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Completely Blessed: Discovering God's Extraordinary Gifts (Loving Jesus Without Limits) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Ethridge
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Unwrap the gifts Jesus has chosen especially for you.

During His time on earth, Jesus transformed countless lives with a simple touch or a few compelling words. Those who chose to accept His gifts found their lives forever changed, forever marked by hope.

Incredibly, He offers to touch you today in the same breathtaking, life-altering ways. Through this fresh look at the miracles, parables, and daily life of Christ, you’ll discover the gifts that are yours for the taking: power to resurrect your hopes and dreams, strength to conquer temptation, an intimate union with God, and the promise of a meaningful life. As you learn to recognize each of His amazing gifts, you’ll find that Jesus has provided exactly what you need to live the life you long for.

This companion devotional to Completely His directs your gaze into the heart of God through the truths revealed in His love letter, the Bible. Each reading includes introspective questions to help you apply those truths in a personal way, propelling you into a more fulfilling life of passion, purpose, and genuine intimacy with Jesus.


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About the Author

Shannon Ethridge is the best-selling author and coauthor of numerous books, including Completely His, Every Woman’s Battle, and Every Young Woman’s Battle. A speaker and advocate for sexual integrity, she holds a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Liberty University. Shannon has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including The 700 Club, Focus on the Family, and the cover of Today’s Christian Woman magazine. She lives in east Texas with her husband, Greg, and their two children.

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Day 1: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Daily reading:
John 1:1—18

Key passage:
In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone….The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.…We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us–one gracious blessing after another.
(John 1:1—4, 9, 16)

WANTED: SAVIOR OF THEWORLD
Applicant must…

• be able to transcend space and time,
• intimately know God and represent Him perfectly,
• be willing to leave paradise and live as a homeless person,
• dwell among people who doubt your credentials and question your sanity,
• be willing to tirelessly heal the sick, encourage the poor, and love the unlovely,
• serve as a light in a dark world and overcome all forms of evil, and
• single-handedly bear the weight of the world’s iniquities.

Only the sinless need apply. Send résumé directly to God.

If you are thinking that no one could have filled God’s job description for a savior besides Jesus, you are absolutely right. Even before humankind fell into sin, God had a perfect plan to restore us into right relationship and sweet fellowship with Him. His restoration plan didn’t come in the form of a prescription or an extreme makeover. It came in the form of a person–a timeless, sinless, and matchless person by the name of Jesus Christ.

Admittedly, the gospel of John’s opening lines can be confusing for the person who doesn’t recognize the incredible credentials our Savior holds. I recall as a teenager hearing my pastor read the following:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NIV).

The verse sounded to me like an unsolvable riddle. But now I know that Jesus (the Word) was God made flesh, sent to earth to dwell among us. Jesus’ origins go back much further than Mary’s womb. He existed with God before the beginning of time and will continue to exist when time has ended. But Jesus hadn’t just been with God, like two people can be with each other in a room. As part of the Trinity–God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit–He actually is God.

In other words, God Himself came to the earth He created. Why? To demonstrate His lavish love. He desired to be with us for a time and to leave an indelible mark on the history of humanity–indeed, to save us from ourselves and our folly. God came down from heaven in the form of a human being so that we could recognize and relate with Him in an intimate way and learn from Him how we are to live. Can you imagine a more extraordinary and personal gift?

God’s gifts to us are as timeless as He is. Just because we’re living two thousand years after Jesus walked this earth doesn’t mean we have missed out on having a personal relationship with Him. Does Jesus still transcend time and space? You bet. He is both omniscient (knowing all things throughout time) and omnipresent (everywhere at once). Not only that, the gospel accounts of His life teach us how to intimately know Him. Can Jesus still heal the sick, encourage the poor, and love the unlovely? Yes, He can, and He does so countless times per day. Is He still our light in a dark world? Does He overcome evil still to this day? Does He gladly bear the weight of every sin we commit? Yes, yes, and yes.

God didn’t just send a postcard from heaven or a mere memento or token of His love. He gave us a precious gift that keeps on giving. He gave us a living, breathing, walking, talking, loving, healing, teaching, preaching example of His extraordinary love by coming near to us in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ.

HOLDING HIS HAND
Heavenly Father,

It boggles our minds to try to think of a more perfect plan than the one You devised and executed. Thank You for coming near to us in the form of Your Son, Jesus, to bring light to our world, to save us from our sins, and to show us how to live in obedience and sweet fellowship with You.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  • File Size: 1478 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400071143
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZFGJ6C
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4.0 out of 5 stars A devotional for busy people November 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
Reviewed by Laura V. Hilton

When Jesus was on earth, He touched many lives in different ways. From healing, to giving life, to his teaching...and even today, He is changing lives, for anyone who chooses to accept His gifts.

Completely Blessed take a look at Jesus' miracles, parables, and His daily life, and will teach you how to have a meaningful life in Christ. You will learn about His amazing gifts, and find that Jesus has provided exactly what you need to live the life you long for.

Completely Blessed is the companion devotional to Completely His and in the introduction, the author recommends that the books are read together as a set, to get the most of the devotional. I didn't have the pleasure of reading Completely His, but since this is recommended, then I suggest following the author's advice.

The devotionals have titles such as:

* A gift that keeps on giving
* Power over the enemy
* A firm foundation
* A resting place for our worries
* The gift of the Holy Spirit
* A rich reward
* Plus much more.

There are thirty devotionals, one for each day of the month and there is interaction with plenty of space to fill in your thoughts. The devotionals start out with scripture reading, a brief story that fits in with the main idea and then the application, in a section apply named Holding His Hand. It then ends with a brief prayer.

This devotional won't take much time out of a busy day, but yet will give the reader a firm foundation for their daily walk with Christ. I recommend this, if you or someone you know wants to start a daily quiet time.

Armchair Interviews says: This would also be good devotionals for church ministries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Daily Devotions January 1, 2008
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This is my first experience with Shannon Ethridge's books, and I was very impressed. She used personal stories, backed up by scripture to give the reader a fresh look at the life of Jesus. Sometimes we forget all the blessings God has in store for His children. We need reminding. She also includes a list of questions after each daily reading, which draw the reader into a time of introspection.
A little book with a big message. Every page is designed to help the reader develop a stronger relationship with God. Recommended.
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This was an excellent purchase. It was both quick and sold at a very nice price. Very pleased with the purchase.
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More About the Author

Shannon is a million-copy best-selling author, speaker, lay counselor, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989 and her passions include: Challenging adults and teens to embrace a life of sexual integrity, encouraging married couples in their pursuit of sexual and emotional fulfillment, counseling women who have looked for love in all the wrong places and equipping parents to instill sexual values in children at an early age.

Her passion for healthy sexuality actually began in mortuary college. Her first career choice, becoming a mortician, led Ethridge to work on dead bodies. Many she embalmed were young people who had died from AIDS or committed suicide as a result an HIV positive diagnosis. Because of her own promiscuous teenage years, she knew it was a miracle that she was standing over the embalming table rather than laying on top of it. These experiences inspired her to begin speaking boldly and bluntly to teen, college-age, and adult audiences about the benefits of sexual integrity. She has taught and counseled thousands of young singles and married couples over the past decade. She is the author of 18 books, including the best-selling Every Woman's Battle series, the 5-book Completely His series, and her new book for the mainstream market, The Sexually Confident Wife.

Shannon has been featured on the cover of Today's Christian Woman Magazinee, and is a frequent guest on international radio & television shows such as The 700 Club, Life Today with James & Betty Robison, FamilyLife Today with Dennis Rainey, and New Life Live! with Stephen Arterburn. She has also been published in numerous magazines such as Focus on the Family, Brio, and LifeWay and is the winner of a Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Publishing.

Although grateful for the opportunities to influence this generation as a writer and speaker, Shannon remains most passionate about her role as a wife and best friend to her husband of 18 years, Greg, and a mother and cheerleader to their two children, Erin (17) and Matthew (14).

Shannon Ethridge, M.A.
Author and Advocate for Healthy Sexuality & Spirituality
www.sexuallyconfidentwife.com
www.shannonethridge.com

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