Suggestions for using this book
Sample Daily Devotions
I thank my dear readers who wanted something they could study daily for inspiration and support—and whom asked me to write a book of devotions using quotes from my books and with daily prayers. My love for the scriptures made this seem a perfect way to share my favorites and those with deep meaning to me, as well as a delightful way to further bless those who yearned for a deeper connection to God.
Initially I had thought this would be a simple process! However, what I found was that it required an intense focus and connection with the Spirit to help me write prayers in a way that would deepen and broaden the content of the quote paired with a scripture from the Bible. The opportunity to take readers to deeper levels of understanding was just too irresistible and writing the prayers and affirmations took on a life of their own as I sometimes spent days in prayer composing a single devotion! Even so, writing this book, to my surprise, became a wonderful way for me to internalize the eternal truths taught to me during my near-death experience. I have grown in many ways as a result and continue to study this book daily for the blessing it is in my life as well as my loved ones around me.
Prayers and Devotions for Daily Living is both a reminder of truths we’ve learned and a thoughtful introduction to truths we have yet to hear. It is a book that offers strength to weather life’s hardships, and deepens the joys of living. Most importantly, with regular use, one will further develop their ability to communicate with the Heavenly Father, rekindling their divine connection with him and cultivate that greatest of all gifts: his purest love!
I was shown many wonderful truths and instructed to share them in my first book, Embraced By The Light. This devotional holds those same truths; it will inspire, comfort, and help you meet each day’s challenges and opportunities with enthusiasm and enlightenment.
Because each day brings its own trials, triumphs, losses and blessings, it is important that we have daily communication with God. Sometimes we need words of encouragement; other times simple affirmation is enough. During my Near-Death Experience I learned that consistent, thoughtful communication with God is essential to both enduring life’s hardships and appreciating its joys, that our spirit can progress more spiritually through prayer than in any other way.
I leave my blessing for all who study this book and discover the spiritual tools it contains. May you be guided as read by the Spirit of God to his eternal truths in a way that will enrich your life daily. I thank God for all that he gives us to draw us near and pray that this book will bless you to build a deeper connection to him as the eyes of your understanding are opened in a greater way and you bask in his unconditional love for you.
My eternal love,
You belong to a blessed generation of people. Like many, you are opening to God as your Creator and to the inner spiritual powers he has instilled within you. These powers arise from your natural attributes as God’s child, and you can learn to use them to improve your life and affect our world for good. Our Heavenly Father is eager to pour blessings upon you of love, understanding, abundance, and joy. These will come as your spirit is ready and able to receive them. If you desire to be better in tune with your inner spirit and with God, this book can be a wonderful tool. It is designed to connect your spirit to knowledge that it is already familiar with, to awaken it to the higher principles learned before coming to earth. Using this book daily with prayer and meditation will develop your spirit, comfort your mind, and add beauty and health to your countenance and body.
Suggestions for Using This Book
This book is best read every day to become a part of your daily habit. Whether you choose the morning, midday, or evening is not important. However, I recommend that you find a time and a place free from interruptions and distractions. You deserve this special time to yourself to balance your busy routine with moments of solitude, introspection, and prayer. This book is designed to be easy to hold and to take with you wherever you go. You may wish to start with the current date or read from the beginning. Or you may want to simply open to a page at random and read, letting the Spirit guide your choice for that day. When you make daily study and prayer your habit, your spirit remains open to God, and he can more readily respond. You will feel his nearness, and you will notice yourself becoming happier, more at peace, more loving, and more confident in facing the challenges of life.
You might choose to share your daily readings with a friend or loved one. If time or situation does not allow for that in person, I have found that sharing over the phone can be fulfilling. Fellowship in study and prayer enhances your spiritual energy and adds strength to your combined prayers.
As you read the quotations, read them purposefully, and contemplate the words. Consider how they might apply to your current circumstances in life. Look for perspectives or principles that are new to you. If a phrase or idea stands out, focus on it, and learn its meaning for you. Should you not understand my perspectives as I have written them here, pray and ask for God’s wisdom and understanding. In stillness, open your mind and heart to listen for the inner voice leading you to greater understanding. For further study, you may want to follow the quote’s reference to the original book and read more about the topic there. You may also want to look at the index for quotes on similar subjects.
The Bible Verses
In reading the Bible verses, study their connections to the theme for that day. Be open to meanings, which may add new perspective to your traditional Bible learning. After my near-death experience, the Bible became a great lifesaver for me—more so than anyone could imagine. The Bible became my daily breath, my nearness to God, and a touchstone for my soul. Meanings that had been hidden or unclear to me before, suddenly became clear. As I applied what I learned in the spirit world, I felt excitement and surges of energy that held me captive to the Bible. I was amazed that, while I had read the Bible many times from cover to cover, I had never really understood it at all! With the knowledge and understanding that I received in heaven, the Bible came alive to me for the first time. Its writings were more heartfelt, more substantial, and more comprehendible. I could see that I had taken the Bible too literally and without spirit before. I still read and re-read it with delight! I have studied it and underlined so many verses that I had to purchase a new book just for unobstructed reading!
While it is not my purpose or desire to compare Embraced By The Light or my other writings to the Bible for scripture comparison, I most assuredly and prayerfully consider the Bible as my second source—next to God and what he has blessed me to experience and to know—as a measuring stick for all that I share. When aligned with his Spirit, I find nothing lacking, and I am at peace.
The prayers I offer here are not intended to be completed prayers. They are a beginning place and suggest, perhaps, where to begin your own prayer for the day. The prayers in this book also add depth to the principles that precede them in the quote and scripture verse. They are purposeful, to bless you with information to meditate on, and to encourage an openness of mind and heart. I encourage you to pursue your own thoughts, quests, and desires of God. After reading the words of my prayer, continue to pray, adding your own words for as long as the Spirit leads you. I generally close my prayers by saying, “I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ,” and then end by saying, “Amen.” I do this as an affirmation of my faith and its direction. Let your spirit suggest the appropriate closing for you. The Father already knows what you believe, so choosing your words is more for yourself then it is for him. He listens to your heart. There is no one way to pray, nor is there one way to tell the Father you must close for now.
How you sit, stand or kneel while you pray is a matter of choice and circumstance. You can pray by thought or spoken word. Although, there is added strength in speaking out loud if you are not yet proficient in focusing your thoughts or projecting your energy in them. However, all prayers from the heart are effective. God hears them. There is simply no one perfect way to come to the Father. Just come as you are, invite his Spirit and be open, accepting, and willing to listen to his direction and encouragement for you. You will feel his presence and his love grow in you as you continue to seek him.
The phrases at the bottom of each page affirm and give positive personal focus. It is best to speak these affirmations out loud, feeling the truth and energy of the words as you repeat them a few times. Memorize those that seem particularly important for you. You may wish to write them and place them where you can read them and be reminded throughout the day. Repetition imbeds these affirming words deep into your spirit and consciousness. They will penetrate to become a part of you, surfacing during moments when you need their strength and reminder.
In heaven I learned that our words create unseen yet very real energies which ripple inward and outward. They carry power to influence and change our environment, our circumstances, our patterns of behavior, our habits of thought, even our very beings. Words spoken in prayer carry these same energies. We are creators, like God is. We are his children and carry within us his attributes. He has created the universe to respond to our words and to support them according to our will. Though God’s will is supreme, he allows us the growth experience of using free will to create and influence aspects of our own lives. Speaking inspired words of prayer and affirmation instructs and trains our will, reinforcing us in Godly directions and bringing us closer to alignment with his perfect will.
May God bless you in your daily study and walk with him. May he bless your life with his great wisdom as you continue to learn of him and seek understanding of his will for you.
—Betty J. Eadie