September 21, 2017 Song of Solomon 1-4; 1 John 2:18-29

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A Lily Among Thorns | Kelley Deases

S~ Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens. Song of Songs 2:2 (NIV)

O/A~ When  my husband and I first began dating, he bought me a silver lily necklace. When he presented it to me, he referenced this verse. It is a beautiful piece of jewelry and a beautiful sentiment, one which is even more meaningful today than even then. When we were courting, he would say, “I’ve seen pretty girls, but none so pretty as you.” He’d say, “I have kissed other girls before, but it never felt like this.” I really believe this to be true. Because God was (and is) in the midst of our meeting and our union, He gave my husband eyes only for me. What a gift to a wounded woman who had been told by the actions of her first husband that she wasn’t even desirable enough to keep around. But now God has given me a soulmate who still says I am the only girl in the world for him……..and acts like it.

P~ Father, You are so good to not just bring me a new partner to walk through life with, but to provide just what my heart needed to be restored and made whole.

Be Proactive | Deanna George

S~ All who have this hope in him purify themselves just as he is pure. 1 John 3:3 (NIV)

O~ I am part of the purification process. I must work hard to be morally fit.

A~ I need to recognize sin and refuse to partake in it. I need to clear out thoughts and feelings that can bough down my heart and soul. What areas am I letting worldly thoughts and ideas penetrate who I am and what I believe? Am I putting my behaviors and actions through the God filter? Do they line up with the Word of God? Am I striving to be more like Jesus? Or am I just going with the flow of what my life throws at me? Am I actively seeking ways to purify my heart? I know God is doing his part through different lessons he is teaching me, but am I actively evaluating my decisions and actions before I do them? Am I being proactive or reactive?

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for calling me to be an active participant in purifying myself. This is a reminder that I need to continually ask myself, “does this purify my heart or stagnate or murk up my heart?” Will it lead to asking for forgiveness or bring me closer to you? Lord, I know I need help to do this for the little, everyday happenings in my life. I tend to just plow through certain situations because it’s mundane or small issues. That doesn’t not always turn out great. Please continue to remind me that I need to strive to purify myself to become more like you.

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