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  1. Someone told me once “joy surfaces when you need it.” As with the “lull,” shout “puffins!” Voila…JOY!

  2. I loved Heather’s devotional and found it relatable in more ways than one. Having witnessed colonies of Puffins both in Ireland and Alaska, they are for sure creatures that bring excitement to the humans who get that opportunity. More than her story of the Puffins, however, I could relate to the scripture and prayer that Heather shared in this devotion from a very recent (just yesterday morning) when I experienced and shared a story of how God gave me exactly what I asked during my morning quiet time with Him. As I sat facing the eastern skyline I asked God to Grace me with one of His beautiful and amazing sunrises. Dawn was still over an away away. As I sat with mostly eyes closes I would periodically glance out the front door until I began to see some faint color. As the sun rose the skies became brilliant with shades of pinks, oranges, and yellows. I was able to capture my gift from God on camera and share with friends on social media.
    I will share your story as well, as the Scripture and prayer go along perfectly with our examples of God’s amazing grace.
    I know I’ll enjoy Heather’s book!

  3. I love this! Finding joy in the little things every day helps us be in the present. Now I’m going to go outside and see if the butterflies have found the little garden I planted for them!! Have a lovely day ladies and I hope
    You get what you ask
    For today!

  4. What a lovely and encouraging devotion! I would love to have a copy of this book to remind me to ask God anything.

  5. Life has been overwhelming the past two months and I’m exhausted. I needed this reminder to see the joy in the little things. 1) Sipping hot coffee and taking a moment to enjoy it. 2) The little bird at the feeder outside the dining room window. 3)The yellow leaf slowly drifting to the ground. That’s just the start…May I keep my eyesore God‘s blessings!

  6. Such a timely post for me today! I’ve been asking and praying for a big thing! Thanks for the encouragement to keep asking!
    I’d love to win a copy of this book!
    Thank you! Terri Shaver

  7. Thank you Heather for this. I always struggle with simply asking God for anything. When I feel unsure of God’s provision, faithfulness and love I think of the scripture about the birds. I love to watch the birds in my back yard. “They neither toil nor gather in barns, yet their heavenly Father provides for them”. He will and always has provided for me. Thank you God for your goodness and unfailing love for me!

  8. Thank you for the devotion today. Today my heart is heavy over some struggles we are dealing with. I am praying for God to show us wisdom on what to do but I feel empty. Thank you for the reminder of finding joy in the small things.

  9. Thank you for a chance to win this devotional— I may order several for Christmas presents! Dayspring shared one of Heather’s devotions yesterday that I was able to share with a group of students preparing for a contest. These devotions are not only very thought provoking, but also so practical in our everyday life.

  10. This came at a perfect time to give encouragement to my daughter who has had a debilitating illness for a very long time. She is an avid animal lover who will be able to relate to the love of Puffins and hopefully be inspired to answer the call to “have the courage to ask for the life you want”! I’m certain that God directed me to your post today….Thank you for delivering His message!

  11. Thank you for the gift of your words. I know I need to stop and smell the roses and see the sunsets and marvel at the bugs more often. I would love more help with this in the book. Sounds great.thank you. God bless.

  12. The title of today’s devotional grabbed my attention and spoke directly to where I am today. Life has thrown some serious punches at me in the past year, and I shied away from asking God for certain things. This has stirred my soul to begin asking (and dreaming) again.

  13. My husband’s motto and mine is “It’s all good,” and my favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 (“All things work together for good …”). I love the idea of shouting out “puffins!” They’re so cute, and the thought of them does bring a smile to my face. : ) I’m sure I would love that book of devotionals.

  14. Thank you for the reminder to find the courage. Life has not been easy for us the last few years but I do try to find some joy in the little things

  15. In Courage,

    Sounds like a great book. Life has been hard over the past few years–we both work in hospitals. It doesn’t seem to get any better for my husband with people leaving all the time. It feels like we’ve lost our joy. This made me think: “Noticing the abundance of the beauty in God’s creation transforms your life into a walking miracle.” We are blessed to live among the Smoky Mountains of upper E. TN. Now God is displaying His fall colors all over creation. Today (11/11) I will be going with a group of women to drive on the parkway in NC & look at the beautiful colors & scenery.

    About 2-3 years ago I asked God for a full-time job. No need to be home so much anymore. I felt the urge to help out my hard working hubby. December 2021 God answered that prayer with a job that they wrote just.for.me-ICU clerical. I was excited at first. Then things happened & my duties quickly changed. I didn’t like my job anymore. I have since learned to look at the bright side–I get a 3-day weekend every week, plus all the overtime I need. God knew what He was doing in handing me this job.

    Blessings 🙂

  16. It’s so important for us to really look at and appreciate what we have. I’m slowly learning that.
    I am looking forward to hearing more from Heather.