Lord, what about me? (devotional and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  February 16, 2012 — 28 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

“How does a man who is out of work celebrate when his friend gets a fantastic new job? How does a woman grieving a miscarriage attend a friend’s baby shower? How does someone crippled with pain wholeheartedly rejoice over another’s miraculous healing, without that whisper deep in the soul, ‘Lord, what about me?

As I confessed, ‘I don’t have it in me,’ the recognition filled me like a deep breath of peace. Of course, I didn’t have the power in myself, just as I didn’t have the power to forgive those who hurt me, or sing a song of praise through a throat raw with tears, or to serve day after day in small ways that seemed to offer no evidence of results. I can’t do any of it.

But Jesus can. And He lives in me.” ~by Sharon Hinck from Mornings with Jesus 2012~

This excerpt is just one example of the practical, encouraging words found in the devotional, Mornings with Jesus 2012. This particular reading caught my eye for two reasons. First, because I’ve corresponded with award-winning author and freelance editor Sharon Hinck. She’s a truly humble, godly woman, who has helped many of us sharpen our writing skills. Second, because I just finished my two-part blog “series” on whether or not God plays favorites—so Sharon’s words touched my heart. (You really need to buy the book and read the entire entry.)

Other reasons to buy the book: MWJ shares a verse, a reading on the character and teachings of Jesus, and a faith step to help apply the message for every day of the year, contributed by authors who are doubly qualified to compose such a book. They are talented writers who have received awards and acclaim for their professional efforts. And they are also wives, mothers, and daughters who have experienced the same struggles and trials common to us all. Their insights are sure to strengthen and inspire you. This book makes it easy to spend time with Jesus each morning!

Two ways you can get your hands on a copy: (1) Enter this drawing! I’m giving away my extra copy of Mornings with Jesus 2012. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. (Contest ends Thursday, February 23.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. (You may want to buy two, and share with a friend.) ***Thanks for Litfuse Publicity for sending a copy for me to review.

You can find the contributing authors at these links:

I’m linking this post with Thought-provoking Thursday, Your Thriving Family, and Finding Joy.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

28 responses to Lord, what about me? (devotional and giveaway)

  1. I love morning devotionals! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  2. I would love to win a new devotional book!

  3. This sounds like a really nice devotional. Please put my name in the hat for this.

  4. sounds like an awesome devotional

  5. Renee Ann — I have heard SO much about this devotional, so THANK YOU for the opportunity to win this fabulous book!


  6. This sounds like a very encouraging book. I would appreciate the opportunity to win it. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. This sounds like the kind of devotions to really give the morning as well as give you something to think about all day. Would love to win your extra copy.

  8. I really want this book! I am kind of addicted to books that help me deepen and grow my relationship with HIM.

  9. I would love to win this devotional, my friend got it and really likes it.

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

  10. Hi Renee! I need a new devotional, and this one sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  11. Daily devotionals are a great way to get a little encouragement and scripture into our day. Sometimes we get so busy we can’t get to looking for it ourselves. Women especially don’t have time to sit for very long and read…Devotionals are great for getting that “little something” we need in our day…Thanks for the opportunity to win one….God bless you!

  12. Hi Renee – The title of this book here really leaped off my reading list as I was just in conversation about this with friends at church last night. God is moving – He wants us all moving with Him – even when it seems impossible to do so . . .

    Do enter me to win the book!


  13. A question many of us have asked. I enjoy intimate devotionals with Jesus, and this sweet book promises just that. Thanks for this special giveaway and for the possibility of winning such a gracious gift.

    Barb Shelton

  14. Thank you so much for this giveaway 😀

  15. Sounds like a wonderful devotional – I love to win it!

  16. Hi Renee,

    It’s fun to stop by your site again. Yes, please drop my name in the hat as well for the book.

    Jennifer Dougan

  17. I recently joined a Bible study group for recovering alcoholics/addicts. There is a great “recovery” Bible that we are using. Each chapter of every book has notes/references to the twelve steps and how it relates to our every day lives. We’re just barely getting off the ground. Some of the members attending have no knowledge of the Bible whatsoever. This devotional you are presenting sounds like a great one to use for these meetings so put my name in for the drawing!! I am looking forward to helping others (and myself) to learning what God’s word means to us!

  18. Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  19. Wow. The first few lines of the review hit me right in the gut. I have SO been there. Especially with the baby shower thing. (I didn’t suffer the horror of a miscarriage, but I cannot have more children)….this sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for this opportunity!

  20. thanks for sharing your devotional…

  21. This sounds like a great book and one that I need to read. I have doubts and questions about what I need to do or what I can change about myself. When you make the wrong decision and things don’t work out, how can you not make this same mistake? I have so many questions and I think they may be addressed in this great book of Encouragement. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  22. The devo grabbed my complete attention. Wow! It’s a little deeper than I assumed.

  23. I sure could use a book like this one. It sounds wonderful. God has surely blessed my life within the last day and this book sounds lovely read. 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway.

    – Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  24. I’m sure I would find the book very helpful right now!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  25. I just found your blog because of a blog post written by your friend, Keiki Hendrix. I watched your video on the top 5 reasons to pray. Your heart for God shines through, and your pointing out that we go to God because we love him is so important in our prayer lives. Thank you for an opportunity to win your devotional book, “Mornings with Jesus 2012.”

  26. I would love to win this devotional. I’m always looking for just the right one that grabs my attention and I can’t think of any other than this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. In a world that is weary and rife with wrongdoing, and where so many writers choose to eclipse the good and uplifting and inspirational in favour of the sordid and degrading, I applaud the authors who pen praises to the Lord. It takes courage to live in the world but not be of the world. We need more authors like Sharon, who give us wonderful bite-size sermons and lessons. And encourage us to stay strong and keep our eyes facing upwards! Thank you for spreading the word of this wonderful book. And for sharing on NOBH!

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