Devotions penned by Lydia E. Harris, Washington author of the best-selling Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting and Oregon author Eunice Porter, co-director of membership services for ICL, Institute for Continued Learning are among the authors in Gathered Treasures by Chaplain Publishing.
The new compilation of fifty-five devotions recognizes the fast-paced world we live in isn’t beneficial to close mother-daughter relationships. Publisher Christi Brooks hopes to change that. The book’s unique design, format and target-rich devotions are intended to encourage moms to “connect with their daughters in a new way” through author’s shared stories, questions, scriptures and suggested activities.
The overall theme is to “intentionally recognize and purposefully gather treasures for our daughters,” writes Brooks. Those time-tested “treasures” trigger memories of shared prayer, “conversations, laughter, wisdom and life experiences” when time and distance separate.
For example, Lydia’s family prayer times are one of the most important treasures she passes on to children and grandchildren because prayer has “an eternal impact for generations to come.” Her submission, Praying for a Lifetime (pg. 45) shares that commitment and her prayer experiences where she learned, “prayer moves the hand of God.” She’s quick to note that although prayer needs change as families mature, God never changes.
Divided into two segments, the larger first section features devotions with ample space for moms to draft a personal devotion and discussion questions of their own. The following Memory Gathering Section identifies pairs of “things daughters gather throughout the years and things moms gather” writes Brooks. This section’s pages divide into segments of “Daughters, Mother’s and Together Gather’s” with space to note special events, activities and plans for future suggested adventures.
“Gathered Treasures” is an important book for our worry, fear-filled world that reveals priorities and the importance of cherished mother and daughter moments in our otherwise stressed-out world. Purchase online at www.chaplainpublishing.com/, Chaplain Publishing
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‘Gathered Treasures: 52 Devotionals to Connect the Hearts of Moms and Girls,’ compiled by Christi & Brynnan Brooks, Chaplain Publishing, 167 Pages, 9781941549063, $9.99
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Devotional for Today
Do you know the best defense against worry? Listening to HIS word – and having faith in those words. :) Listen now as I share Jesus’ promises to you from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.
.Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
‘Gathered Treasures: 52 Devotionals to Connect the Hearts of Moms and Girls,’ compiled by Christi & Brynnan Brooks
Is it hard to connect with your daughter?
Does she spend more time with her friends and her phone and less time with you?
Do you feel your daughter slipping away?
Reclaim that time and connect with your daughter in a new way.
Gathered Treasures is packed with 52 unique devotions to read with your daughter. Discussion questions and activities will get the conversation and laughter flowing. Hear what she has to say on issues such as beauty, character, and God’s will. Make memories on special mother-daughter outings suggested in the Gathering Together section.
In less than an hour a week you and your daughter can gather…
• quality time together
• understanding of each other’s worldview
• wisdom from God’s Word
• lasting memories
• confidence for the future
• treasures to last a lifetime
‘Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey,’ by Lydia E. Harris
“I am not ready to be a grandmother.” That’s what author Lydia Harris said when she first learned that she was about to enter a new stage of life. Many of us like to prepare for new stages, and Lydia wanted to in this instance, but she just wasn’t sure how to get ready to become a grandparent . She pondered questions like, “What role did grandparents play?” and “What should I do to prepare?” Npw ten years and four grandchildren later, Lydia knows that grandparenting is an exciting and important role. She’s also learned a few things she wishes she had known before she became a grandparent . Her learning experience prompted her to write this Bible study to help you prepare your heart for grandparenting. And even if you have been a grandparent for several years. you can still prepare your heart to be a better grandparent in the days ahead.
Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting provides six weeks of Bible-study lessons to help grandparents and those about to be grandparents. Each week contains five lessons with Scriptures, illustrations and insights from grandparents, a :grand-thought” takeaway, and a prayer. Weekends include: “grand-slam” ideas for activities with grandchildren, devotionals for grandparents, and Sunday prayers (for grandparents to pray for themselves along with scripture-based prayers to pray for their grandchildren). The study also features quotes from grandchildren about their grandparents.
‘Kingdom Lessons from the Fabric of Life,’ by Eunice Porter
The possibility of what God can do in us and with us is as unlimited as God’s Imagination…What we become is only limited by our measure of yieldedness to Him, in obedience and purity…God does not transform us by dressing up the outside; it’s an inside job, in our mind and in our spirit (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:17-18). Does He have your permission to do this in you?
‘He Brought Me Out,’ by Eunice Porter
Eunice Porter grew up in a large family in a farming community on the western prairies of Canada. She left the ‘nest’ after High School, to attend Bible School, and then Teachers College. She taught school in northern Saskatchewan for three years, and subsequently served as a missionary teacher in Ethiopia for several years. She is now retired from a career in banking. Eunice always had a love for math, and also a fascination with words and languages, but not any desire to seriously write.
This, her first book, came about after God met her during one of many spiritually dry seasons in her life. It was life-changing! The words of Psalm 40:2-3 became her personal story. God began downloading thoughts and themes into her spirit, and initially, maybe because of her reluctance, gave her the words to express the truths He had been teaching her. At the same time, He spoke to her from Jeremiah 30:2, to “write in a book… all the words that I have spoken to you”. Her prayer is that God’s truth will shine through the pages of this book and “the Truth will set you free”.
‘Beautiful Life with Cancer: Hope During the Hard Times,’ by Caroline Hendry
Beautiful Life with Cancer is a collection of short stories and poetry that inspire us to see the beauty in life even during the hard times. Caroline Hendry is the creator and author of beautifullifewithcancer.com, a site that has inspired people from all walks of life in many different circumstances. This book is designed to aid anyone touched by cancer, depression, social issues, or any other hard time that life throws at us. Beautiful Life with Cancer is a light approach to life’s many deep issues, designed to make you laugh, cry, and think about the meaning of this thing we call life
‘Spiritual Flesh and Blood,’ by Caroline Hendry
“Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities, and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world.” Ephesians 6:12 Claire is a modern woman living the American dream, complete with all the comforts and pleasures of this world. Wayne was hers, like opening up a birthday present, he was made for her. She knew the security in a loving kiss on the cheek, the pride of an overachiever son, the joy of Christmas with children, appreciation of a nice home, and outer beauty the world adores. But enemies prowled in the darkness. Demon Death and Destruction lust after human suffering. Her life was a battle. When humans choose right, all the powers of evil shrivel and crawl away. There is victory. However, not all choose here. There is evil. There is hate and pain and fear. War, a fierce clash of good and evil. This is Claire’s spiritual war with her personal spirits.