Five years ago while attending my weekly bible class, I was introduced to the book, Jesus Calling -Enjoying Peace in His Presence, by Sarah Young. A daily devotion book published in 2004, this book has inspired, strengthened me and changed my life. At first when I heard the title, I was skeptical. Jesus Calling? You have got to be kidding. What author would dare to write a book as if Jesus is talking directly to you? However, I kept an open mind and bought the book. As the class leader would read from that days’ devotion, the words seemed to apply directly to my life.
In the introduction, Sarah Young describes her journey toward the creation of the book, and how she experienced moments of Jesus’ presence in her life. She has a master’s degree in counseling and biblical studies and has worked with her husband, a missionary in Japan. While there, she discovered the importance of spending time alone with God, reading religious books and journaling. Through meditation and prayer, she became inspired to write her book, Jesus Calling.
Each page in Sarah’s book has references to a particular bible verse. Themes of peace, thankfulness and trust come across in the pages. The book is a 365 day devotional book, meant to be reread again and again. Whenever you are worried, anxious, or depressed, open the book to the page of the day, and the words and accompanying bible verse , may speak to you. His voice comes across the pages…
“I am your strength and shield.”
“Let the dew of my presence refresh your mind and heart.”
“Peace is my continual gift to you.”
“Come away with me for a while. The world with its nonstop demands can be put on hold.”
“Learn to live above your circumstances.”
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) jumped out of the page one day when I opened the book and felt anxious about my problems. It comforted me over the years,so much that I wrote a story about it in my book , More Than a Coincidence- True Stories of Divine Intervention. Maybe you have some bible verse that holds meaning for your life. My brother’s verse was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen’s me. (Phillipians 4:13) If you are looking for a daily devotion book, I highly recommend Jesus Calling .