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I have a special guest post for you today! My friend Tim Willard, pictured above (in the middle) at the Allume conference, has just released a beautiful devotional called, Longing for More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. Tim is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and I think you’re going to find his words capture you as well! In fact, one of my favorite articles of his is about him causing some trouble, getting kicked out of school, and how he found his way home. It’s on his blog HERE, and you MUST read it.

Below is a sneek peek excerpt from Longing For More. Enjoy! Oh, and make sure to get to the end, because I have a giveaway for you!

My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.

Lamentations 3:18, NIV

It’s the morning after. Pieces of a relationship lay strewn on the floor. The bitter in your mouth sours your coffee. Yesterday began so well. You were thankful, took a walk down the lane, had fun with friends. But somewhere in the day you lost your way. Or maybe today has been your everyday: bitter herbs for breakfast, the day passing your affliction with blind indifference.

Doesn’t God see you? Does he see me?

But the wonder of days lies in their repetition. The night comes in its starry abyss and the cold deepens in the twilight rising hour. In a holy cosmic gasp, the sunlight cuts the horizon. Within a breath-span, the light erases the night with the warmth of the new day reaching into the valleys—reaching into you and me.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. (Lamentations 3:22)

The light, again, gleams new. Though my afflictions hover, God’s compassions linger. They are new every morning. They are my night-erasing dawn.

The new day does not promise to deliver me from my trial or my failings. It acts as the refresher: another day to decide to love, another day to decide to surrender.

It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:26)

God’s love does not rescue us from life’s pain. It strengthens us, like the light of day strengthens every plant along the valley floor, to endure. As we endure, we mature. Our character grows. And somewhere in the hushed cold of the twilight we blossom. We open full bloom with the rising sun. The pain of growth produced its fruit.

For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. (Lamentations 3:31–32)

The great theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards encourages us with a vision of Christ as the spiritual sun in our lives. He writes:

The hearts of true believers are greatly comforted and refreshed with the beams of this. The day that this Sun brings on, when it arises, is a pleasant day to them. As the light of the sun is sweet to the bodily eye, so, and much more, is the light of the spiritual Sun sweet to the spiritual eye of the believer. It is a pleasant thing for the eye to behold the sun, but much more pleasant to a believer to behold Jesus Christ that is fairer than the sons of men. (Psalm 45:2)

Today’s Prayer

Lord Jesus, help this bitterness pass from me. And may your light—that holy and insuppressible brilliance—warm and encourage my spirit.

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Get Tim’s devotional HERE!

 

timprofileTimothy Willard is a writer who recently released his 52-week devotional, Longing for More. He has also co-authored Home Behind The Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday (2014) and Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (2011). He has written for various outlets including The Huffington Post, Q Ideas, and Catalyst.

Timothy holds a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently reading for the PhD in Theology under the supervision of theologian and apologist Alister McGrath at King’s College London. He also serves as the Spiritual Director for Praxis Labs (Non-Profit), a social entrepreneurship accelerator program.

He lives with his wife and three pixie-daughters in Oxford, England. You can read his blog HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE.

Check out his Allume keynote HERE!

Giveaway!

Tim is giving away FIVE copies of Longing for More! To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is share this post using one of the SHARE buttons at the end of this post! Then, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it! Winners will be picked Saturday! Good “luck”!

Love, SM

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  • http://www.proverb31girl.com/ Jess

    I tweeted about it! Sounds like a good read!

  • KWoodsMK

    Shared on Facebook! I loved this!

  • Melissa

    Looks like a great book! I tweeted and pinned it. 🙂

  • Cassie DeLapp

    I shared it on FB. Looks like an awesome reading opportunity.

  • Trisha

    I pinned it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Marie H

    I pinned it on Pinterest! This looks like a great read! Thank you!

  • Sonya_Morris

    Shared on Facebook. Thank you!

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    Shared on FB 🙂

  • Amy Hedger

    Shared on Twitter!

  • http://lauraboggess.com/ Laura Boggess

    I discovered Tim’s blog last year through Emily Freeman (I think). His is such an old soul voice. I tweeted!

  • Mardikro

    Shared and liked it on FB, and with two fellowship groups I lead.

  • Kim

    Shared this by forwarding it to my two sons…I have already been smitten with the Tim’s use of words:>)

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    I shared this via my email client.

  • Pamela Mae

    Shared via facebook (Pamela Mae) 🙂

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    I shared and liked it on my timeline on FB!

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    I shared it on twitter.

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    I shared via Facebook! Sounds like a wonderful book!

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    Shared on FaceBook. The Lost Apron

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    Shared on Facebook

  • Margaret

    Shared on Facebook! Thank you Sarah Mae!! Great to meet you Tim!

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    I pinned it!

  • Kahlee

    Thank you!! I shared on pinterest so others can see and so I can go back and read later!

  • Amy Boone

    I tweeted! Thanks for the giveaway, the book looks awesome!

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    Shared via Twitter 🙂

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    Shared Via Facebook:)

  • Amy

    I emailed it. Thanks!

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    I pinned it on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/4855512074326408/

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    shared on twitter!!

  • Beth Williams

    I posted on my timeline on Facebook. I also shared with some friends via Facebook! Sounds like a great devotional!!

  • Deb_faithwalk

    Shared on twitter. Thanks!

  • Shay

    Shared on FB would soooo love a copy!! Thanks!!!

  • Carrie Kahle

    I shared on Facebook. After being a Christian for 37 years a person is bound at times to take their relationship with God for granted, just as we might with any other relationship. The devotion you shared here really engaged all my senses and opened up my spiritual eyes to a deeper understanding of God.

  • RJ

    Shared by email!

  • Becky Boerner

    I shared on twitter. https://twitter.com/Ohiohomeschool/status/530424143636754432 I look forward to reading his book. 🙂

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    Shared on Twitter!

    Tim Willard devo giveaway! If nothing else, read the post today on @sarahmae with Willard sharing. Needed that. http://t.co/UJaAJq1BeP— Debbie Wenger (@NaptimeCoffee) November 6, 2014

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  • Lisa Lawton

    Shared on Facebook! 🙂

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    TwEEted!!! 🙂

  • Elisabeth Runkle

    shared 🙂

  • Christine Higdem

    Shared on FB. I love devotionals!

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    I tweeted about the giveaway/ post Thanks!

  • Amy

    I share the link on FB and began reading Longing for More this morning. I love it and hope to get a copy to share.

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    I shared on Facebook.

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    Facebook 🙂

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    I tweeted. 🙂

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    facebook!

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    I shared on FB.

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    I pinned it…..

  • Debby Sheldon

    Shared on Pinterest!

  • Tyler John Hollinger

    Shared via Facebook! 😀

  • Sarah Gommesen

    Shared on Facebook. Thanks for the sample from Tim’s book, I’m sure it will encourage many.

  • Katrina

    Shared on FB. I love the “rhythms of life” phrase… that’s just what it is, isn’t it?!

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    Hi! Happy Friday! I have posted this book on my Pinterest board. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/483503709969368122/
    Thank you for sharing the abundance and blessing of this book with your followers

  • Jamie

    I like the Keep Calm printable

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    I shared on FB & tweet.

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