I have had the privilege of working my way through Devotions from Genesis, the first book in a wonderful series by Nicole Halbrooks Vaughn. I typically do not gravitate towards the Old Testament for devotional material, however, I am relishing the first book of God’s Word as I read Genesis along with this devotional book. I am looking forward to continuing in Exodus with Nicole’s book Devotions from Exodus: part 1.
From the acknowledgement page of Devotions from Genesis, Nicole points us to the Lord. She encourages the reader to be in the Word and to fellowship with other believers.
This first book in the Devotions from the Torah series is divided into three sections:
Discovering the Character of God and Man through the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood
Discovering Faith and Obedience through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Discovering the Comings of Christ and Trust in the Midst of Trial through the Life of Joseph
There is so much more than just the discoveries listed as the section headings. We are pointed to the Trinity, to the God-ordained roles in marriage, to the covenant that God made with Abraham but is still relevant for us today. We are shown patience, humility, the effects of sin, and the blessing of obedience. Each entry in this devotional, although brief in length, is full of wisdom and insight into the heart of our God. We are reminded that every little detail matters to God. And each entry gives opportunity for further study through scripture references that connect the Old and the New Testaments. This is absolutely refreshing. This walk through Genesis takes the events of scripture and weaves them together with today’s culture and circumstances reminding us that God has a solution. Reminding us that He is, and always has been, in control.
As beautiful and insightful as the devotional material is in Devotions from Genesis, I have been greatly affected by the prayers that Nicole has written at the end of every section. She has let us see into her heart and given us a beautiful picture of how our relationship with God can and should be. Through her prayers, we are reminded of how we are to approach God. And more importantly, we are reminded that God knows us, cares about us, and listens to us.
I would be amiss if I did not tell you just a little bit about Nicole. She is the Children’s Ministry Director at Shiloh Baptist Church in Somerville, AL. She is the co-administrator of CrossRoads Christian Academy and is the founder of Proven Path Ministries. She has also lead inductive Precept Upon Precept studies, has served as an advocate for her local crisis pregnancy center and has shared the testimony of Christ throughout her community and abroad. Nicole is a woman who is dedicated in her faith, devoted to her family, and driven to share the truth of God with others. She and her husband, Patrick, currently reside in Decatur, AL with their two youngest children.
Finally, I am very excited to be hosting a giveaway to three of my readers here in my little corner of the blogging world. Three copies, in E-book format, of the Devotions from the Torah series are being provided for me to share. All you have to do is click on the link below and enter your email address. Three winners will be chosen after 12 pm on Wednesday, December 10th.
Joy to you!