When You Feel Like There’s Just Not Enough Time

 “I just never have enough time to spend with the Lord,” Amanda cries. “I work forty plus hours a week, commute ninety minutes both ways, oversee elderly parents’ affairs, and take care of my five-year-old son. I’m either on the road, at my desk or taking care of someone else’s needs. And on top of that, I never feel like I’m doing any of it well. What does God want from me in the middle of all this madness? How can I carve out time for Him? I feel like I’m constantly failing Him!”

Amanda is not alone. I’ve been right there with her. Haven’t you?

We live in a physical realm and our new, born-again spirits will never be completely satisfied here on earth. There will always be tension between the two. Living in union with the Spirit of God is counterintuitive to the ways of this world. What causes that tension and prevents us from experiencing unbroken union with Christ? I believe it is the tendency to compartmentalize life into two hemispheres: the secular and the sacred.

Everyday secular activities vie for our attention, while our times of worship and communion are relegated to Sunday morning worship, early morning Quiet Times, and mid-week Bible studies (if we can fit them in). We spend the majority of our days operating in secular, day-to-day activities and feeling guilty for the lack of time spent in sacred communion with God.

And for most of us, a struggle to find the balance between the secular and the sacred wages war in our hearts. We live in the secular and yet long to be in the sacred. The constant flip-flopping between the two is exhausting, and inevitably we see one as the winner and one as the loser. We see ourselves as failures struggling to get out of Romans 7 and longing to live in Romans 8. We wobble on a spiritual tightrope, fearing the slightest misstep will toss us into the canyon of God’s disapproval.

Thankfully, there is a way to wave the white flag of surrender and end the battle’s constant conflict. We can experience true union with Christ when we erase the dividing line and meld the two hemispheres.

What would that look like? Let’s go back to Amanda.

What if Amanda communed with God while she commuted to work? While she worked at her job? While she took care of her family? Do you see how that would help alleviate the false guilt that adds to her feelings of insufficiency? The physical or secular realm involves
cooking,
cleaning,
ironing,
shopping,
vacuuming,
laundering smelly clothes,
washing dirty faces,
wiping messy bottoms.

It involves being a wife, a mother, an employee, an employer, a friend, a student, and a host of other roles and responsibilities that merge on any given day. What could be sacred about all that? Everything. But we’ll get to that.

The spiritual or sacred realm includes praying, reading the Bible, going to church, memorizing Scripture, serving the poor and meditating on meaningful messages. The spiritual aspects of our lives include worship and practicing spiritual disciplines.

I want to suggest that God never intended for the lines separating the secular and the sacred to exist in the first place. If in Him we live and move and have our being is true in your life, then the sacred also includes cooking, cleaning, ironing shopping, vacuuming, laundering smelly clothes, washing dirty faces, and wiping messy bottoms. When you erase the lines between the secular and the sacred, your entire life can become an act of worship.

How do you put this into practice? By merging the two worlds. Join me next time and we’ll look at how to do that together.

 Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Forgive me for compartmentalizing my faith. I want all of my life, all of it, to be an act of worship. No more lines. One wholly holy life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, as you do your errands, go to work, clean your house, cook your dinner… invite God along. Talk to Him. Acknowledge His presence.

Today’s devotion was taken from my new book, A Sudden Glory. If you can relate to Amanda, and really need to learn how to erase the lines between the secular and the sacred in your life, leave a comment on and say, I need this book! Tomorrow I’ll randomly pick three gals and send them a free Advanced Reader Copy.

 


 

444 Responses to When You Feel Like There’s Just Not Enough Time

  1. Linda September 3, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!

    • Laura Laird September 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      I need this book!, but not as you suppose. I am pastor, teach Wednesday night Bible study…we are in the book of Acts. I know the women will receive this well. I personally have learned exactly what you have discribed. It brings unspeakable joy and peace in everything.

    • Bonita September 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      I need this book! So many changes going on in my life at this time and balance is definitely what I need. I long to do all things to the glory of God. That would truly be glory moments!

    • Cheryl Mayes September 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      HELP! I NEED THIS BOOK! You have no idea how badly I need this book! Just today I was thinking to myself that I am tired of feeling inadequate in the spiritual part of my life. I desire to be more for God, but I feel like NOT ENOUGH! Not reading enough Word, not studying enough, not praying enough, not dedicated enough! JUST NOT ENOUGH! If your book can help me, then I am ALL IN! Please give me the opportunity to be ENOUGH! Thank you for the chance to be with your help.

    • Joyce September 4, 2012 at 2:58 am #

      What a difficult thing it can be! Sometimes I feel that the ordinary is such a waste of time! I need this book!

    • Kathy-Ann Briggs September 4, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      I need this book! I have grown up a christian and have continued in the faith but I’ve always struggled with finding enough time for communion with God particular prayer. I really appreciated your devotional and look forward to the second part.

    • Kimberly McCreary September 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      I desperitally need this book!! I am mother of four children work a full time job. Try to have my time with god daily but i still feel i dont do enough.

    • Darla Shepherd September 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      After this past month of overload, todays message spoke to my heart to enjoy Him in worship in ALL I do for Him! I’m trying to do too many things and really enjoy my “quite time with the Lord” but it seems to get interrupted alot with all the “Stuff”. Thank you for reminding us to bring God, His Glory… into every area that we may be serving!

  2. Stephanie September 3, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    I so need this book! I am constantly trying to spend time with God in the morning & at night. You and God (of course) are remindng me that to praise Him in everything we do! He will commune with us, too, as we work, clean, take care of children and husbands! Thank you! I so need this book.

    Thank you for offering it!

    In His AWESOME name!

  3. Brenda September 3, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I would love a copy of this book!

    To read, and to share. This woman (me—here) is wife, mother, grandmother, special ed teacher, minister’s wife and I am sorry to report recently diagnosed with mild depression — a woman who somewhat depleted her spiritual account and is currently trying to allow God to make deposits to it. Your book would be a great addition to my personal library. But your prayers are coveted above all. Thank you!!!

  4. Malinda September 3, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I need this book! What a timely offering you have for all of us – thank you for sharing it with us!

  5. Leslie Hurst September 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I need this book! And I need your daily blogs too. Your messages are so timely for me and I truly believe the Lord is using you as a tool to speak to me. Thanks for your work and dedication!

  6. Denise Yates September 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I would love to have this book for myself and to share with my friends. I understand exactly how Amanda feels. I am a grandmother who is raising a granddaughter, I work outside the home and have a wonderful husband also. I sometimes get lost in the rat race of life and run out of time for my time with my Lord. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights to us each week!

  7. Trista Blankenship September 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I need this book!

  8. Beth Morphis September 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I need this book!

    I can’t wait to hear more tomorrow on this subject!
    Thank you for sharing what Good lays on your heart!

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    I need this book !!!

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    I need this book!

  11. Rhonda Lawson September 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    My brother preached this very idea last night! The title of his sermon was “The Servant Who Was Too Busy”. He challenged us to examine ourselves & where we were in our walk with God. He reminded us that God has a calling for each us & told us not to be so busy that we miss it! I was thinking on that this morning, how I’ve said there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything & how I need to make more time for God. Then I decided to check my email so that I could read my verse of the day & devotional. Imagine my reaction when I read the title of today’s devotional! Confirmation of what my brother preached! God is telling me to examine myself & how I spend my time. I need to make more time for Him, but also include Him in every part of my day! Thank you!

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    Hi! I need this book!

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  16. nancy September 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    HI Sharon
    Good Morning! YES I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! I’m in constant struggle between both. I’ve actually had to set my alarm for a 1/2 earlier than everyone else. If I don’t get up earlier I won’t have time during the day. I have tried to read the bible and pray at the end of my day when everyone is tucked in but then I fall asleep. I’ve dropped my bible many times from falling asleep while reading I reluctantly admit.(red and blushing here). I do constantly talk to God through the day when I am alone for a minute or two while sorting laundry or doing dishes. It never feels the same though. I look forward to everyone sitting on the same cushion in my living room with my flavored coffee and conversing with God. My day goes so much better when I do. BUT like this morning when everyone is up and my husband keep talking to me it’s frustrating because I haven’t had my time with God. I’m glad it’s a holiday so maybe I can steal some time later. Anyways the point is the only time I can find time to spend with God ALONE is early in the morning during the week before everyone gets up. My husband is also not a believer so my time with the Lord is even harder to have. I feel guilty somedays for spending time with the Lord instead of my husband. Most of my sacred time is praying for him.

  17. Mona Lucero September 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

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    I really need this book! Between my husband and our five kids together, a job of ten hours a day and all the ball practice, swim practice and all my life demands sometimes my early morning rise ahead of everyone means so little. Thanks for the consideration!

  19. Denise Fields September 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I need this book.

  20. Kathy September 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I need this book…pick me, pick me!! God bless you and your ministry!

  21. Mindy September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I need this book! Please!

  22. Emily September 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I need this book!! What a constant struggle for a working mother of three. I want every daily act to be one of worship.

  23. Dani September 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I need this book please.

  24. Stefanie Wyres September 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I need this book!

  25. Ruth September 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    I need this book! I need to learn how to erase the line! Thanks!

  26. Joanna September 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I need this book! And would so appreciate it during this crazy time of “Kids are back to school, now what is it I am supposed to be doing with my life??” time! Thank you for all of your lessons that remind me that so many women are right there with me!

  27. Debbie September 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I find myself in Amanda shoes working 4-10 hour day, not getting off until 7:00 pm so no evening time. Then playing catchup on my day off and the weekend.

  28. Susana Braun September 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

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  29. Christy Johnson September 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I long for a closer more intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior. I NEED, NEED, NEEEEEEED this book!

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  32. Kelli September 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I need this book!

    As a mom two teenage boys who play 3 sports each, youth group leader, full time insurance agent, wife & friend, I seriously need to learn how to find the sacred in the secular.

  33. Crystal Holdipp September 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I need this book!!!

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    I need this book…

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    I need this book.

  36. Sheree September 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    WoW! Exactly what we’ve been learning at church! I need this book! Thank you for listening to God and writing exactly what I needed to hear. Have a blessed day!

  37. Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I need this book!!! Trying to keep up as a single mom of 4 makes this a struggle each and every day.

  38. Stacey September 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I need this book…. It is a tool that I am not only able to use with my life, but one that will be of impact to the ladies at church as well. We are all in need of help to put God first to make our lives whole and complete. Thank you for your ministry and insight to a better christian life.

  39. Kay September 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I need this book….

  40. Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I need this book. As a single mother of 4, I struggle with this each and every day.

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  45. Elissa September 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I need this book! I downloaded the sample-awesome!
    Thanks for your devotions. It is amazing how they speak to my needs and concerns.

  46. Caryn September 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I need this book!!

  47. Donna September 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I so need this book. I try to keep in God’s presence throughout the day but end up falling short many times every day. I need help to try to keep HIM foremost in my thoughts and especially in my words everyday. Thanks for your inspriring messages and help on my daily journey.

  48. Terri September 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I Need This Book! When I read the description of Sudden Glory, that is exactly what I am looking for and trying to see in my secular world every day. The Glory Ache that you talk about is as if you have read my mind. I have that ache; I want to be more connected to God daily, hourly, minute by minute of my over-scheduled calendar of kids, husband, kid’s school, kid’s sports, ill parents, church, volunteering, bible study. How brilliant – instead of having them compete, merge the secular and spiritual. I want to know more! Bless you for your ministry!

  49. Robyn September 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I need this book! I took my son to college on Sat. and on the drive there received a call that my brother had passed away. I’m a teacher and school starts tomorrow. And I have a 2nd son who is about to move across the country in the next couple of weeks. I need to focus on taking God with me through all the directions I am being pulled in and still give my best to the new students I am about to begin teaching.

  50. Faye Goodman September 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I was just thinking about this for the last couple of weeks. This could be a great Womens study. Women wear sooo many hats.
    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Becca September 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

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  53. Katie September 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I need this book! This is a great struggle for me.

  54. Christy September 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Love love love reading your devotions! Love this! Interesting to me that if we would not separate the parts in our life it would definitely help us not to make bad choices, because we would be bringing the Lord into all areas of our life!!!

  55. Mickie September 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    This was just what I needed to hear and be reminded of. With school starting again and life getting busy again, I appreciate your help with this!!! Thank u so much!!! Have a blessed day!!

  56. Tonya September 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I need this book! Thank you for the post today!

  57. Jessica September 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I need this book.

  58. Kathie September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    This is so true. On the mornings I take my dog to the park, I do so with the intention of reading scripture and/or praying while we walk and run; when I am driving to work, I try to focus on praying. However, many times I find my mind wandering and thinking about relationships and things I need to get done that day. It is hard to stay focused on the Word and prayer. My intentions are good but I need to learn how to follow through with them.

  59. Pam September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh man…do I ever need this book. I struggle with…am I spending enough time with the Lord, my husband, my kids quite a lot.

  60. Meg Racheli September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Good Morning Sharon!

    I Need This Book!
    I am in the same story as Amanda, slightly different version…feeling like I’m failing God all the time. Looking forward to tomorrow’s lesson! Thank you for all you do!

  61. Amy September 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I need this book! I’m widowed raising a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old and I get up an hour before them every morning, but then the day just rushes by. Work, laundry, cleaning, homework, soccer, dance, karate, solve sisterly quarrels, walk the dog, feed the cat, feed the children, do the work of two parents all day, every single day with no help. By the time I fall into bed I’m emotionally, physically and spiritually depleted!

    • Amy Schertzinger September 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Amy,
      I am Amy too. I just read your post and I have been there . In fact I still am. I did not loose my spouse to death, but lost him just the same. It is exhausting, lonely and overwhelming. Hold your head up high. Let your girls see you be strong and hard wroking. Teach them to help you with absolutely no lip. Hang in their girl I am going to pray for you. I love you and I don’t even know you.! You do not have to wonder woman. As long as the kids have clean underware and their gums aren’t bleeding from scurvey you can let a few things go. Pick and choose.

  62. Kelly Marshall September 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I need this book too!

  63. Carol Beck September 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Great ideas!

  64. Melanie September 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I can really relate to Amanda. I struggle with erasing those lines all the time. I need this book!

  65. Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    So. it’s kind of a funny story. I spent 11 months being a missionary oversees and came back to the States about two months ago. When I was oversees, it was a lot easier for me to “find” time but that is because I was surrounded by a strong community, I had given up most forms of technology, I did ministry daily, and I was constantly in prayer, etc. Then when I came back, I felt useless and distracted, Overwhelmed by all my roles and the expectations of me. I feel as if most days I’m drifting through life and I know a big part of it is because I’ve become so distracted by “life” that I have neglected my relationship with Jesus. I have forgotten to merge both worlds. So, thank you for the reminder today. It was kind of like a punch in the face. Oh, I need a book please.

  66. Tammy September 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    I need this book! I have struggled with this very concept since I started walking with the Lord. I look forward to hearing more on this subject tomorrow.

  67. Sarah September 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Boy, this devotion couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m juggling so many things and feeling like I’m dropping half or more of them. I would love to read your book and see how to cope with this. Thanks for your wonderful devotions.

  68. Sheryl September 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    I need this book! I read girlfriends everyday and no matter what i have going on in my life, it always help me.

    I really need help clearing my mind set and forcing more on GOD.

  69. Lynn September 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I do need this book and would enjoy sharing it in a weekly Women’s Ministry group. Thank you!

  70. Kelly Dickey September 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I need this book! Love your devotional everyday!

  71. Angie Ng September 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I need this book!

    Would love to learn more from the book. 🙂

  72. Shannon Holliday September 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I need this book…what a cliffhanger today 🙂

  73. Anne September 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Good Morning! I need this book! as a widowed single mom of almost teenagers, I am all over the map and need to learn to bring God into everything! Thank you for your ministry to women!

  74. Nicole September 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I need this book!!!

  75. Robbie September 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I really really need this book. Not only for me, but for the girlfriends in my life.

  76. Penelope Luster September 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I need this book! I felt like you were talking directly to me 🙂

  77. sarah September 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    thank you so much for posting this devotion! it is EXACTLY what i struggle with on a daily basis. Since my fiancée is a newbie Christian, I am the spiritual leader of my family. I have God time in the morning before everyone else gets up, and God time at night when everyone else goes to bed. Sometimes I just want to have God time ALL the time! Or at least feel He is in our family presence all the time. I struggle being a leader in this area as I’m sure many do, however, I often times feel I am so busy taking care of everyone else, that taking care of myself gets put on hold…I look forward to the next post! THANK YOU GOD for sending these messages to me through these wonderful women!

  78. Romeldia September 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I.need.this.book. PERIOD! We had LAST minute guest yesterday. I was so tired. I had been daydreaming of finally getting off my feet when I flung myself scurrying to the store to whip up a last minute dinner. While preparing, I realized God gave me an opportunity to serve. I thank God for that opportunity. I need to just cleave more during the busy times in our lives and speak life into every situation. Thank you!

  79. Dawn Giehl September 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I do need this book… I am a hospice nurse and I am constantly giving of myself and at the end of my shift I am so depleted. I know that when I begin my day with reading God’s Word and prayer and also pray before my visits with my patients, I am not as depleted. I know in my heart that I cannot do this job to which He has called me without the power of His Holy Spirit…I want to be filled to overflowing so that my patients will see Jesus in me and not see a nurse who is depleted…Thank You for Your faithfullness in serving Him by writing such books….

  80. Natalie September 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I need this book Sharon! Everyday is an struggle for me. Separating secular life and having a heart solely living with Jesus is hard. In about a month I will be marrying the man of my dreams. Many of my struggles surround dealing with his 6 year old who just this last week was given the diagnosis of ADHD. Every time I feel like I’m getting really good at incorporating God into my daily activities something happens with his daughter that frustrates me and pushes me down and stirs up feelings I don’t want to be having. Help me figure out how to merge the two lives completely.

  81. Kelly September 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I need this book! I need balance! I need Jesus to calm the “to do” tornado that rages in my life and sucks away my fellowship with Him.

  82. Amy September 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I need this book! I can so relate to always feeling failing God for not better balancing my life and not better balancing my reactions to life.

  83. Joy September 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Good morning Sharon! Thank you for sharing your faith with all of us…for reaching out… We all need encouragement and guidance on how we can better keep our faith and the everyday routine of our lives intertwined. I definetely need your book… Thanks 🙂

  84. Kelly September 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    i need this book

  85. Liz Guy September 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I Need this Book.

  86. bev September 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I would love this book. Some days I start out with a total commitment to praying without ceasing and then it seems as though I am getting ready for bed and I realize that within the first few minutes of being at work I tell the Lord to hold on a minute …that minute turns into hours….

  87. Susan September 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Great illustration and so simple! Thanks!!

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    I need this book

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    I need this book! I so related to your blog

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    I need this book!!!..

  91. Laura B September 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I need this book!! I love your blog!!

  92. Kristine McCreedy September 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    My friend and I need this book. We have been asking ourselves these same questions for many years now.

  93. Jackie September 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    This very topic of practicing the presence of Jesus has been a desire of mine for so long. But I’ve struggled so much to make it happen. Since my time of devotions in the early morning, I realize He has not crossed my mind at all! How could this be? I even wrote His initial on my hand – then failed to notice it! How does it happen? If your book has some direction for me, then I NEED THIS BOOK!

  94. Hope Pontoon September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I need this book.

  95. Annette September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Only until very recently have I learned to rest in the fact that GOD HAS IT UNDER CONTROL. My day is under control of the Lord! I do have control over my attitude and God is so loving of me that He even helps me with that!. Imagine all the love notes God sends during the day!! Winning this book would be a gift truly but I know that whoever wins this book will certainly be blessed! Thank you Sharon for sharing your words with us today!!

  96. Tiffney Thompson September 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I need this book!

  97. Nicholas Mwape September 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    i am encouraged and ready to share because just yesterday a friend of mine was actually complaning of not having quality time with the LORD. i need this book for sure!

  98. Suson September 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I really enjoyed today’s post…thank you very much!
    It echoes already the way I have a union with our Lord. He’s a part of my everyday life. I carry on a running commentary with him, and thank him periodically throughout the day. When I see a young boy with his Mum, and he shares a beautiful smile with me I silently thank the Lord for that bright spot in my day that he gave me and I ask him to protect him.
    I don’t really need this book, but wanted to thank you for sharing the post. It’s true…how on Earth can we gain strength and wisdom from Jah if we don’t include Him in our secular life?

  99. Lydie-Ann September 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I want this book! 🙂

  100. Maureen September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I need this book

  101. Lorie Farris September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I so need this book!

  102. Brenda Noyes September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I really really really need this book!

  103. Pat Witman September 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I so need this book!

  104. Loma September 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I need this book! Even though I have been through the working full time/mothering full time gig and am now retired, I STILL need this book! No matter where we are in our lives, it is always difficult to carve out the “God time”!

  105. Lydie-Ann September 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I want this book! 🙂 Anything that can help me to grow as a Christian, I’d love to have!

  106. Janet September 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Ohhhh my goodness – my heart leapt and sank at the same time when I read this today and then the chapter of your book!! I am so there!! I need this book!! Thank you for capturing so many people’s lives, fears and frustrations. I would like to take this to my “small group” where we are all in the same boat!

  107. Laura B September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I need this book! Hit home today!!

  108. Cheri September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I need this book! Wonderful devotions.

  109. Meg September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I need your book!! I’m truly blessed by your blog And would benefit from reading the book!

  110. Alycia September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Thank you for showing me how I actually do already spend much of my day with Him. I need your book! I need to know what else He’s given you for us. God bless you!!

  111. Terri Ottaviano September 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! Thank you for your inspiration!

  112. Jessica Moody September 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    WOW!!!! this blog couldn’t have come at a better time!!!!!! I really need this book!!!!!

  113. Trish September 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Wow! I never thought of it that way. But…it makes perfect sense. I get in such a rut with all of my duties. Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to read this book then pass it on to other mothers who are struggling with this issue.

  114. Cindy September 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    This has been me for quite a while, I get involved in daily bible studies and with time, obvious daily tasks distract me and before I realize it, I am no longer working on my bible study. I am looking forward to hearing more from you Sharon and how I can apply it to my life. My quiet time in the mornings and random prayers just don’t seem to feel like enough. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  115. Erin September 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I sooo need this book! I have been struggling with finding the right balance in my life. I have been sick for 9 months and need to really learn how to find God in this experience. To essentially praise him in the storm. Please consider me!

  116. Cary September 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I need this book!!! This is what a need right now in my spiritual journey.

  117. Yanira September 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!!! I can truly relate to Amanda. I always feel guilty when I don’t spend my first hour of my waking days with the Lord. I’ve tried communing with the Lord throughout my days, but the busyness of my days are so hectic, that my thoughts are clouded with all that must be completed. There is always something more that has to be done and it seems never ending. I thought that once my kids were older, that my schedule would change somewhat; but instead the responsibilities at work got bigger. So, YES, I REALLY NEED this book! I’ve also tried to balance things on my own, but to no avail. Thank you in advance and may God continue to Bless your ministry.

  118. Candace September 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I need this book!

  119. Amy Schertzinger September 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    I need this book. I have forgotten how to do this. When my girls were little I stayed at home with them. I had lots of brain time. I was very busy with physical things but I had a lot of time in my head to have deep meaningful conversations with God. He did lots of things with me. I can remember having a habit of praying for people at stoplights. It was a way to get through my crazy day with three little ancle biters. It was a wonderful time and a great time of growth for me spiritually. I then went through a devistating divorce and debilitating depression. He stayed with me and in fact I think it was even closer as he carried me through the tough time. I have a visual of myself in the laundry room, only place no one would join me for feer they woulod be handed a basket of towels, on my knees crying out to God.
    I have now rebuilt my life. I am a single mother with three teenagers, a full time job, and a house to manage. I am doing it all very successfully but I have absolutely no free brain time. I love my career and am successful in it. I know that it is my calling and is part of my ministry.(I teach first grade and am doing a lot of leadership in my school and district in the area of reading instruction) I miss the time i had to spend with the Lord in constant communication and would love to redevelope the habit. It is like I remember him a couple of times a day and he pops in there here and there but I need him with every breath I draw in. Please consider me. obviously I am a great communicator and have a big mouth. If I like your book you may have a boost in sales. You may even want me on your team.

  120. Tana September 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I Need This Book!
    Good Morning… and Thank You for your daily devotionals to help us in our walk with God and to help brighten each of our days! GiG’s devotionals are something positive to look forward to in this busy life.

  121. Lauren M. September 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I really need this book in my life!

  122. Bridget September 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I need this book. Feeling incredibly overwhelmed at this point in my life. Everywhere I turn someone/ something is pulling for my time. Sounds as if your book would be a great guide to get back on track. Thank you for your lovely blogs.

  123. Chasity September 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I need this book!

  124. monique September 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I need this book in my life. Thanks!

  125. Jackie September 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I would love to read this book! Your insight that there should and could be no distinction within our daily routine as women is like a breath of fresh air! I need this book!

  126. Karen September 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Great Blog.I am adding it to my pintereest. I would love to read this book.

  127. bethany September 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!

  128. Jenny September 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I neeeeeeedd this book! Sometimes I feel like Martha with Mary’s heart. I don’t have much time. However I do the best to keep Jesus in my heart.

  129. Anita September 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I need this book!

  130. Teresa A Williams September 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I need this book. And I would really love to have it. It seems to be speaking on the area in my life that needs some working on. So I would love to see where the story leads me in this subject. Thank you so much Mrs Jaynes. By the way That was my maiden name. Before my first marriage Teresa Jaynes. Cool uh.

  131. Wanda September 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I need this book.

  132. Susie September 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I need this book!

  133. Christy September 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I DESPERATELY need this book! Help!

  134. Gina September 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I am so desperately trying to get on the RIGHT path with GOD. Praying that HE will teach me HIS ways and allow HIS will to be done in my life. It is a daily struggle to suppress the flesh and do what’s right…but I’m living & learning. I thank GOD for placing these devotionals in my life for they are truly a blue print and a tool for me. I breathe a sigh of relief when I see other women going through the same trials as me.

  135. Vivian September 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    This mornings devotional was an answer to prayer. My daughter and I were talking about school starting on Wednesday and she mentioned that I need to find a balance in my life. She said you have the school, us, the house, dad, after school and mom you do know that the kids from the school are not yours, you can’t take them home you have to leave them at school. By the way when do you take a time out for quiet time, quality time? She got me thinking how busy my life is and how can I fit even more into it, I mean I already start my day at 3 and end it at 10 something has to give. Then I read this mornings devotional, I use to do more before and I had a balanced life. What changed? Then God reminded me that I talked with him all day long. I saw myself in our old apartment washing dishes and worshiping and prayering. I remembered at work we would begin our day in prayer and worship. I love when God speaks to me so clearly! So thank you.

  136. Debbie September 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi there! I just started receiving the “Girlfriends in God” emails, and I am so glad I did. Was really touched and burdened by your article this morning. I am a homeschooling mom of three-all under the age of 9 as well as a farmer’s wife, and children’s ministry coordinator. I would love to have this book to help encourage me, and thus I could encourage other moms and other women in turn. Thank you for what you do!

  137. Melanie September 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    This devotion was a blessing! It completely expressed how I feel and gave me hope and a new perspective. Thank you so much. I NEED THIS BOOK!

  138. Loretta Maillet September 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I need this book sooooo badly. I know there is always more ways to Praise our loving Father, and I need to learn how. I do take the time to Glorify him in so many ways, but would love to learn more. Please, in Jesus’ name, pick me. I love your messages you send from God. Thank you for your work!!!!
    Loretta, Canada

  139. kari September 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    This is my first blog comment. I long to be in the presence of God on a daily basis. The Scripture says that as a deer panteth for the water so my heart does long for thee. That is where I am in my relationship with God. Your book is right on time. What a blessing your words are! I would love to have a copy of your book!

  140. Lori Ramsey September 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! As someone who has renewed her faith and is hungry for him and his Word, I definitely want this!

  141. Dajia Beecham September 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I need this book! This devotion was right on time.

  142. Nicole September 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I need this book! Thank you for your ministry! I love receiving the daily Girlfriends in God devotions!

  143. Christina September 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I am a stay at home wife and mother who is being my journey as a home-schooler. My husband and I are also in the process of transitioning into full time ministry which means he will have to quit his job and raise financial support from others willing to sponsor us. I am also studying to become a biblical counselor. I believe this book will help me better manage my life as a “complete act of worship” since our family life verse is Romans 12:1-2, so we strive to live a life that brings God glory.

  144. heather September 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Words cannot express how desperately I need this book!

  145. Heather September 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I need this book at can’t wait to read your post tomorrow!

  146. Liz September 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I need this book! I was a stay at home mom for 11 years. I homeschooled my girls and seemed to have had it all together. Now I find myself scattered because I can’t (won’t) find time for God. I stay in this hole filled with self-pitty and guilt because I had to go back to the workforce. I was able to keep God in every part of my life but find it so hard now. Help!!!! I need this book!!!!

  147. Nini September 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I need this book. I didn’t grow up knowing God but I’ve been learning about Him as an adult. I’ve yet to feel the soul connection so many testify to.I’ve been feeling like I’m worshiping wrong the reason I’m not getting it. I continue to pray and search for lessons that encourages me to continue to seek Him. Thank you for your lessons.

  148. Larna September 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I need this book!

    I turn 34 on the 13th of September and am a mother of two beautifull Girls aged 14 and 6, I work and and still attend college, whatever Amanda has said I can relate to and it is so difficult living in SA being single and trying everything in yournpower to better the lives of your children, therefore one has to sacrifice every minute and there is just never enough or may I be honest no time to spend reading my bible, I pray yes but i know for sure that is not enough, please Sharon help and maybe my relationship with God will improve as that is all that I really want.

  149. Jennifer September 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I need this book! Wow, exactly what I needed to read and hear. Thank you for being so honest.

  150. Kedre September 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I can totally relate to Amanda. I NEED THIS BOOK!

  151. Claudia McFadden September 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I’m blessed to be able to spend more time with God this morning–on my day off! I’m going to try to be aware of His presence all day. He is so good!

  152. Pamela September 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I need this book…I soo need this book!!

  153. Tammy September 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    I need this book! I enjoy reading everything you write! Thanks for being used by God to speak truth into my life.

  154. Tuesday Sanders September 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I truly need this book. I moved about a 150 miles from my small hometown and little country church almost 3 years ago, and I’ve struggled since then to stay close to God. The churches in this big city intimidate me and have left me feeling more and more empty spiritually. I talk to my Lord daily and have what I consider a running conversation with Him. I would love to read your book and step further into spirituality on a daily basis!

  155. Pamela September 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I can so related and I still struggle with this. One thing that I do in my commute to work is 99% of time the radio is left off and I review my spiral scripture cards of verses I am memorizng or have memorized in the past. If I have a mid-day communte I listen to sermons. I also spend time talking to God (but I need more of this). My most cherished times are those I spend in the sacred quiet of a morning with my Bible and my journal and those get wiped out too many times with work “obligations”-it leaves me feeling so empty. I too need to look for Him more in my every day living.

    Looking forward to this book!!!

    Pamela

  156. Lilly September 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    I Need This Book!!
    In the day to day struggles to arrange time for my family, my job, and myself I feel like I fall short daily of spending that much needed time with God.

  157. Nikki September 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Your new book sounds wonderful! I would be very grateful to receive a copy. Blessings to you!

  158. Joy Crouch September 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Like those who have already responded, I so need this book! After turning 50 this last year, I’ve been looking over my life and what it has been about. My girls are in their teenage years which has been challenging, my body is going thru menopause, I’m not longer working….trying to adjust and see how all this is suppose to work out. I’ve always struggled with the balance and trying to incorporate more of God into my daily life and feeling guilty more than content. I look so forward to this daily devotionals. Many come at just the right time….

  159. Teresa September 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I need this book! So relevant to our lives today.

  160. Susan September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I need this book! I already try and incorporate God in all my daily activities. When I fold clothes, I pray that when my husband wears them that he will: be safe, turn to God, pray, see God throughout his day, etc. so that I am praying during the entire time. I sing praises to God while in the car listening to a Christian radio station. I ask God to bless the people I am preparing food for -specifically for their needs. BUT, I’d still like the book!!

  161. Kelly September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I need this book. When I find the time to pray daily I do feel I am merging the secular and sacred…however at times lifes’ demands make me “forget” to take time for God daily. I have been searching for more…I need this book.

  162. Anna W. September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I desperately need this book! I am a mother, a teacher, and recently my husband has been rendered disabled due to brain cancer. I have had to take two extra jobs to help make ends meet. I get up early to spend quiet time with the Lord every morning, but I do a lot of compartmentalizing during the day. I pray numerous times during the day, but at night I fall exhausted into bed, and often fall asleep during prayer. I think I would add a book like this to my morning quiet time. Looking at the other comments, it looks like the need is great for many women. This book is sure to be a blessing to whomever reads it! Thank you for your ministry.

  163. Season September 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I read your daily devotional everyday. It has truly given me hope and peace during some very hard times I have been experiencing in my life right now. I could really use your book right now to help learn more ways to bring God closer into my life. I have had an extreme Glory ache in my life for so long. I feel like I going through the motions and not experiencing the relationship God wants to have with me. I long for that relationship but I feel like I’m doing it all wrong. Please help me.

  164. Jana September 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I really need this book.! I have never before looked at worship and relationship with God in that way. I am always beating myself up about not being able to carve out enough time to read his word and truely give him the worship and praise he deserves from me. I am looking forward to reading more tomorrow, on showing what it would look like to throw out compartmentalization of my life. Thanks for your insights into what God wants for our lives.

  165. Tamara September 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I need this book – time to eliminate the craziness !!

  166. Athena September 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I need this book!!!!!

  167. Kelkyann September 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Loved this post! Last November I made the choice to give God ALL of my life, not just certain times of the week. The stress of compartmentalizing my life was killing me. Slowly, and sometimes painfully, God has taken down the walls of mh compartments and now I can truly say I only have one and He is the center. My life has never been more peaceful and fulfilling than it is now. God has healed alot of pain and brought alot of joy and complete tranformation. It’s not an easy process but it is a necessary process and I’m thankful for the journey.

  168. Jan September 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I look forward to the next post.

  169. Sophia September 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I need this book!: A Sudden Glory…
    Thank you for the insight =)

  170. Jessica September 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I Need This Book!! I work at a Christian Ministry and it’s sad to say but I still struggle with this. I struggle with only using my secular thoughts instead of relying on God’s thoughts and the amazing plans He has. Thank you for this Word today as I am going ba k to work tomorrow after a week off.

  171. Melinda September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I need this book! And so do all the Moms in our Moms group!!! 🙂

  172. Carol September 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I need this book!!!! 🙂

  173. Lina Rodriguez September 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I’ve been readingbyour devotionals and especially love how I identify with the ones related to your new book, Sudden Glory. I NEED THIS BOOK!!!

  174. Gail Coutinho September 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I need this book! 🙂

    Today’s reading was forwarded to me by a friend and it was really really heplful.
    Thank you and may God bless you abundantly.

    Regards,
    Gail

  175. Angela September 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I have recently dedicatedmy life to Christ and really need this book please.

  176. Judy September 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I desperately need this book! Too many things on my plate these days!
    Judy

  177. Roxanne September 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I just wanted to say Thank You, for your timely word! I needed to hear that this morning!

  178. gloria scott September 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I need this book – never too old to grow closer to the Lord!

  179. Stephanie September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Pray without ceasing! God is always with us, I always pray to remember Him in everything I say and do 😉 I think that is how we erase these lines 🙂

  180. Liz September 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Good morning Sharon. Boy do I need your book. I don’t work outside of our home. It’s just me and Lou and we’re both disabled to a certain extent Mine is back, hips and knees. I’m 14 yrs younger than Lou and sometimes I feel even older than he. Recently, Lou started losing his memory. He used to do most of the housework, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry etc. Now, I’m doing all but the cooking. Even the outside work is falling on me. He cuts the grass with a ride on mower and I do the rest of the upkeep on this 2/3 acre property. I try to give the Lord 30 minutes of Bible reading everyday. There are 5 daily scripttures sent to my email, and I pray as often as I can think to. Yet, I don’t feel the connection between myself and Jesus. I was recently rebaptized and I thought that, maybe that would help. What am I doing wrong, Sharon. I’d love to read your new book and I do plan to purchase it soon. I love the GiG daily devotional. Thank you all, Liz.

  181. Shawn S September 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Oh, how I NEED THIS BOOK!! And to erase that line! Thank you for your devotions each day!!

  182. Karen September 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I need this book, really bad!

  183. Debbie Binsfield September 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I need this book, and would love to share it with freinds!

  184. denice September 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    kid, dogs,house,husband,work,……i need this book!

  185. Deana September 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    I am in much need of this book.
    I am a on site manager of a motel. I am here 24/7 from sun up to sun down. tested every day of my faith. It is very hard for me to start a prayer or read out of the bible for i am always taking care of the public needs, before the Lords. This makes me like a failure every day and i so much crave him!

  186. Traci September 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I need this book. Thank you for helping me with blogging. I seem to get so distant from God in the summer. It must be the busy life of raising three teenage boys. I need to reconnect in a way to learn how to not just squeeze God in!

  187. Rebecca September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I need this book. Like so many, I have compartmentalized my life and find myself missing God so much. The more I try to put Him into every aspect of my life, the more I fail. My deepest desire is to really live and breath and move in Him.

  188. Heather September 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I need this book!

  189. nancys1128 September 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I need this book!

  190. LaShonda Gurley September 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Ms.Sharon, I really, really need this book! I didn’t know what that to term that “tugging”; always walking around feeling guilty, striving but feeling like I am a jack of all trades and master of nothing. I fit the same roles as Amanda in your devotional, plus I am the mother of three, I have begun teaching class this Fall for extra income, and my husband is a full time seminary student! I often ask myself what day it is, and I attempt to organize everything only to slump over in my “heap of papers and planners.” Today’s devotional is just a snippet into what I need to do to get back on track, and to see God’s Glory in all that I do. Praise God for His Blessings! Thanks for sharing.

  191. Sheila September 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I need this book!

    I am a newly baptised believer and feel the struggle daily. We have 5 children 12 and under, I homeschool them, have a small farm, and my husband is away almost all day each weekday working in a far away city. I want to be an EXCELLENT faithful trusting believer in Christ, build my faith daily, teach my children well, keep a clean and neat home, nourish my family with food and the Word, and follow my husband’s leading. I feel like I am constantly looking for that “big sister” who will take me by the hand and show me how this all gets done living filled with the Spirit who can equip us all. I often feel poorly equipped for the journey but know that is only my shortcomings and wrongful thoughts, not Christ. I enjoy your devotional, which I read in the morning when I am nursing the baby. He is of an age where he rips my books as I read, so the computer is safer to read the Word from.

  192. Kelly September 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    My morning and evening commutes are when I talk to God. No radio – just me and Him, and the other crazy drivers on the road. Not only do I pray for travel mercies, but my day and family & friends, forgiveness. I hope God enjoys it as much as I need to speak with Him during that time. I keep scripture verses in my car, in my wallet, on my desk, just to keep Him close – to remind myself that I was created to glorify Him.

  193. Terri September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I need this book! It’s a daily battle for me, in my life of busy-ness.

  194. Trice September 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I was very encouraged by the message today, “When you feel like there’s just not enough time.” That was me, but not anymore after reading this! I think God for your message today, because it will help me to bring balance to my life. I LOVE the Lord with all my heart, and I don’t want him to be slighted at all, because he is the giver of Life!

  195. Julie September 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!!

  196. Terri September 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I need this book.

  197. Lyvette September 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I truly need this book….I feel like Amanda is my twin.

  198. diana September 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I need this book!!! While currently in a storm, trying to stand through my husband’s unemployment which is going into the 7th month, raising two boys, ages 17 and 9, my stepdad’s battle with cancer, just three years after losing my mom to the same disease, and doing ministry for women and grief support. I need God in every facet of my life. God Bless You Sharon.

  199. Tammy wood September 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I would love to have this book. Thank you so much for the devotional.

  200. Linda M. September 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks Sharon! I need this book! 🙂

  201. Twyla September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I need this book…I really do. Twyla

  202. Mary September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Wow, what a timely devotional for me today. Stay at home mom of 3 young boys, teaching music classes part time, leading worship at church, trying desperately to maintain some order in my house…and NEVER enough time. 🙂 I NEED THIS BOOK! I’d love a copy. Thanks for sharing this wisdom, can’t wait to read tomorrow’s devo.

  203. Angela Cespedes September 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Sharon,
    Good morning!!

    I want a coppy of your book: A Sudden Glory.

    Thanks in advance!!

  204. ginny September 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I need this book! what more can I say! Between kids, grandkids, work and everything else I have no time to think!

  205. Dale September 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    “I need this book”!!! It has been, and continues to be, my daily and nightly cry for the Lord to help me get back to Him. Too much going on in my life and jam- packed days keep me from the time I need to spend with my Lord. I have confessed that I have been compartmentalizing and I choose to dissolve the lines today. I spend my travel and commute times with Him through CD’s or christian radio, and I find the time to read a daily devotion in the morning while in the bathroom; however it is no where near enough. I lift up daily cries and always talk with him through out the day yet I am too tired to read His word and really spend any quiet time worshiping and glorifying Him.

  206. Lori September 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Isn’t it amazing that even when I’m failing Him, He comes through for me and shows me another way out… It must be a glorious feeling to know that God is working through you to touch so many lives. God bless you.

  207. Barrie September 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I need this book, I need to make God the focus of my life again.

  208. Bonnie September 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    THIS BOOK IS JUST what I have been looking for in my quest to blend my walk with Jesus, while completing my journey on this earth!!! Bless you, Sharon, for writing a book that will address the very ache in our hearts to walk nearer with our Lord!
    I have felt that exact separation that you describe in today’s devotion and so desire a deeper connection to our beloved Lord! God is definitely working through you to help others in their daily walk with Him!! PTL!

  209. Mata September 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I need this book. Thank you and God Bless You.

  210. Rene September 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I need this book…….I feel overwhelmed…….

  211. Shelby September 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Struggling with this big time- I need this book!

  212. Abigail September 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    This post was exactly the encouragement I needed this morning – thank you so much for that! I need this book 🙂

  213. Pam Burke September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I need this book. Thank you for sharing.

  214. Danielle September 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I need this book-I’m excited to hear the rest!

  215. Jan Pelias September 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    This book would be an awesome study for my busy “life of two middle schoolers” phase. My girlfriends would love it too! I think it would be great for a neighborhood study! Please pick me for the ARC!

  216. Olubukola September 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK, PLEASE!

  217. Andrea September 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I need this book!! 🙂

  218. Vonnie Kronk September 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I need this book & Many things I need to continue my journey

  219. Adrienne Renae Lich September 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! I just started working full-time a couple months ago. I’m now a single Mom who works 40 hours a week, I have an 8-year-old son, I do college courses online in the evenings, and I have a house to clean. I feel like the only time I’m able to breathe is on Sunday mornings. HELP!!!

  220. Allison Dalehite September 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I need this book! I feel like my relationship with Christ is struggling because of my seperation of my secular life and my sacred life. Please pick me! Pretty please! 🙂

  221. Sharon Newmann September 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I need this book! To be able to be aware of God’s presence in everything I do, no matter how mundane and to actually think of everyday activities as acts of worship and service to God.

  222. Cheryl September 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness do I need this book. I have to tell you I used that I have so much to do reason for feeling like I didn’t spend enough time with God. Then I lost my job. This morning I woke up, thought about doing the paper I need to do for my Masters program, looked at the dishes and thought to myself, “Getting those done is an act of worship.” It never quite feels that way though. I am not sure why I feel that completing the things God puts before me is not important. I know it is my tragic flaw of the moment. I have a pregnant teen in my life from church. Since I am not working, I drive her to doctors appointments, parenting classes, etc but even after those days, I think “I have done nothing important or of value to God.” I know that is not true but it is the instant reaction of my heart. I have no idea how to remove it, but I know that is what God is working out of me at that moment. So I really think I NEED THIS BOOK!!!

  223. Sandy September 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I need this book.
    Thank you for all your timely devotions, on many occasions they have been beneficial in steering my path in living a life that glorifies Christ.

  224. Deanna September 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! I look forward to the “Girlfriends in God” each day. Thank you for sharing and clarifying how not to divide my life. Life is so crazy busy and I have often felt like Amanda. It’s so much easier than I realized! Thank you again for sharing!!

  225. Elizabeth September 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    As a single mom who works and goes to school I always feel guilty for not spending enough time with the lord. I need the book! I look forward to learning more in tomorrows email. Thank you

  226. Michelle September 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I need this book!

  227. Rachel September 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I need this book!!!
    and I claim it in the Name of Jesus 🙂

    Great post!!!! applies to my life

  228. Tonya Hammontree September 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I need this book!!

  229. Dawn September 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Oh, Sharon, how I NEED this book!!! This is my daily struggle. Sometimes I feel I’ve accomplished the goal, but other duties pay the price. Sometimes I know in my heart, and feel the guilt of letting other things come first. I soooo try to erase these lines and integrate these two areas of life, but some days fail miserably! I am so grateful to you for writing this book for all of us to learn from and live lives filled with God all over!!!

  230. Holly Frank September 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Thank you for your daily devotionals.
    I so need this book. I could probably use most of your books…
    As we all move into the new school year I pray that we all find time for our spiritual selves everyday in every way.

  231. Kara September 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Would love to have this book and pass it around to my friends as well!

  232. Valenda September 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I need this book!

  233. Monica September 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I NEED this book! I am “new” to this being able to communicate with our Lord through my own personal conversations! Being raised in a religon that I believed was teaching me that any siuation that was worthy of going to God with must have a prayer concerning that topic printed in the prayer book , I didn’t know how to personally approach the Lord. After living…decades..in various modes of physical and mental abuse, some (well, a selected small handful) very Godly loving friends that know of the circumstances that I now dwell in (I have had a lifetime of training that any level of tranparency just begats more of the abuses I’ve lived under since the age of 3) have taken my hand, led me to a place of worship that is glory and praise. I have become an amazed and eager student seeking the blessed assurance that surrounds them! Thank you for the possibilities!

  234. Trudy September 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    I need this book!!! Please!!! <3

  235. Janet September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I need this book! My life is so overwhelming right now. My husband is in the hospital with heart problems, I am caring for three aging parents and I have problems with arthritis. Most days I feel like I am running but I can barely keep up.

  236. Valenda September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I need this book! I have been praying about this topic.

  237. Dutchess September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! Trying to merge my reality with my theology.

  238. Justine Guerra September 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I need this book!!!!:) I just turned 25 and am trying to find the balance with my spiritual life and my physical world. I love reading Girlfriends in God everyday so I know the book would really help me a great deal.

  239. Vivian September 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOk!!!! I am constantly at
    Odds with myself because of this very same things

  240. melissia hammer September 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I Need This Book Please God Bless

  241. Tracy September 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I need this book!!!!!!! 🙂

  242. Melany September 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I need this book! our serves at church yestrday was about solomon and how he spent for days trying to find something that would satisfiy him and of course the truesacrafice was spending time inGods word and have a relationshipo with God and worship . I spent alot of time with God and now I ve let lllife and schedules interfer with my time with God and I fell so unsatisfied and so far away from him(God) It is time to bring Gods glory back into my life . Thank you for this devotion to day .

  243. Temi September 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I certainly need this book. It seems you wrote those words with me in mind. I feel like I’m constantly failing Him.Thanks for letting me know that my entire life can become an act of worship. I’m looking forward to reading the next devotional. God bless you.

  244. Tiffany M. September 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I need this book!

  245. Rachiel September 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I need this book! As I go about my day to day life, I do feel like God gets lost in the shuffle.

  246. Christa September 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh boy, I could use this book. Your suggestion today is like a revolution to me. Thank you for stepping up to make such bold yet incredibly relevant and Biblical comments. The guilt just fades away…. If there’s more like this in your book (and I can believe there is, as I always look forward to what you have to say in your Bible study messages), then I need this book! And I’ll be praying to find the God-given opportunities to have time to read it thoroughly.

  247. Grecia September 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! BTW thank you for being such a blessing to me and all the readers I pray for u that the Lord Jesus Christ protect your life and keep annointing u with His Holy Spirit si His name be exalted

  248. anya September 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I NEED this book!… God bless you.

  249. Donna September 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Hi Sharon
    It looks like we all need thus book. Today started when my mind engaged and I immediately started to question my feelings of agitation. I know the Lord and so desperately want Him in my life but always feel pulled into other direction…just like Martha! It was then that I opened my devotional and read about Mary, Martha and Jesus! His timing can’t ever be more perfect! But still feeling confused about how to be more like Mary in this crazy world I live in, I moved to my email to read what my girlfriends in God were going to teach me today…and there it was. I am not alone in these out of control feelings wanting more of Jesus and less of this world in my focus. God is good. He knows my heart and He is trying to teach me that if I focus every task with Him in mind, my agitation will diminish and love for Him will bring me love and peace throughout my crazy day…hopefully more like dear sweet Mary.

    I need this book!!!

    Thank you so much ladies, for all you bring to me each and every day.

  250. Tracie September 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I not only need this book, I would love to have a copy! What a beautifully simple concept of merging the two into one. I am ready to take eraser in hand and begin removing the line the separates the world I live in with the world I belong to. Thank you for such an inspiring post.

  251. Tiffany September 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Great post. As I’ve committed to constantly grow in loving God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength, I’ve realized that there can be no separation between work and God, or my time and God’s time or anything and God. It’s been an amazing journey for me as the dividing line has come down. I look forward to your next post on this.

  252. Jenny C. September 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I would love to have this book – thanks for the giveaway.

  253. Elise September 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I so need to this book in my life! 🙂

    Being a college student, almost full time worker, athlete, and being in a family of six:……etc:) I try so hard to spend time with my awesome God, but always feel like I fail. I need to learn how to worship my Father through every breath I breathe midst the craziness of life:)

  254. Jeanne garcia September 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I totally can relate to Amanda, Lord bless you and your ministry, and
    I need this book : )

  255. Carol September 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Wow, it seems like so many days as I read your devotions, you speak to me, however, this one walked all over me. I have been sharing with friends how very hard it is to spend time in God’s Word, to spend time in prayer, to just spend time with Him. I have shared how hard it is with my husband watching t.v., cannot go in bedroom because I can still hear the t.v. plus can’t sit on bed due to back, can’t sit in bathroom cause we only have one, and on and on – all EXCUSES!
    I hunger to have a more intimate relationship with my God, to spend time with Him, and to be bold enough to share the gospel with others. However, I need to get my priorities in order and I feel like I NEED YOUR BOOK as I believe it will help guide and speak to me.
    Thank you for listening, I feel better just sharing with others.

  256. Molly September 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I struggle with processing language and social skills, so I’ve always naturally struggled with integrating God more practically in my life and in my heart. This book is a God-send-blessing! Thanks for writing it. (due to my past hurts/stigma please don’t publicly publish my email address). Thanks 🙂 …

    • Molly September 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      How could I have forgotten to say that I really need God by my side everyday, that I really need your book? My processing struggles at work again … but God’s workings in my life are greater. Having your book would help me to capture and embrace God’s presence and love. I really need your book!

  257. Ivy Brown September 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I so NEED THIS BOOK!!

  258. chris buller September 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK PLEASE>>> I CONSTANTLY FEEL LIKE IVE FAILED >>>>>xxx

  259. Patricia September 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I want my life to be an act of worship. I need this book.

  260. brittanymorrison08@gmail.com September 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I need this book! This describes so much of what I’ve been struggling with lately.

  261. Brandie September 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I need this book!!!!

  262. Brandie September 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I need this book!!!! Thanks for sharing what God lays on your heart. It is an inspiration.

  263. Aimee September 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I need this book. I thought you were writing about my life. 40 hour a week job sometimes more. 90 min each way commute I am a mom and my name starts with an “A”

    Great GiG this morning

  264. Denise September 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I need this book!

  265. Natasha September 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    God has been using your blogs to convey His message to me about Him pursuing my heart. Since then, it’s like I’m right on track with every word you’re writing. Thank you for going ahead of me on this journey. This was exactly the topic I’ve been struggling with too. I work full time and have been struggling mightily — even feeling like I was failing. Your blog today touches me deeply and continues to give me hope. I’d love your book too. God bless you.

  266. Beth September 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    SHaron, I need this book…the women of our church need this book to “study through”! what a blessing this “study” would be for each women to “take into her heart”. I am the director of youth, family and school ministry, I director the school (preschool – first grade and the lead teacher for the the sweet little 2 1/2 – 3 year-olds! As many of us, I am also a wife, a mom, a friend, a counselor….and on and on. I too, like Amanda, have recently said, “I feel as though I do not do anything well”…it weighs heavy on my heart. I am also a four year bladder cancer survivor (my urinary tract is completely different than most people’s and I continue to learn to live and function with the “new me”…I know God still has plans for me to which I say, “here I am Lord…Your vessel to be molded and shaped”! Because of my cancer and the emotional turmoil I went through the Mayo Clinic (where I am a patient) sent me to a social worker/oncology counselor, she was placed before me by our Lord Jesus! I now find myself daily yearning to be involved in the visualization prayer therapy she has led me to know…with your words SHAron, in today’s devotion I now realize I need to visualize, within my quiet time with Jesus in prayer, literally erasing that line, that wall, that seperation between the secular and the spiritual…it is rather ironic, in my teachings to the children of all ages that God places before me I share with them…everything we do, every breathe, every step we are to be worshipping our Creator, Redeemer, Counselor, Comforter and King!! Thank you Sharon…heart-to-heart, Beth Howland

  267. Jessica Wallace September 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    I need this book to give to my girlfriend Courtney. We are best friends and are both living with our husbands in our inlaws homes, ive grown alot this year allowing God to live and breathe in my life, struggles still happen but i know i can push past them. Courtney and our husbands had a massive heart to heart last night JUST LAST NIGHT!!! about this exact same topic. Courtney feels like she is failing in her life, feels like there is nothing she can do to stay on top as a new christian, mother, and wife, and also a full time worker and student. She is only 20 years old and she has this massive burden upon her to preform her best for everyone, its a wonder to me that she hasn’t burnt out completely. I would love the chance to bless her. Ive already forwarded the daily devo to her. But i really felt like i needed to share her story with you. Feel free to email me r.j.masquerade@gmail.com

  268. Sarah Walsten September 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Thank you for this amazing devotion. I could definitely relate to it. Would love to have this book!

  269. Stephanie September 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Like so many others, I would benefit from reading this book.

  270. Angie September 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I need this book!

  271. Rebekah September 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    I need this book! 🙂 How I long to be in constant communion with the Father…

  272. Sylvia Ban September 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    i think God has heard my cry n prayer just now, before i read your post today. I was praying for repentence n forgiveness from Him as i have been neglecting Him, putting my chores n my kids 1st in my everyday lives 🙁 I need God to come n help me overcome this issue……
    I need this book.

    Shalom.

  273. Alana Flowers September 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    I need this book!

  274. Enobong Oladipo September 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! I don’t know how else to express this, but i really need this book. God bless you.

  275. mallory wells September 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I need this book!!

  276. Mila Macalalag September 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK…….Thanks

  277. Stacey Howard September 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I Need this book, and I would say that any women with children needs this book. What we need in addition is that we have prayer for each of us and that is what I will do for all of the women posting here and even those who have not posted. Your all wonderful for what you do for others and greatly to be acknowledged. Blessings to all of you.

  278. Mila Macalalag September 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I need this book…..thanks….God Bless!!!!

  279. victoria ryan September 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I need this book!!! Thank you for your daily devotional.

  280. Liz September 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I need this book! Please pick me!

  281. linda murphy September 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    I need this book!!!

  282. Maritza September 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    It’s a relief to discover that our commune with the Lord can and should occur during our daily walk of living and that He doesnt require our time at a specific time or place. I usually do my praise and prayers while driving to work. Just plain old me and the Lord in the car. Would love to learn more on how to keep the Lord always by my side. i need THE BOOK! 🙂

  283. Kathryn September 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I need this book!

  284. Eva Taylor September 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Yep, I totally need this book that’s for sure. Thanks for the devo! As always, it’s challenging and encouraging.

  285. Andrea September 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I am so forever grateful for your Ministry. Lately, I have been feeling stretched and that I am trying to do to many things. Today empowered me to keep moving and realize even though I commute and work long hours, I can make better use of my time. Thank you so much!

  286. debbie September 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Dear Sharon..As Christian women I think that we can all use your book! We are made up to be doer’s and givers all day all the time with no alarm clock.We feel that we have failed if we are not available for everyone. When we get that few minutes a day between..commuting,.. or dropping off at school..etc..We feel that we are using our time wisely by returning that text, E-mail, or phone call. We feel accomplished. But it is in those “few moments” that we need to stop and listen to the Lord speak to us to remind us of what’s really important to receive his message and any given time to allow him to lead us, to listen, to our spiritual self first and foremost it is what will guide us to him and keep us on the journey of God. Even as I sit here and write I think “maybe I should be doing something else right now..laundry? cooking? etc.. As a Christian women I am faced with the guilt of not giving the Lord the time when he calls me. I overlook it with my human nature..I go to sleep every night and thank God for loving and forgiving me I wake up every morning and say “this is the day the Lord has made I shall be glad and rejoice in it”. But, is it enough? No, I don’t feel that’s enough I want to worship the Lord all my waking days..I want to hear him call my name over my phone ringing..or my E-mails..etc but, I fail with God’s forgiveness I am whole again..I, like many ChristIan women would love to have your book..I wonder if what I’m doing is enough?

  287. Jane September 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    I need this book! not only for myself but to share with some MOPS moms!

  288. Jo Dear September 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    I need this book x

  289. Betty September 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I need this book. Thank you Sharon for letting the Lord use you to give us this help.

  290. Sue Plummer September 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!! I can really relate to Amanda and this book would help me become the Chrisitan woman I need to be.

  291. mari September 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I would sooo enjoy this book! As I read your post I began to weep…..I felt a heaviness lift as I looked back upon my first week of work (after being out of work for two years) last week. My whole world was shifting from time spent in prayer and meditation, intercession and attending bible studies to a full time job leaving me no time for “just sitting at the feet of Jesus!” What an encouragement your words were! Instead of questioning God about this turn of events…I will worship Him through them, serve at work with His heart, and stop wondering why things are the way they are!! What a relief I felt as I read your encouraging words and prayed out the prayer…thank you God for your presence in ALL that we do and for your peace! Thank you Sharon for your heart..God bless you.

  292. Heidi September 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!! How convicting and true our tendency to separate the secular and sacred. Reminds me of the song….”do everything you do to the glory of the one who made you”. Thank you for reminding me to involve God in all that I do, say, feel and how I act or react…..that is what it means to live a Christ centered life.

    Love the devotionals….always applicable and insightful. Thank you for your ministry.

  293. Cymbaline September 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Sharon, I am a performer who does spend a lot of time on the road going to and from rehearsals and auditions, and a teacher who always seems behind in my preparation. I long to be closer to God and try to incorporate Him into these things, but it is difficult. I need your book to help me see the glory moments, to take time for God when there is no time, to be so in-tune with Him that in everything I do or say, whether it is acting, singing, dancing, making music, teaching music, or just being in this world I live in, His light and love would shine through clearly and bring many of my friends lost in the darkness of entertainment to glory. Thank you for your thoughts. They are a blessing to my soul.

  294. Sally September 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I need this book!

  295. Karen September 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    Boy, do I need this book!

  296. Ruth September 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi, I NEED this book too. I was retired about 12 years ago but life has not been easy. I was a missionary in Africa for the last 6 years. My husband and I sold everything we owned before going to the field. When we returned, we had to start all over again, that’s what we’re doing now. Life is so different here, so many demands on your time, not to mention what needs to be done today and every day. We purchased a reprosessed house and have been busy trying to make it livable since our return. I learned so much from being out of North America! Now it’s a very difficult life here and no indications of it getting any easier. If I had your book, I would share it with a womens weekly bible study. And thanks for your daily GIG’s, they keep my grounded.

  297. Lauren September 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    I need this book! I really enjoyed today’s message—what a breath of fresh air to have that guilt of not being able to give your best to everything stripped away! and how amazing that the God of the universe wants to be a part of every part of our lives! Incredible!

  298. Dianne September 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I need this book!!!

  299. Pam Flora September 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I need this book!

    Wife, mother of 3 (21 yr, 18 yr & 9 yr), daughter of 74 yr old mom, Benefits Administrator & Ministry Admin coordinator.

  300. Shannon September 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!! Thank you for this reminder today … I desperately needed it. I have a tendency to compartmentalize all different parts of my life, so reading this book will help me so much. Thank you!

  301. Cherlyn Kelly September 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Do I ever need this book – I’m forever putting myself down for not spending enough time with God – in fact I find myself more and more thinking I can’t do anything right when it comes to my relationship with God – I work 10-12 hours every day – spend 2-1/2 hours traveling to and from – having been dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and manic depression since my son was murdered 7 years ago – and I just want to get right with God – but I feel like such a failure. Thanks

  302. Pat September 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    You really struck a chord with this. Living in a world that dismisses God entirely can be discouraging to say the least. The mustard seed of faith cries out for the master gardener to nourish, tend and protect it so it can grow to go. Thank you for encouraging us to abide in the vine all day every day 24/7! Looking forward to reading more!

  303. Paula September 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I need this book!!! Thank you so much for this reminder. I have claimed this before, but in the busyness seemed to let it slip out of my mind. I also want to share this concept with the Jr. High girls’ Sunday school class I teach. They need to be equipped right now!

  304. Gina September 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    Not only would I like this book but I would like a copy of all your books. One day when I can afford them I will start to purchase the collection for a ministry that I feel GOD is laying on my heart to get started.
    On Jan. 3, 2012 I have always had faith in life and I turned my problems over to GOD, renewed my faith in him and the Holy Spirit came to me and as you know life has not been the same. Right afet that I was also given Girlfriends in GOD. Your devotions are so real and spiritritualy inspritional . I have lived out the majority of your stories over the years that you have written over the last 8 months.
    I am getting ready to embark on GODs plans for my new life and I am so excited to get out of the boat and walk on the water with him. I have been flying around with the wings that he gave me a few months back. Now it is time to let him lead me instead of me being in control. It is so true that when we give to him and trust him ,he will surely show us what to do.
    l am so looking forward to seeing you on Sept. 11 and hearing what GOD has to say through you….

  305. Gerry Badger September 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I need this book. I can’t keepup with life please help.

  306. Lisa Grant September 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I Need This Book!

  307. Stacy Scott September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I need this Book!

  308. Danielle September 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Boy, do I need this book. I try to erase the lines but am stuck…..oh so stuck. Maybe erasing those lines between the two would help “erase” some of this brokenness I struggle to face.

  309. Rita September 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I need this book! I can never find time for quiet time and am always upset at myself or for not stopping what I am doing and add time with God. But how you add more time to the day as a single mom and you Orkney outside the home?

  310. Tiffany September 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    My bible study leader sent this to me-she musta known…I NEED THIS BOOK! 🙂

  311. Karen September 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    I need this book! What an amazing impact I can see this having on not only my life but on others who I would love to share it with!

  312. Marny Mae September 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I certainly need to read this book!

  313. Claire September 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Hello Sharon. Reading today’s devotional left me in awe of God’s unending love.It felt like Chrost was talking straight to me,telling me He knows my thoughts and He is always near to help. Being feeling really guilty of not spending more time doing d sacred and spiritual after giving birth to my boy 4months ago. But God in His intfinite mertcy has reached out to me through your devotional. I need this book!!! Much grace to you

  314. Laura Olson September 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    I know for a fact every woman/mother needs this book, to include myself. I just posted a prayer on facebook the other day crying out to God for myself and all other moms that I knew felt they were inadequate and a failure. Your blog post today (I’m a first time reader) touched my heart. I look forward to reading again tomorrow! Thank you for allowing the Lord to work through you to reach the broken! :o)

  315. Joshua Ndugga September 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    i desperately need this book

  316. Denise Richard September 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Hi, I was reading your email on how to meld both the seculiar and the sacred lines of our lives together to spend meaningful and precious time with our Father. I truly need your new book, I have been looking at it for days now and intend to pick up a copy of it when I can afford to do so if I am not chosen, one way or another I will read it and I feel for some reason it will help me in my spiritual life. Thanks for the opportunity and I look forward to more of your emails and the Girlfriends in God emails, they have been a blessing and a great help in my life.

  317. Brige September 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I need it’s book!

    I hope God leads you to picking whoever needs it most! There are a lot of people who seem to need it too.

  318. Jaime September 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    I need this book! You are such an inspiration!

  319. Denise September 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I really really need this book!

  320. cara September 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK! I feel so guilty for always coming up short with God. (or so it seems) The Proverbs 31 mother doesn’t not exist here! Ha! I strive everyday to be the Godly woman/wife,daughter,mother,grand-mother,friend,witness I need to be.

  321. Martha Butler September 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    I lead a group of 20-25 women and with this devotional, I have found my opening words. Women are so guilt ridden for no reason, sometimes, that they need a new way of looking at prayer. We could surely use this book, but you have too many requests to fill. Blessings on you for your wisdom in The Lord. Martha Butler

    • Sharon September 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      This would be a great book to do with your gals! It has a study guide in the back.

  322. Wendy O September 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I need this book! Thank you for the opportunity. I could write an essay on the reasons why, as all of the other women on here could as well. 🙂

  323. angie September 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I so need a copyof this book. Not just to unite both aspects of life, but also to reclaim full presence in both realms. Thanks!!

  324. Margaret Henry September 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I really need this book!!! My life right now needs something refreshing. I feel like I’m being pulled in all kind of directions. Everybody has a need and being the type of person I am, I try to meet these needs and then i feel worn out. I want to spend more time with the Lord besides the snatches of time I give him in the morning or at night. I try to talk to him on the way to work in the mornings or on the way home in the evenings. And then when i do get some quiet time, i have to have my phone on because of my job and if I turn it off, I feel guilty that, someone may need me, I work with special needs individuals. HELP!!!!!!

  325. Ashleigh September 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing! I need this book!

  326. Patti Taylor-Muzik September 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Sharon,
    I so need this book. I have facilitated 2 groups of women through the “Trusting God” book on-line, the first time I had 2 other ladies helping facilitate and the second study was pretty much me being led by God. I also led an on-line study of “The Power of a Woman’s Words.” God has blessed you with the ability to speak in my heart language. I wish I could truly express to you how greatly God has used you to impact my life. If I win this book I will use it to facilitate an on-line study of it…and I will give it away to someone else. Thank you for all that you are doing to further God’s kingdom purposes and it is an honor to link armor with you through your writing. <3

    • Molly September 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      Sharon,
      Please keep us abreast of any online study – wow, what another blessing!
      Sincerely,
      Molly

  327. Maureen Barnett September 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I need this book, just had a life altering return to the presence of God! My time seems so crowded, I pray to Him all day but don’t feel fulfilled! Thank You for this offer! I would like to ask for your prayers for my marriage and family! God Bless You!

  328. Lisa September 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!
    I gee my body and sole to Christ about a year ago and I’m still trying to understand and be a better Christian and I think this book will help me with that! I do work and take care of my child and I’m pregnant so I’m trying to take care of myself an husband as well!!! Thanks or taking the time to read my comment!

  329. Karen September 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I so need this book and if successful will share with my many friends k

  330. Danielle September 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I would love this book! A junior in college trying to balance studying, endless amount of reading each week, interning, being a gf, having a 1 year old pup, cleaning, cooking! Ah.

    Everyone needs me at once! Even God! I loved your post about bringing him along. & love dedicating even 5 minutes between classes reading the days devotion!

    Thank you,
    Danielle M.

  331. Amy September 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I need this book! Please, Pretty Please! With a Cherry on Top 🙂

  332. Brianna September 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I need this book!

  333. Lynne September 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!!!!
    I could totally relate to Amanda, but previous advice I’d been given just said, God knows what you’re going through, spend time with Him when you can and don’t worry about it. There will be time later. Well, later is busy too – in a different way, but still busy. Defintiely need to learn how to meld my 2 hemispheres

  334. Maria Hoffman September 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    I need this book! And pray 4 u as you have a difficult task of deciding which 3 of us to send one to! (smiles) I am 44 yrs old & just got married for the first time on 9/21/2011, to my high school sweetheart who is 46 yrs old. Long story, but we were re-united after 27 years of living seperate lives. He messaged me on Facebook and much to my surprise I discovered he was saved too! We knew it was divine intervention after all these years. Everything fell into place as I moved from Florida back home to Maine to be closer to him again. I am so deeply in love with my husband and very happily married, although it truly has been one of the most difficult years of my life. But is anything truly worth it ever easy?! My husband was laid off from his job 9 days after we got married and has been out of work ever since. We are truly thankful to God for His protection & provision and so far we have been faithful in tithes, etc. Thank you Lord for your on time Word thru these blogs and the transparent & loving spirit behind them. I could really use this book! (smiles) TY Sharon!

  335. Karen September 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I have been praying for my next Bible Study. I need this book to begin what I know the Lord wants for me.

  336. Helen Tisdale September 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I so enjoyed your post today! If this isn’t where I am & have been for as long as I can remember! I fight time every day & loose! I’ve been crying out for help for so long! I could never get a balance! What a blessing your words were today!

  337. Kristi September 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    I need this book!!!

  338. Bronwyb September 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    I need this book! Longing to spend more time with God has been an ache that I have recently experienced. I am college doing a Theology degree and yet with all this time spent in studing God, it is the personal loving, forgiving God I long for, time is so precious and the balance in life is so important. I cant wait to read more!

  339. Karen September 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I really need this book…I got off track about a month ago, and have been struggling to get back on track…this book would help me learn how to incorporate worship & communication with God throughout the day and not feeling such a failure at the end of each evening as I crawl into bed, exhausted and feeling so bad that I didn’t get the quiet time I needed.

  340. Rachael Kendall September 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of this book! I have struggled to understand this for awhile! Each time I feel I have failed, I become so discouraged that I just want to give up. :-(. I desperately long to please God and don’t ever want to give up!!!! I hate it when I feel that way! Any resource to help me understand this would be such a blessing to me! Thank you for your blog and helping me know that I am not alone in this struggle! It seems that about 300 or so other women need to understand this, too!

  341. Kathy September 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    I need this book! I’m a new mom who has just gone back to work full time and am struggling to balance life’s demands; I miss the support of family and my christian girlfriends I left behind when we moved to a new city a few years ago. I’ve just started reading your devotions each morning when I arrive at work–thank you for posting! Can’t wait until tomorrow’s when we find out just how to integrate the sacred and secular and balance our lives (if only it were that simple!)

  342. Ann Marie September 4, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    I need this book!

  343. lizz shaw September 4, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I need this book… Thanks Sharon for such godly insight. 🙂

  344. regina herron September 4, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I need this book stressed, worn ,broken, bent,and torn.

  345. Anita September 4, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    I need. this book! I am lot like Amanda. I feel I let God down.

  346. Providencia September 4, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    I REALLY need this book. God nless u and keep using u for his glory.

  347. sweettee September 4, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I need THIS book

  348. Krystle September 4, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    I need this book! I have a husband and two kids. I just started working full time again and am going to school. I am sooo busy I barley have time for me let alone personal time with God. I always feel like I am failing God. Thank you for posting this blog and I truly look forward to the next one. I need to learn how to erase the lines and balance my crazy busy life and my walk with God.

  349. LESLIE LINARES September 4, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    DEAR GOD! Thank You for giving Sharon your Light and talking to us through her! YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I WANT THIS BOOK! If you wish to give me this book as a Gift, please let Sharon see my name, and Put this message in her heart so she can see me!! Thank you for your hand opened to us! In the name of Jesus, amen!

  350. Areli September 4, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    I need this book!

  351. Shala Bible September 4, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    I seriously need this book! I’m a single mom working 2 jobs while raising my 4 boys on my own! Life tends to get in the way sometimes! I feel like I’m constantly in the run…acting rehearsals, soccer & football practice, piano & drum lessons, plus all of our church activities. I try to make the most of every moment of my day & all day prayer is part of who I am but I still think your new book can help me do everything with feeling so overwhelmed!

  352. Laurie September 4, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    Sharon:
    I need this book!!! I have had a very bad year, my faith has been tried in so many different ways, death, break up etc. I am trying to find my Lord and my self again and I have been reading your post every day and I enjoy them very much. I will be heading back to church with some friends of mine and am so looking forward to this. I want to feel his pressence in my life again and put all my faith and trust in Him to heal this heart of mine, and make me a stronger person. So yes, I need this book to go along with my other books that i have been reading every day to help me get to where I feel his pressence and will be the stonger person I believe I should be with his love.

  353. Pam Kulczar September 4, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    I Need this book! My daughter-in-law also Needs this book! Several of my friends Need this book. One give-away to me would equal multiple women reading this book! Thank you so much for your ministry, Sharon. I haven’t been aware of your mailing list for very long, but I have been so blessed since I found it. Thank you for your beautiful devotionals, and thank you for being so open with your readers. I thank God for you every day!

  354. Catrina September 4, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    I really need this book to help me on my walk with the lord

  355. Jennifer Burleson September 4, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    I truly need this book. I am soooooooo an Amanda!

  356. Marissa September 4, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    I need this book! This post hit home with me. Thanks! I look forward to reading your book!

  357. mary cherry September 4, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Sharon, thank you for the devotional concerning Amanda’s concerns.
    At one time, I also thought there was not enough time to spend with God. I was driving 180 miles (one way) to work every day. I arose at 1:30 am, left home by 3:30 am and did not arrive back home until sometime around 6:00 pm or later.
    A friend got me hooked on books on tape, which I listened to while on the road. One day, while at the library, I discovered the Bible on tape!!! What a life changer!
    I made a trip to Lifeway where I found the Bible, NIV, KJV, and even a dramatized version on cd. These cd’s were in the car with me every day, making the trip and the heavy traffic less of a burden. By the time I arrived at the office, the day was much brighter and easier to handle. Even the trip back home, thru heavy traffic, was less difficult. That was always a special time to spend with God.
    Now that I have retired, the daily 3+ mile walk includes “Go Bible” traveler NIV and KJV versions. The Go Bible is my companion even while working in the yard.
    Just for laughs: my son says that I just listen to my Bible and let the world go on.
    Modern technology and the many various ways we can receive our devotionals is really a GOD SEND.
    Thank you and all the Girlfriends in God for the daily devotionals. May God bless you and be with you and your ministry. mary

  358. Zelda Ross. September 4, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    I need this book. Tomorrow I turn 50 yrs. old. I am a Pastor’s wife, I have a 17 yr old graduating high school this year, I have a 5yr old that we adopted entering kindergarten, and currently my mentally challenged sister in law and her 10 yr old daughter came to live with us. I desperately need to find the balance. I love your devotions. I’ve been reading for 8 months now daily and they have helped me tremendously.

    Please let it be me Lord.

  359. Alicia September 4, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    I need a copy of this book!!!!!!

  360. Pat H September 4, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I need this book. I have been out of work since January and even in the midst of looking for my new career path, I find I have such a hard time sitting down and being still and finding God. I know He has a path selected for me, I just have to be patient but there is so much guilt. I know that I should be spending more time with Him and yet the day goes by and again, I am doing just as Amanda does, try to maintain the secular and the spiritual in two different boxes. Such an insightful perspective and one I definitely need. I do try to use my drive times to pray but I never realized how time consuming looking for a job was and how easy it is to get off schedule and how incredibly hard it is to get back on. Thank you for Girlfriends in God. It has been such a blessing in my life.

  361. Diane September 4, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    I need this book! I couldn’t even finish reading the devotional in one sitting! My friends and I will be starting a new study group soon also!

  362. Sandy Byers September 4, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    I need this book!!! I (like most women) struggle with this daily.

  363. lauren September 4, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    I need this book!!

  364. Elaine Berry September 4, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    I need this book! I always feel like something is missing, there isn’t enough time in the day! God Bless you and thank you so much for sharing these devotionals.

  365. Lucinda September 4, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    I need this book! I have been so disappointed in myself because I haven’t been giving 100%. I keep thinking how disappointed I am when people make a commitment to me and don’t follow through. I’m know God is forgiving but he deserves 100%. I just have to figure it out. Thanks for your words.

  366. Denise September 4, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I need this Book! I have a life like Amanda. Time to change and grow in my spirituality.

  367. Malana Cordova September 4, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    I really really need this book!

  368. Crystal Heard September 4, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    I need this book!! This was an aha moment for me! I do separate the secular from the sacred! I need to merge them together! Thank you for allowing God to speak through you! God bless you and your ministry. May you continue to abide in Christ and bear even more fruit!

  369. Wanda September 4, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK!!! I am constantly overwhelmed by all the demands on my time. There are many expectations that I and others have put on myself, with a tendancy toward perfectionism, which increases the stress level in my life. I feel pulled in so many directions as: pastor’s wife, mother of 2, 2 grandkids (1 lives with us), elderly parents, church work: kids’ SS teacher, Bible Drill teacher, Women’s Ministry Leader, and Women’s Bible Study Leader, as well as working full-time with an hour commute each way, every day. I NEED THIS BOOK for our next Women’s Bible Study – I think we all could use the help this book shares! To live is Christ Blessings!

  370. Wanda September 4, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK!!! I am constantly overwhelmed by all the demands on my time. There are so many expectations I and others have put on myself. I feel pulled in so many directions as: pastor’s wife, mother of 2, 2 grandkids (1 living with us), elderly parents, church work: kids’ SS teacher, Bible Drill teacher, Women’s Ministry Leader, Women’s Bible Study Leader, as well as working full time with an hour commute each way, every day. It’s a daily struggle to find enough time to do all this and do all the Bible study and spend quality time in prayer that I desire. I don’t want Him to be a part of my life, I want Him to be my life! “For me, to live is Christ…” (Phil 1:21). I NEED THIS BOOK for myself and for our women’s next Bible study. Blessings!

  371. Tammy September 4, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    I need this book PLEASE

  372. April September 4, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    I need this book!

    Sharon, I love getting your Girlfriends in God emails… it’s incredible how God can find a way to speak to me through them, it seems like every time I read one of the devotionals, there is something in it that I can relate to in my present life.
    Thank you!

  373. Amanda Cruz September 4, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    I need this book!

  374. Teresa September 4, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    I NEED THIS BOOK….thank u for giving this book to a few lucky women. thank u for your devotional. They are so inspirational and help me to think and look at situations in a different perspective. i have usedt them to help others who need to hear Gods promises! PRAISE THE LORD!

  375. Jill September 4, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    I need and want this book!!!

  376. Angela September 4, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    I need this book!

  377. Libby Alicke September 4, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    I need this book!!! …..like so many women who have commented above…this devo today is so timely in my life as my family is in the middle of so much change and transition with my husband attending seminary full time this semester….we know that the Lord has something planned for our family, but feel so lost and struggling at this 1/2 way point of seminary….this book i feel is what i need to read RIGHT NOW!! Thank you!! blessings to you, your family & your ministry!

  378. Tami Foster September 4, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I NEED THIS BOOK to make a radical change!

  379. Sue Downs-Loyd September 4, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    I have seen this book on your blogs and look foreard to reading it. My wish is to blend that secular/spiritual line first in my life in every aspect, then in business. I find it hard to talk about my spiritual life with non-believers, then come away so disgusted. Why can’t I share the most awesome part of my life with others? I am like the other 369 responders! I need this book! Thanks!

  380. Dorean Taylor September 4, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    I need this book please!!! Love your devotions!

  381. McKenzie September 4, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    I really really really need this book!!!!!

  382. Kristen September 4, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    I need this book!!!!!

  383. Dawn September 4, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    I can’t believe this, I was just telling my husband how torn I feel ALL the time, I could really use this book.

  384. Stephani September 4, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    I REALLY need this book. I’m currently living in a shelter for homeless women, and it’s a very chaotic environment. I’m struggling so much right now. Please pray for me.

  385. Sarah September 4, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I need this book!

  386. Maxima September 4, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    I need this book! Thank you for this important message. I needed it.

  387. Nicky September 4, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I need this book. I struggle with guilt at the end of the day when I lay in bed at night and think I don’t have energy to read my bible or pray. Thank you for reminding me that during the day we should let His praise be continually on our lips and pray continuously. We shouldn’t make time in the day for God, He should be present and part of our lives daily. Oh and again I need this book, read the excerpt and it’s just what I need for where I am right now in my life. Somehow I have to get it 🙂

  388. Dena September 4, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I need this book…on cd! I mean, otherwise, when am I going to find time to read it?!?!? lol
    If it weren’t for my insomnia that’s had me up all night (alarm is set to go off in two hours) I don’t know that I would have even gotten around to reading the GIG email. Lord, I know it’s Tuesday, but when the sun comes up it sure is gonna feel like a Monday. 🙁

  389. Dena September 4, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Just read Pat H’s comment…I’m in the same boat, also going through an ugly divorce and I have a child in therapy (about to have a psych eval)…stress & anxiety levels can only be matched by those of fear, guilt and regret. And all on a daily basis, too. I’m very thankful for the GIG newsletter. I don’t always read it daily, but I try to read it as often as I can. It helps to take those few minutes for myself and for Jesus. <3

  390. Nadege September 4, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    I need this book! Thanks

  391. Stella September 4, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    I really need this book, am adjusting to a recent change in my life(just got married) but am failing to balance, between work, home and everything else, it is seemingly hard to balance and spending time with God is lately hard. It is a real struggle.

  392. Rebekah September 4, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I need this book!

  393. Kristal September 4, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    I need this book!

  394. Melissa Taylor September 4, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I need this book book!! Both my husband&I were talking about our failures to keep Christ in our day to day living.

  395. Olivia McNeill September 4, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I need this book!
    I am transitioning from college student to high-school teacher, and let me tell you…it is a journey.

  396. Melissa September 4, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    I need this book, for myself and my friends. And my kids!

  397. Nicole Michelle Aponte September 4, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!! This is where I am right now in my walk. Aching for HIs glory and seeking to learn how to spend time with Him daily in quiet time and in the daily goings. I would LOVE to win this book! I already read the free 29 page excerpt and shared it with friends.

  398. Debbie Voss September 4, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I really need this book!!!

  399. Lisa September 4, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Every woman needs this book; young and old!! My husband and I are raising 3 girls; 16, 18 and 20 – Teaching them to live in faith through out the day every day was easier when they were younger, their “blind faith” stepped over the dividing line between secular and spiritual. The circle of influence around them encouraged and lead by example. Unfortunately as they have grown, they are no longer blind and that circle of influence has grown. They are challenged and tempted to adapt to what seems “normal” in order to fit in. I forward your devotions to them a couple times a week to help them see how we all struggle with the temptation to conform to the secular and encourage them to press on!!!

  400. Catherine September 4, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Oh I hope it isn’t too late to get in on this drawing. I’m so busy just like many women/moms and I struggle to find a balance. I plan to try to erase that line you were talking about yesterday in your devotional and look forward to how it will change the way I feel about my relationship with the Lord. Thank you.

  401. emilee September 4, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Just now reading yesterdays devotion for today on GIG, but I need this book!

  402. Mallory Smith September 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I need this! I need a book that will grab my attention! God has my attention for what seems to be all day however I still yearn to make that time to just be personal with Him. I surrendered to Him a little over a year ago and I feel closer everyday but I’m never satisfied… I want to feel MORE !!! I love GIG. If it wasn’t for you ladies my relationship would have far too many gaps. Thank you!

  403. Brenda Clapper September 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Sharon,
    I long for the daily unending communion with God you have shared in Sudden Glory. In a new role as grandmother of twins, I find my time is even more consumed with trying to do God’s best as a wife, worker, mother and grandmother.

    Thank you for the opportunity to learn more of your insight on this topic.

    Brenda

  404. Melanie September 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I am struggling. I need this book.

  405. Debbie Allison September 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Your devotion hit the mark for me today – I need this book!

  406. Kelly September 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I need this book – along with so many others! Thanks for all you do – sharing what God is doing in you.

  407. Loren September 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I was just reading about how Jesus taught us that the Father is looking for those who will worship in spirit and in truth. True worship is something that we do continually throughout our day. I am mentoring a group of young moms and am looking for resources to help them in their daily lives to bring glory to God in all aspects of their busy lives. I could really use this book!

    • Sharon September 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      This would be the perfect book for them!

  408. Cathy September 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I would love to have this book, and I promise to “make” time to read it. I am like many others on here with so many responsibilities. My son has been in some trouble over the past year and I blame myself a lot of times for not making time to pray to God for the things to be thankful for. I feel like maybe if i had that things wouldn’t have turned out the way they have.

  409. Cynethia September 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK!. and let me take this time to say privately, I feel much less guilt knowing there are others like me. Busy moms, that Love God and are trying to great balancing act called christian motherhood. It’s nice to see I’m not the only one struggling with this. I have a feeling that we WILL DO better Ladies. They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. (I hope I said that right! where is my coffee? ) hahhaha.!!

    God Bless.

  410. Cheryl September 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I need this Book!! I want help with something I have struggled with for a long time and also share with my daughter so hopefully she won’t struggle as long as I did 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  411. Mary September 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I N-E-E-D this book. 🙂 Perfect timing, thank you for your words of -” We can do this !!!”

  412. Kim September 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I love that the Lord is always with us and that we can talk to Him all day (Deut. 11:19). Thankfulness and praise causes His presence to abide with us! Thank you for “GIG” every day!

  413. Carolyn September 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I need this book to share with my daughter! she is searching for God, but doesn’t think she has the time. Thank you for this encouraging word.

  414. Regine September 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Need this book! I am Amanda all the way!

  415. Diana September 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    I along with so many need this book. I am a Mother, Grandmother, full time employee and a care giver for my Mother who now lives with me. Mom will be 80 the end of this month and due to strokes her short term memory is getting worse. I spend quite times early in the mornings before anyone else is moving in the house, this seems to be the best time for me, but I want to blend it all more into my everyday all day life. Thank you for your words of comfort and support.

  416. Karla Acevedo September 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I need this book. Thank you

  417. carol fortunato September 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank God I.m not alone, I always struggle with time, splitting myself in many pieces, between work, invalid husband, girls ministries, housework children and grandchildren. I need this book.. Thank you for your ministry.

  418. Averia September 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I need this book, for so many reasons I can’t even begin to explain!!

  419. Pamela Beck September 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I am probably to late to get your book but I thought try any way I do feel like alot of these women every morning after I come home from taking my hysband to work I sit with the Lord in a dark rooom and listen, talk and pray I really could use this book because like you devotions and blogs really help me in so many ways in my walk with the Lord so hopefully I’ll get lucky if not maybe another time thank you for all you do

  420. Angela Slaven September 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I Need This Book! I have been struggling with this issue for sometime! Thank you, thank you!!!

  421. Michelle Lynne Ruth Hillock September 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Blessings Sharon, I REALLY NEED THIS BOOK….. GOD WILLING….. False Guilt? Compartmentalizing my faith? It touched something in me and have really been struggling in this area, feeling so guilty as though I am giving God my leftovers… it breaks my heart and I am sure His too…

  422. Anita September 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    You writing is a blessing, that touches me every time I read your posts, or pick up one of your books. Thank you.

    Would love a copy of your new book, ‘I need this book’ 🙂

  423. JoAnn Hooser September 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    “I need this Book!”

  424. Megan White September 5, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    I would love a copy of the book. I don’t usually comment on blogs because I always feel “there is someone else out there”.. Better story, better reasoning, more deserving, etc. But this time I couldn’t hold back! I’m a 26 year old wife, mother, full time working, and small business owner ( separate from my own full time job and my husbands job). I’m constantly in the secular and always struggle to find my spiritual time other than when I lay my head on my pillow at night. I’m also a preachers daughter so I feel I should know better and be better at it. But I need help.

  425. April September 5, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I hope I’m not too late, but I need this book! I’m constantly making half-hearted attempts to be closer to Christ, to see His glory in everything, to spend time with Him..and I’m constantly letting him down. Things I’ve done to His glory today? I have to admit…in my rush to get up this morning, pack my lunch, get dressed and get to work…until i opened my email and read your devotional, I had done nothing to His glory. At least, not with the intention and thought behind it. I hope to make a change today, however. Thank you.

  426. Sandra September 5, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    5 things I did to the glory of God (yesterday)
    1. took a very slow walk with my 7 year old while I rollar bladed
    2. patiently studied spelling words with my 3 sons
    3. folded 3 loads of laundry
    4. carried the recycling to the road
    5. Sat down and intentiallly started to Study the book of James

    Would love to have this book……we are running in circles around here, and I need to make it a focus to make sure I know God is right there with me!

  427. Samantha September 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    1. Had breakfast with my son
    2. Wrote a note to communicate with hubby while pour schedules are opposite.
    3. Had worship and devotional time.

  428. Darla Shepherd September 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Your devotion today assured me that no matter what we are doing, to put God and bring His Glory into every part of our day. Women have so many responsibilties and learning to balance and not feel guilty is the #1 problem we carry. You always give encouraging words, thank you.

  429. Abbi McKee September 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I NEED THIS BOOK….I am Amanda!!

    5 things I did for the Glory of God

    1. Got a root canal to the Glory of God…prayed the whole time to keep me from being anxious.

    2. Gave tithe offering to the Glory of God
    3. Drove my grandson to daycare to the Glory of God
    4. Cooked dinner to the Glory of God
    5. Cleaned the kitchen to the Glory of God.

  430. Lynn Greger September 10, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I’m living an Acts 17:28 life. Sharon, thank you for sharing your life like you do. I appreciate you!

  431. kathy butler October 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    I soooooooooooooooooooo need this book! Desperatly need to know how to divide my time!

  432. Britt December 30, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    I need this book!

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