag-playing squirrels scurried up a tree. The world was awakening to a new day.


(Continues...)

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catangel2 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I picked up this book and read the introduction, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite devotionals for this year. Debra starts each day with a Scripture, followed by a lesson with humor and points to think about, and ends with a prayer. She reminds us that we are too blessed to be stressed and that we need to lean on our "Papa" more each day. Whether you have plenty of time or on the go all day, this devotional is for you. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I loved this. Each day has a sweet devotion that gives you a real boost for the day. The devotionals give a daily scripture as well as a story to uplift your spirits. It's a beautiful book, inside and out. There is a helpful scripture index at the end of the book. On the December 31st entry page, there is a really fun poem that probably describes many of us to a t! I enjoyed each day's entry and many were very meaningful to me. It appears that there is a nice series of these type of book by this author. I would love to read them, too. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
Somewhere along the way, I began to hear the phrase "Too Blessed to be Stressed". It sounded intriguing but I never really took the time to learn more about it. And then, there it was...a devotional. And might I add a really enjoyable devotional full of humor and pack with a punch, the author's words of encouragment seem to hit me right where I am. (How did she DO that anyway?) I received this book from Barbour Publishing and as under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed To Be Stressed. . . Inspiration for Every Day, has lived up to its title and provided me with a little inspiration to start my day off spiritually. The readings are small and easy to commit to with a very busy schedule. The author, Debora Coty, provides real life situations that the readers could learn from and relate to on many levels. She is able to add scripture to back up each devotional and provide spiritual motivation, as well as, a little chuckle to start my day. . I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Superlibrarian More than 1 year ago
I really liked this devotional!! The entries were funny, poignant and short. I loved the inspirational tone. I look forward to reading this every day! I would recommend this to a friend. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LynlovesGod More than 1 year ago
What a fun and joyful devotional! Too Blessed to be Stressed by Debora M. Coty is just the right length to get your thoughts and mind focused on the Lord each day. No deep theology here, just a little shot of joy and a reminder of the love and care of our Heavenly Father. This is a 365~day devotional for women. The cover is whimsy and beautiful, and it's nicely bound with a ribbon marker. This would make a fabulous gift for yourself or a girlfriend needing just a quick dose of God's love and encouragement each day, and very well suited for a new Christian just starting the habit of reading devotionals. Happy to add this one to my collection! Enjoy! *A free copy was given to me by Barbour Press to review in exchange for my honest opinion, and I was not obligated to provide a review.
JenniferKPowell More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to Be Stressed is a fun, light-hearted way to begin the day with God. The author uses funny, real life anecdotes throughout to make you laugh. Each devotion begins with a bible verse and ends with a short prayer. While I found this devotion to be enjoyable, it isn’t one that I will read each day, which is why I only gave it four stars. I prefer a longer bible reading and more in-depth devotion to start the day. However, I will definitely pick up this one up here or there when I need to lighten up a bit.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
I'm always on the lookout for a good devotional book for the new year, and this one is amazing. I've read a few other books by this author, and enjoy her insight and humor, so I had high hopes for this devotional. After spending time with it each morning for thirteen days now, I am not in the least disappointed. Each day's entry is a quick read (less than five minutes), but it will leave you with things to think about for the rest of the day. Each entry has a short catchy title, a Bible verse which shares God's love for us, a short story that feels like a friendly conversation with the author, and a short one or two sentence prayer to start your daily conversation with God. I highly recommend this to any woman of faith who is looking for a resource which will aid your walk with God. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
jmcnutt More than 1 year ago
I have many devotionals that offer different styles of bringing refreshing thoughts and prayers that have blessed me. This inspirational devotional by Debora M City has been such an encouragement to me, not just because of the different subjects she covers, but also the touch of humor on each page. So often I can get mired down in the everyday events of my life, I forget about the joy and strength of The Lord, even in my darkest moments.i Her writing is heartfelt and it clearly lifts my thoughts, to be grateful and strengthened daily which is exactly what I want out of a daily devotional. This is a book for every woman at any age, which as a grandmother myself I deeply appreciate. I highly recommend this book,it will not disappoint you. It would make a great gift for mothers and wives. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I was under no obligation to post a review.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
The devotions in this book are quick and thought provoking for the day. I thought the titles of the devotions were catchy and well-worded. Debora writes in such a way that draws you in. There is a list of Scripture references in the back of the book that are great for looking to see if she has a devotion for a specific verse. I found that very helpful. If you like to laugh, you’ll be delighted with this author. I found myself laughing quite often through this book. It’s refreshing to have her share real-life happenings and bring it around to application in our journey with the Lord Jesus. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Books in exchange for my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to be Stressed is a lovely little inspirational book with short passages meant to be read every day. Starting with January 1st and going through December 31st, we have an inspirational devotional that I think reads like a continuing story. The author has an engaging way with her writing that makes you feel like you are meeting a close friend for coffee and she is sharing from her heart about life, love, family, God, etc. in little snippet stories. There is a Bible verse at the beginning of each entry and a short prayer at the end; however I would not consider this a Bible devotional, as it is written more of an inspirational piece. The book itself is a lovely hardback with a ribbon marker. It is written mainly in purple and a soft green, both my favorite colors. The title itself is catchy and I have often thought it throughout the days when I have been stressed. This is a nice book to give as a gift to a sister, mother, daughter, best friend, or even for you. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own. I have and will continue to enjoy using this book.
JLink More than 1 year ago
I received this devotional book before the end of 2016, free from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review. The devotions begin on January 1st. There is a Bible verse at the top of each page, a devotion in the middle, and a prayer at the bottom. At first, it seemed like it was more of a collection of anecdotes. Not much scripture, mostly personal stories. As I am now almost 2 weeks in, I am learning to like the author's process and messages. I still think it could use a little more of the "Bible devotion" aspect. I skipped ahead through the book to get a larger sample to go by. I think I am going to enjoy the daily insights. If you are looking for a devotional book to start off the new year, this could be the book for you. I will mention that the ink is only in lilac and turquoise and can be a little hard to read in low light in the morning.
LBCLBCreader More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed To Be Stressed is a uplifting way to start your day!! I've only had the book a few weeks, so I haven't completed it, but I have enjoyed starting the day with a reminder that I'm not the only one struggling and also that God never leaves me. Not a deep theological book but one to get you going! ***I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher without any requirement from them.
lmnop99 More than 1 year ago
Great inspiration for every day. I loved the short devotional that really gave me something to think about in a short amount of time. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
honeychile More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to be Stressed is a woman's devotional volume. I believe it could be very useful as an additional study tool or something to take while traveling. It is a very practical size, about 5" x 7", easy for a woman to hold, or to fit into a handbag, hard-bound with a very nice stitched binding, allowing the pages to lay flat and be turned easily, and a handy ribbon bookmark. The print is a bit small, making it challenging for my old eyes to read, but it was not overly difficult as the font chosen is quite clear. The book is visually appealing, being printed in a combination of teal and lavender with butterflies on each page. Each day's devotion begins with a scripture, followed by Coty's observations (often a personal story), and concluding with a prayer. A scripture index is also included so that if you wish to search for the devotional that had to do with a certain verse, for example, Acts 1:14 ("They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers,") the reader can easily find that on April 8 and May 5, this verse was used. That feature is especially thoughtful. I feel this would be an excellent volume to use for certain situations: while traveling or while out-of-town on a trip; perhaps at work as a lunchtime or early morning devotional; to use within a group as a short devotional; perhaps as a stopgap for a busy mother who finds herself short on time occasionally, or other occasions when depth of study is not possible. However, I do not feel this book should replace more substantive study in the Bible or more depth of prayer. I found the devotions genuine, very readable and often humorous and believe they would be very profitable for some occasions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
CK11 More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to be Stressed… Inspiration for Every Day by Debora M. Coty is a wonderful way to start 2017. Each daily reflection starts with a biblical passage followed by a short devotional and prayer. The devotional focus on everyday living as she shares her personal experiences. Some are laugh out loud funny while others invite the reader to be more introspective. I find each day to be a new blessing. Debora’s writing style makes me feel like I am receiving a personal note from a friend each day. While this devotional is focused towards women of all ages, the author shares that she has reports of husbands sneaking a read also. This devotional is easy to read and understand as it focuses on familiar everyday life topics we all deal with at some point such as relationships, love, and hope. 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
It has just enough in each devotion to put my mind in the right place in the morning. It's a simple boost of God's goodness, so to speak. I know some say they take 15 or more minutes in the morning to read and pray to start their day but some of us just don't have that amount of allotted alone time ( especially with little ones in the home). In the introduction, the author mentions and jokes how specific titles she's written have become bathroom books and often men have picked one up to read just because it was there. With that being said, this book like those offers a practical prayer that can be applied to the lives of not just women but men too. The introduction most certainly lets you know what you are in store for when it comes to this authors writing/storytelling and sense of humor. Each devotion features the date, a title, Bible verse of inspiration, a short story, and prayer/thought to apply to our lives on that set date. There's a ribbon bookmark bound into the book to keep ones place until the next reading. The back of the book features a scripture index that list scripture used in the devotional alphabetically by each book found in the Bible. I like that the book isn't too big. It fits nicely on my bedside table but also would be a good fit for a bathroom shelf, office desk, or in a living room dedicated space for books to be intended to read daily. I received a free copy of this book to read and if I desired to post a review I thank Barbour Publishing Inc for this book
TerriMcNabb More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to Be Stressed! This is a fabulous little devotional! I say "little" because it fits perfect in your hands or in your purse and each day can be read in as "little" as 2 minutes. Yet, there's nothing "little" about the daily missive. Deborah Coty knows how to "pack a punch" in those few words each day. She manages to capture real life-real people-real scenarios in her own humorous inimitable way!! Definitely recommend this for the busy woman on the go!! Thank you to Barbour Publishing for providing me a free copy. I was under no obligation to post a review but I gladly do so for such a fine book!
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A daily devotional that gives the reader laughter at times and discusses serious matters at times. This book for women is truly inspiring. I read through the whole thing instead of using for daily devotion time. I will refer back to this book over and over, as there are great thoughts of wisdom for the everyday woman. Sharing some of her own life experiences, the author shows that we all have the ability to find blessings in our everyday lives. The book is great to give as a gift, too. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Happygrandma3 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the short little devotions that are included in this devotional book. They included scripture verses and lots of humor as well as honesty. There was good humor when needed and tender, touching and profound moments when needed. I believe that if one was stressed when they read these devotions that they would definitely help to melt the stress. The author has made herself very honest and real as she wrote these devotions! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day is a unique daily devotional for women. Each of the 365 devotions begins with a scripture and follows with an uplifting anecdote. Addressing a myriad of topics, these daily doses of inspiration encourage readers to “fully embrace the fact that we’re loved, cherished, and Too Blessed to be Stressed.” Debora M. Coty, an inspirational humorist, has penned numerous Too Blessed to be Stressed books, and fans are sure to enjoy her latest addition to the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the answer for a busy woman looking for a daily devotional. Each day has a scripture reference, along with a personal short story. There is a good dose of humor, and a lesson for each day, and she ends each page with a short prayer applicable to the subject. I am one of those “older” people that have a little trouble with calling our God, “Papa” or “Daddy”, but I understand the translation and can live with it. Other than that, I’ve found it very enjoyable. One of the first days talked about how you can be “whelmed” without being “overwhelmed” and I think that helps us put some things into perspective. There are little sayings in the different days I’ve read so far that are similar, and so you remember throughout your day or into other days something that reminds us to be blessed and not to be stressed over normal things. The author also makes things very realistic. She doesn’t portray herself to be some supermom, or outstanding citizen. She’s just one of us making it through each day and trying to keep her sanity and deal with those daily issues without becoming stressed, and reminds us that to do that we rely on God. I would think this book would be very helpful to the busy woman who needs something to keep her on track each day. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
A Delightful Devotional! What a sweet little devotional book (approximately 5” x 7”.) I love devotionals, especially ones that are short, to the point, and easy to digest. This book is perfect for women on the go, fitting easily into a purse or computer bag, and makes a thoughtful gift as well. Too Blessed To Be Stressed opens with a witty, fun-to-read introduction, and gives a feel for the author’s entertaining personality. Each daily devotion includes a Scripture verse, a straightforward, thought-provoking message written in an enjoyable, conversational tone, and closes with a succinct and sincere prayer. There’s also a handy Scripture Index in the back. I love the look, ambiance, and motivation behind this book. The perfect gift for the New Year! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Ellybean More than 1 year ago
Too Blessed to be Stressed Inspiration for Every Day is a small daily dose that challenges one to look on the brighter side of life. Written in a way that speaks directly to the reader, it's like the author becomes your best new pal who's primary goal is affirming how much our Papa God loves us! The days can be dark but this little book will get one looking to the light and finding the joy in our everyday moments. In having a very rough year myself, this book has become a breath of fresh air to fall upon during my day. It has just enough in each devotion to put my mind in the right place in the morning. It's a simple boost of God's goodness, so to speak. I know some say they take 15 or more minutes in the morning to read and pray to start their day but some of us just don't have that amount of allotted alone time ( especially with little ones in the home). In the introduction, the author mentions and jokes how specific titles she's written have become bathroom books and often men have picked one up to read just because it was there. With that being said, this book like those offers a practical prayer that can be applied to the lives of not just women but men too. The introduction most certainly lets you know what you are in store for when it comes to this authors writing/storytelling and sense of humor. Each devotion features the date, a title, Bible verse of inspiration, a short story, and prayer/thought to apply to our lives on that set date. There's a ribbon bookmark bound into the book to keep ones place until the next reading. The back of the book features a scripture index that list scripture used in the devotional alphabetically by each book found in the Bible. I like that the book isn't too big. It fits nicely on my bedside table but also would be a good fit for a bathroom shelf, office desk, or in a living room dedicated space for books to be intended to read daily. This has been a nice devotional to get me going each morning. I think it would make a fantastic gift for a girlfriend or family member that needs that extra boost of God's goodness throughout the day too. One of my goals for the new year was to be more joyful and not sweat the things I can't control. This book is helping me keep that mindset. I certainly do recommend it! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to love this book of devotions. I have a thing for devotion books. While I liked the devotions in here, they are really good, I just don't care for the author's constant referral to God as "Papa." I know the Bible teaches that He is our 'Abba', which is a very intimate term for Him, but I just can't make myself comfortable with the term. I mean no offense to anyone who does, but to me it's a bit impolite. *I was given a preview copy of this book by Net Galley.