Practical suggestions for placing stress and loss on the back burner, and remembering the reason you’re celebrating with great devotionals to help.
If you’re like me you’re yearning to give friends something with a deeper meaning, that can actually touch their lives in a special way. I’ve got two special devotionals to recommend that can help with that desire.
Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women
Written by Author Lindsay Franklin and illustrated by Micah Kandros, and published by Zondervan, Adored meets teen girls in that moment where real life brings scratches and bumps—in short, breakfast-portion meaningful thoughts that come into lots of common awkward moments like bullying and decisions about social media, to friendships and dating. How do you connect God to the everyday challenges a teen faces? Franklin has woven those tender moments into a lovely coffee-date with something deeper and lasting. It’s like sitting across from a good friend and having them encourage you when you need it most, push you when you’re hesitating to grow, and hold your hand when life’s brought some challenges. And the golden-foil wrapped illustrations are inviting and beautiful.
If you’d like to get to know more about Lindsay, who was a teen mother and also writes young adult fantasy, visit her guest blog on Thorn & Vine HERE. Prepare to be touched and see that the devotions she offers here come from her own deep journey toward grace. You can also visit her Author website HERE.
Discovering Hope In The Psalms
Written by Pam Farrel and Jean Jones, and beautifully illustrated by Karla Dornacher, this isn’t a typical workbook devotion. It’s seeded with gorgeous drawings meant to be colored in. This hits all the biggies for me, and having survived a difficult move and several big losses this year, I’ve needed to get beyond the practical side of life to a gentle whisper of hope. Discovering Hope In The Psalms is a perfect gift with a go-deep mission, meeting a friend or group in their own messy side of life, and bringing depth through study of the Bible, and then very pretty creative moments to connect each lesson to a visual reminder. The authors have broken down the different sides of hope and made it more three-dimensional for me. The idea of coloring in the gorgeous drawings is relaxing and like savoring a delicious meal, and helps me to slow down a bit more.
Find out more about the authors and book HERE.
Note: I received a free copy of these books in exchange for an honest review.