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winner of devotional book giveaway!

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I just wanted to say a super big congrats to Joe Fox from Count it all Joy for being the big winner of the 22 devotional book giveaway from DevotionalChristian.com

I hope you enjoy the books and I look forward to reading many of your reviews. 

and by the way… I’m only half kidding about being jealous…  ;)

the ultimate devotional giveaway

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Devotional Christian is offering an amazing giveaway to celebrate the relaunch of the site.  Just write a post on your site about Devotional Christian and enter your information here to be entered for a chance to win ALL of these 22 great books:

 

  1. Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Leather Gift Edition by Bennett, Arthur G.
  2. Morning by Morning and Evening by Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the ESV Bible (SET)
  3. Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey (Hardcover) by Bridges, Jerry
  4. Knowing God Devotional Journal: 365 Daily Readings (Paperback) by Packer, J. I.
  5. Daily Light on the Daily Path: Devotional Book for Every Morning and Evening by Crossway Books
  6. Golden Treasury of Puritan Devotion: Selections from the Writings of 13 Puritan by Di Gangi, Mariano
  7. Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (Hardcover) by Luther, Martin
  8. Search the Scriptures: A Three Year Daily Devotional Guide to the Whole Bible
  9. Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers (Hardcover) by Hudson, Christopher D.
  10. Teach Us to Pray: 365 Prayers from the Bible (Paperback) by Beals, Timothy J.
  11. Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters (Hardcover) by Keller, Timothy
  12. The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You (Paperback) by Bridges, Jerry
  13. In Christ Alone: Reflections on the Heart of the Gospel (Hardcover) by Sinclair Ferguson.
  14. The Loveliness of Christ (Soft Gift Edition) by Rutherford, Samuel (foreword by Sinclair Ferguson)
  15. The Hope of Glory: 100 Daily Meditations on Colossians (Paperback) by Storms, C. Samuel
  16. Lord and His Prayer by Wright, N. T.
  17. Taste and See : Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by Piper, John
  18. Practice of Godliness by Kuyper, Abraham
  19. Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by Tozer, A. W.
  20. Confessions by Augustine
  21. A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works (Hardcover)
  22. Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer, Dietrich

i like free stuff

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i love reading.  and i love free stuff.  :)

here’s some places i’ve found where you can get free books (and resources) online.  i know, its not as savvy as a Kindle or as great as holding a paper copy in your hand, but if you’re poor or frugal and like to read… here are some places for you…

Free Christian Classics – here (CCEL) or here (grace gems)

Desiring God – all resources are available for free download (search by book)

Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening – search by day or topic

Free Sermon Downloads from Sovereign Grace Ministries

Books ranging from the Grimm Brothers to Horatius Bonar – extensive collection

what about you?  where do you get free resources online?  or do you know ways to get free hard copies of books?  :)

Around the blogosphere

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Download a free copy of Downhere’s album “Wide Eyed and Mystified.” Get it here.

Steve at the Old Red Hat has some thoughts on when God hammers away at your life. Read it here.

Things to ponder at “Evidences of Grace”

Ann has some thoughts on how to be full and overflowing with joy

Kristen is a great example of how to suffer in trials and trust God’s love when He chooses not to take our pain away. I can’t pick a favorite post on this blog.

Check out the latest updates from Sovereign Grace Music here

Taste and See

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I enjoy good cuisine. I enjoy beautiful scenery. But nothing compares to tasting and seeing God’s goodness. Nothing compares to the magnificence of His blessing. Nothing so adequately defines my weakness as when I see God’s power on display. Nothing makes me desire God more than when I see a glimpse of Him as all desirable.

My friends, I’m overwhelmed. I’ve cried all day. This morning, I was yawning and exhaustedly limping into work. Then God fed me richly with Psalm 62 (I’ve “bolded” the words that He specifically used this morning)

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

 
Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
 
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.

The first thought I had when I read that last verse was “I’m glad that’s not true. I deserve hell. He’s not going to render to me what I deserved. Because of the cross, because of the substitutionary perfect life of Christ, He looks at me with acceptance and pleasure. What grace! How that is undeserved!

Little did I know the roller coaster was about to take another flip – except this time it was behind my back and I couldn’t see it coming…

One of the managers at work came to my desk and mentioned that he needed to talk to me when I was off the phone (I was fighting with the insurance company about the $1404 that they say I owe them from my MRI). I got off the phone and Siggi (my boss) reminded me that I needed to go talk to Jeff.
Weird.

So, I went over to Jeff (one of the manager’s that is equal with my boss but I don’t really work for him though I do work with him some and help him out as needed). He mentioned that he wanted to talk to me, and could we go in the conference room. He then told Siggi that we were going to meet and could he join us. The 45 seconds it took us to walk to the room, I was wondering what this was about but I wasn’t nervous.

We sat down and Jeff says “are you nervous yet?” =)
I said “why, should I be??” =)

That’s when he proceeded to tell me that what he was about to tell me was that he wants to offer me a position in program planning. That is the department that looks at the requirements from assembly and plans how the cars are going to be organized (by discussing with other departments in Germany and an overall view of how the plant functions and what would be the best steps to take). Basically, easily explained, look at the big picture, break it down to the itty bitty parts and then like a puzzle, put it back together in the best way possible.

Honestly, it is one of those jobs I always thought would be a great job but never thought I could get. There are only 11 people in that department and there were no planned openings anytime in the next 5 years.

Um, can you say overwhelmed?? Tina (who will be my boss) hand picked me because she has been watching my work now for months and has been working on getting this approved for literally 6 months! I’m blown away. I’m SO excited.

That’s the cake…

…here’s the icing…

Someone contacted the church office today (aka Jess) and wanted to register me for the Worship God conference.

WHAT??!!??  Are you kidding me?

Psalm 62 was what God reminded me this morning. He rewards those who trust in Him. He is faithful. He is 2 things: powerful and steadfastly loving.

He is ridiculously amazing if you ask me.

There are no words to describe it. I don’t deserve this. I don’t deserve yet another blessing – I fail to trust Him. I doubt His goodness. I question His ways. I complain about my current state. And He says wait, hope, rest and trust while you are pouring out your heart to Me.

And still, I fail there. I don’t wait with excellence. I don’t rest without trying to plan out the next 23 steps. I don’t trust without questioning “what if.” I pour out my heart to my laptop and fail to do so to my Jesus.

Yet He still chooses to bless. I don’t get it. I don’t deserve such kindness. Doesn’t He know I didn’t perfectly believe He really would bless?

Yet, still He chooses to.

Taste and See…

Taste through those words that were found.
See because He brings sight to the blind as He leads and as they pour out their hearts.

What a feast! What a view!
What a God!

For I lead the blind in ways that they do not know… I do not forsake them.

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…

Your words were found and I ate them, and they became a delight to me and a joy to my soul…