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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#80 - Jesus Always - Sarah Young

Title:   Jesus Always
Author:  Sarah Young
Genre:  Spiritual Non-Fiction
Publisher/Date:  Thomas Nelson/2016
Dates read:   1/1/17 - 12/31/17
ISBN:  978-0-7180-3950-9

This daily devotional, sub-titled Embracing JOY in His Presence, kept me sane this past year.  Fraught with uncertainty, fear and emotional pain, I clung to the passages that Sarah provided each day.  When our days were filled with what would, could or should my dear husband expect from this painful cancer we were living with, I sought refuge in this small, but powerful book.  For example, in the month of March, the gospel of John pointed me to “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  And when I look back now I realize the whole year, not just March or July or even into 2018, we were so blessed with His grace (and will be).  In particular on March 29, “Good things are better and bad things are more bearable when you share them with Me.”  
I loved the action words like “share” and supporting Bible verses from July 23, “have no fear of bad news, for I am able to bring good out of evil” (Psalm 112:7).

And now only a few days since John’s passing, I continue to be blessed with each person that entered our lives and continues to come into my life.  I see Christ from their God-given gifts and I am humbled by this experience, whether an on-line comment, a letter, or card, or phone call, a text – you name it, it soothes my soul, calms my heart and quiets my mind.