Feeling a little weary and worn today? Take in these heartening words from Joanna Weaver’s At the Feet of Jesus . . .
“One of the most precious ways God expresses His love for us is through His Word, the Bible. The Hebrew word for Bible is Mikra, which means ‘the calling out of God.’
Isn’t that wonderful? We don’t have to wonder what God thinks, what He feels about certain topics, because to a large extent He has already told us through Scripture. Better yet, we don’t have to wonder whether He loves us or not. According to my dictionary, the Old English word for gospel is godspell. God spells out His love for the whole world to see. It’s right there in His Word.
‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you,’ the Lord tells us in Isaiah 43:1,4. ‘I have summoned you by name . . . You are precious and honored in my sight . . . because I love you.” We are a chosen people. Made holy. Deeply and dearly loved by God. How do I know that? I hear God’s voice telling me, ‘calling out’ to me, every time I open His Word.
I love the way Kent Hughes describes the intimate impact of spending time with God. ‘Think of it this way,’ he writes. ‘Our lives are like photographic plates, and prayer is like a time exposure to God. As we expose ourselves to God for a half hour, an hour, perhaps two hours a day, His image is imprinted more and more upon us. More and more we absorb the image of His character, His love, His way of dealing with life and people.’
That’s what I want. That’s what I need. And that’s what I receive when I spend time in God’s Word and in prayer. I get more of Jesus and, in the process, a little less of me.”
A message from the heart of author Joanna Weaver . . .
“‘Change me, God!’ These words have been my daily prayer since I was a young Christian. My deepest fear has always been waking up twenty years from now still the same person I am today. With the same annoying habits and petty attitudes, the same besetting sins and false beliefs—all because I refused to change. I don’t know about you, but that terrifies me.
I want to be more like Jesus. I need to be more like Jesus!
Transformation. That is my heart’s cry—not only for me but for you as well.”
I first learned of Joanna’s heart for spiritual transformation through her book, Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God. So I was eager to get my hands on her devotional—and with good cause. At the Feet of Jesus has been a source of encouragement and inspiration. I love being able to soak in Joanna’s wisdom and comments on Scripture with each morning reading. And since Christmas is just around the corner, I can’t help but think that this would make a great gift for the friends on my shopping list!
If you’d like to pick up a copy, you can purchase her beautiful book at this link. (HINT: Did I mention it would make a great gift?) ***Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and WaterBrook for providing a copy for me to review. Continue Reading…