May 26, 2017 1 Samuel 23; Psalm 31, 54; 2 Corinthians 8

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First place to go | Nikki Metzger

S~ Will the leaders of Keilah betray me to him?  And will Saul actually come as I have heard?  O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me. 1 Samuel 23:11 (NLT)

O~ This is a prayer of David.  David just rescued the city of Keilah from the Philistines, but Saul had learned of the victory and was headed to Keilah to kill David.  David goes straight to the Lord in this VERY stressful situation!

A~ I just have to smile because when I get stressed, I just start trying to find a solution in my head.  David’s first reaction to the news of Saul coming to kill him is prayer.  He just starts with his heart and asks God questions and then just asks for an answer.  So simple, so beautiful!  Maybe I could try to come to God first?

P~ Lord, again, can I have a heart like David’s?  That my first reaction to any kind of stress would be to come to You? I love You!  In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

My Help and Sustainer | Kim Chipman

S~ Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 (NIV)

O~ The heading for this Psalm in my Bible says “God is our helper, even in times of hurt and betrayal.”

A~ I just got my feelings hurt. Like 10 minutes ago. I can still feel the flush in my cheeks and the pit in my stomach. Seemed like a good time to sit with You.

The person who hurt me isn’t trying to kill me, like the people David writes about. But still, it hurts. This reminds me that You see me. I know You do. You see my hurt.

You are my help.

You sustain me.

P~ Thank You for always being near. I love that I can always come to You. I really need my Comforter right now. Be with me. I need You. I love You!

The Privilege of Sharing | Joni Tyner

S~ “They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.”   2 Corinthians 8:4 (NLT)

O~ The churches in Macedonia were begging for the privilege to share what they had.  “Begging for the privilege”.  Now there is a gem.  In verse (2) it says that they had many troubles, and they were very poor. Still, they were filled with abundant joy and it overflowed in rich generosity.  Poor people, having trouble, yet filled with joy, filled with generosity.

A~ Another honest confession. I’ve never begged for the opportunity to give my money, stuff away.  I’m naturally selfish, I worry about what I  might need later, I sometimes think, “with that much money, I could do ____”  And, I sometimes judge whether the person receiving is going to be wise with the gift.  Are they using it appropriately?  Do they deserve it?  What if they don’t take care of it?  On and on, my judging goes.

I want to be generous. Outrageously generous—I’m not there yet.  I do know that I don’t regret giving in the past. There have been times I’ve given generously.  Last year on Mother’s Day we went out for lunch and we had a very pregnant server, we left a $20 tip for a $40 bill, I don’t regret that, I hope it made her Mother’s Day. There have been times we’ve given anonymous gifts to people. We are trying to be generous givers.  We are working hard to reduce our family debt and increase our budget margin so that we have even more opportunity to give—to overflow with generosity.  I look forward to the privilege of sharing with overflowing generosity.

P~ Dear Lord, everything we have is yours, anyways!! Help me to care more about people and their needs than all the earthly wants I have.  Remove that desire in me to always want more.  I really do have enough. Thank you for everything. EVERYTHING.

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