I’m a worrier.
And in the evenings, one of the few times it’s quiet enough for me to hear my thoughts, I can easily slip into overthinking scenarios, events, and to-dos…which can lead to worry.
One of the best anecdotes to worry? Prayer. Specifically, prayer in faith.
If you’re like me, Susie Larson has written a devotional very suitable for those evenings when your mind slides way too easily to worry.
Blessings for the Evening by Susie Larson (Bethany House, 2013) is a rather lovely looking gift book-sized devotional. With just a simple one-page introduction, the author leads the reader directly into Scripture and calm, soothing devotions.
With about 90 devotions, each two-page spread includes a Scripture excerpt on the left side and a brief devotion on the right side. These devotions read like prayers and have a blend of simplicity with attention-getting truths. The author ends almost every devotion with a phrase that includes “rest” or “sleep well” or “blessed sleep,” and the reader can almost hear the prayers spoken in a soothing voice. Some of the devotion titles include “Tomorrow’s Promise,” “Through God’s Eyes,” and “Glimpses of Glory,” along with specific devotions for special circumstances like Christmas, spiritual warfare, disappointment, and more. While these devotions don’t pose deep theological questions, they do bring attention to inner reflection and, even more, reflection on God and His ever-present care.
The book’s design adds to the gift appeal of this book because each page’s background boasts a beautiful evening landscape photo (rather than just plain paper). These gorgeous photos add to the relaxing personality of the book.
Not intended to take the place of your Bible study, this devotion provides a good supplement to your personal study and a way to wrap up the day returning your focus to God.
How do you refresh your mind to God’s promises when you worry?
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.