Tue 29 Jan 2013
Unglued. The title of this new devotional by Lysa Terkeurst grabbed my attention. I had to read and see what this book was all about. Only one page in and I was hooked. The words and heart in this devotional spoke directly to my heart and continues to do so each day.
Believe it or not, I’ve come unglued a few times in my life and my most “memorable” moments have been in my role as stepmom/second wife. I know what to do, think and say in most of my challenging stepmom situations but I don’t always take my own advice. So when I read Lysa’s words in the intro of her devotional, I immediately felt a connection with her heart and the mission of her book:
God has taught me so much about making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions. I’m not as loud when I’m upset, and I’m less prone to stuff down bitterness when I get hurt. Here are the key words in this last sentence: “not as loud” and “less prone.” I’m making progress, but, as you’ll see in these pages, it’s very much “imperfect progress.”
Love it. I am an imperfect work in progress. Aren’t we all? There is no such thing as being perfect yet we can be the hardest on ourselves when we feel we don’t measure up. I know I am grateful for the wisdom, love and mercy God gives us and it’s my prayer that I can be an open vessel for God’s love and truth to flow through me to others.
And the term raw emotions is such an accurate way to describe our emotional state when we feel we’ve been stripped to the core by pain, hurt, and frustration. Love brings vulnerability and it hurts to be hurt. Dealing with stepchildren, your husband’s ex-wife and possibly an ex spouse of your own can bring out lots and lots of raw emotion. Lysa bares her heart and shares “if you relate to my hurt, I pray you will relate to my hope.” Based on what I’ve journeyed through this devotional so far, I believe you will.
Anyone who reads my blog regularly or follows me on Twitter or Facebook knows I’m a huge proponent of starting the day off positive. Lysa shares “Each morning my mind is like a dry sponge. Whatever I soak up first is what I’ll be most saturated with each day.” So true and soaking in the truth of God’s word in this devotional will set your heart and mind on a positive path. As we all know, it won’t erase our burdens but it gives us the mindset and strength to persevere.
What I love most about this book is that Lysa shares her heart, her hurt, and her hope with all of us. Lysa’s words assure us “you are not trapped by the emotional cycles of your past. Hope for change is rising.” While we all know that we are not prisoners of our past, having a devotional to inspire and encourage along the way…. brings support, strength and inspiration knowing you are not alone.
This devotional walks you through 60 days of imperfect progress. Each day blesses you with a topic, thought for the day, and ends with a prayer.
Let me give you a little sneak peek into the book. I believe you will love this book as much as I do:
Day 1: Time For A New Script. “While feeling unglued is all I’ve really known, today my life can be different.”
Day 2: Imperfect Progress. “Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”
Day 15: Is My Pain Talking? “Our Lord doesn’t whisper shameful condemnations.”
Day 46: The Secret to Conflict Resolution. “Don’t let your lips or typing fingers be the first thing that walks into a conflict.”
This devotional is a companion to the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst. I have not read the book but it is on my (long) list of must-reads. You do not need to read the book to utilize this devotional. This devotional is designed to help handle emotional struggles. Yeah, this devotional is designed to help everyone.
Personally, it was while I was reading the fourth day of this devotional that I stopped and jumped on Amazon to order four additional copies; three for my friends in my stepfamily prayer group and one to give away on my blog. I bought four more copies because I had to share this book. It is making a difference for me and it is my heart that it may help you.
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Disclosure: While I have not been compensated for this review, I did receive one free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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