Are you like me, knowing how important it is to spend time each day in the Word, focusing on God and renewing your spirit, but struggling to find time to do so? Do you rush about each day trying to get stuff done for your family, but neglect your time with the Lord? I would love to introduce you to Katie Hornor's new 28-Day devotional, Putting On The Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms available for Kindle.
Katie's focus in this study is the Fruit of the Spirit and taking off our "Super Mom" capes to put on the Spirit, because in our own strength we will fail. She does this in short devotions that take approximately ten minutes, figuring that all moms have ten minutes they can find in the day to spend with the Lord. Personally, I like to fit my devotions in before the children wake up in the morning, but everyone is encouraged to find a time that works for them.
This devotional is 25 short pages but it sure packs a whole lot of punch for your spiritual life. Each Fruit of the Spirit is focused on for 2-5 days, with the average being 3 days. Three days to really look at each Fruit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness (or kindness), goodness, faith, meekness and temperance) and how to let it shine in our busy lives.
Each day we read and pray over different verses that are relevant to the Fruit we are focusing on. Sometimes we are writing out verses word for word, sometimes we are paraphrasing, other times we are picking out a verse from a passage to summarize the message. But each day we reflect in some way to internalize what we are learning. I love that Katie uses various ways to really dig into God's word and into our hearts. I do have to admit there were a couple of times it took me more than ten minutes to finish the devotion because there was more reading and writing than on other days. This, however, was not a huge deal. Each day there was encouragement and challenge. Challenge in answering some questions while digging deep into my heart, and the challenge of remembering to live out what I was learning.
I love that I am learning so much about each aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit. Additionally, Katie shared something I have never thought about. For the last day of the devotional she puts the whole fruit together. She makes the point of showing that we are not looking at a fruit basket of different kinds of fruit, but different sections of the same fruit, likening it to a fruit such as an orange where it is not whole without all the pieces being together. We can't pick and choose which part of the Fruit of the Spirit should be in our lives. It definitely gave me something to think about.
As a member of the Launch Team I was given a pdf copy of this book. I downloaded the devotional, printed it out and made it into a little booklet because I really don't like reading it from a computer screen. I was able to sit with my book and enjoy my time with the Lord. Additionally, we are given the choice to answer the questions in a notebook or to download the FREE workbook, available at Paradise Praises, Katie's blog where she shares about marriage, motherhood and ministry. In this workbook, Katie has given us plenty of room to answer questions, write out verses, lists and/or prayers depending on the day.
So, if you would like to lay down your Super Mom cape and put on the Spirit I would really recommend Putting On the Spirit. You can really get a lot out of a little time in your busy life.
Find out more about the book, its availability and read some more reviews over at Paradise Praises. You can connect with Katie on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. She also blogs about homeschooling over at Educando En El Hogar in Spanish. Not only can you get Putting on the Spirit in English, but it is also available in Spanish.
And here is the best news. It is free for Kindle today!! After that it will be 99 cents through Friday December 13th, after which it will be available for its regular price of $4.99. The companion workbook will remain free though.
Would you like get to know Katie a bit better. Here is some information from the back of the book:
"Katie and her husband Tap have been missionaries in Mexico since 2007. They homeschool their four children and minister through church planting, Bible training, bookstore ministry, and homeschool curriculum development.
Katie is a teacher at heart, and by trade, and loves to encourage women in their God-given roles through speaking, writing and blogging. She is the author of this and two other ebooks (at the date of this printing) as well as the Lemonhass homeschool curriculum for Spanish Speaking families."
Disclosure: I received a pdf copy of Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms as a member of the Launch Team. I received no further compensation and this in no way influenced my review.