Saturday, September 6, 2014

~ Devotion ~ Our Daily Bread........... and a Devotional Giveaway !

Good Saturday Morning to you all ...
Well it's a Hot Humid Day here already .. supposed to hit 100 degrees and I wouldn't be surprised if it actually ends up hotter .. Hope you all are enjoying a cooler day wherever your neck of the woods is !
Have you ever had one of those moments where a single word stands out to you more one day than it ever has before ..
Well I had one of those days today !
As I was reading one of my daily devotions ... the actual devotion was just about that "DEVOTION" ..
What the word actually means ..
 Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
Ezra 7:10 (NIV)
Here's an excerpt from this mornings devotion:
Are you familiar with phrases about having our daily devotions? Where did that term originate? We don't know when the word devotions was first used for our periods of Bible study and prayer, but it's appropriate. The word devotion means "earnest affection for a person or a cause." It's a better term than the word commitment. We can be committed to a cause out of sheer duty; but to be devoted implies commitment plus affection.
I love how that excerpt defines devotion as "earnest affection for a person or a cause" because that's how I feel about my Dear Sweet Lord Jesus !  ..
However when reading my devotions in the morning be they in book form or e-mail .. I won't say I thought of them as sheer duty ... but it was something I did before starting my day because I wanted too, because it was a tool for learning, because it helped me through my day, but I never formed the thought or word affection with it .. however there is true affection in all of my reasons for reading my devotions and being committed to doing so each day ...
As I have grown older words and their meanings have grown more important to me. We have become a society that throws words around that have significant meaning yet we use them so lightly or in ways that are inappropriate. I love learning the true meaning and definitions of words it helps me see and understand things clearer in life.
One of our Favorite Devotions here at Sweet Magnolias Farm .. is
"Jesus Calling" By Sarah Young

About 10 or 12 years ago ..I can't remember the actual date or Year .. we were going though some rough times in our family. I had been earnestly praying , reading my bible and searching for God's answers and for his help to walk me through the dark valley we were living in .. I went to Wal-Mart..yep good ol' wallymart ... I imagine for groceries or incidentals .. and I wandered onto the book aisle something not unfamiliar for me to do ..I have always enjoyed reading for pleasure and learning.  I was searching through the books and I saw this Jesus Calling Devotional .. Picked it up flipped through the pages to see what it was all about ..landed on a devotion it .. and it was meant to be .. God Spoke to my heart that day right in the aisle of Wal-Mart through one devotion off the pages of this book .. and I was reminded once again he was with me and would indeed walk me through the difficulties we were facing. And Yes he did .. it was a long journey but it was worth the uphill battle that ensued for nearly 2 years ..and in the end we came out better for it.  Of course I purchased the book that day .. and all these years later I love it as dearly as the day I purchased it ..
Since then I have also purchased Sarah Young's second devotional .. Jesus Today
It's also a beautiful devotional to start or even end your day with .. at one point I was reading Jesus Calling in the morning and Jesus today before going to bed each night ..
Have you ever read the story in the front of the Jesus Calling Book about how Sarah Young came to write "Jesus Calling" .. if you haven't it's a must read ! We have the original devotional "Two Listeners" which Abbey found in an antique mall that inspired Sarah.
If you are wanting a devotion that speaks to the heart .. messages sent from God .. then Jesus Calling and Jesus Today are what you are looking for ..
There are several places that offer them for sale online .. Christian  offers them individually or the pair HERE
I think Wal-Mart, Sams Club and even recently they were at Costco for your brick and Mortar shops .. and I'm sure others also.

 And If you want to try your luck ..
you can enter the giveaway below ...
There are no mandatory requirements for entering .. if you would like to share about this giveaway that's completely up to you .. Otherwise all you need to do is enter below by using your FB info or your e-mail ..neither of which will be used for any purpose other than picking and contacting the winners.
Please only Enter if you are in the contiguous 48 states.
There will be 2 Lucky Winners which will each get the Pair of Devotions ..

Giveaway will end on Saturday September 13th

Winners will be notified Saturday Septemer the 13th and will have 24 hours to claim their prize .. if not claimed in 24 hours a new winner will be picked.

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  1. I love Jesus, too..I think I would love these devotionals too.
    Lovely definition of Devotional!

  2. I like devotions that someone recommends because I have bought some in the past and they weren't that great. I like to hear that a book helped someone get closer to Jesus since that is my goal each day.

  3. Love these! Thanks for the chance!!!

  4. I love this and will look for these devotionals! Thank you for sharing this from your heart! HUGS!

  5. Thanks for letting me know about these wonderful books.

  6. I would love to win this! My sister has this devotional and says it's SO GOOD! Thanks!

  7. Would love to have a copy :) -tina

  8. I love Jesus and he is my Saviour! Thank you for having a great giveaway and letting us know about these wonderful devotionals.
    Many Blessings to you, Candy

  9. Thank you Sara, for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway! Thank you also for this post about what the real meaning of devotion is. Very encouraging! Hope you have a blessed day!

    Smiles, Deborah :o)

  10. Thank you for these encouraging is hard, but God has always been so, so faithful and good!! Thank you for the uplifting :) Becky J

  11. I have been looking for a good devotional! These sound great. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I have just found your blog. It is lovely. I too have JESUS CALLING and now I am reading JESUS LIVES. If you aren't familiar with the little devotional STREAMS IN THE is wonderful. It was written many years ago but it is still in print. :)
    Thank you for your lovely witness.


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