Be Still and Know...365 Days of Hope and Encouragement for Women

BeStillAndKnow2Experience an intimate connection to your heavenly Father with Be Still and Know....

Featuring a powerful devotional reading and scripture for every day of the year, this beautiful volume provides inspiration and encouragement for your soul. Enhance your spiritual journey with the refreshing readings—and come to understand the abundant life that God has in store.


As for God, his way is perfect; The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.


How is it possible to exhibit peace and joy in the midst of the greatest challenge you've ever faced? Discover the secret in Be Still and Know, a book about living the abundant Christian life in the midst of any difficulty. With an inspiring reading and powerful prayer for every day of the year, this beautiful devotional will provide both encouragement and refreshment, as you come to understand the abundant life that God has in store just for you!



The story behind this book is one worth telling because it has the fingerprints of God all over it. I do not say this proudly, but humbly, knowing that only God could have brought this to pass. In November 1998, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. For Christmas I gave her a daily journal—one with dates and blank pages to write in throughout the new year. I don’t know what I expected. Perhaps I thought she would express her feelings as she endured chemotherapy. Or maybe she would pass on some motherly wisdom to me. Little did I know at the time, but 1999 would be the last year of her life.

After her death, I came upon the journal. What I discovered was astonishing! There were no personal entries—nothing about losing her hair, nothing about enduring chemotherapy, nothing about fearing death. Every day, until mid-November, she faithfully penned a scripture verse, a title, and what the Lord had taught her through His Word. It was succinct yet profound. Pondering the treasure I had been given, I began to understand how she was able to walk toward death with such peace and joy in the midst of the greatest challenge she’d ever faced. I had observed that with each passing day, it was as if she had one foot in heaven and the other on earth—with the heel and then toe of her earthly foot slowly leaving the ground. Although she was fighting for her life, she had been preparing to meet the Lord. Being still before Him, she gleaned spiritual insight right up until the day they met face-to- face. That was the secret to abundant living!

Over the years I had planned to meticulously read through her journal, yet I suspect my sorrow had prevented it. But in December 2012, Jodi, my best friend from college, was battling recurrent cancer. I asked the Lord how I might encourage her in the coming year. He reminded me of Mom’s journal and placed the desire within my heart to share her daily entries with Jodi. (Jodi had known my mother and had observed her faith over the years.) Since Mom had no idea that her entries would be read by anyone, I began the process of editing and rewriting her scriptural insights. I tried to stay true to the titles and daily Bible verses she had chosen. Those daily e-mails became the content for this devotional book.

This book is not about death, but about living the abundant Christian life now! My mother possessed clear spiritual focus the last year of her life. It is my greatest desire that the spiritual truths she gleaned from the Lord would be passed on to the next generation. We all desperately yearn for peace in the midst of life’s challenges. When we are “still” before the Lord, meditating on scripture, He imparts spiritual truth. We can experience abundant living when we apply those truths to our everyday lives. May you be inspired to follow my mother’s example!


ISBN 978-1-63409-946-2
BISAC: Religion / Christian Life / Devotional

Author: Julie Rayburn
Formats: Paperback
Retail Price: $7.99
Publisher: Barbour
Resource Type: Julie Rayburn Devotional

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Julie’s blog posts and devotionals are an extension of her journaling that begun after returning from a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America over 15 years ago. While “out of her comfort zone,” she heard the Lord speak very clearly. Upon returning, she yearned to discern His voice amidst the clamor of everyday life. Julie embarked upon a journey to listen and recorded spiritual insights gleaned from God’s Word in her journal. That journey continues today as she encourages and inspires others to listen and apply God’s truth.