About the Author

AUTHOR & Facilitator of the Annual ‘HEART’ Event

Chris Bovill is passionate about strengthening families and encouraging women to grow and flourish in their relationship with their Creator and with those around them. For twenty years Chris has organized the annual HEART (Home Educators’ Annual Retreat) retreat, providing space for countless women to be refreshed.

Her deepest desire is to become more like Jesus, inspire others to thrive, and to wring as much joy out of each day as possible! Chris met her husband Mark over thirty years ago at GLO Bible School. Together they have five adult children, with their teenage daughter still living at home. They live on a dairy farm in the Waikato, New Zealand.

Do you ever wonder if Jesus really sees you and cares about you as intimately as He did for those we read about in the Bible? Chris Bovill wondered the same thing. Come with Chris on a journey of discovering the adventure and freedom that comes from surrendering to the Saviour. As you read, you will be left in no doubt that amongst the highs and lows of life, you are loved immensely, and cared for deeply and that you can enjoy a purposeful, vibrant relationship with the one who created you.

These sixty devotions are an invitation to glimpse Chris’s life, from her travels in Paraguay to her days as a newlywed, to raising six children on a farm in rural New Zealand. Her prayer is that you too will experience those sweet moments in His presence where grace and mercy flow and spiritual growth begins. This is a book to restore your faith in a loving God and refresh your heart so that you can truly flourish.

This flourishing life can only be found by abiding in Jesus

Sixty Devotions to Refresh Your Heart

Chris tells us more

When I wrote the book Flourish, it was very much centred around the truth that God sees us and our children, and that He loves each of us with everlasting love. He cares about the details of our day-to-day life and wants a relationship with us. Wonderful truths!!

The Bible is a study of the character of God. His goodness, mercy, justice, kindness, compassion, etc, fill the pages of this collection of God-breathed stories, instructing us on how to live a flourishing life. This flourishing life can only be found by abiding in Jesus.

To abide means ‘to wait patiently for.’ When our lives are linked with Jesus, there is not need to live striving and hectic, full of anxiety and stress. It is quite the opposite in fact. It’s taking a Mary posture, positioning ourselves with humility at Jesus’ feet, choosing not to run in dizzying circles like her sister Martha, worrying.

This is where I choose to sit today, with my to-do list as long as my arm and reasons to feel anxious threatening to bubble up and over to spoil this day, this week and the relationships around me.

I’m drawing a line in the sand right here in my mind full of hectic, and choosing instead, the upside-down way of my Saviour. I choose to still myself at His feet, knowing from past experience that this is the very best place to find calm in any storm.

Perhaps you’d like to join me in sitting here? Together, we can be still and know that He is God. Reminding ourselves of His reliable character. Together, we can abide and flourish.



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