potluck friday: serving up our fav daily devos

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12, The Amplified Bible

Looking for a new daily devotional as part of your spiritual conditioning equipment list for 2011?  It’s not uncommon to have a special devotional to accompany—not replace—your daily bible study. So for today’s potluck we’re serving up several of our daily  devotional favorites.

Today’s list includes the product descriptions as they currently appear on each linked  e-commerce  site. Yes—because we live to serve—we made it easy for you in case you want to get one ordered for 2011.

Today we set the table with…

  • Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to “listen” to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless you with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
  • Grace for the Moment: Morning and Evening Edition by Max Lucado.  This work continues to touch lives as it emphasizes the help and hope of God in everyday moments and offers enough inspiration to carry you through the busiest of days. Lucado, America’s leading inspirational author, fills each day’s reading with touching word pictures that offer guidelines for grace-filled living.
  • The Daily Verse: Short. Simple. Real-life. by Kat Davis. The Daily Verse is a collection of scripture passages from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, along with short, simple and real-life commentary from author, Kat Davis. The Daily Verse has been a free online subscription available via thedailyverse.com since March of 1999. Now, for the first time ever, some of your favorite entries are compiled into one volume along with space for your personal reflections, short essays from author Kat Davis and beautiful original artwork from esteemed artist, Elaine Nunnally.
  • Still Higher for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Chambers often spoke of our Lord as “presenting the Truth in nugget form;” while later the apostles “beat out the nuggets into negotiable gold.” The daily readings in this book may be regarded as nuggets of spiritual truth, to be turned into coinage for daily living. This process involves not only prayerful meditation, but as Dr. Chambers would insist, strenuous thought and spiritual concentration. Here is a worthy sequel to the devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest. These selections from the writings of Oswald Chambers are warmly practical and deeply spiritual.

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Have a Very Blessed & Happy New Year. See You in 2011!

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  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    1. I receive Chuck Swindoll’s daily devotion in my email box each day. Each of these is excerpted from one of his books. I love his down-to-earth reflections.


    2. I love Jesus Calling, and I also have God Calling edited by A.J. Russell. He has arranged the words of “Two Listeners”–words they believe were given to them by Jesus–into 365 daily readings. “For each day, every day–for all days–here are the time-tested words of counsel, comfort, encouragement and wisdom that have inspired countless thousands throughout the years.” I’ve had my paperback copy for years (30?), and it’s totally falling apart.

    3. This year I’ve enjoyed To Love is Christ by David Teems. “This is a book of love. It only thinks it’s a devotional.”

  • Tami Heim

    Sandy – Chuck Swindoll is one of my all time favorite preachers! Great to know you can get his daily devotions by email every day. I will have to check out David Teems, too. Thanks for sharing.

    This year I found my mother’s copy of Stream in the Desert. It has blessed me in ways I can’t explain. Not only is it a beautiful work, but I love reading her notes in the margins. It’s like listening in on the daily conversations she had with God – so precious to me.

    The Lead Like Jesus devotional is another favorite of mine. It’s high impact and challenges you to influence others by following Christ’s example. I receive them daily via email – you can subscribe on the first page of their website http://www.leadlikejesus.com/. Of course I HIGHLY recommend the trade book – Lead Like Jesus – too!

    Thanks for getting us started. Happy New Year!

  • http://twitter.com/karensdavis Karen Davis

    I’m going to check out the Lead Like Jesus recommendation. I loved the book and had no clue there was a devotional. Also, the Max Lucado Grace for the Moment devo is on sale for $2.99 today only in the Kindle store–can’t beat that price for a great devotional.

    1. I love Jesus Calling and will be doing it again this year and will journal through it this time. I have this devotional on my Kindle, as an audio book on my iPhone and hard copy. It’s been a saving grace for me so many times this last year.

    2. The geeky Bible teacher in me loves Sparkling Gems From the Greek Daily Devotional by Rick Renner because it combines an in-depth Greek word study with good devotional thoughts and questions. The book is huge, so I get it delivered to my inbox: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/sparkling%20gems/

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Karen – Isn’t it awesome we live in a time where treasure can be deposited in our inboxes every day! Thanks for sharing and providing the links for all of us. Bless you.

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  • http://twitter.com/heartcures Melinda Lancaster

    Along with those already mentioned, (My Utmost for His Highest, Streams in the Desert, God Calling, & Jesus Calling being some of my personal repeatedly used favorites) I’d like to recommend:

    Diamonds in the Dust-Joni Eareckson Tada
    Breakfast with Jesus-Greg Laurie
    Mornings with Tozer
    Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar (this was a free download for the Kindle which I found to be much better than I had expected)

    Of course, when you ladies write a daily devo it will quickly move to the top of my favorite list. Yes, let’s go there :-)

    Blessings in 2011 and always.

  • Vicki

    along with Oswald Chambers devotional, I also read & love Beth Moore’s “Praying God’s Word Day by Day” It was a bridal gift given to me 3 years ago & it still refreshes me like the 1st time round.

  • http://twitter.com/FC_Melissa Melissa R

    I also like the In Touch devotionals from Charles Stanley. They’re short but not shallow; they never fail to be perfectly timed for me.


  • Tami Heim

    Excellent – thanks for sharing the link, Melissa. Charles Stanley is one of my favorite preachers.

  • Tami Heim

    Beth Moore. Nuff said.
    Thanks Vicki!