To say today’s women are busy is an understatement at best. Multi-tasking is our middle name, right? But every now and then a great resource comes along to help us put things back in proper perspective, and Always Before Me, an exquisitely written devotional from author Davalynn Spencer, is one of those resources. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not get a copy for yourself–and one for all the other busy moms, grandmas, sisters, friends you know?

What to give your mom/wife/sister/mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.

Will that special woman in your life really appreciate the calorie-laden candy and soon-to-wilt flowers this Mother’s Day? Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but have you thought about how crowded it will be at her favorite restaurant on that day?

Davalynn Spencer, author of Always Before Me: Devotions for Women, says calories and crowds are something she can do without. “I want something that will be there tomorrow, something that affirms me for who I am and the challenges I face every day.”

Is that special woman too busy to take care of herself? “God knows the many things we do, and he is willing to meet us in every situation,” Spencer says. That’s why she’s compiled thirty brief, inspirational readings to help women find strength in the struggle.

Ten minutes a day can change a woman’s life. “Thanks for sharing God’s word and your life experiences,” said Julia Sondrol, wife of Cañon City Vineyard Pastor Cory Sondrol. “I loved the parallel between the warning signs and the warning signs of God: ‘slow down, gossip ahead. Don’t drift into envy of others. Watch out for potholes of greed. Yield; forgive.’ Awesome!”

Always Before Me will help start the day in peace with a verse of scripture, a short anecdotal devotion, and a brief prayer of focus. The book concludes with a chapter on recognizing God’s presence in common, everyday situations.

This Mother’s Day, don’t give her more of the same. Give her something more. She’s worth it.

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Davalynn Spencer is an award-winning journalist, writer, speaker and adjunct professor of writing at Pueblo Community College. She is a columnist for the Cañon City Daily Record and the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. As a novelist, she is represented by Hartline Literary Agency. Davalynn and her husband make their home in Cañon City, Colorado. Visit her website at and follow her bi-monthly, inspirational blog at


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  1. Davalyn Spencer April 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kathi! So glad you were blessed.

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