3 Devotional Recommendations for Your Summer

By Sherry Graf

The first devotional I ever read was given to me by my late uncle. It was titled, If God Loves me Why Can’t I Get my Locker Open(I was in middle school at the time). ☺ It was a cheesy title but a good start to practicing a daily meeting with God.
Since those years I have stuck with my trusty stand-bys that I go through again and again in spurts. 31 Days of Praise is full of gold nuggets of encouraging scripture.  My tattered copy of My Utmost for His Highest that my mentor gave me when I graduated High School always faithfully humbles my proud heart back into shape.  And in the last few years, The 30 Day Praise Challenge which integrates worship music into my times with Him and blesses my ears as well as my heart.
But for the past year I hadn’t used any of those and I suddenly found myself ordering two brand new devotionals – it felt a bit wild and crazy. Perhaps it is because it was the end of a school year and my heart was weary. I still do my daily Bible reading, but sometimes my spirit enjoys a little extra lift from some well thought out truths. If any of you are feeling a bit weary after a busy school year you might enjoy one of these as well. Here is a glimpse of what is on my window seat right now.
31 Days Toward Trusting God by Jerry Bridges – Need I say more? Okay, I will anyways. My husband recently brought this home and I commandeered it. This is based off the material in his book Trusting God. It has great hard-hitting truths in bite sized form for daily meditation. Sometimes you just need to be reminded He is in control. Okay….all the time.
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. I recently bought a hard copy of this book but I have been reading the daily devotions they post online for awhile here . These prayers are focused a lot on repentance and full of lovely phrases and straightforward truths like this one:
“O give me repentance unto life;
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord,
that faith may adhere to Him more immovably,
that Love may entwine itself around Him more tightly,
that His Spirit may pervade every fibre of my being.
Then send me out to make him known to my fellow-men.”
Humility in Service
Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford. Okay, this one is not a devotional and there is no direct scripture in it. But the title got me. And you can’t get much more “love others as I have loved you” than “only love today”.  So take this recommendation with a grain of salt because I’m not 100% certain where she is spiritually. Yet, so far her beautifully worded reminders to focus on love have been a great addition to my regular Bible reading. If she reminded me to desperately depend on God’s love flowing in and through me to accomplish her mini encouragements for growth in loving, then it would be even better. You have to make that conclusion for yourself though when reading her lovely prose.

And in case you are looking for something new for the kiddos this summer – have you discovered Keys For Kids yet? You can play them a little dramatized devotional right off your phone while they eat their Cheerios. They also have a lot of other content on there for kids.
What’s on your window seat these days?

Sherry joined staff in 1997. She robbed the cradle and married a handsome student (gasp!) named Jeff in 2000. Since then they have served in WI, SD and now in CO.  They have 3 boys ages 8-13 and there is never a dull moment in their house. 3 years ago Sherry finally got her girl, a black and white lab mix who is her constant shadow. Jeff works with operations and training for collegiate. Sherry enjoys writing and encouraging mommy missionaries when she isn’t busy homeschooling. 

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