Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I began my blog on January 31, in the dead of winter and here it is July 31st, in the dead of summer. This blogging experience has been such an exciting adventure. It has surpassed any and all expectations I might have had when I very timidly posted that first little blog. I have met so many wonderful people from literally all over the world. I have made some dear friends. Some I trust will last my life time.

So in honor of my 6th month I wanted to give away one of the most important books in my life. It has been such an aid, that God has used, in molding and making me who I am today.

For my history of this book, Mickey gave me a copy of it for my 60th birthday on December 25, 1997. I set it aside for 6 days and began reading it daily on January 1, 1998. For the past 9 years and 7 months I have read the daily reading, in addition to my Bible reading and study. I find the devotionals speak to my heart over & over.

It is "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers

The copyright is 1935

This is the Classic Edition

Below is today's reading


July 31st

"Let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect." James 1:4 Moffatt

"Many of us are all right in the main, but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly. Slovenliness is an insult to the Holy Ghost. There should be nothing slovenly, whether it be in the way we eat and drink, or in the way we worship God.

Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the external expression of that relationship must be right. Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny. In numberless ways God will bring us back to the same point over and over again. He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product. It may be a question of impulse, and again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to the one particular point, or it may be mental wool-gathering, or independent individuality. God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right.

We have been having a wonderful time this Session over the revelation of God's Redemption, our hearts are perfect towards Him: His wonderful work in us makes us know that in the main we are right with Him. "Now, " says the Spirit, through St. James, "let your endurance be a finished product." Watch the slipshod bits - "Oh, that will have to do for now." Whatever it is, God will point it out with persistence until we are entirely His. "

Everyone who leaves a comment during the next 24 hours will be in the drawing for this Classic Devotional Book.

It is now 7:05 a.m. so I will have the drawing in the morning at 7:30 a.m. and post the winner. If this is something you would like to receive please leave me a comment and let me know.

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Kids and K9s said...

Happy Anniversary! You've been a blessing to many! ~ Kim

Tina said...

I am entering my name for this one! I used to have that and would love to have it again!

Anonymous said...

"Some I trust will last my life time." I'm believing for this with all of my heart!

Lindsey has read this for years. It's one of her favorites. Her roommate got her hooked in it at Christ for the Nations. I've heard you speak of it many times :)

Glad I stopped by today...I may have a hard time not peaking in while I'm away. I'll be back to see who wins your special gift!

Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite blog-lifetime friends!

Linda said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter. (It's 6:21 here in CA). I have always wanted to read that devotional.

Happy Anniversary!!

jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary to you!!! This is such an inspirational book!

Fun..fun idea!

Nadine said...

Happy Blogiversary - you have become a blog I love to check regularly. Thank you for your thoughtful posts.

Maxine said...

I would love to have a copy of this book!! I've heard so much about it and have read some parts
online, but never had a copy.

Susan, I cannot believe you have only been blogging six months. You seem like such a pro!! Happy Anniversary!
You were born on Christmas Day? Wow.

Susie said...

What a great giveaway. I would love this devotional. Happy Anniversary. You are such a blessing to me and so many others.

Morning Glory said...

That's a marvelous book. Count me in on the drawing, please.

Jen said...

Don't count me in for the drawing since I alreayd have the book -just wanted to echo the comments that this book is great! I love reading it! (found you through nickernoodle's site - hi!)

Myrna said...

I want in on this one! I have read some of these daily devotionals. It is as fresh now as it was when it was first published--timeless!

What a thoughtful and appropriate gift for your sixth month celebration!

I have been trying to catch up on my post reading--Lee had a couple of difficult days late last week. I didn't get around much those days. I think I'm back now--He is doing much better again.

Momma Roar said...

Happy blogiversary! How sweet of you to offer a book that has touched you so deeply! You are so sweet!! Whoever wins will be blessed!

diana said...

congratulation and happy blogiversary. i'll have to go back and read your first few entries. and i look forward to reading many more.

annie said...

Happy Anniversary Susan!
I'm so glad I found you out here in blogville and a true neighbor to boot!

Kelli said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary!!! I am so glad that you started blogging!!


Ruth said...

Happy 6th month anniversary in blogville! Blogging has been a lot of fun, hasn't it? You are blessing to all of us!!

Linds said...

Happy anniversary, Susan! You are such a blessing to us all. I am very glad you started blogging. Count me in please ....if you are including foreigners! I quite understand if you are not though!

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary!
Have you only been blogging for 6 months? I would have thought it was for 1 or 2 years! Truly!

That book is special to us, too, since my fiance'-now sweet husband- requested this as my wedding gift to him- and he opened the gift on our wedding night!

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Happy 6 months! I already have the book, so I don't need to go into the drawing, but I wanted to say how much I love, love, love it and have used it many times through the years.

Lori said...

Congrats on your 6 month blogging annivesary. What a coincidence...you started blogging on January 31st.....that is my birthday. I agree with everyone else: you have been a blessing to all of us.

Please sign me up. I love to read.

Crystal said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I'm so glad I found you and your words of wisdom and advice. Here's to many, many more years@

MightyMom said...

It's too sweet of you to do a giveaway! put my name in!
You're a dear lady.

Lindy said...

Happy Blogiversary, Susan! I've only recently discovered your blog, and it has truly been a blessing, and has become one that I read every day. Your post today was quite inspirational, and I'd love to be included in the giveaway, too!

God bless you!

Lindy :)

Lyndy said...

Happy Anniversary. So glad to have met you through blogging and you have been such a blessing to me.

Hugs, Lyndy

inspired said...

:o] Nice One

Short Stop said...

Happy Bloggy Anniversary! I love reading your blog, and I loved the encouragment from yesterday's post. Looking forward to many more!