I was ten the first time Daddy asked me for a real favor. He called me over to his favorite chair. The only Book I’d ever seen him read lay open on his lap. It was there he shared with me what had been weighing heavy on his mind.
He was still a preschooler in his journey of faith and my did he ever want to grow up. He anxiously explained the exercise he wanted to start to aid him in that effort. Then confessed quietly how he couldn’t do it alone.
Could we do it together, he wondered? Could I push him further, encourage him deeper, strengthen his mind so his heart could follow? Could I help him memorize The Word?
Now that I’m grown, I see what he was trying to do here…but, friends, it worked.
The first verse we memorized together was the one that started this desire to begin with. Twenty-six years later, I can still quote it chapter and verse. And I could spend a half-dozen posts explaining what the words have meant to me over these decades, as they have carried me through many seasons.
It wasn’t long before I was up in front of the entire church, quoting chapters in length. And though I haven’t tried in ages, I discovered this week I still could. The excitement grew thin as I hit my teen years. But it hasn’t stopped me from tapping into what was embedded in my heart long ago when I’ve needed it most.
Lately, God has tugged on my heart to pick up where I left off. So when I received an offer to review a new book, and saw the premise behind its pages, I knew I was up for the task.
God is My Refuge is a 12 week devotional geared for women faced with trials and difficulties. Let’s face it, friends, that’s every woman on earth. Jesus warns us of this
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The author, Kathy Howard, shared in an interview recently that most Christians believe God can help, but many don’t know where to go in the Bible to find the comfort, peace, and guidance He longs to give. God Is My Refuge provides the direction Christian women need to discover, understand, and apply the “ever-present help” God brings.
Friends, I’ve read a lot of devotionals. Most promise to help guide me to The Rock. Telling me they can show me the way to my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
But I’ve never read one like this one.
Let me be very clear: Although her take is refreshing, it doesn’t mean Kathy provides a new way. On the contrary.
Kathy Howard sticks to what’s been tried and true and has stood the test of time: His Word. She takes it a step further as she encourages women to guard their hearts with it. To embed their thoughts with verses and keep His Word hidden so when troubles come their way –and they will — they will know in their very marrow where to go to find comfort. peace. shelter in the storm.
God is My Refuge is a 12-week devotional that provides twelve key verses to memorize (one a week) each focusing on a specific trial we all face. Burdens such as uncertainty, temptation, grief, fear, loneliness, illness, etc…
For five days a week, Kathy will provide additional scripture readings followed with a personal illustration and brief commentary. She will give you questions to reflect upon, a prompt to help you pray specifically, and quick tools to help you memorize the key verse.
You all know I only promote things here I fully support. So I have to be honest and tell you I do recommend this book.
- If you would like to read more about the devotional, please visit Kathy’s website and follow-up with the reviews on Amazon, etc…
- If you would like to read a FREE sample devotional from the book, CLICK HERE.
- If you would like to hear how I have personally applied one of the devotions in my everyday life, check out THIS POST.
- And if you have any questions for me or the author, please let me know. I will follow-up with you.
How about you, friend? How do you guard your heart for troubled times? How do you remember God is your help in times of trouble? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.