January 30, 2017 Exodus 2,3; John 19:28-20:18

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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.

God Cares | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ He looked down on the Israelites and felt deep concern for their welfare. Exodus 2:25 (NLT)

O~ Here God reminds me of his concern for me.

A~ My heart is heavy for one of my sons. I feel like he is struggling with anger and emotions and not knowing how to deal with them in a healthy way. This verse stood out to me and I feel like God is telling me he sees and is concerned for him and his welfare.

P~ Father, please help him, help him to be able to talk about how he feels, to heal, to be free from anger.

Reread old journals | Nikki Metzger

S~ So I will stretch out My hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go. Exodus 3:20 (NIV)

O~ Moses is speaking to God, maybe the first time, at the burning bush. Moses is a shepherd in Midian and he has not left yet for Egypt to save God’s people. God has just told Moses everything He is going to do to rescue the people and give them riches as they leave Egypt.

A~ God shared His plan and outcome to Moses before Moses even took one step towards Egypt. Moses knew victory was going to be the ultimate end in Egypt. I really want to watch Moses this time through the book of Exodus and see how he acts and speaks and is in the midst of a struggle, even though he knows the outcome.

Right now, in the midst of my struggles, I know the outcome. Everything will eventually be ok. But it just doesn’t feel ok today. I am doubting and wrestling with choices and making hard decisions. And life just feels like it’s on rocky ground. I think I need to go back to old, old, old journals of mine and reread them. To fill my head and heart and soul with God’s words spoken to me and over me. So I can remember God’s plan for me and that He is leading the way.

P~ Father, thank You for this journey! I love You!

Trust Your Timing | Kim Chipman

S~ God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. Exodus 2:24-25 (NIV)

O~ I’m sure the Israelites had been doing a lot of groaning, they had been enslaved in Egypt for CENTURIES. I wonder what made this time different? The part that makes me scratch my head is the timing. I know You hear me (like you heard them), I know Your promises are trustworthy, but sometimes this part is hard for me.

A~ I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately. Maybe because I’m in a Bible study that is talking a lot about it (Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer). More likely because I’ve been doing an awful lot of it. Katie is fighting an arthritis flare and a couple other kids have struggles right now. Typical first world teenager stuff, I know it could be much, much worse, but it is still a struggle.

So I cling to the promise that You hear my prayers, You remember the covenant, You look on us and are concerned. That is comforting. Sometimes my prayers feel just like begging and pleading! I trust You, but sometimes it just takes longer than I’m comfortable with. But for the Israelites it was centuries…generations! I guess I need to grow in not only trusting Your character, but also Your timing.

P~ Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief! Help me to grow my trust in Your timing, even when there is struggling or suffering while I wait. Help me to see reasons to praise You in every circumstance. I love You!

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