Jesus Calling is a uniquely inspired, thought provoking devotional written by missionary Sarah Young as her personal prayer journal. Mrs. Young felt compelled to write down whatever she felt God was moving her to put on paper. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture, but felt that these messages were a personal revelation. At first writing in her journal was awkward, but gradually she allowed her journal, and her writing style to change from monologue to first-person dialogue. Jesus Calling is written in dialogue format that gives the impression that Jesus is speaking through the book's pages, offering encouragement and wisdom. The book is written from Jesus’ point of view, this is a unique aspect and is very up-lifting. Writing daily in her prayer journal Mrs. Young grow closer to God, and it is her fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
A Preview of Jesus Calling:
Refresh yourself in the Peace of My Presence.
This Peace can be your portion at all times and in all circumstances. Learn to hide in the secret of My Presence, even as you carry out your duties in the world. I am both with you and within you. I go before you to open up the way, and I also walk alongside you. There could never be another companion as devoted as I am.
Because I am your constant Companion, there should be a lightness to your step that is observable to others. Do not be weighed down with problems and unresolved issues, for I am your burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, but don't let them get you down. I have conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm you. In Me you may have confident Peace.
Psalm 31:19-20 (NASB); John 16:33 (AMP)
I want you to learn a new habit.
Try saying, "I trust You, Jesus" in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, think about who I AM in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.
This simple practice will help you to see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective -- through the Light of My universal Presence -- fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me.
Isaiah 40:10-11About the Author:
SARAH YOUNG is quietly leading thousands of women worldwide on a journey of intimacy with Christ. Mrs. Young has a philosophy degree from Wellesley College, a counseling degree from Georgia State University, a Master’s degree from Tufts University, and studied with Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowship. Sarah and her husband have traveled around the world planting churches and counseling, and they currently reside in Australia.
The devotions in Jesus Calling are short usually only one page, making this an excellent daily devotional. I find this book to be uplifting and enjoyable and recommend it to those looking for a daily devotional.