2019 Women’s Devotional Book
In His Presence
When life’s uncertainties overwhelm us, we may momentarily forget that an unshakeable refuge is always close by. From it flows only good things. That refuge is Jesus. When we keep our eyes on Him, He will guide us through life’s darkest days and nights. He, who is head-over-heels in love with us, wants us to understand that He is always by our side and constantly provides for our needs.
Furthermore, Jesus promises never to abandon us as He leads us toward brighter days ahead. Along the journey, He will teach us how to live like He did. Then, as with the apostles of old, others around us will be able to tell where we have been spending our time-with Him.
So be blessed as you walk through these inspirational stories written by women who have rediscovered an ever-present Friend—and love like they’ve never known. Experience their joy and unspeakable delight as they’re surprised by the evidence that the One who loves them best is always near. In 365 different ways, the confident voices of God’s daughters around the world declare, “I will not be shaken for I am living in His presence.”
“Happy Twenty-fifth Birthday!” . . . to the daily devotional book project sponsored by the General Conference Women’s Ministries Department.
On the jacket of Among Friends, the first devotional book published for 1993 daily readings, editor and Women’s Ministries director Rose Otis wrote, “What better way [to affirm women] than to invite [them] to contribute to a devotional book ‘for women by women’?” Contributor response to the General Conference Women’s Ministries (GC WM) global call for submissions was so abundant that Rose—in just ten months—had enough devotionals for that first book. Her conclusion? “Women wanted . . . others to know how Jesus had been there for them.” Contributing authors respond with gratitude for the opportunity to nourish their own spiritual lives simply through the process of writing about their experiences for the purpose of sharing with others.
Soon the GC WM office decided that royalties from the devotional books would go toward funding scholarships around the world to assist Adventist women obtain higher education. Since the end of 1992 when the 1993 devotionals were first sold, proceeds from the yearly devotional books have funded 2,461 scholarships in 132 different countries for women who are committed to use their education to further serve the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Presently, at least half the women seeking assistance are turned down. With your help we can change more lives!
Writers Needed for the Women’s Devotional Book
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 devotional book.
Be a Blessing
The God-inspired devotional book project began in 1992 as a one-time idea to raise funds for Women’s Ministries scholarships, but the book was so well received, and so many blessings flowed from it, that the books just kept coming—and kept blessing. Not only are book readers blessed, but every writer and scholarship recipient is blessed. And blessings continue to flow from the service these amazing scholars provide for the church.
Give a blessing
- Buy a book for yourself.
- Buy extra copies; they make wonderful gifts.
- Write a devotional to be included in a future book.
- Apply for Women’s Ministries scholarship.
- Tell a deserving woman how to apply for Women’s Ministries scholarship.
- Make a financial contribution to the scholarship fund.
The devotional book is a blessing in at least four ways: the women who write for it are greatly blessed; the women who read the book receive a spiritual blessing (making this the perfect gift for any woman in your life); the women who receive the scholarships receive a life-changing blessing; and the donors receive a financial blessing when giving to the scholarship fund.