Day by Day with God September - December 2018

Rooting women's lives in the Bible

Edited by Ali Herbert

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Day by Day with God are Bible reading notes specifically written for women. All the contributors are women and write from a woman's perspective. The entries for each day contain a suggested Bible reading, with the key verse written out in full, a helpful comment that engages heart and mind and a short reflection or prayer. The regular team of contributors are all excellent writers. Whatever your current situation in life, you will be inspired and encouraged by these notes.

The Editors write

Jill: It's great to welcome new writers to Day by Day with God to join our familiar contributors. This issue opens with a beautiful set of notes from Book 1 of the Psalms by the Rev Dr Sara Batts. She has titled her notes: 'All human life is here: finding ourselves in the psalms'. While we human beings come in many shapes and sizes, with different gifts, experiences and backgrounds, we all experience the same range of emotions: hope, joy despair, anger, hatred, fear, worry, peace, turmoil, confusion, love - and many, many more. How wonderful, then, to come to the scriptures and find them all there and to discover that God understands how these emotions impact on us and on our relationship with him. We are often shaken by our negative emotions, but he is the immoveable 'rock' beneath us, keeping us safe. We all have our mountain top and valley experiences, sometimes one following the other with unnerving rapidity - but Christine Platt shows us that the Lord is there in both, never leaving our side. And when we visit Daniel with Katy Jack, we know that this is true even in the most extreme of circumstances. If only, through these readings, we could learn to trust him more for our own lives!,

Ali: In between the mountain and the valley is that ordinary, everyday time which is where we spend the vast majority of our life. Do you have a favourite cup to have your morning tea in (I do!) or a particular way of loading the dishwasher? My dad always reloads the dishwasher the right way before switching it on - which is fortunate, because on one occasion my mum had carefully packed her iPad into the plate-stacking area! We don't always think of these ordinary actions and items as great opportunities to pray, but in her fortnight of 'Praying the ordinary', Jill takes us through some ways of connecting with God in the most humdrum parts of our lives. As we head together towards the 'mountain' experience of the Christmas season, we pray every blessing on you as you celebrate and think anew on the miracle of 'Immanuel', God with us.

Jill Rattle and Ali Herbert

In this issue:

All human life is here: finding ourselves in the psalms
Sara Batts
1-8 September

Our creative God and his creative children
Bridget Plass
9-15 September

1 and 2 Timothy
CTracy Williamson
16-29 September

Praying the ordinary
Jill Rattle
30 September-13 October

Mountains and valleys
Christine Platt
14-27 October

Katy Jack
28 October-10 November

Matthew's Gospel: Jesus Teaches
Anne Calver
11-24 November

The proverbial woman
Michele D. Morrison
25 November-8 December

Hope at advent
Lyndall Bywater
9-22 December

Journeys of faith
Jean Watson
23-31 December

About the contributors in this issue:

Sara Batts was a specialist librarian, and is now a curate in the East London part of the diocese of Chelmsford. Sara blogs at She lives with a dog and hosts a cat.

Bridget Plass trained as an actress and has also worked as a secondary school teacher, residential social worker and a facilitator of women's groups. With her husband, Adrian, she performs as a speaker and entertainer, and she has written three books for BRF. Bridget and Adrian have four children.

Tracy Williamson is an author and speaker working for MBM Trust, a music and teaching ministry headed up by blind gospel singer Marilyn Baker. Tracy, who is deaf herself, has a golden labrador hearing dog called Goldie, and shares a home in Kent with Marilyn and her guide dog Saffie.

Jill Rattle is a retired secondary head teacher who lives in Birmingham with her husband. She is part of Gas Street Church, where she engages in prayer ministry and prison ministry. She co-edits Day by Day with God.

Christine Platt loves living in New Zealand. As well as engaging with local church ministry, she travels to East Timor regularly to teach English and the Bible.

Katy Jack is a wife, mother and lawyer. She juggles all the fun and ministry opportunities of being a school chaplain's wife, looking after her three sports mad sons, being involved in their schools and clubs, coaching netball and working part time as an employment lawyer.

Anne Calver is a Baptist minister, author and speaker. Anne is passionate about God's word and Spirit, and seeing Jesus transform lives and release people's potential. She is married to Gavin and has two children, Amelie and Daniel.

Michele D. Morrison loves to write, and is working on a fourth book. She has been a regular contributor to Woman Alive and welcomes every opportunity to delve into scripture. Michele edits her church magazine, runs a small B&B, and blogs at

Lyndall Bywater is a freelance writer, trainer and consultant in all things prayer. She lives in Canterbury with her husband.

Jean Watson has worked in teaching and editing, and her writing for children and adults has been published in books and magazines and broadcast on radio and TV. She has trained, and now works, as a spiritual director.

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Ali Herbert is a freelance writer and musician who also works part-time as a church communications manager.


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857466167
  • Published: 01 July 2017
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
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