Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks by Priscilla Shirer

The choice of a devotional book is more personal than most. This kind of reading is not merely for the purpose of leisure and enjoyment. No, with this kind of resource you're expecting and praying for something more. You want to hear from God, receive His direction, and be refreshed in the depths of your soul. Only God's Word can do that. So you need to choose wisely. With her first devotional book, Priscilla Shirer makes your choice easy. For even though she's written multiple best-selling books and Bible studies, including the 2016 ECPA "Christian Book of the Year", even though she regularly speaks to thousands at conference venues and churches around the world, even though she was the lead actress in a #1 box-office feature film. . . It all starts for Priscilla where it all starts for you. Alone with God. Alone with His Word. Eager to hear His voice. Prepared to humbly and obediently respond. She hopes, more than anything else, that the daily insights you receive in these pages will challenge, encourage, and strengthen you in every way. These ninety devotions from the heart of a mom, wife, encourager, and friend will Awaken you each day with fresh insights gleaned from the Spirit of God. Ready to help you mine the treasures of Scripture and fortify you for the day ahead.

When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can't Live Without by Laura Story

Is it possible that good things can come out of our broken dreams? Worship leader and recording artist Laura Story's life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Their life would never be the same. Yes, with God all things are possible, but currently there is no cure to restore Martin s short-term memory, eyesight, and other complications. The fairytale life she had dreamed of is no longer possible. And yet Laura has found joy and a deeper intimacy with Jesus through this and other broken dreams. Laura s understanding and faith has grown as she examines what the Scriptures say about God. For years she believed myths such as: God always promises happy endings We can avoid pain if we serve God If we pray hard enough, God will fix our problems God can't use us until our story gets resolved Laura helps us understand we are not the only ones whose lives did not turn out as we expected. She examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith men like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul and shows how despite their flaws and flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways. And it was not because of their faith, but because of the faithfulness of their God. God may not fix everything. In fact, your situation might never change or get better, but you can get better regardless of your situation."

A Perfect Mess: Why You Don't Have to Worry About Being Good Enough for God by Lisa Harper

On those days when French fries litter the floor of your minivan, when you think bad words about other drivers, when your smile hides an anxious heart–in those moments when you fall short of all you’d hoped to be–what does God see when He looks at you? 

In your less-than-lovely moments, 
God sees a precious daughter in need of His perfect love.

In this liberating look at how God adores and transforms imperfect people, Bible teacher Lisa Harper weaves poignant stories of her own personal foibles with a fresh take on selected Psalms to reveal a loving Father who remains your greatest champion even when you don’t feel anywhere close to holy.

Join Lisa in discovering what happens when we stop trying to hide our inadequacies and doubts and instead trust God with our anger, frustrations, flaws, and regrets. As you accept God’s loving invitation to exchange your junk for His joy, you’ll find the imperfect pieces of your life shaped into a glorious pattern of divine grace.

© 2018 by Austin Area Women's Ministry Coalition

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