Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional: Choosing a Life of Steadfast Love One Day at a Time by Karen Moore, © 2017

This devotional has the month and day to be used over and over for each year. A Scripture Index is given in the back of the book for application reference while studying the Bible.
   You will find it timely for each day as a beginning to your Bible reading. Have your Journal and pen ready to make notations to how it fit into your day. At the end of the year, you will be amazed at the thread of continuance it has been to record your thoughts and prayers.
   There is a ribbon bookmark to keep your place ~ or, you may even like to jump around as you take it with you during your day for times while waiting for an appointment, or picking up your children. This devo is good for any age. You may enjoy sharing it together around the table.

Karen Moore brings these highlights of her devotional:

Welcome to a fresh start. . .

. . .not just to the day, but to life! It’s time to energize your spirit and realign your heart so you think more positively and lovingly about every circumstance you encounter.
   God offers you His kind and generous Spirit so you can stay healthy in heart and mind. He nourishes your soul and shapes your heart so you become more like Jesus.
   You are a recipient of the fullness of God’s goodness and love. A little inspiration each day helps to change your perspective and lighten your heart to make life’s journey easier. As it says in Proverbs 4:23 (MSG), “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”
   God commanded us to love Him, to make Him a priority, and to do so with the biggest love we can possibly muster. Right after that, He said to love each other, even as much as we love ourselves. Love is what motivates your heart every morning. . .what makes you see the world through His eyes.
   Rejoice in your loving and generous Creator who knows you and who willingly shapes your heart to live in abundant joy. Offer Him your praise and thanks as your spirit grows stronger, lavished by His love!
   May God grant your heart’s desires and help you to live a heart-shaped life.
                                                                                                                                        —Karen Moore

EnJ*O*Y this excerpt from The Heart-Shaped Life ~ January 19

Do You Really Know What Time It Is?

Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is
like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you.
2 Peter 3:8–9 NIV

Did you ever wait in a long line for something you really wanted? Maybe you were anxious to get special theater tickets, or you were excited to ride your favorite roller coaster at the amusement park. Or perhaps you found yourself sitting in traffic that won’t budge and you think you could have walked home faster.
   We’re all driven by the clock. We’re in a hurry to get up, get to work, get the job done, get home, feed the kids, get to the store, get to Bible study, or watch our favorite TV show and then get to bed and start all over again. Whatever it is that we have to do or wherever it is we have to be, we’re in a hurry to get there.
   Today God seems to be saying, “Don’t worry and don’t hurry.” If we believe that God is in the details of our lives, then we can afford to be a little more patient with others and with ourselves. As you stand in the endless lines of life, allow for His perfect timing, pray for inner peace, and be gracious. It will do your heart good.


Lord, remind me that my time is always Yours. Let me move
in the rhythm of Your divine timing for all that You
would have me accomplish today. Amen.

From The Heart-Shaped Life, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.

Karen Moore has an M.A. in Education and is a writing coach, speaker, and author. Karen has held managing editor and publisher positions at David Cook and Thomas Nelson, as well as American Greetings and Gibson Greetings. She teaches an online course in greeting card writing. She is also a popular speaker at writing conferences around the country and is the author of more than seventy-five gift, devotional, and children’s books. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

***Thank you, Barbour Publishing for inviting me to be part of introducing this new devotional releasing May 1, 2017, and sending me a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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