I have a new favorite purse-sized daily devotion: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. While it is no substitute for in-depth Bible Study, this is a terrific resource for encouragement from the Word that is easy to pick up as you wait in car line, brew your coffee or stand in front of the toaster in the morning.
I first heard of it while waiting in the hospital hallway, keeping vigil as Sweeney passed from this life into the next. My friend, Beth, read various portions from it aloud as night turned to morning. Every word seemed to speak life into my weary bones--as Scripture so often does. While I found it beautiful, I forgot about it in light of mourning our friend.
A couple of weeks ago, my sweet neighbor, brought a copy to my back door and I have been hooked. It is nontraditional, in that the author wrote these devotions after frequent 'listening times' of prayer and meditation. She beautifully communicates encouragement she received as she listened to the Lord. At the conclusion of each 2-3 paragraph devotion she lists the Scripture references that affirm her writing.
It is so beautiful and applicable to life that I struggled to even find a passage to share as an example. There are all so poignant.
Here is one I think we can all identify with:
"Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion but a command. I divided time into days and nights so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is only for one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.
Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust...Enjoy my presence continually by trusting me at all times."
Matthew 6:34, Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 62:8 (NKJV)
-July 15, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
P.S. If you are a friend who normally receives a Christmas gift from me, you can hold off on buying one...They were the first purchase for my 2010 Christmas gift closet! :-)