Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The One Year Home & Garden Devotions by Sandra Byrd

"There is something poignant and meaningful about upcycling an abandoned planter with its well-earned patina while considering how the lines life has etched on us actually make us more appealing."-Sandra Byrd

I enjoy reading devotions.  When I first rededicated my life to the Lord many years ago, it was those bite-size teachings that got me through and sustained me.  

In Sandra Byrd's Home & Garden Devotions, you will find messages from Sandra, comprised of everyday activities, but infused with the Word of God.  There is one devotion for every day of the year.  Each devotion comes with a story, scripture, and what Sandra has learned about God in those seemingly small moments.

Here's an excerpt from September 17th, titled "Muddy Feet," where her daughter had been playing where she shouldn't have and gotten into some mud.

"I didn't ask her why she'd gone out of bounds or point out that this mess was the consequence of the action-a consequence that other people were going to have to help her clean up.

Instead, in a moment of true inspiration (and after she changed from the muddy pants), I took a washcloth and some warm water and washed her feet.  Say nothing, the Holy Spirit prompted me, and I obeyed, glad he'd made it so clear.  After my daughter's feet were clean, she reached up for a hug.  I hugged her back and knew that nothing would ever need be said.  She already knew that what she'd done was not right, and she wished it undone; although I couldn't help with that part, I could help her make it right again."

"Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them.  "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord," and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.  I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you."

John 13:12-15

These mini-teachings are great for a moment of peace.  Wisdom can be found in the stories Sandra shares.

Another sweet feature you will find is each month has a fun gardening, home, or cooking activity.  I want to try some of them with my family, especially the one for September, "Cupcakes in a Jar."

I really enjoyed this devotional, and will continue to enjoy it for the next year. I recommend reading it in a quiet place, with a nice cup of peppermint tea.

Many blessings to you as you learn ways to grown in Him,

To learn more about the author, you can visit her at her website

To read an excerpt from the book, visit

Disclosure Statement:  I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for this review.  I was not required to give a favorable review.  The thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.

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