A Year of Thoughtful Change

November 5, 2012 · 73 comments

Discussing how the gospel intersects our everyday lives in the home is what this blog is about.

Although there’s usually some sort of drama going on over at our place, my everyday life is full of millions of mundane moments.

How does the fact that all of God’s promises are “yes” in Christ Jesus change how I live in my everyday mundane?

Our main goal for the articles you read here is that they would point you to worship the person of Jesus Christ as you are reminded of who he is, what he has done, what he is doing, and what he will do.

My heart knows all to well how easy it is forget these things. I need, as Jonathan Edwards prayed, for God to “stamp eternity on my eyeballs.”

This is why I’m delighted to introduce you to this new resource by the faculty at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation.

Various CCEF faculty members have put together a year-long daily devotional that discusses the life-changing truths of the gospel and how they intersect with our daily lives.

Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives covers a wide range of topics, many of which we interact with frequently on this blog like contentment, hope, and relationships.

Although the book is over 400 pages, the daily entries are brief yet spiritually dense. You can read each daily entry in the amount of time it takes find your coffee mug in the morning, but the gospel-rich truths are bulky enough for you to digest and process all day.

New Growth Press has given me two more copies of this book to give away to Domestic Kingdom readers. The book will likely ship in late November. Early Christmas present, perhaps?

If you’d like to win a copy of this book please leave one note in the comments. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email and the giveaway will be closed on Tuesday at 12noon Dubai time.



1 Lindsay W November 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Sounds wonderful. Count me in.

2 Joanna S. November 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book.

3 Elle November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Life and gospel intersection. What could be better, more challenging, or more encouraging? Please count me in.

4 Kim Shay November 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Definitely count me in. What a wonderfully unique way to present devotional material. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

5 Julie November 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm

CCEF’s material has always been a great resource for Christ’s people. Thanks for giving an opportunity to win this book! And thank you for this edifying blog.

6 Melissa McDonald November 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I would love to win this! The things I have read/heard from CCEF have been some of the most transformative things I have ever encountered.

7 Leah Atha November 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I’m interested! Thanks for the opportunity!

8 Emily November 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Sounds like a great resource for Gospel-centered thinking and living!

9 Theresa November 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks! This books sounds wonderful!

10 Jennifer Palumbo November 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for all your encouragement to look to Jesus!

11 Kelly November 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

This looks wonderful! Thank you!

12 Lisa November 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm


13 Christina November 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for sharing about this!

14 Annie November 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you!

15 Jenn Kujawa November 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This book looks wonderful. We’ve been discussing in our home how to preach the gospel to ourselves each day and I think this would be a great help!

16 Stephanie Donyes November 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I would love a copy of this book! Sounds like a good present to give too:)

17 Jen B. November 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I’d love to win a copy! CCEF’s material is always good. Even if I don’t win, thanks for adding another good book to my nightstand! :)

18 Jennifer H. November 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thank you for the recommendation! Sounds like an excellent resource for me and those I work with.

19 Sarah H November 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I would love to win this wonderful resource!

20 Megan November 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thanks! This one’s going on my wish list for sure!!

21 Lindsay Fooshee November 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for the offer and your writing ministry!

Lindsay Fooshee

22 Katy November 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Always happy for a chance at a new book. Thanks!

23 Jamie Perry November 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for your gospel-centered articles and the chance to win a great book!

24 Deb November 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book and the Dubai time at the end of your post made me smile and definitely caught my attention! Have fun with Tim Challies, saw on his blog he was coming your way!

25 erica villarreal November 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

if i don’t win, i’m asking for it for christmas! sounds like just what i need:)

26 Ann M November 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thanks for hosting the give away…would love to start my day with this book!

27 Heather H. November 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

This sounds wonderful and would be a great book to have. Thanks!

28 Dawn Coates November 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Dear Santa… ;-)

29 Tricia Oaks November 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Sounds like a wonderful read! I’d love a copy :)

30 Sonia Montenegro November 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Sounds wonderful! Looking forward to it.

31 Christa November 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for sharing God’s grace and mercy in your life through your blog. Our family is blessed by God’s faithfulness in the lives of others. Thank you for the opportunity to win CCEF’s new devotional.

32 Naomi November 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi Gloria, I’d love a copy of this book. Thanks!

33 Sherry November 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Looks like a great book that should be on my desk next to my hot chocolate every morning :)

34 Kendal Barriere November 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I would love to win this book. Thanks for reviewing it.

35 georgia November 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

would love this book. though i am not a big reader, this is the sort of book i would pick up regularly to read, as it comes in bite-sized portions which is just the right pace for me. before i became a mom, this might not have appealed to me as much. but as a mom, i find many aspects of my days mundane. whether i “win” this book or not, it’s something i will check out. i like the idea of applying God’s word to the smallest seemingly-meaningless part of our lives. in fact, that’s probably where the biggest impact His word could have on us lies.

36 georgia November 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm


37 Kelly November 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I’m so blessed by your site. Thanks!

38 Pam Mac November 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book, can’t wait to read it.

39 Erin Perry November 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Sounds like a good resource, would love a chance to read it. Will have to add it to my wish list :)

40 amy November 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I love CCEF! thanks for hosting this giveaway!

41 Alicia Shedd November 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Wow! This book sounds fantastic!

42 Natalie November 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Sounds like an amazing book!

43 Jenna November 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Sounds like an excellent read!!! Thank you :-)

44 Ashley W November 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I love CCEF and would definitely love to read this book. Thanks for providing gospel-centered resources!

45 Jamey November 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Sounds great! Thank you for the recommendation and for DK!

46 Lisa Martinez November 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Reflecting daily on the Gospel-nothing is better! Count me in. Thank you!

47 Mary November 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Wonderful…sounds great for reading and gift giving!

48 Vicki Warner November 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I would love to have this book! As a “mentor mom” in our “Rise Up” ladies group, it would be a helpful book to share with the young moms. So thankful for the gospel-centered resources available to them that I didn’t have as a young mom.

49 Jasmine Wilson November 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m looking forward to reading this book!

50 Pamela November 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thank you for this opportunity to thank Abba Father God for your blog, the ministry of CCEF, and ones who glorify Him in Body of Christ in our calling to His ministry of reconciliation with Word of reconciliation, Gospel with this offer!!! God bless you!!

51 Leah Groff November 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

thanks for sharing a great resource!

52 Brandi November 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I am so thankful for ministries like this. Look forward to the book!

53 Karen November 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Would love to win this!

54 Heather Hutchison November 5, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Yes please! Sounds like a wonderful & challenging read…. :o)

55 Sim November 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

Thanks for the chance of owning the book!

56 Shea November 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

sounds great!

57 Hannah November 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

Looking forward to reading it, whether by winning a copy or by purchasing one. Blessings!

58 Krystle Watters November 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

I’m thankful for the great reminders this site provides!

59 Jessica Y November 6, 2012 at 1:31 am

If yall are recommending it, I trust that it will bless. I trust the soundness of all posted here as good!

60 Dawn November 6, 2012 at 1:38 am

Looks like a wonderful resource for overwhelmed women like me! Thanks for sharing!

61 Stephanie Steinberg November 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

Yes! Sounds like an awesome book :-) Always look for a good devotional.

62 Joanny November 6, 2012 at 3:00 am

I would love a copy!

63 Brittany November 6, 2012 at 4:15 am

I would love the opportunity to read this book…thanks! :)

64 Cristiane Peixoto November 6, 2012 at 4:28 am

I hope it’s still time to leave a comment since I’m in Brazil! Love you ladies!

65 Celeste November 6, 2012 at 4:58 am

Yay for free books!

66 Victoria November 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

Loving the Edwards quote – how true when the tyranny of the mundane takes over!

67 Natali G. November 6, 2012 at 5:44 am

Looks like a great book! Going on my wish list!!

68 Francis November 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

Thanks for sharing this wonderful material. I’ve been always learning and growing through CCEF resources. It all started when one of my favorite professor in my DMin program introduced me to materials written by Powlison, Welch, etc. I hope to receive a copy of this material soon. My gratitude.

69 Jonathan Davis November 6, 2012 at 6:14 am

Cannot wait to read get this book!

70 Luma November 6, 2012 at 6:22 am


71 Andrea Oberhelman November 6, 2012 at 6:32 am

I am new to this blog, but enjoy it so much! So excited to hear that CCEF has published a new book and would love to read it!

72 Kathy November 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

Pick me! Sounds like just the thing. :)

73 Rebekah November 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Your site is such a blessing to me everytime i read it.God bless!!!Looking forward to reading this book!!

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