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Incense Rising: A Book With Perfect Timing and a Giveaway

Incense Rising by Carolyn Dale Newell

God’s perfect timing never ceases to amaze me.

A couple of month’s ago I was in a season of rest. But what should have been restorative came with a side of so many of my mood disorder’s symptoms from my chronic D that the season of rest felt more like being in time out at the principal’s office.

There I was being obedient to the Spirit’s nudging to rest and just ‘be’ for however long He said to. And then the enemy decided to try infusing  that same season with insomnia, foggy-brain, phantom pain, and physically feeling like everything happened in slow motion to the point of real frustration and despair.

At the beginning I tried. I really tried to cast it off. Staying in the Word, doing everything I’ve learned about self-care, my family giving me space to wait it out. And I would lift up a prayer in the hardest moments, wobbly words to my Father, and doesn’t the enemy love to whisper doubt while we try to whisper out a little hope. And I could feel my prayers withering, and wandering, and sounding less victorious and more uncertain every time.

But God’s timing, people.

The same day I wrestled with the whole point of prayer and struggling how to focus through all the stuff, was the day I found out about a new book by my beautiful friend and fellow writer/blogger Carolyn Dale Newell called Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer.

Incense Rising by Carolyn Dale Newell

I remember giving my head a shake as I saw the topic of her book about to be released. Hey weary prayer warrior? God does not mess around. And He knows what we need before we even know we’ll need it. Amen?

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First of all, let’s start with my two month season of rest about to happen. For all the math gurus, that’d be 60, say it with me, “sixty” days. I know! Can I tell you how many times I would say the title out-loud over the course of the summer and blink and shake my head and thank Him for His timing? 60 days, ya’ll, to powerful prayer.

I smile as I type now, make no mistake. Nothing gets past Him.

But even better, are Carolyn’s words wrapped around each truth about our Heavenly Father and how He responds to our cries to Him. Over 60 individual heart-thoughts on what prayerful words can do, what He says to us about our needs, and how to keep eyes on Him. (A constant theme for me personally right now by the way, but that’s another post for another day, yes?)

It felt like having someone cheer you on, each individual reading was a boost to motivate and keep it real but simple. My dysthymic brain could navigate the comforting words easily.

And I found myself latching onto truths once again that put my prayers back in perspective.

His timing in general with this book is not to be scoffed at. More than ever we need to rally one another to prayer. Hungry prayer. Desperate prayer. Confident prayer. Unending prayer. Beautiful incense to a beautifully mighty God, friends.

When we feel like we’re out of options, we always have the choice to pray and lift all the words from our hearts like incense up to Him who sits on the throne!

What an important “gift” prayer is, as she states in the very first line of the book. In fact I loved Carolyn’s challenge to the reader at the very beginning that hopes… “You will grasp the balance between praying for God’s will and praying with complete faith.”

And there on one of my low days, suddenly there was the tug of the Spirit as I read this beautiful thought and felt like the words were being whispered by the Father himself, “Quite likely you are overwhelmed today. Take the time to step into the strong tower of safety. Kneel under your Father’s wings. Feel His peaceful calm as He provides you with security, and rest in His promises today.” – Carolyn Dale Newell

That one is written down and tucked into my Bible at Psalm 61: 1-5.

Filled with truths, scripture, actions to take, and prayers to pray, this book is fully encouraging in every way.

It’s at the top of my highly-recommend-list, friends. Seriously good.

And if you’re interested in knowing more about Carolyn and her books, be sure to click here!

Giveaway For Incense Rising

Cue the marching band!

I want to give away a copy of Incense Rising, 60 Days To Powerful Prayer to one of my readers. It’s a definite must-share and my intense privilege to bless someone with this book!

Tomorrow morning at 8 am we’ll randomly select a name and announce the winner of a freshly printed copy of the book here on the blog and over on the Precepts &Life Preservers FB page, and a couple little treats from moi in the mix! Sound good?

Just leave a comment below and tell us: How has prayer been like a gift to you in your life? Give us your answer and you could be selected! Check back here for the winner!


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  1. Thank you for sharing your story and being open about your depression. My husband has bipolar disorder and I just wrote two posts about some of our journey. I know it can be difficult to take time to rest, but it’s so vital. I love how the Lord nudges us through so many avenues–like this book–to just be with Him. Visiting from #livefreethursday today 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      September 17, 2016 at 10:43 AM

      Angela! Thanks so much… I would love to read those posts, it’s great when we know we’re not alone in trying to navigate these things!
      AND… here’s the good news…. you’re my winner for the giveaway!!! I will be contacting you for some details but CONGRATS!!!

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