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Trade Paperback
208 pages
Mar 2007
Harvest House Publishers

Be My Refuge, Lord

by Bob & Emilie Barnes

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It is worthwhile to consider the format of Be My Refuge, Lord: interesting, straight-to-the-point, challenging, and very apparently written by someone who knows how to arrange life economically - even devotions. That’s just what prolific Christian authors Bob & Emilie Barnes do as founders of the More Hours in My Day time management seminars. Each devotion in this book provides a passage from the Psalms, an appealing discussion, a prayer, a suggested action for the reader to take, and a contemporary quote. Taking maybe 10 minutes to read, the information will stay with you for the rest of the day, encouraging thought and growth.

Some topics include: “Let Go, Let God;” “Promises for Believers;” “Sleep and Not Worry;” “I Can Do That;” and “What Is Home.” The introduction includes several useful suggestions for using this book: skip around, choosing a subject relevant for the day; check the devotion so you know you’ve read it; discover intimacy with God. Each portion encourages readers to use their Bibles.

A thoroughly modern devotional, Be My Refuge, Lord is based firmly on the eternal Word. A devotion of particular blessing to me is: “The Art of Restoration,” based on Psalm 51. This devotion took me step by step, succinctly through the Psalm; giving me directions for receiving the proper attitude for confession, praying for cleansing, and the restoration needed. The quote which closes seems very contemporary, pertinent to me and the modern world, yet is ancient: 1 Chronicles 7:14.

If you are looking for a nippy devotional for personal growth, or as a gift, Be My Refuge, Lord certainly fills the bill. However, it will also encourage you deeper into your Bible, leading you into longer study periods. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Emilie and Bob Barnes, cofounders of More Hours in My Day Seminars and bestselling authors and coauthor of countless books including the Minute Meditations series (more than 175,000 copies sold) present insightful devotions based on the book of Psalms.

When Emilie faced cancer, she and Bob daily sought the soothing hymns and assurances of Psalms. Now they present a personal look at the scriptures that have comforted God’s children throughout history. Created for busy schedules, these uplifting meditations will guide readers to:

  • Lift up prayers and praises in all circumstances
  • Transform their day through simple actions
  • Discover support and sustenance in individual Psalms
  • Understand and apply God’s wisdom for godly decisions
  • Release their cares to the Lord’s hands and plans

As readers face trials, peaks and valleys, new adventures, and daily needs, they will find encouragement and peace in these inspiring devotions for today.