I was recently given an advance readers’ copy of You’re Going to Make It, the newest devotional by best-selling author, Lysa Terkeurst. The book is scheduled to be released on March 28th. I’m about halfway through and I can’t wait for it to come out to purchase for some of my friends. Lysa’s warm and gentle writing style makes you feel like you are sitting together at a coffeehouse chatting with a good friend.
The format is very different than the traditional devotional you may be used to reading. It is divided into 50 topics. Each has a morning and evening devotion, including scripture verses, thoughts to reflect on throughout the day, a journaling section for releasing something to God, and a prompted prayer.
Every day Lysa shares, in a very genuinely transparent way, her struggles through a hard season of feeling discouraged, disappointed, and devastated by circumstances. Many of us would walk away from times like that feeling broken, hopeless, or jaded. But through this journey, Lysa has found ways to unrush your mind, uncomplicate your heart, and experience healing.
As I read through the pages, I think about the hurt that I still haven’t released and the practice of giving it up to God. I think about a friend diagnosed with cancer and feeling discouraged and hopeless. Or the family member who has been cast out because of choices that are different and feeling heartbroken and disappointed. I think about a friend who has lost their job and feels devastated and depressed. No matter what you are going through, you’re going to make it.
The book starts off very encouraging in the first devotion…
- God promises to guard your heart and mind – Philippians 4:6-7
- God promises to give you His peace – John 14:27
- God promises to comfort you in all your troubles – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
- God promises to help you and strengthen you – Isaiah 41:10
- God promises to bless, protect, and be gracious to you – Numbers 6:24-26
- God promises to give you rest when you’re weary and burdened – Matthew 11:28-30
- God promises to hear and answer your prayers – 1 John 5:14-15
- God promises to supply all your needs – Philippians 4:19
If you are going through a difficult season, this devotional is for you. When you have days when life feels too hard, this devotional gives you the daily practice of releasing and receiving God’s encouragement, instruction, and truth to find your path toward healing.
I love the life applications Lysa shares in each devotion and the constant reminder to be reassured that though this difficult season is part of your story, it will not be your whole story. I am also uplifted by Lysa’s example, that we can use our pain to help others and share God’s love.