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Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are | Shauna Niequist
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Special Savor e-book only exclusive includes 5 free bonus recipes! Sink deep into the everyday goodness of God and savor every moment! In this daily devotional, Shauna Niequist becomes a friend across the pages, sharing her heart with yours, keeping you company, and inviting you into the abundant life God offers. And there are recipes, too, because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. These recipes are Shaunas staples, and each one should be enjoyed around a table with people you love. So read and learn and pray and cook and share. Remember to savor each day, whatever it holds: work and play, coffee and kids, meals and prayers and the good stuff and the hard stuff. Life is all about relationships, and your daily relationship with God is worth savoring in every moment.
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I don‘t know where you are these days, what‘s broken down and what‘s beautiful in your life this season. I don‘t know if this is a season of sweetness or one of sadness. But I‘m learning that neither lasts forever. There will be something that invades the current loveliness. It won‘t be sweet forever. But it won‘t be bitter forever either.

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In what ways are you telling your story?

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They cannot tell my story.
Only I can tell my story.
And only you can tell your story.

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Your value is not riding on a cultural obsession with romance and tulle and diamonds. You are significant with or without a significant other. You are significant, you have value, you are loved by God—no matter your marital status.

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If this isn‘t life, I don‘t know what is!!
Ya feel me??

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I want to be present and whole and have nothing to hide,no excuses to be made, because I did my best, and that‘s enough.

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Part of our purpose here on earth is to use everything God has given us-our days, our talents, our finances, our dreams, our homes, our very selves—with great wisdom and passion, to heal and help.

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We don‘t arrive. But we can become. And that‘s the most hopeful thing I can think of.

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What I‘m learning is that it‘s okay to ask for help and ask for grace, even if it‘s embarrassing, even if you disappoint people, even if in the process people find out (gasp!) that you‘re not a super-person, but just a regular person, a person who gets sick and tired and emptied out sometimes.

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There really is nothing like good friends, like the sounds of their laughter and the tones of their voices and the things they teach us in the quietest, smallest moments.

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All you can ask for, in the middle, are sweet moments of reprieve in the company of people you love. For a few hours, you‘ll feel protected by the goodness of friendship and life around the table, and that‘s the best thing I can imagine.

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You don‘t know what the story is about when you‘re in the middle of it. All you can do is keep walking.

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And when we tell the truth about our lives — the broken parts, the secret parts, the beautiful parts — then the gospel comes to life, an actual story about redemption, instead of abstraction and theory and things you learn in Sunday school.

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It could be the thing that allows everything else to turn, the lock of our lives to finally spring open and allow our pent-up selves to blossom. Or it can be the reason we use to justify our anger and the sharp tones in our voices for the rest of our lives. We become who we are in these moments.

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There are things that happen to us that give us two options. Either way, we will never be the same, and we shouldn‘t. These things can either strip us down to the bone and allow us to become strong and honest, or they can be the reasons we use to behave poorly indefinitely, the justification for all manner of broken relationships and broken ideals.

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For me, everything becomes a lifestyle. Everything is an addiction. Deciding what I want my life to be about isn‘t that hard. But deciding what I‘m willing to give up for those things is like yoga for the superego, stretching and pushing and ultimately healing that nasty little person inside who exists only for what people think.

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One of my core fears is that someone would think I can‘t handle as much as the next person. It‘s fundamental to my understanding of myself for me to be the strong one, the capable one, the busy one, the one who can bail you out, not make a fuss, bring a meal, add a few more things to the list.

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Everything is just a killer. Everything is the heart of the conversation for me, my drug of choice. Sure, I can host that party. Of course, I can bring that meal. Yes, I‘d love to write that article. Yes, to everything.

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Remember that God carries us as we sleep, that it‘s not all up to us, that his protection and power are real.

Suet624 Lovely to read this as I‘m heading to bed. 💕💕 1mo
robinb Amen 💕 1mo
Chelseabillups30 @Suet624, I most certainly agree! I really struggle with nighttime anxiety and this will definitely be a statement I keep coming back to again and again for a reset as needed before I drift off. It offers so much peace. 1mo
Suet624 I have the same issue. Best wishes to you and much love... 1mo
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I believe that there is nothing more sacred and profound than this day. There may be a thousand big moments imbedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny flecks of gold. The big moments are the tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. The big moments are in every conversation, every meal, every meeting.

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Should is a warning sign, frankly. When you‘re using the word should more and more often, it‘s a sign that you‘re living further and further from your truest, best self, that you‘re living for some other set of parameters or affirmations that you think will bring you happiness.
Should never brings happiness.

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Change is good, the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good. By that I mean that it‘s incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God‘s hand, which is where you wanted to be all along, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be.

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Change can push us, pull us, rebuke us and remake us. It can show us who we‘ve become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. It‘s not something to run away from, as though we could, and in many cases, change is not a function of life‘s cruelty but instead a function of God‘s graciousness.

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I know better than to believe that the changes are over, or that the next ones will be easier, but I‘ve learned the hard way that change is one of God‘s greatest gifts and one of his most useful tools.

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What might have been...

I have been grieving exactly this for months now....

Damn this hits home. 😢😔😭

Libby1 ❤️ 2mo
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New devotional has me excited about quiet time.

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Please pray for my husband who is having a tumor removed from his brain tomorrow. I am reaching out to try to have him blanketed in prayers. Please pray for his medical team and for effective treatment. Thank you

TrishB Hope all goes well 💖 3y
Ms.Story 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 3y
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New year....New devotional!

josie281 Heard it was excellent! Enjoy! 3y
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"You're [an] equally lucky person when you love to go to work in the morning, and you equally love to come home at the end of the day."

PurpleyPumpkin That is lucky!🍀 4y
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I have my (current) top 7 book suggestions on my blog today. Inspirationclothesline.com Primarily on the topics of faith, marriage, and motherhood.

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This is a beautiful devotional that is a compilation of Niequist's past books. Consider it a collection of the best of her writing! Never wanted to miss a day, and found that the entries went beautifully together and build on each other.