I enjoy reading. I also enjoy Bible Studies. But I tend to shy away from Women Focused studies. I feel they make me out to be weak, vulnerable and inadequate to do just about anything. I grew up attending a Methodist Church, became Baptist in college and recently find myself attending a Mennonite Church. Not sure exactly what that says about me but I can tell you one thing for sure. I am leaning more on God today than I ever have.
I recently requested Encouragement for Today, devotions for everyday living written by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer and the Proverbs 31 Team. As a woman of God I feel like I shouldn’t be reduced to one Proverb. Although I see so much truth in those 21 verses.
Each day there is a short reading, followed by a prayer, Remember, Reflect, and Respond, with 2-4 corresponding Power Verses. To be honest with you the stories don’t do much for me. I’m much more of dive into the word kind of girl, who loves to glean information and prayerful thought from scripture. The short devotional does get you to focus on what the author wants you to learn, but it reminds me of when I was a kid at church. The pastor would read a scripture then stand up and tell a 20-25 minute long story, he called a sermon with a nice moral ending. I’d rather we get down to the nitty gritty and read what God has already written for us.
Overall, I am enjoying this book immensely. And recommend it to other women as well. I feel there are a lot of truths revealed in this book that will help women make it through the day and see God more clearly among the dirty laundry at home and mundane work at the office. For me, in this time of waiting on God to move, I need to remain at peace and let Him reign in my thoughts + mind instead of the anxiety I create.
Encouragement for Today will be released to the public on September 24th, you can preorder your copy on Amazon, HERE
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