Wednesday, June 10, 2015

savor | living abundantly


i am reading through the Bible in 2015, so i am reading a lot of the Bible each day. reading through the Bible in a year involves long, rich chunks of the Bible at a time. i am enjoying reading through the entire Bible, but sometimes i do miss the slowness that comes with studying a small section at a time.

i have been searching for a daily devotional that is short, yet gets me searching my heart. Savor, by Shauna Niequist, is just that! it is a quick read each day with thought provoking questions to help you really savor life. plus, there are delicious recipes throughout the book to help you savor life in a different way.


i can very rarely read books without highlighting, and my highlighter has been hard at work throughout this book. so rather than try to reword brilliant writing, i'm going to share some of my favorite highlighted quotes from the book. these have spoken to me in some way & my hope is that they encourage you as well.


"we love big stories, ones that involve passports, mountains, and photo-ops. but sometimes being courageous means less, quieter, stiller, smaller."

"we're learning that one of the best things we can do to build our marriage is to build our own healthy selves. . .when [we] can bring our best selves to our partnership, the partnership thrives."

"i'm more certain than ever that prayer is at the heart of transformation. and also that God's will has a lot more to do with inviting us to become more than we previously have been than about getting us to one very specific destination."

"i practice grace and patience with myself, knowing that i can't extend grace and patience if i haven't tasted them."

"it's rebellious, in a way, to choose joy, to dance, to love your life. it's much easier and much more common to be miserable."


"we were made to be the things He is: forgivers, redeemers, second chance-givers, truth-tellers, hope-bringers. and we were certainly, absolutely, made to be creators."

"when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. and when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."

"i believe that loss deepens us. i am grateful for God's graciousness toward me that he would teach me these things. . .i've found a new gratitude, and it's gratitude for the way God has redeemed darkness and pain, for the way he brings something beautiful out of something horrible."

"it's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. what's hard is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about." 

"our hearts are more elastic than we think, and the work of forgiveness and transformation and growth can do things you can't even imagine from where you're standing now."

i received a complimentary copy of Savor in exchange for an honest review. regardless, all opinions are my own.


how are you currently savoring life?


18 comments:

  1. I have never heard of this! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This looks like a great devotional. The little snippets of wisdom are truly profound! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. What a cute devotional. I love ones that are quick to read but full of wonderful insight.

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  4. ugh it's so cute!! how are you doing on your bible reading??

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  5. That's an adorable devotional. I want one now! It looks like it keeps you pretty accountable and riveted. That's good.

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  6. I have been wanting to read this devotional. I'm glad that you are enjoying it.

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  7. All those quotes are so thought-provoking!! My favorite is the one you also put in a picture (which I'll be pinning): we are supposed to be things he is...And how is the reading the Bible in a year thing going? I tried that once, got super behind, and then gave up (lame, I know).

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  8. I haven't felt very "savor"ing lately, but your dedication is a great inspiration for me to keep that in mind. The book looks awesome too - Amazon wish list!

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  9. that looks like an awesome devotional!

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  10. it is great! little nuggets of wisdom abound!

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  11. thanks Sarah! to be honest, this past year i haven't felt savoring either... which is why i decided to finally read the entire Bible front to back. there are days when i don't feel like it. sometimes i use those as skip days & sometimes i read anyways. i've found that i'm always blessed when i do it anyways! (but it's still hard!)

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  12. i love words & she has a way with words!! that is my favorite too! :)


    the Bible reading plan is going well. i am farther behind than i want to be, but i figure as long as i can read it through & it may not be in exactly 365 days, i'm still doing good! :) i have felt like giving up b/c i'm really behind, but i've gotta remind myself that the # of days isn't the important part! :) i guess that's grace!

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  13. right?! so adorable & packed full of truth! :)

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  14. SO CUTE!

    the Bible reading plan is going okay. i'm farther behind than i want to be, but i figure as long as i finish (even if not in exactly 365 days) i'm still doing good! :) i've gotta keep reminding myself that the # of days isn't the important part! :) but also that i need it everyday!

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  15. same here! & i love that it's so cute :) i just want to hug it!

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  16. thanks Andrea! i agree - such a way with words! :)

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  17. sure thing. it just came out this year - i love it so much though!

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