Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus 2015

Book Giveaway for Mornings with Jesus 2015It’s time for another book drawing giveaway. This time, I’m featuring Guideposts‘ new devotional book, Mornings with Jesus 2015. Eleven writers helped write this new devotional, and this is the third year I’ve been privileged to join that writing team. Every time I study and learn more about Jesus, and every year I experience more of His love and grace, He grows more precious to me. Here’s an excerpt from one of the devotions I contributed to this book:

There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:2-3 (NLT)

My husband and I enjoy traveling occasionally. We love visiting new places, learning about our nation’s history, and drawing close to Jesus through God’s beautiful creation.

In years past I often grieved when our vacation ended. I love my work, home, and family, but I wasn’t ready to face busy schedules, daily routines, and less glamorous tasks. Couldn’t we stay longer, tucked away from the demands of life? No: time, money, and energy would eventually run thin.

Recently, however, I experienced something different on our planned getaway. We enjoyed the same things as always: beautiful scenery, rich history, new places. But on the last day of our vacation, I got homesick—tearfully homesick.

Maybe the 3100 other passengers left me claustrophobic and eager for quiet, even though our ship provided a great temporary home away from home. Perhaps it’s because as the years progress, my energies decrease faster. Daily excursions sapped my strength more than usual on that trip. At any rate, I couldn’t wait to leave. I longed for the comforts and joys of my real home.

The older I get, the more homesick—sometimes tearfully homesick—I grow for another kind of getaway: a permanent one, filled with glorious beauty, where history has no end or beginning, where time stands still and energy never wanes.

After Jesus’s death and resurrection, He ascended back to heaven and is now preparing a place for me. Once  I’m there, I won’t be asking Jesus the question, “Could I stay a little longer?”

Forever is long enough.–Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Faith Step: Do you ever grow homesick for heaven? Take time today to thank Jesus for the permanent “home away from home” He is preparing for you.

Rebecca Barlow Jordan

What About You?

Do you ever get homesick for heaven? What do you look forward to most in heaven? Please leave your comments below.

Book Giveaway Instructions for Drawing

If you’d like to be entered into the drawing for this book giveaway to receive a complimentary copy of Mornings with Jesus 2015, just leave a comment below. I’ll draw a name in two weeks. And if you’d like more information about this new book, check out Mornings with Jesus 2015. It’s available in either paperback or e-book.

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60 Responses to “Book Giveaway: Mornings with Jesus 2015”

  1. Ardis Rivera on October 21st, 2014 8:26 pm

    I left family and friends and came to Mexico to work with pastors here in reaching out to the poor. Now when I go “home” I long to be here because this is now home. Yet I find myself thinking a lot these days about my next home. Here I have to deal with a health issue that is painful but not dangerous but I know that soon that will be over too.

  2. Zera T Black on October 21st, 2014 8:33 pm

    I’m excited about being in the number to win your book.Im truly inspired and Blessed by your writing.

  3. Carole Mather on October 21st, 2014 8:42 pm

    I am truly blessed by your writing, which I often share. It is exciting to be in this drawing for this book which I have often read excerpts from. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity l. May God continue to inspire you.

  4. Miriam on October 21st, 2014 8:47 pm

    I do think of heaven more and more since my parents are already there waiting for me and my brothers. Also, I was just remined of an old song that states how much lumber you send up to heaven is what your mansion is going to be built with. That is why we need to work on this side of heaven for the Lord as much as we can for the time we have left!!!

  5. Roberta Clark on October 21st, 2014 8:52 pm

    I look forward to seeing Jesus, face to face… being able to express eternal gratitude in person for everything He has done for us all. I look forward to the peace and tranquility that transcends all comprehension after having lived an entire life (50 + years) filled with anxiety and overwhelm. I look forward to the end of all suffering as we know it. Thank you, Rebecca for your faithful encouragement. We all make a difference in each others lives.

    May God continue to richly bless you!

  6. Carla Beck on October 21st, 2014 9:04 pm

    I had not given much thought to the subject of heaven until I started an online bible study with Mary Southerland titled “A Glimpse of Heaven.” Since then, I wait with great anticipation for when the Lord calls me to my eternal home. While I am living on earth, I work on reading scripture more and following God’s will. I had a son who was still born and my heart longs to see him. In addition, I lost a brother, very dear grandmother, very special aunt/uncle and many more relatives that I miss dearly. I pray that I continue to follow God’s word so that someday I can join my loved ones.
    Carla Beck

  7. C.F. Pence on October 21st, 2014 9:07 pm

    Your question asked “What do I look forward to most in Heaven?”
    I have to say, as the years have passed into my 60’s, that I so look forward to standing in the presence of Christ Jesus, and to feel, and be filled with, the overwhelming love and peace that only He can give to us. I can’t even imagine the depth of that all-encompassing love, but I know I’m “homesick” for it when I think of someday being right there in the light of His presence. Then I’ll truly be “Home”.
    Thank you for your wonderful messages, and God bless you abundantly, Rebecca.

  8. Carol Collins on October 21st, 2014 9:13 pm

    The book would be a blessing to me truly I’ve been going through a little heartache .loneliness, confusion etc.the book would help me a great deal because I could start off my day with some of Gods words and plenty of encouragement throughout the day I would be greatly appreciated God Words Is Good

  9. Kelly Goodman on October 21st, 2014 9:42 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me! I truly enjoy receiving your blogs. They seem to come at just the right time and with just the right topic. I look forward to seeing Jesus face-to-face. I have lost so many family members and am witnessing the decline of my parents, especially my dad. So, I will be looking forward to that day when we can all be together again without illness, pain & suffering. Thank you, again, for all your words of encouragement. Hugs & blessings sent your way!

  10. Barbara on October 21st, 2014 10:06 pm

    I long to see my master’s face and sit at his feet
    What a joy that will be for me

  11. Caryl McAdoo on October 21st, 2014 10:11 pm

    yes, Yes, YES! I do get homesick for my REAL home! I am SO looking forward to Heaven. Besides being forever in His glorious presence, I want to hold my Mama again, see her smile, sit and visit for hours with her! I have a baby boy there I’ve never met, too. It will be great to get to know him 🙂 I’m reminded of a song (I usually am no matter what’s going on 🙂 ♥✞ ♪♫•✫This world is not my home♥✞ ♪♫•✫♥✞ I’m just a’passing through♥♪*•♫♪♥ Praise the Lord and Hallelujah! 🙂 Hugs to you, too, Rebecca!

  12. ANGIE on October 21st, 2014 10:43 pm

    Yes I am homesick for Heaven all the time! My favorite verse is Revelation 21:4… it brings me so much hope and comfort. I really look forward to the day I get to be with Jesus 🙂

  13. Rachel on October 21st, 2014 11:36 pm

    YES I THINK ABOUT HEAVEN AND WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE I AM ONLY PASSING THROUGH HERE THIS IS NOT MY REAL HOME I KNOW THAT HEAVEN IS AND THAT IS WHERE I WILL FIND TRUE HAPPINESS FOREVER I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE MY PARENTS MY BROTHER MY SISTER AND OTHER RELATIVES BUT MOST OF ALL MY LITTLE ANGEL JAMES WHOM I SAW ONLY FOR A MOMENT AND HOLD HIM AND GET TO KNOW HIM MY HOPE IS THAT ALL MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WILL ALSO FOLLOW BUT ONLY GOD KNOWS I REMEMBER MY HUSBANDS FATHER SAYING ONE DAY THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO GO BEFORE US WHEN MY SISTER INLAW PASSED ON BUT ONLY GOD KNOWS AND I TRUST MY FATHER IN HEAVEN THAT HE KNOWS BEST WHEN THE DAY AND THE HOUR WILL BE AMEN….

  14. Sheri on October 21st, 2014 11:41 pm

    I attended the memorial service today of a 22 year old man who passed away way too young from a debilitating and paralyzing disease. Of course there were many tears. But one of the comforts that we all held onto was the fact that he is now running, leaping, and praising God. One thing I look forward to in heaven, besides being reunited with my friends and family who are already in His presence, is our new, whole bodies that will be able to walk, leap and praise God. No tears or pain, or non-working parts. Just pure joy using our bodies as they were originally created to be used.

  15. Jeanie Credell on October 22nd, 2014 12:54 am

    Thank you so much for your ministry gift of love and encouragement through writing, Rebecca! It’s beautiful to soak and bask in the Father’s Presence in this earthen vessel, but, oh, how exciting to be in Heaven with Him resting in His embrace face-to-face! I love His Presence and all that it offers, but Heaven, I long for breathlessly! I’d love to see my loved ones and the Sajnts of old….but I wanna see my Jesus who loves me the Most.

  16. Chipo on October 22nd, 2014 1:04 am

    Yes, I do want to see Jesus face to face someday. Everytime a person dies, the question that runs through my mind is if the person was a believer while he lived because that is the only way to be with our Maker till eternity. Your writings are an inspiration to me. May th Lord bless you always.

  17. Christy Smith on October 22nd, 2014 1:52 am

    Thank you for your service of inspirational writing that glorify our precious God and provide so much hope to the hurting! Oh what a glorious day it will be in Heaven meeting my Savior face to face. I am reminded everyday here on Earth that although I am suffering many troubles, I will not fear, HE is with me and HE has already conquered the world! Most excited about no more tears in Heaven,,,,,,He will wipe them all away!
    Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for your son Jesus and thank you for Rebecca. May you continue to pour blessings out onto her writings and may she be strengthened and encouraged as well, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

  18. leslie dick on October 22nd, 2014 5:09 am

    every day i pray to god the father and thank him for creating such a beautiful world, and for sending his son jesus, and rebecca for helping us along the way with inspiration, we are so blessed, for i ask this in jesus name amen.

  19. Peggy on October 22nd, 2014 6:00 am

    I really enjoyed reading this excerpt! My daughter is always telling me that she knows I’m ready to go (heavenly home) it is such a blessing to know there is a place of comfort waiting for us that we won’t have to leave!

  20. Dawn on October 22nd, 2014 6:18 am

    I look forward to going home so I can be w/ my mama again. She stepped out into eternity 20 yrs. ago. It’s been hard w/o her but she showed me how to be, and live and what awaits us–heaven! And I know she’s whole, happy and no more tears, fears, crying or sickness. And she has beheld God’s face! Oh, happy day!

  21. Tammy Dyer on October 22nd, 2014 6:31 am

    Yes…I think of Heaven. But it’s surreal…my thoughts now focus on day
    bytes day growing in my faith and committing to the Lord. I know that some day I will be in Heaven and connect once again with those who went before me…but for now I’ll focus on the now and try to live the life
    that leads me there. ♥

  22. Peggy Alford on October 22nd, 2014 7:12 am

    I don’t travel as much as i used to these days so it’s hard for me to get homesick for my home here on Earth. On the other hand, I do look forward to not having to deal with the craziness I encounter here on earth as that won’t be there in Heaven. I have a rather unusual work schedule – it in itself is craziness – and I look forward to being rid of it there.

  23. Marcella Snyder on October 22nd, 2014 7:16 am

    I am always looking for new devotionals as we near a new year. I use them faithful in the mornings to start my day. It is amazing how God speaks through others and inspires you to grow more closely to Him.

  24. Linda on October 22nd, 2014 8:41 am

    Oh how I long for the day I will see my Jesus face to face…..He will wipe away all my tears, sickness and pain will be gone and it will be gone forever!
    Thank you for including me in the chnce to win. Your writing is beautiful and God uses it to speak to my heart.

  25. Marissa Kuhlman on October 22nd, 2014 8:45 am

    i too feel a desire to enter my permanent home, the eternal reward. I know too it will be in His time, when my time here is finished. The devotional sounds wonderful, please enter me in the drawing

  26. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 22nd, 2014 10:13 am

    I’ve loved reading your comments and am glad so many of you are entering the book drawing giveaway for Mornings with Jesus 2015! Your stories are really moving. Many of you have had losses or are going through challenges that make you homesick for heaven. At the same time, your courage and determination to live for Jesus through it all is both an encouragement and inspiration to me, and I’m sure, all who read your testimonies. Thanks for sharing!!

  27. Gail Caudle on October 22nd, 2014 1:59 pm

    I am thrilled to know that my Father is waiting on me to come home to him. He will open his arms wide to allow me to feel his grace, mercy & presence. I have so enjoyed Mornings with Jesus 2014, it has brought me so much joy to read the beautiful writings & to know that others experience some of the same I do at times. Please enter me in the drawing & thanks for sharing with all of us.

  28. Patti Miinch on October 22nd, 2014 6:03 pm

    Oh how happy I’d be to win this drawing, but win or not, I’m just happy that this book has been written. I definitely will be purchasing copies for gifts!

  29. ELIA , DAR ES SALAAM on October 23rd, 2014 12:29 am

    I am longing to see many come to the kingdom of God which is for ever. After all has been said and done God our father will rein through His word, Let us work hard to see the whole world comes to Jesus who died for them.

  30. rachel s on October 23rd, 2014 1:00 pm

    I believe in Heaven, and I know Jesus / god is good. Many times I struggle aobut being a bad christian, not able to love those that cause me pain, and so I feel like I won’t get there. I know Jesus has forgien my sins, past, present and future, knowing that I am a sinner and will continue to fall…. I just wish I had the trust/faith in Jesus as others do. I love your comments, because they are from the heart, and everyone can relate. Thankyou god bless you ministry.

  31. carolyn clifton on October 23rd, 2014 4:22 pm

    Would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Karen S on October 23rd, 2014 9:34 pm

    Love your books, would love to have this one too!

  33. Sally Ruiz on October 27th, 2014 11:46 am

    I believe in God and I know that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and that out Heavenly Father raised him from the dead.

  34. Janice Cowan on October 28th, 2014 9:31 am

    Since retiring, I sometimes feel useless or lost as I so miss the hustle and bustle of the “work” venue and just being around special people who would most of the time be uplifting for me. Thus, daily devotions and more time to just be alone with my Lord have become very special and important to me. Your writings are very encouraging. Thank You!

  35. Diana on October 29th, 2014 7:05 am

    I’m new. Here. And have followed and read some. The Devotionals are very helpful. Thank you.

  36. Becky Raska on October 29th, 2014 9:26 pm

    Thanks for writing devotionals for us. Would love to have your new one.
    If I don’t win this one where can I purchase one

  37. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on October 29th, 2014 11:03 pm

    Becky, the Mornings with Jesus 2015 devotional can be ordered from Guideposts as an e-book or a paperback book. You’ll find the link on my books page: http://www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com/books/

  38. Vera Benavides on October 30th, 2014 11:50 am

    I am new to this website, and WOW its amazing! I am interested in growing my faith and walk with the Lord. Thank You for everything you do and all the time it takes for you to do this!

    God Bless!

  39. Marion L. Waters on October 30th, 2014 1:00 pm

    I am 85+ years and my husband is 86+ years of age. Our son, Ed, is trying to recover from cancer of his esophagus. He has lost over 60 pounds and is very weak. Ed has a strong faith in God and is certain he will recover.

    But my faith in God is about as weak as my son’s strength. I want to get closer to Jesus to know him better so I can help my son recover.

    I don’t care if it is Mornings, Afternoons, or Evenings with Jesus–I need to be able to talk with Him about my son.

    Thank you. Marion

  40. Heather S on October 31st, 2014 6:49 pm

    This would be so wonderful to win, thank you for the chance! 🙂

  41. Becky B on November 3rd, 2014 8:30 pm

    I love the Guideposts devotions. I remember reading my Mom’s copies growing up. I would love to read one again. Thanks for the chance to win one.
    Becky

  42. Deborah Wysinger on November 4th, 2014 2:25 pm

    I have been a reader of the Guidepost devotions for sometime. It’s amazing how when you read them daily how many times a message for me comes through on that day. I am always looking for new devotionals to give my sisters for Christmas and their birthdays. I hope this is going to be something I can give them.

  43. Jennette Hodge on November 4th, 2014 7:40 pm

    As this world continues to rapidly decline in morals and spiritual values, I long for my heavenly home. How wonderful to continually sit at the feet of my Savior and sing praises to him. It will also be wonderful to be reunited with family members who will be waiting for me.

  44. Holly McEvoy on November 4th, 2014 10:38 pm

    Hello. I love this book, I’ve used it daily for 2 years. I’d like to be entered into the drawing please. Love In Christ,
    Holly

  45. Bonnie Thayer on November 5th, 2014 2:04 am

    I love your daily devotionals and thank-you Rebecca for those and also inspiring me to journal. Your writing is a wonderful blessing from our LORD…and yes, I often feel, I just wanna 🙂 go home! 🙂 Come quickly LORD.

    P.S. I would absolutely love this new devotional. God bless you!

  46. Juana Correa on November 5th, 2014 10:29 am

    I love your article on Finding Hope in God’s Faithfulness.

    I would love to have the daily devotional.

    Thanks,
    Juana

  47. Benny on November 11th, 2014 6:22 am

    Good day Rebecca, u just want ti thank you for your write up on how to deal with irrational fears. It was very helpful and insightful. Thank you.
    Please i have always wanted to read up on the goodness of God. I would be grateful for any write up.
    I am facing serious financial situations and i have been out of a job for 2years now and in my fourties still single but i give God all the glory and most times my faith tend to fail me when i decide to look at my challenges with the human eye. I would love to enter into the draw for the mornings with Jesus devotions, hope i will. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  48. Kris Brown on November 13th, 2014 3:27 am

    The poem reminds me of that old Gospel song : “Beulah (sp) Land.
    Great poem by Gifted and talented writer and a very special friend of many years, 🙂 🙂

  49. Tina Guarneri on November 13th, 2014 9:55 am

    Devotions are part of my routine. Somedays are so busy but if I get to read one devotion a day if fills me with Jesus all day long.

  50. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 13th, 2014 11:20 am

    Thanks for the sweet words, Kris!

  51. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 13th, 2014 11:26 am

    Marion, although your name wasn’t drawn in the book giveaway, I just wanted you to know we’ve been praying for your son and for you and your husband. What a difficult journey you have been on! Our prayer is that you will keep drawing close to Jesus through His Word, getting to know Him better each day. May His promises sustain you and give you the strength you need for each day.

  52. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 13th, 2014 11:41 am

    Thanks again to so many of you, for your thoughtful words and comments–especially about heaven. Several of you had specific concerns and prayer needs, and you are being covered in prayer. The winner of the Mornings with Jesus 2015 devotional has been drawn. I only wish I could give a book away to all of you. Thank you for entering. I love to do book giveaways and hope to have other books for giveaways in the future. May the Lord bless you and encourage you as you draw closer to Jesus in the coming days, months, and years. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter/blog, I hope you’ll do so, so you won’t miss a single devotion, inspirational poem, book review, or book giveaway–anything encouraging I can pass along to help you in your spiritual growth to draw closer to Jesus.

  53. Lori Grundmeier on November 15th, 2014 10:23 pm

    I grew up on a working farm, and BOY! did we work! Years later, I moved to the ‘big city’ 6 hours away and have been here for 35 years. Due to a debilitating back injury, I am unable to work due to pain, but because I am the only sibling not working, I am self-elected to care for my elderly father and I am happy to do for him what I can. When I am at the farm for a couple of weeks, I miss my city home (just a little rental duplex) and when I have tolerated the crazy city (although I love it here too) I ache for the quiet peacefulness of the farm and the “safe place” of being with my Dad. I often compare this in my heart to Heaven, when my Father who is my perfect Abba will welcome me HOME. For this reason too, I take great comfort in death. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! Amen

  54. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 17th, 2014 3:15 pm

    Lori, thanks for your comments and thoughts about our home in heaven!

  55. Kathleen Proctor on November 30th, 2014 2:26 pm

    Rebecca, I love your website. I decided to comment because it seemed as if it was meant to be. Jesus is my all in all. Everything is all about Jesus. He is the answer to every question. In describing the giveaway book, it starts off with “Be still and know that I am God”. This is my favorite scripture. Also, lily of the valley is my favorite flower. Keep up the good work edifying our Saviour. To God be the glory and honor and praise forever!.

  56. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on November 30th, 2014 2:30 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen, and for your thoughtful comments.

  57. Karen M. Roth on December 24th, 2014 12:09 am

    Oh my goodness! Boy could I really use this right now. I have come to love Guideposts. So an encouragement to me. I love your work as well. I especially liked the Hens book, that was awesome!

    Please enter me into the drawing.

    My mountain stands before me, I am going to be diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson Disease.But I know my God will take care of me.

  58. Carol Muray on December 27th, 2014 9:54 am

    I would love to read this. I just recently started getting into reading my Bible. I search everywhere to learn more about Jesus. I just want to absorb everything I read about him and sometimes I have to read it several times in different places. This book would be part of my daily reading and inspiration if the Lord.

    GOD Bless

  59. Monique Denard on May 12th, 2015 8:21 am

    I would love to have the 2015 devotional!! I was looking for devotionals and I got the 2014 on sale and I try to read those now for 2015 but it would be an absolute blessing to enter and win your book drawing! Thanks for the opportunity and may the Lord bless all of you who are entered as well!!

  60. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on May 15th, 2015 11:27 am

    Monique, unfortunately, that devotional was given away some time ago. If you haven’t yet signed up for my newsletter/blog on my website (http:www/rebeccabarlowjordan.com/blog), you might want to do so. I’ll be having another giveaway next Fall for the new 2016 Mornings with Jesus devotional.

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