Last year, while I was teaching a group of girls at church, we talked about giving Jesus something for Christmas. I mean...it IS his birthday and all.
I've been thinking about it again this season as the 25th approaches. What should I get Baby Jesus this year?
Time. Quality time. Every day.
I've not been spending much time--alone time--with my Savior these days. I've been sending up popcorn prayers during the day, reading some spiritual books, but not spending that every day, one-on-one time with God before the house wakes. I want to enter into that place again. I want to give Jesus my time for his birthday.
And I'm very excited to use this new devotional, The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
When the publisher asked me review this book on my blog, I was excited. I mean, I love new books. And it's pretty. The beautiful, soft faux leather is so lovely to hold! But seriously, after reading through the introduction, I knew I had something special in my hands. Nancy writes,
"It's not easy to find a quiet place these days. Every parent with little ones (or teens or grandkids) knows what I am talking about..."
"...email reminders chiming, music blaring, appliances ding-donging, Skype whoosh-ing..."
"...there's the inner racket that reverberates in our heads and in our hearts--perhaps the hardest place of all the find a quiet place."
"...one of my greatest, perennial struggles has been the temptation to let the other sounds and voices crowd out His voice...not getting still enough, long enough, to hear his voice; trying in vain to cultivate intimacy with the Savior while on the run and in the midst of the incessant hulabaloo and activity."
Yow-zah! That last bit really hit home with me.
Each dated page begins with scripture. (Although, Nancy remind us that the entries "not intended to supplant your need for God's Word, but to create a hunger..."). In each entry, Nancy speaks honestly. She is real and vulnerable, sharing her own personal struggles and stories. She talks to the reader like she is a friend. I love it when people are "real." But she also speaks truth (like any true friend) and challenges at the end of each entry to dig deep--to answer personal questions that require that quiet, alone time with the Lord.
The Quiet Place would make a wonderful gift for pretty much any woman you know--mom, mother-in-law, friend, aunt, daughter, grandmother. It's practical, significant and pretty.
The nice people at Moody gave me an extra copy to give away to you lovely blog readers. Leave a comment between now and Wednesday, Dec.19 and you'll be entered to win. Just leave a comment about the most-favorite gift you've ever received....or what you plan on giving Baby Jesus for his birthday this year. You can copy me. You can give him your time. That's one gift that he can't just get enough of.