Friday, November 20, 2015

Three Devotional Recommendations

The Lord has used the following devotionals to greatly bless me. I pray that they may be a blessing to you or to someone you know who is seeking a deeper walk with Christ! 



If someone were to ask me what devotional has had the greatest impact upon my life, I would immediately answer My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. This book spoke to me profoundly in my early years of following the Lord and beginning to learn the sweetness of surrender and obedience. The Lord was peeling away the crusty outer layers of my heart and pouring His truth into my soul. The fullness and richness of Chambers' devotional was daily nourishment to me. My early years as a Christian were years of sweetness and of sensing the Lord's presence and experiencing His nearness in a way that is indescribable. It was the spring of my life with the Lord, and I treasure those years and this devotional which the Lord used so powerfully to grow my heart in obedience and love for Him. 


My mother's copy of Chamber's devotional that she gave to me. 

As I began to grow in my faith, the Lord led me to another devotional which is equally precious to me, Charles Haddon Spurgeon's Morning and Evening. There is so much to glean from Spurgeon, and I have used this book for years and continue to return to it. Spurgeon's wisdom and insights as well as his deep and intimate relationship to the Lord spoke to me--this devotional has been like water to my thirsty soul over and over again. 


A third devotional that the Lord has used in my life is Streams in the Desert. This book, compiled by Mrs. Charles Cowman, was recommended to me by several people, and I finally ordered a copy. I have been enjoying this one immensely. The "old-time" writers' words have been ministering to my heart, and I have been enjoying selections from Pastors and authors like George Matheson (who wrote the hymn "O Love that Wilt Not Let me Go"), Frederick Faber, and others.  If you are seeking a deeper, more intimate walk with the Lord, this is a wonderful devotional to slowly read through. 



I pray that these recommendations would be helpful! The Lord bless you as you seek His face daily . . . 




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    1. I'm so grateful for your recommendation of Streams in the Desert, Cheryl! It has blessed me so deeply! :-)

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    1. Thank you, June! The Lord bless you! :-)

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  3. I've used Chambers off and on over the years, and have wanted to try the other two -- now I've just got to do it. Another resource that I'm very fond of is ANYTHING by Elisabeth Elliot. She has several devotional books with short daily readings that I come back to again and again.

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    1. Yes! Elisabeth Elliot is wonderful! She has been such an encouragement in my life . . .

      The Lord bless you, Michele!

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  4. Oh, the timeless classics...they're classics for a reason, aren't they?! Thank you for sharing. :) I'm reading Ann Voskamp's devotional for One Thousand Gifts. Thanks for the recommendations. :) ((blessings))

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    1. You're welcome, Brenda! One Thousand Gifts is a really wonderful book--I think that you will really love it.

      Have a blessed Thanksgiving :-).

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  5. I am a book lover. I'll certainly have to look into these devotionals, thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Carrie; the Lord bless you! :-)

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  6. Hi, these sound wonderful. I love your recommendations. Please share tomorrow on Literacy Musing Mondays. It goes live at 6 p.m. Here is this past week's link: http://maryanderingcreatively.com/literacy-musing-growing-readers/

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for stopping by and for sharing the link-up! :-) I stopped over yesterday! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  7. Spurgeon is deeply delightful and enduring, I love my Morning and Evening!

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    1. Yes; I agree, Sarah! The Lord bless you! :-)

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  8. Love all of these devotionals. They are so rich in the truth of God's Word.

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    1. They have been such a blessing to me--thank you for stopping by, Barbie--have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  9. Love these! Oswald Chambers was where I started and I have just recently pulled it out to go through again. Thanks so much! These are each an outstanding choice.

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    1. You're welcome, Pam! Chambers has been such an encouragement to me. The Lord bless you; have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  10. I love to hear about what books have helped others. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Debbie; the Lord bless you! :-)

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  11. Bekki, I liked how you showed the different "seasons of devotionals". It makes me want to go back and "revisit" My Utmost for His Highest. I'm wondering if the season I chose to read that particular devotion was not the right time for me as I found myself having to re-read parts because I was having difficulty understanding it. Yet my mom, held on to every word of those devotions. I truly believe that the Lord uses even extra-biblical books to speak to us more profoundly at different times in our lives.

    Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening is my favorite.

    I definitely want to read Streams in the Dessert after seeing some of the excerpts you've been sharing the past month.

    Thank you so much for such an edifying post!

    Happy Thanksgiving Bekki! Praying many blessings for you and your family!

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    1. Yes, Karen; I agree! I think that the Lord definitely uses different books at different seasons in our lives. I know that it has been that way for me.

      I think that you would love Streams in the Desert--it is so full of "hidden gems." I've been enjoying it so much.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you also, Karen! :-)

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  12. MUFHH by OC = my all-time favorite! Read it year after year for 20 years! SITD = Used one year, liked it a lot. MOrning and Evening? Have not read it. I love that you have the old books. LEGACY! xo I'm your neighbor at the rah rah linkup #84!

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    1. Yes! My Utmost has a special place in my heart, too! I loved Morning and Evening because of its richness, but also because it has a reading for the morning as well as the night.

      The Lord bless you, Susan! :-)

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  13. Rebekah, thanks for 3 wonderful suggestions. Like you, I was greatly impacted by My Utmost ... as a young Christian, as well. I have a copy of Morning & Evening and you have encouraged me to dig into it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. You're welcome, Donna! I wonder sometimes how many people have been impacted by Chamber's devotional--his short life was such a testimony . . . "and being dead, yet he still speaks."

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well(a little late!)

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  14. What a great list! I need to check some of these out!

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    1. I'm glad that you stopped over, Tara; the Lord bless you!

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