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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fifty Two Shades of Shay: Daily Quiet Time


I get asked a lot, what does a "quiet time" look like?  As Christians, "quiet time" is a phrase that has been coined to mean that time in our day when we sit down to pray and read the Bible.  This is totally a Shade of Shay since I do start each and every day with my quiet time.

Here's how I got started...

When I was 15 years old, I had a fabulous youth minister named Todd tell me (and the other students) over and over again that the only way to deepen and strengthen our faith was to make sure we were spending quiet time with Jesus every day.  I'm constantly talking to God.  Constantly.  But every morning when I get up, I set aside a few precious minutes to really sit in the quiet and pray, read my Bible, read some other devotional books and thoughtfully and purposely prepare for my day ahead while chattin' with the Lord (and chatting with the Lord is just praying).

And this morning quiet time is one of the best moments in my day.

Listen, some mornings, I just have 2 minutes...some morning, I have more like 20.  There isn't a wrong or right amount of time.  It's just a conscious effort to make sure I have my priorities straight and my heart in the right direction before I set out for my day.  This is also such a valuable time to read the Bible and really hear what God says about you and your life.  Reading the Bible will change your life more than anything else in this world.

Here is what I personally do (and again, this is just me...since this is my shade)...

1. I read my Bible.

Right now, I'm reading through the New Testament along with reading one Proverb a day.  I read and think about how the verses can apply to my own life.  I also take notes in a little notebook of scripture or phrases that really stick out to me personally.  

2. I pray.

I'm of the faith that prayer does not have to be perfect.  Prayer does not have to be uniform.  Prayer is just me pouring out my heart to the Lord, praying for others in need, praying for myself and my family, repenting from all of the crappy choices I make in life, thanking God for everything he does for me (even the hard days when I know my life is being strengthened through adverse circumstances) and just sitting in the stillness and reflecting.  

I've learned that praying is not hard...it's setting aside the time that usually is.  I really encourage you to pray.

3. I read books by Christian authors.

Reading a book does not in any way, shape or form take away from me reading my Bible.  The Bible is the way, the truth and the light...a book by a great Christian author about a specific topic is just a nice little addition but it's not a supplement.  That being said, I always enjoy reading a little at the end of my quiet time about certain topics.  Lately, my books have all been around parenting.  I'll read a chapter or so for motivation and encouragement...or just to learn or maybe laugh.  This kind of reading just rounds out those quiet minutes in my morning.

Here are some of the books I've read so far this year during my quiet times...

Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
Bringing up Girls by Dr. James Dobson
Bringing up Boys by Dr. James Dobson
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Raising a Princess by John Croyle

All of these books either motivated my faith, encouraged my faith, strengthened my faith, or maybe just gave me the kind of laugh I needed to start my crazy day.  I love them all for different reasons.

So there you have it...if you ever wonder why I wake up so stinkin' early, one reason is to set aside a few minutes for my quiet time.  If you don't think you could ever be a morning person, you should read this Shade of Shay here :).  You can be.  You will love how peaceful your days can begin with just a few extra minutes.

I highly, highly, highly recommend doing a quiet time at the beginning of the day instead of at the end of the day.  Start your day with Jesus.  Start your day on the right track...don't wait until the end of the day to do clean-up work...begin your day in the quiet.  I promise you...you will find so much peace throughout your day if you start it off this way.


And yes...I drink coffee during my quiet time...it just makes it even that much better :).

This is my quiet time every morning...at my desk with my coffee, my Bible, my book, my notebook and my pen.

Two weeks ago, I mentioned on my blog how I was reading John Croyle's Raising a Princess and the nice people at his publishing house, reached out to me and said they would love to give away three copies of the book to my readers.  A very nice and unexpected surprise for you and me!

Today only, I'll be giving away three copies...just enter the Rafflecopter below and the winners will be announced tomorrow!  

On the foodie blog today...


...my simple Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Burritos.  Yum!

And then winner of our Mother's Day Giveaway is...


Congratulations Amy!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



The winners of the Raising a Princess book giveaway are...

Shirley (email address has the numbers 1215 in it)
Rachel Dunn-Rankin
Carol Marshall

Congratulations ladies!!  I have emailed all three of you about receiving your prize!  Please email me back within 5 days to receive your book.

634 comments:

  1. This looks like a great read! Shay-I LOVE your blog! I look forward to reading it each weekday morning.
    Jenn

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  2. We teach the teens sunday school class and we always always always encourage them to find their quiet space and talk with God. Your day really is that much better.

    Loved this post!

    Xoxo
    Jennifer

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  3. Thanks for your insight on this today. You and your blog have inspired me to wake up earlier lately and this time alone in the morning has cleared my head and improved my daily life in a way that nothing else can. It is always encouraging to hear that other women out there are praying and reading, too! Looking forward to reading comments from more women who do the same. Thanks again!

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  4. My perfect morning is waking up to go walk with 3 other ladies, come home and have my quiet time with God, and then wake up my daughter for school.

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  5. I love this! I always say I'm having my coffee time with Jesus every day. We sit in the dining room and chat over a cup of coffee:)

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  6. I would love to give this to my sister who just had a sweet baby girl!

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  7. I would love to read that book! Thanks for sharing your heart!

    Susan
    Susanlanthrip@knology.net

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  8. Awesome encouragement today on quiet time! I needed to hear all of this!

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  9. Love your commitment and this shade of shay!

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  10. Your blog is a part of my quiet time....I just love that you love our Lord. Happy Tuesday!!!

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  11. Great blog spot this morning, I have gotten lax in my morning quiet time. Trying to squeeze it in elsewhere, but it's just not the same. This was a good reminder to re-prioritize. Thanks :)

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  12. I love my quiet time in the morning, it really is the best way to start my day!

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  13. I have loved becoming a morning person. It's so nice having that time before the real day starts.

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  14. Love this post and this Shade of Shay! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Hi Shay! Thanks for the encouragement today! I needed it :)

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  16. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

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  17. Great way to start your morning! I have identical 3 year old princesses and that book could come in handy!

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  18. Great way to start your day! I have identical 3 year old twin princesses and that book could come in handy!

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  19. Thanks for the encouragement! I just started Proverbs and have really been enjoying it.

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  20. Would love to read this book

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  21. Would love to read this book

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  22. Love this post & would love to win!!

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  23. Hey Shay! I have a 5 month old daughter and would love to read the book!

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  24. As the mom of a toddler girl, we are now approaching the discipline stage. I'm finding that biblical parenting/disciplining books are really helping my husband and I prepare how to raise/discipline our daughter. I would love to have a copy of this book!

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  25. I need this - raising twin 4-year old princesses! Heidi

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  26. I needed to read this today!

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  27. What an encouragement the post it. I am a morning person yet I don't find myself starting the day off with Jesus like I should. Thanks for the post and the motivation.

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  28. I've recently started getting up an hour earlier, but I'm having trouble organizing my time! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  29. Best Shade yet!

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  30. Great post! This is a 'shade' I struggle with right now having a two month old daughter, however reading this made me realize I don't have to wait until she is sleeping more consistently to have quiet time, there are plenty of opportunities when someone naps as well :) thank you!

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  31. I have a friend who is having a baby and it's a girl. I'd love to give her a copy of the book.

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  32. I'd love this book!

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  33. I have a friend who is having a baby and it's a girl. I'd love to give her a copy of the book.

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  34. I love this post. Just the encouragement I needed to make this habit.

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  35. Great post! I often find myself struggling with this 'shade' lately while tending to my two month old daughter. However reading this made me realize I don't have to wait until she sleeps more consistently, I can find some quiet time when she naps as well :) thank you!

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  36. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  37. Thanks for giving practical tips to help women make time for Jesus each day!

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  38. Love the simplicity of your routine!

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  39. I would love to check out the book.

    Casey

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  40. Trying again to leave a comment. Thank you for sharing how you do quiet time. :) Also thanks for sharing a list of books you read. I never thought about do a Proverb a day. What a great idea. What a huge bless the publishing company gave you. :)
    Christene
    christene.amy.rowland@gmail.com

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  41. Just had a baby girl 8 weeks ago! :) Neat book!

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  42. Trying again to leave a comment. Thank you for sharing how you do quiet time. :) Also thanks for sharing a list of books you read. I never thought about do a Proverb a day. What a great idea. What a huge bless the publishing company gave you.
    Christene
    christene.amy.rowland@gmail.com

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  43. About to do my quiet time now. :)

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  44. Hi! and thanks for the giveaway.

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  45. I love this! I have been doing this for a while, and it's the best time. At night I was just so tired, I couldn't concentrate. In the afternoon I felt rushed to hurry and do things before Ethan woke up from his nap. The morning allows me to spend time with Jesus without any distractions!

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  46. This was just what I needed to read this morning! :)

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  47. Thank you for posting the books you've read! Been looking for good, Christian books lately. Can't wait to check them out!!!! Love this Shade of Shay! :-)

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  48. I am doing Beth Moore's Whispers of Hope. I love it! Great post!

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  49. I love this Shade of Shay!! Thanks for sharing!!❤

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  50. I love all the inspiration you give all the ladies that follow you! You always give great insight on everyday situations and this couldn't have came at a better time for me :)

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  51. This book would be the perfect read right now. Thank you!

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  52. I started reading your blog every morning while I enjoy my cup of coffee. It is something I look forward to. I have a 2 year old daughter and this sounds like a great book to read!

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  53. Look forward to your posts every morning:) Still working on getting up before the kids- which is early:)Would love to read this book!

    Thanks,

    Steph Paul

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  54. Love your routine! Such a great way to start the day!!

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  55. Love this shade. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  56. Sometimes my quiet time is when I'm alone, driving down the road. I know people probably look over at me and think I'm crazy. LOL, but that's okay. Thanks for the book recommendations.

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  57. Thanks for sharing. I would LOVE to win this book, as a mom of an almost 2 year old princess! I do the same, but I find I personally focus better at night after my daughter is in bed. In the mornings my time gets cut short because the day has to get started. At night-time I can stay up late for the Lord & I just try to keep the thoughts for the next morning :)

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  58. This looks like a great book! I would love to win & read it :)

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  59. I've been doing quiet times since I was 15 also! I drink tea, not coffee, but it doesn't matter, does it! :)
    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the give-away.

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  60. Need this book! I have a 2 year old daughter that I hope to point to Jesus everyday.

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  61. Great Shade of Shay!

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  62. I love this! Always helpful to hear what other people do during their quiet times. I would love to win a copy of that book for guidance as I raise my two little girls! Thanks for your blog - I always really enjoy it!

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  63. I admire your ability to set that time aside in the morning- I am so not a morning person, but am trying all the time to change that! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  64. I usually have my quiet time at night, but this post really makes me want to try and start my day where my heart belongs :)

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  65. I usually have my quiet time at night, but this post really makes me want to try and start my day where my heart belongs :)

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  66. What a refreshing way to start the day.

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  67. I am raising a beautiful, sweet girl and would love this book.

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  68. What a refreshing way to start the day.

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  69. Would love to have this book as guidance in raising my two princesses. Love your blog.

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  70. No daughters yet for me.. But I'd love a copy of that book to teach my someday baby girl. :)

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  71. I'm raising a beautiful, sweet baby girl and would love this book for inspiration.

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  72. My daughter is about to turn 1 and I would love to read this book!

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  73. Thanks for sharing your faith and some of the books that help you along in your walk with Him. LOVED this post!!!
    ~K. Cramer

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  74. Thank you for sharing!

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  75. I would love to start reading some books on raising girls since I have two of them!

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  76. Thanks for sharing your morning routine!! I have 2 princesses and would love to read this book!

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  77. I've heard such great things about this book! Would love to add it to my morning quit time!

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  78. I would love to read this...trying to raise 2 princesses! Thanks for this post

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  79. We are hitting a tough twos patch and I would love a book to encourage me and my princess!!

    My quiet time is much like yours!!

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  80. Blessed to experience the best of both worlds and have the chance and challenge to raise one princess and two little princes.

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  81. I bought the book after I saw your post. I have a friend who is having a girl and I would give it to her!

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  82. I would love a copy! I have 3 girls! =)

    I love your routine!

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  83. I, too, wake up early to specifically set aside time to spend with The Lord. It's a complete game changer for my day & something I look forward to every morning.

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  84. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insight as a mama and a believer. And for sharing the books :)

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  85. I love your blogs for so many reasons, but knowing that you are shining your light for Jesus is at the top. I am praying for you and your family right now!!
    Erin

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  86. I would love to read this book!

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  87. I would love to read this boo

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  88. Thanks for sharing, I love to read a book along with my devotion each morning. Another great one right now is Hands Free Mama!! So good!

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  89. I would love to have this book! Love your blog!

    Jennifer Haag

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  90. I am definitely raising a princess and would love some Godly wisdom about how to do it.

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  91. Great gift idea! rdnmimi@hotmail.com

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  92. I use to do my quiet time in the evening and switch to the mornings. It is so nice starting the day with Jesus!

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  93. I have one daughter along with 4 wonderful boys. I'd love to learn more about raising my daughter in a Godly way.

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  94. I do the same thing. I enjoy getting up early for my quiet time before my day starts.

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  95. Thanks for sharing Shay! I love your blog:)

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  96. Love this post!! It's a great reminder to what's important in life!!

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  97. Good Christian books are always a must! My baby girl is 8 months and I fear about her growing up in this crazy world everyday

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  98. Fun! I have been wanting to get one of the parenting books you have recommended, so this would be awesome!

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  99. Just another reason why you inspire me. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder.

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  100. Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

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  101. I would love to read this:)

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  102. Sounds like a great book to read for my two girls!

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  103. Raising two princesses and would love some help.

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  104. Would love to read this book!

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  105. I would love a copy of this book!

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  106. Thank you for your encouragement! I read your blog daily and always enjoy your perspective. Blessings in the weeks ahead as you transition to your new home!

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  107. Love waking up early and having time to focus on what's ahead and what's in my heart. Thanks for the book suggestions!

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  108. Hi Shay
    Having my quiet time in the morning is something I struggle with, but really want to be consistant. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Cathy F

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  109. Love your blog. This is such good advice on the blog today.. Would love the win the book..

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  110. I would love to read this!!! I am looking for some Devonationals!

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  111. Raising two little princesses of my own, I'm sure this book could offer insight and inspiration into the lives of my girls.

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  112. I agree. It helps to start the day with a quiet time. Would love to read this book.

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  113. Wonderful words of wisdom! :) Thanks for sharing.

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  114. Thank you for this shade!! I'm learning quiet time in morning is so beneficial!! Love your blog!

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  115. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  116. Love this! I'm a morning person, but this inspires me to be more purposeful with my quiet time. And, I'm raising two princesses--I'd love to read this book!

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  117. Really want this book, I've heard GREAT things :) You are inspiring and make me want to be more consistent with my quiet time!

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  118. Sounds like a great read since I have two daughters. Thanks!

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  119. I would love to read this book!!!

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  120. I love this post. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  121. Thank you for including this as a "Shade of Shay" on your blog. It is a great encouragement to many of us, and the book looks great! :)

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  122. Oh so sweet of you! I would love to be entered! I think I would give it to my daugther who is raising my Princess Granddaughter! :0)

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  123. Oh so sweet of you! I would love to be entered! I think I would give it to my daugther who is raising my Princess Granddaughter! :0)

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  124. Thanks for sharing...such a great Shade of Shay.

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  125. Thanks for sharing...such a great Shade of Shay.

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  126. love your quiet time shade of shay! We all need to do this!

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  127. Hi! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I would give this as a gift to a new mom.

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  128. I'm a new mom to a 6 month old princess and would love to read these book :)

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  129. love your quiet time shade of shay! We all need to do this!

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  130. Thanks for sharing...what a great shade of shay...
    Deborah P

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  131. Thanks for sharing about your quiet time - helps me to realize it doesn't have to be perfect every day.

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  132. I enjoy reading your blog and my daughter is 10, I'm sure I could learn from reading this book.
    Thanks!

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  133. If I don't win this book, I will be purchasing 3 copies! One for me, on for my sister, who just had her 3rd little girl, one for m brother, who has 2 of his own! Thank you shay! Your blog is wonderful, I start each day reading them! After m heart to heart with The Lord!

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  134. Aww I love this! I start each day the exact same. I cup of coffee and some time with Jesus. This is perfect.

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  135. Fabulous post, Shay! I have three little princesses and have been wanting to buy this book. Will get have to get both Raising a Princesses and Bringing Up Girls!

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  136. Hi Shay! This is such an encouraging post and one that everyone should read. Thanks for sharing!

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  137. Loved the post today! I agree that starting your day with Jesus gets you in the right mindset to tackle the rest of the day. I would love to win the book!

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  138. I too love my quiet time! Thanks for sharing this very important shade of shay.

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  139. What a great shade of shay! Not A Fan is one of my all time favorite books.

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  140. I was just looking for a new Christian book to read - copied down this link. Thank you!

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  141. Great to hear how others do it.

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  142. Thanks for reminding me I need to get back on track with my quiet time. With 3 young girls in my house, I think I really need to read this book!

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  143. Thanks for sharing! I have to leave the house at 6 for work so I haven't ever gotten up earlier than absolutely necessary. I may have to try after reading this!

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  144. Thank you for sharing this Shade of Shay - this is something that I continuously resolve to initiate in a more consistent way and continuously fail to keep up with. I have a 4 and 1 year old at home and one on the way so mornings can be crazy - this is good motivation to just get up a few minutes before those kiddos to start my day off with God right!

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  145. Thank you for the opportunity, this is on my to buy list!

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  146. I think this is my favorite Shade yet :) thanks for sharing!

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  147. We are reading through Sheila Walsh's manners book for girls about being God's little princess. It has been such a nice addition to our Gigi books, so this looks like a great book for me!

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  148. I think this is my favorite Shade so far. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  149. I love reading your blog and the monday meal planning! This is such a great way to reach out to others especially mama's raising princesses. Thank you!
    Heather

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  150. I think this is my favorite Shade yet :) thanks for sharing!

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  151. Great Shade of Shay! Thank you for sharing the books you've been reading, I will have to pick one up :) have a blessed day.

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  152. LOVE Dr. Dobson! His books are amazing.

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  153. Loving the blog and my family has been loving the recipes! I would love to read Dr. Dobson's books on raising boys and girls - thanks for the suggestions!

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  154. Sounds like a fabulous book for raising girls

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  155. Would love to read this book!! Thanks for sharing your heart!!

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  156. Great topic! Thanks for sharing :)

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  157. I would love to read this book!! Thanks for sharing your heart!!

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  158. Thanks for posting!! Such a great reminder and very encouraging!

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  159. Happy Tuesday!! I think I'm going to need to visit your post on being a morning person!

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  160. What a great Shade, Shay! I'd love this book as I just had twin girls.

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  161. I really enjoy reading your blog every morning!

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  162. I really need to find more of God and Jesus in my life.

    amylouisewolff@hotmail.com
    ~Amy Wolff

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  163. Would love to read this book!

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  164. Shay- I love this post. Acutally, I love them all but this one is really good. You make me want to be a better person.

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  165. This book sounds very interesting. I have three daughters so I'm constantly reading books and learning how to raise them well.

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  166. Love this! Thanks for sharing.

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