December 16, 2018 Psalm 129,117; Luke 11:37-12:21

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Priorities | Joni Tyner

S~ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God. ~ Jesus speaking in Luke 12:21 (NLT)

O~ Jesus has been teaching about money and greed.   He tells a story about a man who has a large, profitable crop and wants to build bigger barns to store it and then sit back and say, “time to take it easy, eat, drink and be merry.”  Jesus concludes the teaching by reminding the people that saving for the future is useless if they don’t first focus on their relationship with God.

A~ I desire to give today to those in need while being a good steward of my money so that my future has margin and I am able to go where God leads me.  I also want to be generous with my encouragement and time.  People are more important than stuff!!!!!  –I really desire to live a life that reflects this statement.

P~ Dear Lord, I ask you give me wisdom about how to save for my future.  I ask for contentment to infuse my bones so that I’m not always wanting the next thing.  I want to give You glory with my priorities. Please help me go through my days with an open hand to what You ask of me.

A Rich Relationship with God | Kimi Miller

S~ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich relationship with God. Luke 12:21 (NLT)

O~ These are words straight from Jesus’ mouth. A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.

I can easily envision what it looks like to store up earthly wealth. I can even say I know how to do it. But what does a rich relationship with God look like..for me?

A~ Jesus, I know that relationships are not built by checklists. While a relationship can begin with a regular scheduled meeting time, it takes more than that to grow. A rich relationship takes time and communication, openness, transparency, trust, honesty, and vulnerability. A rich relationship promotes growth. Like rich soil – with nutrients and minerals and all the things necessary to produce life – fertile life. Abundant crops.

One of the keys to rich soil is manure. Could it also be that “manure” is also what helps to make my relationship with God stronger and “richer?” For if I have wealth, I can buy most of what I think I need – I can feel like I’m in control, so why would I need God? But without wealth, when hard times come (the “manure” seasons), it invites me to seek the One who hold my life in His hands.

This doesn’t mean having money is bad, or that I need to invite tomorrow’s trouble into today to see God. But I have learned that it’s in those hard seasons that my relationship with You is strengthened. It’s in those manure moments that my faith grows and new life springs up.

A rich relationship with God takes time. Not just 15-20 minutes a day – although it can start there. A rich relationship with God includes Him in all of it. Rich soil promotes deep roots. A rich relationship with God = deep roots in Jesus.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow stronger in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 (NLT)

P~ Thank you for the hard times in my life that make my relationship with You stronger and richer.

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