June 15, 2017 2 Samuel 17; Psalm 71; Ephesians 4:7-32
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Be My Words | guest
S~ My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. Psalm 71:15 (NIV)
O~ This Psalm is exactly what I needed to hear today. In You I take refuge…be my rock of refuge to which I can always go…as for me, I will always have hope…
A~ Someone I love very much is going through a season of doubting. Doubting Your Word is truth. Doubting foundations of faith. Doubting, questioning, wrestling. This verse echoes my feelings about it today. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say to the doubt. I KNOW. I trust. I believe. I need Your words to be my words, Your thoughts to be my thoughts, Your heart to be my heart.
P~ Help me to relay exactly what You need me to into the space of doubt. Help my heart to be tender and loving. Guide me. I love You!
Psalm 107:33-38 | Joni Tyner
For 2 weeks, I decided to work on memorizing Psalm 107 and yikes– There are 43 verses. Wow!!! I’ve never, ever tried to memorize this much scripture!!—so in an effort to be successful I decided to breakdown each days verse with a short SOAP note to help me really soak in what I am memorizing. If anyone feels led to memorize this with me or give me some tips, I’d love to hear from you. Here is today’s verse and journal note. Joni
S~ He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there He lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By His blessing they multiply greatly, and He does not let their livestock diminish. Psalm 107:33-38. (ESV)
O~ God has the power to bring believers into the wilderness. In the wilderness, there will be pools of water and springs that provide refreshment in the desert. I think sometimes this wilderness is a lengthy time because it says they establish a city and live there. It definitely takes time to sow and plant fields and wait for a harvest—another indication that being is the wilderness is not a quick detour.
A~ As I’m finishing up this 2 week challenge of memorizing Psalm 107, I’ve got a couple of final thoughts:.
- God loves us, He is patient in the wandering of His children,.
- God will hear and answer and deliver His children from trouble.
- God wants us to have hearts that are filled with gratitude.
- If we just keep having faith and hanging on, God will bless us with multiple blessings.
P~ Dear Lord, please help me to bury these truths deep in my heart. Thank you for the nudging to study and learn Psalm 107. I pray this scripture comes to mind whenever I need a reminder of Your goodness, Your faithfulness. You are good.
Anger Destroys | Kim Chipman
S~ for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:27 (NLT)
O~ Paul is teaching the Ephesians how to live as believers. I need all the help I can get…Most days I have no idea what in the world I’m doing.
A~ Anger gives the devil a foothold. I really hate the devil. I see evidence of his scheming everywhere. The last thing I want to do is help him out any.
Sometimes I feel perfectly justified in being angry. I could probably rally support for my feelings and make it all ok. But seriously, sitting in anger, letting it simmer and stew, allowing my thoughts to remain there – it never ends well for me. Ever. I know from experience this is true.
If I hang onto the anger – think about it – talk about it – meditate on it – let it roll around in my head and thoughts – I will end up blowing it all out of proportion usually. v2 says “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” Holding onto anger does none of that. It isn’t humble. It isn’t gentle. It isn’t loving. It isn’t patient. It doesn’t make allowances for others. It is toxic to my walk with and witness for You. I can choose it, but I’m choosing emotional jail…not the freedom You died for me to have.
Ann VosKamp posted this on facebook…and oh, how very true…“Hey Soul? Today: Don’t become a container for anger. ‘Don’t be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs.’ Ecc 7:9MSG. Eat at the table of grace today — and don’t let anger eat you up. Anger is the only toxin that destroys what it’s carried in.”
P~ Lord, help me to die to my “right” to justify my fickle, toxic feelings. Help me to fight the devil by choosing You…by choosing love. I love You.
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