As one year ends and another soon begins this devotional journal, two books in one, is a useful, inexpensive gift to consider for the New Year. Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment, a yearlong book of one-page devotions includes ample space to journal your thoughts. Reading Max’s unpretentious writing is like sitting across the table and listening to a good friend.
The journal begins with “Each day…” where Max encourages readers to start their day with the Lord in “…the refuge of the early morning…” before daily decisions and deadlines commence. It’s in those first moments readers “…must make a choice.” The choice of living by the “fruit of the Spirit” written about in Galatians 5: 22-23, which are the fruits of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control or letting self-rule. Max’s stirring words offer inspirational wisdom that guide readers to God’s grace instead of selfish choices.
For example, the devotion for May 19, “Within Reach of your prayers” uses Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The brief reading is drawn from In the Grip of Grace.
The reading reminds readers the question is not about who or what is against us, instead the question affirms if God is for us it doesn’t matter who or what is against us. It doesn’t matter if your parents abandoned you, neglected you or ignored you. It doesn’t matter if your families are ashamed of you. The God who created you is for you, followed by several blank lines to journal.
The books’ format includes date, targeted Scripture, a brief topical passage and whether the passage is from a personal example or previously published book. The small size book is easy to write in with the stability of a hard cover binding. Black print on sepia colored pages makes for easy reading. The beginning of each of twelve months starts with a Scripture and framed picture of water, clouds and land in the distance. The devotional also includes a satin ribbon marker and a dedication page.
The New Year offers new beginnings and there’s no better time for a new beginning than with a journal to record that journey. Whether you reference back to it in coming years or its left as a heirloom family treasure to read after you’re gone, recording your thoughts helps to focus and draw close to the Lord. Anyone who uses this book will be blessed by the author’s words.
‘Grace for the Moment: A 365-Day Journal Devotional’ by Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, 2009, Hardcover, 400 Pages, 978-1404187863, $16.99
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