Friday, August 23, 2013

New Devotional + Challenge

Hello lovely peeps! I'm dropping in real quick to share the devotional I'll be starting on Monday. I posted last week that I was looking for a new one. One that dug a little deeper and challenged me a bit.  I've always loved waking up earlier than the kids and having my quiet time before they wake up. Drinking my coffee, doing some writing, writing lists, and praying. It refreshes me and I feel prepared for the day. 

However, lets be honest, since summer started that little routine got totally thrashed. With later bed times, came later wake up times...including myself.  {Ahem} No shame here guys. This is a safe place. 

I'm looking forward to diving back into my routine and some new reading. I got some great suggestions from everyone and I know some of you mentioned you were also looking for a new devotional, so I thought I'd share the one I'm going with.

My sister recommended one called "Draw the Circle- The 40 day Prayer Challenge" by Mark Batterson. Just reading the introduction alone, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for and what God was calling me to:

"....the next forty days have the potential to dramatically alter the rest of your life. God is going to begin a good work in you, and He is going to carry it to completion. Miracles that happen in your life decades from now will trace their origin back to this season of prayer. Breakthroughs that happen during these forty days will become generational blessings that live on love after you die. 
If you press into God's presence like never before, you will experience God like never before."

I feel like this is the exact direction I'm feeling pressed toward. Brandon and I are going to do it together. We'll be praying for our church plant and our church people, among other things. 

It's recommended that you do this challenge/devo with someone. For accountability, encouragement and to just share in it with someone else. Talk about what God is speaking to you through it and how you're seeing him work. 

I'm so excited to start! Excited to see what God does and how he moves in our life in the next 40 days. It's a big season for our church plant, and I'm believing we will look back in awe of what He did. One thing I am doing for sure is writing it all down. The big and little things I'm believing for. 

If you have any questions, or think you might want to start this devotional also, I'd love to hear from you. I ordered mine off of Amazon for under $12 with free prime shipping but I'm sure you could also find it in any local christian book store. 

Happy Friday! Hope you enjoy your weekend---it's our last one of summer!



  1. This devotional sounds wonderful and just what I've been looking for. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. I've heard that that one is good. I bought my friend one called praying in color, it has similar ideas to it I think. I am interested to hear what you think of this one, I may have to try it!

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