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About Shirley Crowder
Shirley Crowder was born in a mission guest house under the shade of a mango tree in Nigeria, West Africa, where her parents served as missionaries. She is passionate about disciple-making, which is conducted in and through a myriad of ministry opportunities that include biblical counseling, teaching Bible studies, writing, and music.
She is a biblical counselor and serves as the Vice President of The Addiction Connection.
She is an award-winning author with several of her articles appearing in “Paper Pulpit” in the Faith section of "The Gadsden [Alabama] Times. She is also a writer for David C. Cook, Student Life, and Woman’s Missionary Union publications, TheAddictionConnection.com, InspiredPrompt.com, JenniferHallmark.com. She is published as an author and co-author of eleven books.
She is a contributing author of two books not pictured on the right: "Paul the Counselor: Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle Paul" - co-wrote Chapter 2: "Paul and Women in Ministry."
"Day by Day: 40 Devotionals for Writers and Creative Types" - contributors are all part of the Southern Christian Writers Conference. Shirley contributed two devotionals: "Build Yourselves Up" and "Journaling: A Good Practice"
Shirley has spiritual children and grandchildren serving the Lord in various ministry and secular positions throughout the world.
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We have two primary means of communicating with God—the Bible and prayer. But what is prayer, really? This book of 50 devotions will help you look at many facets of prayer. Each devotion is centered around prayer and focuses on verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament that speak about prayer. We pray the Holy Spirit would work through these devotions to help you gain a better understanding of prayer and to ignite or deepen your passion to know Him better, resulting in you experiencing a richer more powerful prayer life."
The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years.
He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and oceans on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features and attributes that are common.
As Christ-followers we experience spiritual seasons. Though these seasons do not come in order like seasons in nature, each spiritual season we experience is defined by certain features.
This book is focused on autumn—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual autumns, we prepare for change and the possibility of difficult days ahead. It also represents abundance and blessings.
This book is part of the four-book Glimpses of God series.
50 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year
In early November, our minds turn to the upcoming holiday season and the new year. We get busy preparing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and all too often, we forget the real meanings of these celebrations. As Christ-followers, we can guard against this by focusing our hearts on God’s Word.
Thanksgiving is a time to give God thanks; Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Savior; the New Year brings new beginnings. This devotional book contains fifty meditations to help you find Jesus among the celebrations and decorations. Begin using the book the week before Thanksgiving and it will carry you into the New Year.
It is the author's prayer that as you work this Study Guide on Prayer, you will gain knowledge and a better understanding of prayer. This knowledge and understanding, through the work of the Holy Spirit, will lead you to incorporate the teachings, principles, and practices in the book into your prayer life so that as your passion to pray increases, it will result in a strengthened relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ His Son.
Spiritual Seasons are like Natural Seasons
Creator God made the world in which we live. He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and oceans on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features and attributes that are common.
As Christ-followers we experience spiritual seasons. Though these seasons do not come in order like seasons in nature, each spiritual season we experience is defined by certain features also.
This devotional is focused on summer—both calendar and spiritual. Our spiritual summer is a time of growth, hard work, and relaxation as we nurture and care for the new things that were planted in our spiritual spring and allow them to ripen or mature.
This book is a part of the four-book Glimpses of God devotional series.
Creator God made the world in which we live. He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and oceans on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features.
As Christ-followers we also experience spiritual seasons. Though these seasons do not come in order like seasons in nature, each spiritual season we experience is defined by certain features also.
This book is focused on winter—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual winters, we await the new thing that God will be doing. Sometimes, we might even feel that He is silent or far away, During this season, we must rest in the truth of God’s sovereign mercy, grace, love, and care for His children.
This is the first in the Glimpses of God” series.
As Christ-followers we also experience spiritual seasons. In the same way that nature’s seasons serve a purpose on earth, so do the seasons in our spiritual lives. God provides, cares for, and sustains the earth, and in His faithfulness, He does the same for us.
This devotional is focused on spring—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual springs, we catch a glimpse of the new life we have in Jesus Christ and the renewed life that He gives us.
Enjoy a season of rebirth, thirteen weeks of inspiration, full of God's great love for us.
Stepping into any new beginning not knowing what is ahead, is exciting and unsettling at the same time. Our Hope, as Christ-followers, rests in knowing that we do not move forward in our own strength, but in the strength of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
We pray these devotions will help prepare your heart to learn from the Lord as He affirms His steadfast love that gives the strength and hope needed to walk boldly into whatever new beginning the Lord has in store for you.
These devotions will guide your thoughts toward the biblical truths presented in the background and focal Scripture passages.
Each devotional has exercises (you will choose at least one to do each day) that lead you to interact with the biblical truths presented and gain a deeper understanding of the truths in each devotion.
Biblical Counselors, when you are ready to dismiss a counselee, this makes a great assignment for the next thirty-one days, then have the counselee come back for a final check-up.