I have been trying to wake up before Jimmie for about a month now. Some days it is painful and I hit snooze, most days I know it is something I have to do and I drag myself to my coffee machine. Waking up on your own free will, instead of to a crying baby, is a game changer. You can get up, relax, pee alone, and make some coffee. And, of course, scan Facebook and check your email uninterrupted. It doesn’t hurt that Jimmie sleeps until 7 or 8 (on most days), which makes my wake-up time around 6:45.
Back in December, I chose to review 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell. I thought it would be a great way to start the New Year. Unfortunately, the book was on back order and I just received it this week. Either way, I started reading it as soon as it came in the mail. The book is a beautiful pink color. It is small enough to fit in a large purse, but big enough to read without straining your eyes.
Each day includes a line of scripture, a story of sorts that relates to the scripture, and a prayer. I have started to include this daily devotion book into my morning routine. Each page takes less than five minutes to read, but the words sit within me for the rest of the day, reminding me that God is always there. The book came at the right time. Maybe I didn’t need it as much when the New Year started, but I sure have needed more prayers in my life lately.
Jimmie’s sleep schedule has been erratic. He fought naps for three weeks after finally giving up last week. His naps don’t last nearly as long now, no more than an hour, but it is better than him crying for an hour. He also started waking up during the night a few weeks ago on a regular basis; an issue we haven’t really had since he was a newborn. Of course, he had his nights where he was teething, sick, or couldn’t get his foot unstuck from the crib bars, but otherwise his sleep habits have always been great. I pray that this is only a season, I pray that peace is restored to Jimmie so he can rest and grow. I also pray that I don’t have to get up out of bed to soothe him because it is too cold. But most of all, I pray for patience, something I thought came with this whole parenting thing. I was wrong.
No matter what season of life you are going through, 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell will help guide you through it, make you think, and fill your heart with joy. This devotions book is geared towards women, hence the pink cover. The only thing that caught me off guard was the fact that there isn’t a devotion for February 29; I guess I will have to make up my own.
About the Author:
Cheri Cowell, an author, speaker, and sidewalk theologian, is the author of several books including the Bible study Parables and Word Pictures. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, she shares her passion to help others apply biblical principles to the sidewalk issues of life. Through her nonprofit organization, Living Parables, she is able to put this faith into practice by offering micro-loans to faith organizations filling unmet charitable needs in their communities. Learn more about Cheri at www.CheriCowell.com.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.