Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 30 Amos 7,8,9; Psalms 104; Titus 2

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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Not a Final Verdict | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ In my vision the locusts ate everything in sight that was green.   Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, please forgive your people!  Unless you relent, Israel will not survive, for we are only a small nation. “  So the Lord relented and did not fulfill the vision.  “I won’t do it, “ he said.   Amos 7:2,3  (NLT)

O~ The Lord showed Amos a vision of what he had planned for punishment for Israel.  Amos asked God not to do it.

A~ There are times with my children that I get a glimpse of what’s ahead if they continue on the path of choices they are making and it doesn’t look good, and I just worry, because I figure it’s hopeless. I figure it is a final verdict.  It is not hopeless though.  Here this verse reminds me of God’s compassion.  Yes, he is trying to deal with the sin but here I’m reminded to persevere in prayer, to plead to God for my people (my children, my family, my friends, etc.) It is not final.

P~ Thank you Father for your heart of compassion.  Help me to persevere in prayer.

End the Famine | Kim Chipman

S~ “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord“when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11 (NLT)

O~ The Lord is speaking to Amos about the coming judgement against Israel.

A~ I often feel that our world (at least the part I can see) is in a famine like this right now. Parts of me can understand why actually…having the discipline of sitting with you in Your Word every day is just that…a discipline. It bears amazing fruit of peace BUT I have been in a place that when I’m going to do it I am so. unbelievably. distracted. I can’t focus, my mind is all over the place. I have had the habit of sitting with You with my coffee in the morning for a number of years now…this is my 9th time through the Bible actually. And there are times I go through this and it just drives me crazy. I know how much I need You, but it has really been a S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E.

I’m keeping up the fight, though…not giving up…praying this passes soon. It does require intentional effort to remain connected to You, but remaining is so important. It is the life giving daily bread for my soul. When I don’t do it I’m pretty miserable, cranky, irritable, annoyed.

It seems that even in the church the discipline of reading the Word for personal instruction is quite uncommon…in my experience anyway. Barna did a study that which discovered 28% of those surveyed never read the bible outside of church.  NEVER. Of those surveyed about 28% ready daily to several times a week. So really that means that 72% do not read on much of a regular basis…once a week or less. Access isn’t an issue really…the average Bibles per home is 4.4 and you can get free apps for your phone or look it up online for free.

I guess one thing about a famine is that it is usually not a choice…food is just not available. In this case we are choosing not to eat all the manna that is available for us each day.

P~ Lord, show me how I can reach more people with the message that the discipline of daily Bible reading is SO worth it! It has to be an intentional discipline but the rewards are priceless. I love You! Thank You for Your Word.

Train up the next group of ladies! | Nikki Metzger

S~ These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children. Titus 2:4 (NLT)

O~ Oh my goodness, I knew it!! This loving of our husbands and children isn’t natural or instinctive – we must be trained! And as I reflect on this, I’m probably considered one of the ‘older’ women.

A~ I remember going on family vacation to Disney in Florida, my twins were two (enough said). The boys went golfing and my mom and I had the kids at one of the parks. One of them had a temper tantrum in a line in front of every single person that was at Disney that day (probably not true, but it felt like it.)

I remember thinking that I just wanted to walk away, to leave it all and be done with this parenting thing. I told my mom, “I’m done with this!”

I stuck it out, but those days of parenting littles was SOOOO exhausting! They need to eat three times a day, they need you to wipe their bottoms, you still have to bathe them, oh how my back would hurt. Then once they were in bed (thank You Jesus!), I was so exhausted I fell asleep or went into zombie mode watching tv.

I wish I had connected more with a wiser woman when my kids were little!

P~ Father, parenting is hard! Most days I feel so ill-equipped. Is there anyone You would like me to encourage in the training and loving your husband and kids? I LOVE YOU!

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