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Book Title: Morning Glory

365 Devotionals like no other!

Copyright © 2016 by Dr. Sheila Hayford

2017 Edition

Published By: Dr. Sheila Hayford, What A Word Publishing and Media Group


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This book is dedicated to:

Dr. Diane Komp, Professor of Hematology-Oncology, Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. My life was literally changed when I met you through our highly respected friend, Dr. Robert La Camera. Thank you for being my friend, mentor, spiritual mother and for believing in me and God’s work in me

Dr. Robert LaCamera, a highly renowned role model in personal and family life and highly regarded in town and gown life. Your leadership has changed my life and countless others for eternity. Who would have thought that God would have such an enjoyable fulfilling career for me as a Pediatrician, allow me the grace to share my lifelong love of reading and writing and help others do the same? There is still much more work to do. Let us advance in our calling and not grow weary. For as the book of Galatians Chapter 6, verse 9 reads, “And let us not be weary in well doing:

for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Dr. Sheila Hayford.



I would like to acknowledge and thank the many partners, businesses, organizations and individuals I have collaborated with over the years. Together we play our part in the betterment of society for the glory of

God. It would more than fill this book if I were to name each one of you. God sees, knows your commitment and service and will reward us beyond our imagination. It is a pleasure to share the featured businesses and organizations with our readers. Thank you for your commitment and hard work.

Dr. Sheila Hayford.


The first three months of the year in the United States of America celebrate the African-American experience: the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in January, Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. And so it is fitting to pause and reflect on the challenges facing African Americans and society at large in the 21st century. Yes, there has been a lot of progress; desegregated schools, African-Americans in the work force and positions of authority and the right to vote politically. However, challenges remain. We read about police racial profiling, brutality against many African-American men, black on black violence, the disintegration of the nuclear family, division, name calling and the stereotyping of our fellow human beings. Economic, educational, racial and social disparity in many areas continues.

As a society, we have our part to play by becoming socially responsible and contributing to the welfare and dignity of the human race. However, we must never lose sight of our individual responsibilities. So what does God have to say about what is going on in this world? Is everything doom and gloom? To the contrary! The Lord Jesus tells us in John Chapter 8, verse 36 that whomever the Son (Jesus Christ, the Son of God) has set free is free indeed. True freedom is not just the absence of physical, mental or spiritual bondage; true freedom is a state of spiritual, physical and emotional wellbeing in the fullest sense. It is the freedom to be our truest self and to achieve our fullest purpose in life. And it starts with the gift of life we are given each day by God. The devotionals in this book are inspiring, challenging and life changing. As we discover more of God, we discover more of ourselves and the changes we need to make in order to live out our authentic God given life. I so enjoyed writing this book and my prayer is that we will jumpstart each day with a devotional, in prayer, spending personal quiet time with God. And then, go forth and change our world!

Dr. Sheila Hayford.

January 1

It Is Our Time

Deuteronomy Chapter 1, verses 6-8:

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers - to Abraham,

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