Fifty Two Shades of Shay: Daily Quiet Time

I get asked a lot, what does a “quiet time” look like?  As Christians, “quiet time” is a phrase that has been coined to mean that time in our day when we sit down to pray and read the Bible.  This is totally a Shade of Shay since I do start each and every day with my quiet time.
Here’s how I got started…
When I was 15 years old, I had a fabulous youth minister named Todd tell me (and the other students) over and over again that the only way to deepen and strengthen our faith was to make sure we were spending quiet time with Jesus every day.  I’m constantly talking to God.  Constantly.  But every morning when I get up, I set aside a few precious minutes to really sit in the quiet and pray, read my Bible, read some other devotional books and thoughtfully and purposely prepare for my day ahead while chattin’ with the Lord (and chatting with the Lord is just praying).
And this morning quiet time is one of the best moments in my day.
Listen, some mornings, I just have 2 minutes…some morning, I have more like 20.  There isn’t a wrong or right amount of time.  It’s just a conscious effort to make sure I have my priorities straight and my heart in the right direction before I set out for my day.  This is also such a valuable time to read the Bible and really hear what God says about you and your life.  Reading the Bible will change your life more than anything else in this world.
Here is what I personally do (and again, this is just me…since this is my shade)…
1. I read my Bible.
Right now, I’m reading through the New Testament along with reading one Proverb a day.  I read and think about how the verses can apply to my own life.  I also take notes in a little notebook of scripture or phrases that really stick out to me personally.  
2. I pray.
I’m of the faith that prayer does not have to be perfect.  Prayer does not have to be uniform.  Prayer is just me pouring out my heart to the Lord, praying for others in need, praying for myself and my family, repenting from all of the crappy choices I make in life, thanking God for everything he does for me (even the hard days when I know my life is being strengthened through adverse circumstances) and just sitting in the stillness and reflecting.  
I’ve learned that praying is not hard…it’s setting aside the time that usually is.  I really encourage you to pray.
3. I read books by Christian authors.
Reading a book does not in any way, shape or form take away from me reading my Bible.  The Bible is the way, the truth and the light…a book by a great Christian author about a specific topic is just a nice little addition but it’s not a supplement.  That being said, I always enjoy reading a little at the end of my quiet time about certain topics.  Lately, my books have all been around parenting.  I’ll read a chapter or so for motivation and encouragement…or just to learn or maybe laugh.  This kind of reading just rounds out those quiet minutes in my morning.
Here are some of the books I’ve read so far this year during my quiet times…
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
Bringing up Girls by Dr. James Dobson
Bringing up Boys by Dr. James Dobson
God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
Raising a Princess by John Croyle
All of these books either motivated my faith, encouraged my faith, strengthened my faith, or maybe just gave me the kind of laugh I needed to start my crazy day.  I love them all for different reasons.
So there you have it…if you ever wonder why I wake up so stinkin’ early, one reason is to set aside a few minutes for my quiet time.  If you don’t think you could ever be a morning person, you should read this Shade of Shay here :).  You can be.  You will love how peaceful your days can begin with just a few extra minutes.
I highly, highly, highly recommend doing a quiet time at the beginning of the day instead of at the end of the day.  Start your day with Jesus.  Start your day on the right track…don’t wait until the end of the day to do clean-up work…begin your day in the quiet.  I promise you…you will find so much peace throughout your day if you start it off this way.
And yes…I drink coffee during my quiet time…it just makes it even that much better :).
This is my quiet time every morning…at my desk with my coffee, my Bible, my book, my notebook and my pen.
Two weeks ago, I mentioned on my blog how I was reading John Croyle’s Raising a Princess and the nice people at his publishing house, reached out to me and said they would love to give away three copies of the book to my readers.  A very nice and unexpected surprise for you and me!
Today only, I’ll be giving away three copies…just enter the Rafflecopter below and the winners will be announced tomorrow!  
On the foodie blog today…
…my simple Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Burritos.  Yum!
And then winner of our Mother’s Day Giveaway is…
Congratulations Amy!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winners of the Raising a Princess book giveaway are…

Shirley (email address has the numbers 1215 in it)
Rachel Dunn-Rankin
Carol Marshall

Congratulations ladies!!  I have emailed all three of you about receiving your prize!  Please email me back within 5 days to receive your book.

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  • Samantha Harris May 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I love this shade of shay!

  • Jenn May 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This looks like a great read! Shay-I LOVE your blog! I look forward to reading it each weekday morning.
    Jenn

  • Jennifer Cannon May 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    We teach the teens sunday school class and we always always always encourage them to find their quiet space and talk with God. Your day really is that much better.

    Loved this post!

    Xoxo
    Jennifer

  • Gucci Girl May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for your insight on this today. You and your blog have inspired me to wake up earlier lately and this time alone in the morning has cleared my head and improved my daily life in a way that nothing else can. It is always encouraging to hear that other women out there are praying and reading, too! Looking forward to reading comments from more women who do the same. Thanks again!

  • Deanna Wlliams May 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    My perfect morning is waking up to go walk with 3 other ladies, come home and have my quiet time with God, and then wake up my daughter for school.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I love this! I always say I'm having my coffee time with Jesus every day. We sit in the dining room and chat over a cup of coffee:)

  • Kelly May 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I would love to give this to my sister who just had a sweet baby girl!

  • CaitCoak May 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Another great post πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I would love to read that book! Thanks for sharing your heart!

    Susan
    Susanlanthrip@knology.net

  • aimeebgurtis May 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Love this a Shade of Shay!

  • aimeebgurtis May 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I love this Shade of Shay!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Awesome encouragement today on quiet time! I needed to hear all of this!

  • Sherrie Soos May 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Love your commitment and this shade of shay!

  • Andresen Fam May 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I enjoy reading your blog!

  • Andresen Fam May 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Andresen Fam May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kim Pintar May 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Your blog is a part of my quiet time….I just love that you love our Lord. Happy Tuesday!!!

  • Carrie Ferguson May 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Love this post!

  • Carrie Ferguson May 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Love this post!

  • Coreline Mayfield May 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great blog spot this morning, I have gotten lax in my morning quiet time. Trying to squeeze it in elsewhere, but it's just not the same. This was a good reminder to re-prioritize. Thanks πŸ™‚

  • TOby May 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I love my quiet time in the morning, it really is the best way to start my day!

  • lisamcmil May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I have loved becoming a morning person. It's so nice having that time before the real day starts.

  • Krystal Bryand May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Love your blog!

  • Sara B May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Love this post and this Shade of Shay! Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura Kruger May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great post! Love it!

  • Heather Leigh May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hi Shay! Thanks for the encouragement today! I needed it πŸ™‚

  • Keever Kids May 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  • Jennifer Kensey May 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Great way to start your morning! I have identical 3 year old princesses and that book could come in handy!

  • Jennifer Kensey May 13, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Great way to start your day! I have identical 3 year old twin princesses and that book could come in handy!

  • Natalie May 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the encouragement! I just started Proverbs and have really been enjoying it.

  • Carolyn May 13, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Would love to read this book

  • Carolyn May 13, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Would love to read this book

  • Kate @ Classy Living May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this, Shay! πŸ™‚

  • Shelby May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Love this post & would love to win!!

  • Danielle May 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hey Shay! I have a 5 month old daughter and would love to read the book!

  • Once Upon A Time The Story Goes... May 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

    As the mom of a toddler girl, we are now approaching the discipline stage. I'm finding that biblical parenting/disciplining books are really helping my husband and I prepare how to raise/discipline our daughter. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I need this – raising twin 4-year old princesses! Heidi

  • Mary May 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I needed to read this today!

  • Misty Flynt May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

    What an encouragement the post it. I am a morning person yet I don't find myself starting the day off with Jesus like I should. Thanks for the post and the motivation.

  • Jessie May 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I've recently started getting up an hour earlier, but I'm having trouble organizing my time! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Tamara Ayerd May 13, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Best Shade yet!

  • Hello Fabulous May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Great post! This is a 'shade' I struggle with right now having a two month old daughter, however reading this made me realize I don't have to wait until she is sleeping more consistently to have quiet time, there are plenty of opportunities when someone naps as well πŸ™‚ thank you!

  • Susan May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I have a friend who is having a baby and it's a girl. I'd love to give her a copy of the book.

  • Lori Ropach May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I'd love this book!

  • Susan May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I have a friend who is having a baby and it's a girl. I'd love to give her a copy of the book.

  • Brittany Martinez May 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Love, love, love your blog!

  • Sean and Lia May 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I love this post. Just the encouragement I needed to make this habit.

  • Hello Fabulous May 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Great post! I often find myself struggling with this 'shade' lately while tending to my two month old daughter. However reading this made me realize I don't have to wait until she sleeps more consistently, I can find some quiet time when she naps as well πŸ™‚ thank you!

  • Chrissy May 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jean Newfield May 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for giving practical tips to help women make time for Jesus each day!

  • Jenna S. May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Love the simplicity of your routine!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I would love to check out the book.

    Casey

  • Dancing Through The Storms May 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Trying again to leave a comment. Thank you for sharing how you do quiet time. πŸ™‚ Also thanks for sharing a list of books you read. I never thought about do a Proverb a day. What a great idea. What a huge bless the publishing company gave you. πŸ™‚
    Christene
    christene.amy.rowland@gmail.com

  • Jana Zweering May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Just had a baby girl 8 weeks ago! πŸ™‚ Neat book!

  • Dancing Through The Storms May 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Trying again to leave a comment. Thank you for sharing how you do quiet time. πŸ™‚ Also thanks for sharing a list of books you read. I never thought about do a Proverb a day. What a great idea. What a huge bless the publishing company gave you.
    Christene
    christene.amy.rowland@gmail.com

  • Abbey May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    About to do my quiet time now. πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly May 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Hi! and thanks for the giveaway.

  • Andrea May 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love this! I have been doing this for a while, and it's the best time. At night I was just so tired, I couldn't concentrate. In the afternoon I felt rushed to hurry and do things before Ethan woke up from his nap. The morning allows me to spend time with Jesus without any distractions!

  • Rachel Tripodi May 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    This was just what I needed to read this morning! πŸ™‚

  • Sara May 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Hi πŸ˜‰

  • Rhiannon Noble May 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley Miller May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for posting the books you've read! Been looking for good, Christian books lately. Can't wait to check them out!!!! Love this Shade of Shay! πŸ™‚

  • Ashli May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I am doing Beth Moore's Whispers of Hope. I love it! Great post!

  • Kara Wilson May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I love this Shade of Shay!! Thanks for sharing!!❀

  • Rhiannon Noble May 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Miranda Clawson May 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I love all the inspiration you give all the ladies that follow you! You always give great insight on everyday situations and this couldn't have came at a better time for me πŸ™‚

  • Abby VandenBosch May 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This book would be the perfect read right now. Thank you!

  • Erin A May 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I started reading your blog every morning while I enjoy my cup of coffee. It is something I look forward to. I have a 2 year old daughter and this sounds like a great book to read!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Look forward to your posts every morning:) Still working on getting up before the kids- which is early:)Would love to read this book!

    Thanks,

    Steph Paul

  • yankeebabydesigns May 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Love your routine! Such a great way to start the day!!

  • Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam May 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Love this shade. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Sheila May 13, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hi!

  • Christy May 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Sometimes my quiet time is when I'm alone, driving down the road. I know people probably look over at me and think I'm crazy. LOL, but that's okay. Thanks for the book recommendations.

  • Hilary Jose May 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for sharing. I would LOVE to win this book, as a mom of an almost 2 year old princess! I do the same, but I find I personally focus better at night after my daughter is in bed. In the mornings my time gets cut short because the day has to get started. At night-time I can stay up late for the Lord & I just try to keep the thoughts for the next morning πŸ™‚

  • Hannah G. May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    You have such a kind heart!

  • Hannah G. May 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    You have such a kind heart!

  • Julie Connelly May 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    This looks like a great book! I would love to win & read it πŸ™‚

  • Erica Laramee May 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I've been doing quiet times since I was 15 also! I drink tea, not coffee, but it doesn't matter, does it! πŸ™‚
    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the give-away.

  • Alisha May 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Need this book! I have a 2 year old daughter that I hope to point to Jesus everyday.

  • Meredith May 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Great Shade of Shay!

  • The Boutelle Family May 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I love this! Always helpful to hear what other people do during their quiet times. I would love to win a copy of that book for guidance as I raise my two little girls! Thanks for your blog – I always really enjoy it!

  • Jennifer May 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I admire your ability to set that time aside in the morning- I am so not a morning person, but am trying all the time to change that! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Ashlea Gunn May 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I usually have my quiet time at night, but this post really makes me want to try and start my day where my heart belongs πŸ™‚

  • Ashlea Gunn May 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I usually have my quiet time at night, but this post really makes me want to try and start my day where my heart belongs πŸ™‚

  • Katie May 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What a refreshing way to start the day.

  • A. Tran May 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I am raising a beautiful, sweet girl and would love this book.

  • Katie May 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What a refreshing way to start the day.

  • Heather McCaskill May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Would love to have this book as guidance in raising my two princesses. Love your blog.

  • Laura May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    No daughters yet for me.. But I'd love a copy of that book to teach my someday baby girl. πŸ™‚

  • A. Tran May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I'm raising a beautiful, sweet baby girl and would love this book for inspiration.

  • plfuller6 May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I love it. Same things I do!

  • Sara and Steve May 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    My daughter is about to turn 1 and I would love to read this book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for sharing your faith and some of the books that help you along in your walk with Him. LOVED this post!!!
    ~K. Cramer

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Tiffany May 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I would love to start reading some books on raising girls since I have two of them!

  • Karen May 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for sharing your morning routine!! I have 2 princesses and would love to read this book!

  • Elizabeth Conner May 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I've heard such great things about this book! Would love to add it to my morning quit time!

  • Brooke May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I would love to read this…trying to raise 2 princesses! Thanks for this post

  • The Donley's May 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    We are hitting a tough twos patch and I would love a book to encourage me and my princess!!

    My quiet time is much like yours!!

  • MommyWilcox May 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Blessed to experience the best of both worlds and have the chance and challenge to raise one princess and two little princes.

  • Katrina Goodman May 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I bought the book after I saw your post. I have a friend who is having a girl and I would give it to her!

  • Paula May 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I would love a copy! I have 3 girls! =)

    I love your routine!

  • Kristal {The Strong Family} May 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I, too, wake up early to specifically set aside time to spend with The Lord. It's a complete game changer for my day & something I look forward to every morning.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom and insight as a mama and a believer. And for sharing the books πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I love your blogs for so many reasons, but knowing that you are shining your light for Jesus is at the top. I am praying for you and your family right now!!
    Erin

  • Danielle M May 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

    If love to read that book.

  • KHubs May 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I would love to read this book!

  • KHubs May 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I would love to read this boo

  • Amy May 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for sharing, I love to read a book along with my devotion each morning. Another great one right now is Hands Free Mama!! So good!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I would love to have this book! Love your blog!

    Jennifer Haag

  • Katie L May 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I am definitely raising a princess and would love some Godly wisdom about how to do it.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Great gift idea! rdnmimi@hotmail.com

  • Kara Grantland May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi!!

  • Kara Grantland May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi!!

  • Michelle Nobbe May 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I use to do my quiet time in the evening and switch to the mornings. It is so nice starting the day with Jesus!

  • HTfamily May 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I have one daughter along with 4 wonderful boys. I'd love to learn more about raising my daughter in a Godly way.

  • Katy May 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I do the same thing. I enjoy getting up early for my quiet time before my day starts.

  • Meghan Branyon May 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing Shay! I love your blog:)

  • Lindsay D. May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Love this post!! It's a great reminder to what's important in life!!

  • stacey jones May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Good Christian books are always a must! My baby girl is 8 months and I fear about her growing up in this crazy world everyday

  • meg May 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Fun! I have been wanting to get one of the parenting books you have recommended, so this would be awesome!

  • Angela Ellingson May 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Just another reason why you inspire me. Thanks for the encouragement and reminder.

  • Tiffany Wuzzardo May 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I would love to read this:)

  • Courtney May 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Sounds like a great book to read for my two girls!

  • Kendra May 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Raising two princesses and would love some help.

  • Courtney May 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • Chan Thayer May 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  • Tracy May 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    hi!

    Great post!

  • Nicki May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I would love a copy of this book!

  • Jessica Bridges May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you for your encouragement! I read your blog daily and always enjoy your perspective. Blessings in the weeks ahead as you transition to your new home!

  • Charlotte Photography May 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I would love to read this book

  • Cathy and Marshall May 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Love waking up early and having time to focus on what's ahead and what's in my heart. Thanks for the book suggestions!

  • Cathy F May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Shay
    Having my quiet time in the morning is something I struggle with, but really want to be consistant. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Cathy F

  • Kim May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Love your blog. This is such good advice on the blog today.. Would love the win the book..

  • ashleythurston May 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I would love to read this!!! I am looking for some Devonationals!

  • Stevie May 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Raising two little princesses of my own, I'm sure this book could offer insight and inspiration into the lives of my girls.

  • Linda May 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I agree. It helps to start the day with a quiet time. Would love to read this book.

  • Michele May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Wonderful words of wisdom! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  • Kimberly May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for this shade!! I'm learning quiet time in morning is so beneficial!! Love your blog!

  • Amanda May 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Karen Schmitt May 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love this! I'm a morning person, but this inspires me to be more purposeful with my quiet time. And, I'm raising two princesses–I'd love to read this book!

  • Meghan Glidden May 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Really want this book, I've heard GREAT things πŸ™‚ You are inspiring and make me want to be more consistent with my quiet time!

  • PartyofFive May 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Sounds like a great read since I have two daughters. Thanks!

  • Husker Stamper May 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Love your blog!

  • Sherry Cress May 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to read this book!!!

  • Rebekah Shade May 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I love this post. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Erica Ladwig May 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you for including this as a "Shade of Shay" on your blog. It is a great encouragement to many of us, and the book looks great! πŸ™‚

  • Tanya May 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Oh so sweet of you! I would love to be entered! I think I would give it to my daugther who is raising my Princess Granddaughter! :0)

  • Tanya May 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Oh so sweet of you! I would love to be entered! I think I would give it to my daugther who is raising my Princess Granddaughter! :0)

  • Sheri Banwart May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I would love this book!

  • Deborah May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing…such a great Shade of Shay.

  • Deborah May 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing…such a great Shade of Shay.

  • Stephanie May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    love your quiet time shade of shay! We all need to do this!

  • Kathy Olson May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hi! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I would give this as a gift to a new mom.

  • Anna May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I'm a new mom to a 6 month old princess and would love to read these book πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    love your quiet time shade of shay! We all need to do this!

  • Deborah May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing…what a great shade of shay…
    Deborah P

  • Abatha Boyle May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your quiet time – helps me to realize it doesn't have to be perfect every day.

  • Tara Long May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog and my daughter is 10, I'm sure I could learn from reading this book.
    Thanks!

  • Michael,Amy & Emma May 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Great topic!

  • Lisa Iwasyk May 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    If I don't win this book, I will be purchasing 3 copies! One for me, on for my sister, who just had her 3rd little girl, one for m brother, who has 2 of his own! Thank you shay! Your blog is wonderful, I start each day reading them! After m heart to heart with The Lord!

  • Sarah Gibson May 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Great book recommendations!

  • Grace Beacham May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Aww I love this! I start each day the exact same. I cup of coffee and some time with Jesus. This is perfect.

  • mommydontplay May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Great Shade of Shay today!!

  • Dana May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Fabulous post, Shay! I have three little princesses and have been wanting to buy this book. Will get have to get both Raising a Princesses and Bringing Up Girls!

  • Christy @ The Swafford Spot May 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Shay! This is such an encouraging post and one that everyone should read. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah H. May 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Loved the post today! I agree that starting your day with Jesus gets you in the right mindset to tackle the rest of the day. I would love to win the book!

  • Eileen May 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I too love my quiet time! Thanks for sharing this very important shade of shay.

  • Tessa Ernst May 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Very encouraging

  • jackie May 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    What a great shade of shay! Not A Fan is one of my all time favorite books.

  • Becky Bullock May 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I was just looking for a new Christian book to read – copied down this link. Thank you!

  • Mrs. Jenk May 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Great to hear how others do it.

  • Jaclyn N May 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for reminding me I need to get back on track with my quiet time. With 3 young girls in my house, I think I really need to read this book!

  • Lindsay Llambes May 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I have to leave the house at 6 for work so I haven't ever gotten up earlier than absolutely necessary. I may have to try after reading this!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Shade of Shay – this is something that I continuously resolve to initiate in a more consistent way and continuously fail to keep up with. I have a 4 and 1 year old at home and one on the way so mornings can be crazy – this is good motivation to just get up a few minutes before those kiddos to start my day off with God right!

  • brittany ice May 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity, this is on my to buy list!

  • Emily R. May 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I think this is my favorite Shade yet πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  • The Mommy May 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    We are reading through Sheila Walsh's manners book for girls about being God's little princess. It has been such a nice addition to our Gigi books, so this looks like a great book for me!

  • Emily R. May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I think this is my favorite Shade so far. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Heather Miller May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I love reading your blog and the monday meal planning! This is such a great way to reach out to others especially mama's raising princesses. Thank you!
    Heather

  • Emily R. May 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I think this is my favorite Shade yet πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah May 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rachel Brown May 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Great Shade of Shay! Thank you for sharing the books you've been reading, I will have to pick one up πŸ™‚ have a blessed day.

  • Liz May 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    LOVE Dr. Dobson! His books are amazing.

  • Hillary May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Loving the blog and my family has been loving the recipes! I would love to read Dr. Dobson's books on raising boys and girls – thanks for the suggestions!

  • denise May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous book for raising girls

  • heather.m.herron@gmail.com May 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Would love to read this book!! Thanks for sharing your heart!!

  • Baby Kate's Mom May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Great topic! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • heather.m.herron@gmail.com May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to read this book!! Thanks for sharing your heart!!

  • Laura May 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for posting!! Such a great reminder and very encouraging!

  • Sa-Rawr! May 13, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Happy Tuesday!! I think I'm going to need to visit your post on being a morning person!

  • The Stoy Family Blog May 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Looks like a great read!!

  • Amanda McD May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What a great Shade, Shay! I'd love this book as I just had twin girls.

  • Brittany May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog every morning!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I really need to find more of God and Jesus in my life.

    amylouisewolff@hotmail.com
    ~Amy Wolff

  • Karissa Hunt May 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • Sarah Guedry May 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Shay- I love this post. Acutally, I love them all but this one is really good. You make me want to be a better person.

  • Lana S May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    This book sounds very interesting. I have three daughters so I'm constantly reading books and learning how to raise them well.

  • emilyanne May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jessica Olds May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Would love love love to win this book! Love reading your blog every day! – Jessica

  • Kate Jaco May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love hearing how others spend their quiet time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alyssa Schwartz May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I would love to win this book!

  • Alyssa Schwartz May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I would love to win this book!

  • Miss T May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Quiet time always makes my day better. Thanks for telling us how you do yours. This would be great book to have!

  • Miss T May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Quiet time always makes my day better. Thanks for telling us how you do yours. This would be great book to have!

  • Miss T May 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Quiet time always makes my day better. Thanks for telling us how you do yours. This would be great book to have!

  • Charity May 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Love your blog Shay!

  • Tracie B May 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Quiet time always makes the day better.

  • Sharon S May 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Jesus Calling by Sarah Young is another great way to start the day. Its so relevant and each days passage comes with a scripture to read that goes with it. Extra good for those of us who just don't know where to randomly read in our bible to make it relevant to what else we are reading. Highly recommend.

  • Tracey May 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I would love a copy of this book. I do love my quiet time also!

  • Jules May 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing Shay!

  • Laurie S May 13, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Shay – love this post. I am floundering in my quiet time with our Lord. Thank you for your inspiring and encouraging words. Bless you!!

  • Beth Roberts May 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I'd love to win this book – we have two princesses (6 and 3)!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a great idea! I love reading your blog each day. This book looks perfect for me and my two year old daughter.

  • laura May 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Been looking to buy this book! Thanks for the quite time encouragement.

  • dresselfamily.blogspot.com May 13, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I love that you do this. I am LDS and I love to read my scriptures and pray daily too, it just starts the day out right! Thanks for sharing this Shay!

  • Laura Day May 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I go through times where I'm really good at this, but I need it to be a lifelong commitment! Right now, I haven't been setting the time aside & I can feel it the entire day. My days feel chaotic, crazy & disorganized.

  • Shawna May 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Love my PB&J time (Prayer, Bible, Journal). Such a great post!!

  • Amy S May 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the book suggestions, I am always on the look out for great devo books. I would love to read the raising princesses book…two daughters!

  • Kim Fleming May 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    After three boys, and then a girl. They are definitely different molds of wonder! I read James Dobson and truly loved it and would love to read this book also, even though my daughter says, "Mom, I don't want people to think I act like a princess!" Love that!

  • Cassidy May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  • D and K May 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Would love to read, with 2 young daughters I am sure I need the advice!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I find myself reading weeks of devotional just to catch up…not how it was intended. Need to get better at making time every day.

  • Taylor Moehl May 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Looks like it would be a great read! I read I have really enjoyed reading your blog each day! You are such an encouragement! Thanks for sharing your life and thoughts!

  • Steph May 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I have that book in my wishlist so to win it would be extra nice πŸ™‚

  • thegambrells May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Would love this book!!!

  • Kathryn Michols May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I just had a daughter 7 weeks ago, and I would love to read the book!

  • Allison Snoderly May 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog. Love love love it!! πŸ™‚

    Allison

  • Kathryn Michols May 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I just had a daughter 7 weeks ago, and I would love to read the book!

  • Allison Snoderly May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I am so glad I found your Blog a few months ago. Love love love the daily posts!

    Allison

  • McCraine Family May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for the book recommendations!

  • Stephanie Phillips May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Love love love this shade of shay! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Leiah May 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Shay, thanks so much for always showing a glimpse into your life. It's so nice to be encouraged in new ways. I have been spending my quiet time with Jesus in the evenings, but I am going to try and wake up a little earlier and start my days off right with Him πŸ™‚

  • SarahN May 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Great reminder!

  • Lesli May 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Looks like a great read

  • Tiffany Martha May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    would love to have this book!!

  • theresad2218629 May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I've always wanted to get up and have my quiet time in the morning, but I am not a morning person…you have just inspired me!
    Great post!!
    Leah B.

  • Liz/ May 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    That book looks like a great read! Love this Shade of Shay!

  • Miranda May 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I'd love to win this book – I have a 5 year old daughter πŸ™‚

  • Allison Mcgaha May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Great quiet time tips! I have a basket full of my Bibles books and journals that I keep by my favorite reading chair!

  • amy h May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love your blog! Sounds like a great book

  • Darby May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Sounds like a great book, I have two girls so I know I could benefit from it!

  • tambrook04 May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Love this, great reminder to make time for the word!

  • ambermarie May 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like a good read, since I certainly have a little princess on my hands! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Great post! I have started to wake up a little earlier to devote some quiet time and what a difference! I just feel better when my first conversation of the day is with Jesus!

  • Amanda & Jerrod Carpenter May 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love that you use your blog to encourage people in Christ, because I know so many girls that read your blog who aren't believers. Thanks for your openness. I would love to give this book to my sister who has a little girl!

  • Tricia Stucky May 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I have 3 little princesses so I would love to read this book!!

  • Daphne W May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Reading your blog is a highlight of my morning routine! Love that you always are upbeat and encouraging.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This book sounds really good!

  • Tricia Stucky May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have 3 princesses and would love to read this book!

  • Mandy May 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    HI! LOVE your blog!!

  • Mandy May 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    HI! LOVE your blog!!

  • Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) May 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This book is on my reading list! I have been wanting to focus on making sure I have quiet time each morning and your post has given me more motivation!

  • E Truitt May 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    There are several books on the list you blogged about that I can't wait to read! Good post. I needed this encouragement to make time for quiet.

  • Jennifer Stilts May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to win!

  • Jacqueline Lehnertz May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I am just becoming a morning person, and some days I struggle with it. Thank you for your post! This is a great way to start your day.

  • Jodi May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Great post!

  • Debbie Dankelson May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Very inspiring! Love!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    thanks for the ideas and encouragement!

  • Hannah Gist May 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Especially in today's society, it is so important that we as parents and Christians raise our daughters to be a light for Him! I haven't read this book, but am excited to!

  • Allie S May 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Love the early morning quiet time! With my husband deployed, a busy day at work, and an energetic 2 year old, this is the greatest way to start the day! Looking forward to reading some of these books! Thanks for the ideas!

  • Eileen B. May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog and love how you are so devoted to your family.
    -Eileen B.

  • Jennifer Stilts May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I would love to win this! It's on my wish list of books to read this summer. πŸ™‚

  • Jordan May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love this! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  • Emily May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Love this!

  • Amanda Barfield May 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I would love to have a copy! My little girl will be one in July!

  • Kristin Marak May 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing this shade…I usually wait till the end of the day and like the idea of starting the day out with prayers instead. Going to have to change up my routine a bit.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I would love to read this book!
    Tammy
    twyatt@tuscaloosa.com

  • Karen W May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Lindsay B. May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hi! We just adopted a baby girl, would love this book!

  • Sarah Goldsberry May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    With two girls, I would love to read this book!

  • Karen W May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Dana May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for such an inspirational post! You are so generous to be giving away copies of the book. Thank you.

  • jamie May 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    LOVE this shade of Shay!

  • Kristen May 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Shay! I have never read the book you're giving away today. It sounds like a great one to read and pass around to friends and family. Love your blog(s)!

  • Beth May 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I am really going to have to try this – I always think I'll have time after the kids are in bed, but then I'm too tired. I already get up between 5:15 and 5:30, but maybe I should try getting up at 5? I would love to check this book out, too!

  • Kristin McGeeney May 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for the chance. Thanks for sharing about your quiet time! Much appreciated!

  • Katie Dacus May 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Good morning, Shay! Thanks for sharing the Christian authors that you read! πŸ™‚

  • Heather May 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Shay!! Thank you for this post. Day time with Jesus is so important! Love you and your family! Keep running the race sweet sister!

  • Brianna May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love this so much. Thank you so much for a look inside such a precious time of your day and relationship with the Lord! I pray that I can get accustomed to some quiet time every morning.

  • Kyle & Mekelle May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Love your blog! I live in Alabama and am very familiar with John Croyle and Big Oak Ranch. Great book, great people.

  • Aaron May 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Our family is expecting a little girl in July, this would be very insightful.

  • Dawn May 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Oh, please pick me! I have a princess who is trying to rule her kingdom with an iron fist.

  • Lyndsey Harms May 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Shay! I'd love a copy of this book, I have a fantastic 2 year old that this will apply to!

    Thanks again!

  • jaimep May 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    would love to read this book!

  • Mandy Lee May 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Would love to read this as I raise my ten month old!

  • jthmas May 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I love your blog and would love this book! Great post today, thank you!

  • Mandy Lee May 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I would love to read this!

  • Erica May 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Kelli May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hi

  • Ansleighsmom May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    would love this as I am raising a 5 year old little girl as well! hope u are having a wonderful week!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you for this post! I needed to be motivated to have quiet time in the mornings!

  • allison s. May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Love.

  • Jami May 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This book looks really interesting!

  • Sarah P May 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    What a great post!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Would love to read this book

  • The Proctors May 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This Shade of Shay is the most important one! Thank you for sharing!

  • Matthew and Jennifer Smith May 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I have 2 princesses.

  • Shelly May 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Totally agree with your comment that praying isn't hard but setting aside time is….once I make this a conscious choice my day is always so much better

  • Jason&Michele May 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This sounds like a perfect book for the stage if life my oldest girl is in! πŸ™‚

  • Mandy May 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Great post!

  • LivingLifeLarson May 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I am just back into the blogging world and this is the first post I have read in probably a year. What an incredible one to start off with. I love this. And I love the idea of starting the day off with him. A reminder to start your day off on the right foot! Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephie C May 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Hi! I do the same! It's a great way to start your day! Happy Tuesday!

  • Amanda May 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Daily quiet time w/ God is essential and something I need to be more consistent with!

  • Brooke May 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love this post!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I would Love to read this..

  • Molly Harper May 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Have a 1.5 year old daughter! This book would be a great ready for us!

  • Molly Harper May 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Have a 1.5 year old daughter. This book would be a great read for us!

  • mrsuribe May 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I think this is my favorite Shades of Shay.

  • Molly Harper May 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Have a 1.5 year old daughter! This book would be a great ready for us!

  • Lauren Chudzik May 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi – would love to read that book. I have a newly minted 4 year old daughter and still lots to learn!

  • Tiffany R May 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Love this shade of shay! Would love to win the book! I'm raising a little 3 year old princess!

  • Morgan Thrasher May 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    With having our little girl in March, I am loving your blog- I have been trying some of the recipes and they have been great. Love the blog!

  • Amanda May 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Great Shade of Shay! Definitely looking at getting this book, if I don't win it, after finishing the 4 books I'm in the middle of now. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this morning!

  • Brittany Eagen May 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Love this blog post! Very encouraging πŸ™‚

  • amy May 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I'm determined to become a morning person even though it might kill me. Looks like a great book. Can't wait to read it.

  • Sarah E @ theteacherswife.com May 13, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for posting about this topic b/c it's so important! I won't have much to give if I don't let God fill me up, but it's been a struggle with my little ones. I would love to do it first thing in the morning, but it's been during nap times (or whenever else I can manage it) lately. Great post!

  • Lacie May 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement…really trying to be a morning person but my comfy bed keeps getting in the way of that!

  • Elizabeth Andrews May 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    You are such an inspiration! I would love to have a copy of that book!

  • Kate May 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  • Sarah May 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I've found my day goes so much more smoothly when I refuse to check instagram, blogs or facebook until I've done my devotions. First things first!

  • Karen May 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Shay
    Thanks for the giveaway. Love reading your blog and love that you are not afraid to share your faith!

  • Journey With Me May 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I have one daughter who'll be starting Kindergarten in the fall and another baby girl on the way! Would love to read this book…I can use all the help I can get!

  • knmkendall May 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway! And thank you for sharing your faith, glorifying God through your blog! This book looks so good and I would love to read it for inspiration in raising my 4 daughters.

  • Laura May 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I've had this book on my wishlist since you posted about it the other day. We have 3 princesses 7yrs, 5yrs, and almost 2…and I'd love to get my hands on a copy! Thanks!!

  • RED May 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    This sounds like a great book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I would love to win this book! I hope to have my own little princess to raise very soon!

    -Monica

  • Val @ It's Always Sunny in Somerville May 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I'd love to read this book as I am at the start of raising a young lady. Thank you for hosting!

  • Shawnda D May 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    This book is on my to read list.

  • RED May 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hi! This sounds like a great book!

  • Mama Dean May 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing this personal side of you.

  • Katie Waldron May 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I have two little girls 20 months apart & would love to read this book! Thanks Shay!

  • ALVA May 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    New to your blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  • Heather May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I'm going to reread the post on becoming a morning person!! I have 3 little girls 6,4 & 2 I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Looking forward to ordering a few of these books!!! Thank you for being a great example and light of Jesus to others : )

    Mariah

  • Cristin May 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  • Mara Kreiling May 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I was just thinking I need to start reading some books on raising girls AND raising boys for my 15 month old twins! I will be checking out the books by Dr. James Dobson and Raising a Princess.

  • Alison @ Get Your Pretty On May 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    This is beautiful and exactly how I start every single day. I've also added in a 2:00 p.m. devotion time on the patio just before the kids get home from school. My two favorite times of the day!

  • clatk May 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I know I need to be better at this– so hard to wake up, though!! Thanks for the book offer!

  • Bliss and Blunders of a Newlywed May 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Love this! It really inspires me to make more time for Jesus and to set aside specific moments to pray and read. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Suzie May 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I do not have any children, but I have six nieces of which each and every one is a princess in their own way. Would love to win one of these to read and then give to my sisters.

  • Bethany Halpern May 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Shay- I don't know if you read all your comments but I am telling you, you should really really read Karen Kingsbury. She is the best Christian author I have found. The series you should look for is the redemption series. Start there and you'll be hooked! Have a blessed day! Xo

  • Kacee Poole May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Looks like a great book!

  • Lindsay Walter May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I love starting my day with coffee and quiet time, too. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Cochran May 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Love your blog and would love to read this book!!!!

  • Elaine Welte May 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I need this book with three girls of my own! Thank you for pointing out that your quiet time may be only 2 minutes or 20!

  • Jessica May 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Love your outlook on this… Thanks for taking the "it must be perfect" pressure off!

  • Carley May 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Love this, Shay! πŸ™‚ My days are much better when I start with a quiet time! Thanks for being so open and honest!

  • Emily R. May 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    PS- do you have any recommendations for newlywed Christian books? I'm getting married in December & would love to start reading ahead of time on how to better my (future) marriage by making Jesus the center of our relationship.

  • Jessica Agnew May 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I have 2 princesses and would love to read that book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Manhappiness Mama May 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, I really needed this post today! I've been struggling with the need to set aside (and schedule!) some "quiet"time! I'm dying to read the book while raising my currently 3 year old princess, too!

  • Unknown May 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I am pregnant with my first girl! I need this book, I have two boys… Katie Allred

  • Kasey Herbers May 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I think this book would help me with my 9 year old!

  • emily May 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    looks like a great read. no daughters here, or sons, but i do love my nieces.

  • WOOD May 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    This would be a great book with a four year old little girl and another due next month! Thanks!

  • Stephanie Williams May 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I would love a chance to read this book since I have two little girls πŸ™‚

  • Tom & Michelle Rennie May 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This book sounds very interesting.

  • Tom & Michelle Rennie May 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This book looks good!

  • Heather May 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • Rachael Mercado May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Love this! Need that book.. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Such a great encouragement for me to get up even earlier in the morning and start my day with Jesus! I would love to receive the book as I am a single mother of a precious pre-teen girl. Thank you and blessings to you and your family.
    Lochie A.

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I would love the chance to win this! πŸ™‚
    Lindsey Chvosta

  • Rachael Mercado May 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Love this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Katie Stoneham May 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I would love to read this book since I am raising 2 princesses of my own!

  • mkresin May 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Love your blog and today's sweet post about quiet time. Thanks for being so bold with your faith. It is an encouragement to me!

  • Britta May 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement today! Loved this Shade of Shay πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Behnfeldt May 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    You are an inspiration. Putting your great words and advice to work and soon!

  • Maggie&Kyle May 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  • Crystal May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kaitlyn Putnam May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Always a great reminder. Thanks!

  • Claudia May 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Shay, I love this post. You have already inspired me to seek a church that brings me closer to God and you continue to inspire me with these posts. Thank you so much.

  • Wendy B May 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I'd love to give this book away to several of my friends with girls.

  • Wendy B May 13, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I'd love to give this book away to several of my friends with girls.

  • Claudia May 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Shay, thank you so much for this post. You have already inspired me to seek a church that brings me closer to God and you continue to inspire me with posts like this. God bless you and Thank you.

  • Bethany DuBose May 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Love this!!!!

  • April May 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Feeling inspired now. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie and Richard May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I agree! My day is so much better when I start it with some quiet time with The Lord. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenny May 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I love how structured and organized your day seems to be. Bless you! πŸ™‚

  • Kaylee Steiner May 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Sounds like a great book! And I agree that this kind of quiet time with God really helps you prioritize and guide your day and choices you make! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Julie and Richard May 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I love quiet time too! It's the best way to start my day.

  • Nicola Lodes May 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I'd love to read this book. My three year old daughter loves her child Bible. I'd like to learn more about teaching her about Christianity and faith.

  • Abby May 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    What a great shade! We are fixing to go on different summer trips, so I will be checking a few of these books out!

  • Jessica May 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    God is good…All the time! Thanks for your post today and for the giveaway!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I love this shade of you! Also, thank you for "teaching" those of us who don't know Jesus very well the ways we can become closer with Him.
    MelanieL

  • Stacey Claassen May 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hi! I would love to read the book. Our first daughter is turning one in a week.

  • Lizzie Simantz May 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Now that I will have 2 daughters, I'm sure I could use this book πŸ™‚

  • Lizzie Simantz May 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Now that I will have 2 daughters, I'm sure I could use this book πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie May 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a great shade of shay πŸ™‚ Thank you for being so real.

  • Mrs. Mommy May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I have a 3 year old daughter and would absolutely LOVE this book! I am looking for a good devotional too so I can start my new quiet time routine.

  • Abramyan Avenue May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I love that you posted this. We have been hearing and being taught so strongly lately the importance of daily Bible reading. That's how we draw close to him. Then we're able to use the Bible as a mirror and make necessary adjustments.

  • Shenny May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Shay! πŸ™‚ thanks for this post… very inspirational. Love this post!

  • Shenny May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Shay! Love this post so much. Very inspiring. Thank you.

  • Monica May 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Love the shades posts πŸ™‚

  • Kelly S May 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I'm definitely going to try some quiet time in the mornings ?

  • AmyRay May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    This sounds like a great book!

  • Ami May 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Would love this book…I have two daughters.

  • Jacks Lorraine May 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Would love to win. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Shesabigstar May 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I absolutely love this shade of Shay… and I love even more how open you are about your faith, it is SO helpful and inspiring!

  • Madison Berry May 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    As a mommy to a 14 month old sweet girl, I would love this book πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa Campos May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  • ANDY and DANIELLE May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Would love this book, raising two princesses!

  • Ashley Drysdale May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Love your blog, Shay!

  • The Petersens May 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Love all your Shades of Shay, especially this one!

  • Jen Petersen May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Love all your Shades of Shay, especially this one. Thanks for sharing your faith and encouraging others!

  • Kelly May 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I would love to win a copy of that book. I have my own 2 year old princess and I'm always interested in biblically based guidance on how to raise her.

  • Katie May 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I have been really enjoying your blog, thanks for the giveaway!

  • kristenbrittingham May 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! This post is encouraging.

  • kristenbrittingham May 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! This post is encouraging.

  • Amy May 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to read this for guidance on raising my daughter! And, I love your other book suggestions! As the mom of a girl and boy, I will be reading both of Dr. James Dobson's books! Thanks!

  • Alison Letfus May 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for all the useful tips and motivation!

  • Gideon P May 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I read your post the other day about the Princess book. I have three boys and now have an adopted daughter. I can't wait to get into it. I would love to give this book to my sister who has a daughter too!!

  • Leslie May 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Love this shade!

  • emily May 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Would love to hand the princess book!

  • Kelly@TheAdornedAbode.com May 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Very inspiring post – would love to read that book!

  • Melissa May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I love your "all i need…" print-so true!!!

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway : )

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    would love to read this book!

  • priscilla May 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    You are such an inspiration, and a great role model for so many. THANK YOU.

  • Cathy's World May 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    My daughter has that saying…"All I need today is a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus in her kitchen." I love it. It is so true. Starting my day with Jesus sets the tone of the rest of my day.

  • The Patrick family May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I read your post about the Princess book and bought it. Since I have three boys and one adopted daughter, this was a must have! However, I would love to give my sister a copy to read.

  • Kim M May 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Love this shade! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I need to check out all these books!

    Christa Fulton

  • Lacey Salmon May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Loved this post! I've really come into my quiet time zone since having my daughter and really look forward to it in the morning.

  • Lyttle {LoveTheSullivans} May 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Susan Pelizzaro May 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  • Angelica Longoria May 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Reading your blogs each morning is part of my "quiet time." You are so encouraging and motivating!! I was looking for this book at B&N this past Sunday, but only found Bringing up Girls.. Would love to have this one too!

  • Kelly May 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I'd love to read this book! Great Shade of Shay!

  • Lena May 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Enjoyed this!

  • Nicole B. May 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Coffee and quiet time is my favorite way to start the day. It totally gets me in the Godly mindset and feeling capable of taking on whatever heads my way.Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Mrs. Everything May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Loved hearing John speak at .Mom!!

  • Lisa F. May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Love this! I always love hearing how others do their quiet time. I've also been really wanting to read Raising a Princess!!

  • Mrs. Everything May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Loved hearing John speak at .Mom and would LOVE this book!

  • Jaclyn Johnson May 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Shay! Another great giveaway! I would love to receive a copy of this book as I'm sure it would help me in raising my 3 yr old daughter πŸ™‚ Have a good day and thanks for another great post!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Great post today! Thanks!

  • BeickerFamily May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    I look forward to your blog everyday. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • LeAnne May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Great reminder about quiet time. Thanks

  • Renee V May 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Sounds like an inspiring book. I would love to read it!

  • Jones Family May 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your faith.

  • Jones Family May 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your faith with us today!

  • Laurie May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I love your blog and I would love to win a copy of this book. I am reading Wild Things (raising sons) right now and would love one to read about daughters

  • The Schulte Family May 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I need this for my princess!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I love my quiet time with Jesus. I always feel so refreshed when I start my day with Him.

  • Nichole May 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I'm so bad about being consistent in this…maybe because my kids wake up before 6 and I have a hard time getting that alone time in the morning, but on the days that I do succeed my day goes so much better!

  • Nikki Poole May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Would love to read that book!

  • Brittany Stevens May 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I'm raising Princes but would love to win this for a friend. πŸ™‚

  • sarah kelly hurst May 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    thanks for sharing what your quiet times look like. its always good to be reminded of the importance of having them and at best, in the morning! i'd love to win a copy of that book! we've got a pretty cute little princess! πŸ™‚

  • cmcdonald May 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Love this post! Can't wait to get my hands on some of those books!!

  • Dionne Dawkins May 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I'm always in search of good books about Christian parenting.

  • Kelly May 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Shay, I love your tips for quiet time. As always, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Jenn May 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! This is one of my favorite shades! My daughter is the same age as yours so if I don't win this book, I'm going to buy it.

  • Karen May 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Book sounds very interesting! I have two girls, 3 and 1. Perfect book for us!

  • Tina May 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Great post! I am raising a prince and a princess πŸ˜‰ and need all the support I can get! Would love to win the book!

  • katie elizabeth May 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Shay. What an incredible platform you have to encourage and strengthen women πŸ™‚

  • Jamie May 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I loved reading your thoughts on this. I couldn't agree more with the statement you made about how the hard part isn't reading your Bible but making time to do it is. That is so true! Here is to making a better effort. πŸ™‚

  • jenny May 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Would love to win copy of the book! Love your blog. πŸ™‚

  • Haley @ Cupcakes and Sunshine May 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Love this post so much!!! Days without quiet time just are not the same. It is so great to spend time with the Lord each morning. Oatmeal+the Word+ coffee= the perfect start to the day!

  • The Fair Melissa May 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I have the exact same method to my Bible time .. and I need some new books to read! I would love to read this one!

  • Jill May 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Such great advice! I agree that every day should start with Jesus…even if it's just a few minutes. πŸ™‚

  • Trisha Bunten May 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I love following you every day! I would love to read this book as I have a 4 year old daughter!

  • mustbmegan May 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I'm currently working on making my quiet time work the best for me. Thanks for the tips!

  • Amber Sanders May 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    LOVE this Shade of Shay. Thanks for sharing and encouraging each of us to make the time for God in each day. I really loved hearing about this book and would LOVE a copy!!

  • Michelle May 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    What a great reminder. Thank you for the inspriation!

  • Erica May 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I've been wanting to read this book! Thank you!

  • Sarah G. May 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Love this post, I so need to get more consistent with this. Also, saw the Andrew Shull mobile out today, what a fun car!!! πŸ™‚

  • Erica May 13, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Love this! Thank you!

  • Whitney May 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Would love to read that book. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leslie Tucker May 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing about the importance of your quiet time! You are right…my day is so much better when it is started in the presence of my Savior! Thank you for the book recommendations! I look forward to reading!! Your blog is a blessing!!

  • Anna H. May 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for a great reminder and the grace that it doesn't have to be 20-30 minutes; that two minutes is better than none. πŸ™‚ I heard John Croyle speak at dotMom and he was great! What a wonderful opportunity to win one of his books!

  • Karen I. :) May 13, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    What a wonderful post!! I am sure that's the reason for so many people writing in.
    I joined the raffle this time, being that I have two precious nieces! I entered their mom's name and my email. If we win, she will be the recipient for sure, which is why I want her to get the shout out (if we are lucky)! I think she would LOVE IT! If not, it's a great thing for me to put on a list of potential gifts for her! Thanks, Shay!!!

  • Kristin May 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Hi! I enjoy reading your blog daily. This was was especially uplifting. And raising a princess sounds like a book I should read with two princesses our house.

  • Ny May 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Shay!
    I am raising two princesses( and a prince too) and would love to read this book.
    Have a blessed day!

  • The Seidel Family May 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I would love to read this book! And I love the way in which you live your life. I hope one day I can be as consistent as you are with the way you attack every thing you do. You are a great inspiration!

  • storrence08@gmail.com May 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing. xo

  • storrence08@gmail.com May 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I love this post. Thank you so much for sharing. xo

  • storrence08@gmail.com May 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing. xo

  • Lauren May 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    We were so blessed with Todd and Keith as our youth ministers weren't we? Such great and life changing memories!

  • Andrea Kay May 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    HI! I love this post. I think we can all use a little quiet time for reflection each day πŸ™‚

  • Michele Hutchison May 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I love that your share so much of your life with your readers. Thanks for sharing what your prayer time looks like. Sometimes I feel like my time in the evening when I talk to Jesus isn't "good enough" because I may get rushed. What I should be remembering is Jesus isn't rating my time on a rubric… thanks for the reminder.

  • Kara May 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    thanks for encouraging early morning reading and quiet time. It's not when I typically do this, but it would be good to try it!

  • Judith and Lance May 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Time with Jesus — there's nothing like it.

  • Keisha Dawson May 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for showing others how simple it is to spend a little bit of time with Jesus! Love this!

  • Andrea May 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I have two girls ages 3 and 5, I think I need to start reading this!

  • Cindy V. May 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Love your commitment to the Lord-it's the most important shade!

  • Rachel Lee May 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Always love to get inspiration in raising my two princesses! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing…

  • Sarah Leech May 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I'd love to win this book. I had my first child, a little girl on January 1 of this year!!

  • Heather May 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    It's great to get ideas on how others approach their relationship with our Lord. I like the notebook idea.

  • Stephanie Jennings May 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Very motivating…. Thank you, Shay!!! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  • JenJen May 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I have started getting up early to work out and am going to try starting to add this to my morning routine. I read a devotional at lunch but sometimes I do think my mind is already so boggged down and tired to really "get it". Wouldlove to use this book at my quiet time.

  • Slightly Askew Designs May 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    LOVE this shade of Shay and hoping to add this book to my stack of "boy mom" books πŸ™‚

  • Elisabeth May 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I live in a house full of little princesses, I would love to win that book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    This was so good!!

    Heidi menges

  • Kim May 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I'd love to win this book!

  • Jenny May 13, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I have 2 daughters (er Princess's). Would love to read this book!

  • Sara May 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    What a fun giveaway!

  • Sara May 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    What fun!

  • Gina Taylor- Maryland May 13, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Hope I win!

  • B Ziegenhorn May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Would love to read this book! Thanks for sharing.

  • Monica Carpenter May 13, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Love that you have your quiet time with God every morning. This is definitely something I need to try. Too often I find myself rushing about through life without realizing what I truly need to prioritize. Thanks for the post.

  • Julie May 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Love reading your blog everyday. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Kendall Johnson May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I would love to read this book to help me raise my 9 month old princess!

  • Julie May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Love reading your blog! Thanks for the encouragement and ideas!

  • Kimberly May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Would love to win a copy of the book!

  • Kate May 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    you are an inspiration to me! Love you more and more with every post! =)

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Would love to read this book!
    Lauren (laurenmachelle@gmail.com)

  • Allison May 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I would love to read this book. I have a five month old baby girl who is my heart and soul.

  • Brittany F. May 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I agree, I need a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus ever single day.

  • Brittany F. May 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I agree, I need a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus ever single day.

  • Keesler Krew May 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I would love to read this book πŸ™‚

  • Mary Conner May 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I would love to read this book! Thank you for your insights today. I really enjoy reading your blog.

  • Elaine Baker May 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Hi from San Francisco, and I love a lot of Jesus too.

  • Barbara and Jeramy May 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Love your blog!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I am a young mother raising a little princess on my own! I would love to read this. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Alisha Wilson May 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Shay! I looked into reading this book when you mentioned it on your blog last week. I would love to read it since I have 2 precious girls! Thanks for suggesting it.

  • Torgersons May 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I'd love to read that book!

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I love your blog and would love to win a copy of this book since I have a 5yr old little girl. Thank you! πŸ™‚
    Staci

  • Joanna May 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the quiet time encouragement! Definitely important to remember

  • Sarah May 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I would love to read this book. Such a scary world raising girls (and boys) right now.

  • Sarah May 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Would love to read this book. Such a scary world to raise girls (and boys) in these days.

  • Tella May 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I'd love to stick this in my hope chest

  • Allison Travis May 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Great post! I would love to read some of these books! As a Mom to an almost 6 year old girl and 3 year old boy, I am always looking for guidance in raising them right!

  • KHeath May 13, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I would love to read this book!

  • Amy Miller May 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Love john croyle!! Thanks for sharing you life with us πŸ™‚

  • Karen R May 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I would love to read this book.

  • Lauren May 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I need to get into this habit!! Great idea.

  • Stephanie May 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Would LOVE to have this book as I can tell my 28 month old is already a princess. πŸ™‚

  • Tatia Huipe May 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    You are an inspiration, thank you.

  • Caroline May 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    People need to read this – so thank you for sharing!!

  • Bethany King May 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Love this! Great way to start the day

  • Steph and Zack May 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I LOVE this Shade of Shay! Such great advice to have quiet time at the START of the day… It's too easy to get caught up in life and forget at the end and/or try to play clean-up at the end!

  • Steph and Zack May 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I LOVE this Shade of Shay! Such wonderful advice to have quiet time at the START of the day!

  • Melissa May 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Love this

  • Shannon May 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your intimate time with Jesus. It's very encouraging to hear how others incorporate their quiet time into a busy day and make it the #1 priority. I'm trying to be better at this and this is great encouragement. I also love details and you so kindly give every detail to your "shades" and this is awesome! And lastly, the quote "All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus" is going up in my house stat. πŸ˜‰

  • Shannon May 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing about your intimate time with Jesus. It's very encouraging to hear how others incorporate quiet time into their busy day and make it the #1 priority. I'm trying to be better at this and this was great encouragement. I love details and you so kindly give all the details to your "shades" and I just love that. Lastly, that quote "all I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus" is going up in my house stat! πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • j May 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • j May 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Would love to read this book!

  • Darcy May 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I'm an early morning person (we get up at 4:50 am) but I don't carve out time for reading….probably something I need to start doing!

  • Joy May 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I look forward to all your shades of Shay. Some I apply to my life and some aren't for me. I like this one though. And i do agree it is better to start with your quiet time in the morning than at the end of the day.

  • pwmurf May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Love my morning quiet time! Thank you!

  • Jeanie May 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    You are an inspiration!

  • Unknown May 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I would love to win

  • Melody Lietzau May 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I love That you start your day with Jesus and recognize that he should be your priority. This book looks great.

  • Michelle Ragsdale May 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    thank you for sharing! your blog is inspiring and encouraging for women (esp moms) it's like you know what I need to hear…

  • Unknown May 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Love this post! Quiet time is very important. Thank you!

  • Unknown May 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Quiet time is important. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dena A May 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I can't wait to take a look at some of those books you listed.

  • A.Giba May 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Love your post! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jessie T May 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Would love a copy πŸ™‚ Great post!

  • Melanie May 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    THAT WAS SOOOOO ENCOURAGING!!! YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT JUST DID FOR ME.

  • Karna May 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Wendy Correa May 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I look forward to reading your blog every day! Thank you for the encouragement!

  • Kylie May 13, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Shay! What a great post. I couldn't agree more about the importance of quiet time to start your day; it makes all the difference! We've been talking a lot about quiet time in my church lately, and just this last Saturday we hosted a women's tea where we had an author/speaker come and speak; she talked about many things, but one of her major topics was quiet time! πŸ˜‰ Her name is Debbi Bryson and she actually wrote a devotional called "Wisdom for Women: 365 Devotions through Proverbs." I just started it, and thought you might enjoy it too, since you mentioned you were reading a Proverb a day! πŸ™‚ You can find it on Amazon. Anyhoo, thanks again for sharing such a great shade of Shay!

  • Katriel-Maria Berbert May 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    HI!

  • Allison May 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Great shade! I am trying to set aside more time in the morning for a quiet time.

  • Blanca May 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Hi! πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey May 13, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Great post – as usual! You come across so authentic, I keep coming back for more!
    Lindsey

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Love your blog!

  • Rachel -Doug Betts May 14, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I love this blog post, Shay! We all need encouragement to meet with Jesus every day.

  • Rachel -Doug Betts May 14, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I love this blog post, Shay! We all need encouragement to meet with Jesus every day.

  • Amy Lawrence May 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Thank you for posting the Mother's Day giveaway! Can't believe I won. It's been surreal. I would have never seen it, had you not participated! Thanks so much!

  • Tamara May 14, 2014 at 12:13 am

    What a great idea about quiet time! Thanks for the advice!

  • Christi May 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Looks like a great book! Would love to read it for my little princess πŸ™‚

  • Sandy P May 14, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I have 2 little princesses to raise. What a great book.

  • Amanda May 14, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for sharing, I plan to check out some of those books for my quiet time too!!

  • Lauren W May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I don't have children yet, but I have already started worrying about bringing them up knowing Jesus. Reading material would be great!

  • Shaina May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Would LOVE to have this book! Love your blog πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I love starting my day this way! Also would love to read that book as I attempt to raise my little princess πŸ™‚
    Eunice

  • Lauren W May 14, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Love reading your blog!

  • Natalie May 14, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I love reading your blog each day. Thanks for sharing this shade!

  • Britni May 14, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Great post!

  • Sharon Tidwell May 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Good advice. Thank you!

  • Sharon Tidwell May 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Good advice. Thank you!

  • Pn May 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for sharing! I'd love a copy of the book.

  • Katie May 14, 2014 at 12:50 am

    I have two little girls so I would love to read this.

  • heather May 14, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Love this!

  • Beth May 14, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I would love to read this book for my two girls!

  • kld813 May 14, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa May 14, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Love this post!

  • Whitney Plunkett May 14, 2014 at 1:21 am

    My mornings are very similar! Get up at 5:30 before the gym to spend some time with Jesus. Then, I read your blog after the gym! Love this post Shay – probably one of my favorites! Xo

  • Mary Beth May 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Love this! Thank you!

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Hi!

  • Mary Beth May 14, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Love this! Thanks!

  • Mary Beth May 14, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Love this! Thank you!

  • Cary Caldwell May 14, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Thanks for sharing

  • Deanna May 14, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Thank you for this reminder!

  • Vesti May 14, 2014 at 1:47 am

    My favorite Shade of Shay so far!

  • Emily R May 14, 2014 at 1:56 am

    My oldest is almost 3…I need to get reading some parenting books. I never considered making it part of quiet time before!

  • Beth May 14, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I have two princesses so I would love this book πŸ™‚
    Love your blog

  • Beth May 14, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I love your blog and would love this book – I have two princesses πŸ™‚

  • Melanie Hogue May 14, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for sharing your heart. I have two princesses of my own and this would be a great read!

  • Kel May 14, 2014 at 2:09 am

    You continue to inspire me to be a better mama and a better daughter to our king x

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Love this post! Thank you

  • Christina May 14, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Almost bought this book the other day. Would love to read it! Love your blog, by the way!

  • Tara C. May 14, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I love this; what a great post and insight! Definitely working on becoming a morning person, and I just found out today we are adding a little girl to our family (due in Oct!).

  • Anthony and Jenelle May 14, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Thanks for sharing! Would love to read that book.

  • Mary C. May 14, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Perfect way to start a day.

  • Mary C. May 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Perfect way to start a great day.

  • Ruthie Hoving May 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I would love to read this – I am expecting my first baby girl next month! And I am certain raising her will be different than raising her big brothers…

  • Mary C. May 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Perfect way to start a day.

  • Mary C. May 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Perfect way to start a day.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I just love reading your blog. I love how you pray daily, it inspires me to take time out of my day and do the same. I look forward to your posts every morning. Keep up the good work Shay. I adore you and your little family!

  • Meredith Hoskins May 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Raising my precious 2 year-old daughter and this book would probably be a great read for me. Thanks!

  • Kerri GirlWithALatte May 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Awe Shay, I've never commented before, but have followed your blog for awhile. Thank you so much for showing your faith on your blog, unashamedly and honestly. I love your list of books, as many are familiar to me as well. So glad there are other women out there who value a relationship with God! "He that honors Me, I will honor." πŸ™‚ Hugs!

  • Lauren May 14, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Great ideas for books to read!

  • Sarah May 14, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your quiet time routine! The book looks great!

  • Shelby Carter May 14, 2014 at 2:51 am

    I read your blog daily and would love a copy of the book! I have 2 sweet kiddos one of which is definitely a Princess who turned 2 today πŸ™‚

  • Shelby Carter May 14, 2014 at 2:58 am

    My wife loves your blog and would love this book. Enter Me!

  • Jennifer Solis May 14, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Love this post!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cortney McCurry May 14, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I've added a few of those books to my to read list. thanks for the great info.

  • {That Ruby Girl} May 14, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Love that you shared this! Quiet time is essential in listening to God.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 3:21 am

    You can be a good person without being a Christian. You can raise great kids without being a Christian. Letting your kids chose their faith rather than impressing it upon them is another good thing. Just saying.

  • liant1215 May 14, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Great post! πŸ™‚

  • Whitney Thornton May 14, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Excited to read this book! I needed this reminder today. I wake up rushing, my goal is to slow down!

  • Mary Louis Quinn May 14, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Would love to win a copy! I've been wanting to read it.

  • Mary Louis Quinn May 14, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Would love to win a copy! I've been wanting to read it.

  • Kristy May 14, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Encouraging post.

  • Rachel May 14, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Thank you Shay! I needed this inspiration!

  • Jody May 14, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Your blog has quickly become my favorite! I learn and can relate so much!

  • Hayley Chandler May 14, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Thanks for this!!! I often have wondered what this looks like for you. This is something I really need to do. It's the getting up early part that sounds hard. Thanks for always inspiring me to want to do better.

  • Casey May 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I would love this book! And this is one of my favorite "shades".

  • Alison May 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

    What wonderful encouragement ! I think this is my favorite shade of Shay

  • The Binder Mom May 14, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Love this post! I can tell a huge difference in the days I start with Jesus and the days I don't.

  • Erica May 14, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Love this post! I'm going to try to get up a bit earlier to have my quiet time rather than after the kids get up and it's…not so quiet. πŸ˜‰

  • BackandForth May 14, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I love this. It really inspired me to add this to my day to grow to be stronger in my faith. Thank you!!

  • Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 4:49 am

    thanks for sharing about your quiet time and for the giveaway! ry

  • Angel Broussard May 14, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Angel Broussard May 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Thanks for sharing!

  • The Teipels May 14, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Loved this post! Thanks

  • Jaren May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I ordered Bringing up Girls and Raising a Princess when you last blogged about them. I can't wait to dive into reading them this summer!

  • Angela Patterson May 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Shay, thank you so much for sharing about your quiet time! I love your blog! I want to thank you because you have been an inspiration to me and this week…I finally followed this crazy little dream of mine. I have a blog! Angela Banae — is my blog about life, family, and faith. So, thank you for inspiring me and I continue to look forward to ALL of your posts! I hope to be a blessing to others, just like you! Hugs from Iowa!!!

  • Rachel Flood May 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

    What are your favorite spiritual books for young women?

  • Anonymous October 8, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Hi Shay,

    I have recently started reading your blog and look forward to each new post every morning! I find peace in a lot of what you have to offer to enjoying the simple things in life. Like you, I love a good cup of coffee and lots of family time. I have always considered myself a religious person but through college, grad school, and now life- I don't attend as frequently as I did with my parents growing up.

    Long story short, your faith is contagious and has sparked the interest I have to make more time for God. Your quiet time post stuck with me and I feel is my answer to some of life's daily stressors. Do you have any additional recommendations (more general, as I am not a mom or married yet)?

    Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Alicia

  • Jaclyn December 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I just started reading your blog and already you have been such an inspiration to meas a mommy and with your love of Jesus. I myself met my now fiancΓ© when we were 19 and got engaged at 21. Now two years later we have a beautiful one and a half year old daughter, Mackenzie and planning a wedding in September. I have always believed in God but i admire the work you out towards your faith and wonder what advice you have for me to start becoming and walking with god? I feel like that is one thing I am really missing in my life. Once again, you are such an inspiration to me and you are one amazing person!

  • Unknown November 4, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Do you know any good daily devotionals for young women?