What a glorious day it is. Maybe the weather’s not that great where you are, or your co-workers are on your nerves, or your beloved children are out of school and are already bored.
Maybe your circumstances aren’t perfect, but one thing will never change: You are deeply, truly, unshakably loved and adored by your Heavenly Father.
Some days we just need to be reminded of that truth.
Zephaniah knew this love, and penned these words to hold on to:
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zeph. 3:17, ESV).
We were made to be loved. Imagine our Creator Father designing us with a need for love. Just like we need oxygen, water and food, we need love. And until we fully understand and experience God’s love for us, we will never completely be who were made to be.
What a thought!
If you are here after reading my devotion about the love of our heavenly Father – Welcome! I hope you’ll treasure God’s love in your heart as we approach Father’s Day, especially if your earthly experience with a father wasn’t the best. God will redeem every bit of lack in your father-experience.
On the devotion, I promised to do a giveaway of some of my favorite new books. And I’m so excited to finally be sharing these with you. I’ve been blessed to have so many friends who are authors, and ministering to women through their words. And I want to share them with you today through telling you about their books and giving a copy away today of a few of my favorite.
I’ve got one copy of each book to share with some of you today. Simply leave a comment between today and the end of Monday, and I’ll select winners at random. If you like, you can mention which book interests you most.
Breaking Up With Perfect by Amy Carroll
My friend Amy is authentic, humble and quite clever. In her book, Breaking Up With Perfect, she addresses the destructive need so many of us have to control our lives, trying to make things just right. Amy writes with such a kindness, that you never feel shamed, only loved. For everyone who has felt like a failure and cried over Christmas lights not being hung right, dinners that “fail” or hair that never does what you want, this book is a breath of fresh air.
I know His Name by Wendy Blight
There’s no one who’ll lead you to the Father quite like my friend Wendy Blight. When this woman prays you want to lift your head and look around because you are certain you are bowed in the very presence of the Father. I love that Wendy has studied the names of God and created this Bible study, and it’s perfect if you want to do some personal study this summer.
Hoodwinked by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Karen and Ruth are the real-deal. They are amazing moms who, although they are busy in ministry, put their families first. That love for their families and for other mothers comes through in their book, Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock it Off. They know being a mom is the hardest best job in the world, and sometimes you need a reminder that you’re doing a really great job. Not only do I have a copy of Hoodwinked the book, but I also have a copy of the DVD 6-session teaching video and a study guide to give away.
Karen and Ruth were really busy last year. Not only did they write Hoodwinked, but they wrote a devotional as well. Either Hoodwinked or Pressing Pause would be a great gift for any mom in the midst of diapers, day care, defiance or drama with no down time.
Thanks for stopping by today. And remember, to enter to win one of these books, simply leave a comment below.
In His love,