December 24, 2017 Psalm 124,126; Luke 19

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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I WILL Reap What I Sow | Kim Chipman

S~ Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:5-6

O~ Galatians 6:7-8 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

The concept of sowing and reaping is all over Scripture. These verses in Psalms remind me that You desire my obedience no matter what my feelings say in the moment. If I’m obedient even when I’m miserable or sad or mad or just don’t want to You promise I will be rewarded.

A~ Lately I’ve been distracted rather than diligent. This is a good reminder for my heart. I will reap what I sow. Even if I don’t feel like it I can choose obedience…the reward is JOY!

P~ Lord, help me to choose You above and in spite of my feelings. Help me to put You FIRST in my heart and choices. Help me to sow obedience and reap JOY! I love You! Thank You for Your promises!

Keep Asking Questions | Deanna George

S~ Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priest, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Luke 19:41 (NIV)

O~ As I  read this, my heart became heavy because all I could think about is that it is going to happen.  Jesus was going to experience pain and death. I know the priests and the leaders are going to prevail. Jesus had to go through all of it so I could be saved. Sometimes suffering is needed for the bigger picture.

A~ I like to ask questions. I do it so I get to know someone better. I do it to understand the topic or situation. I do it to find peace in a situation that I don’t understand or like. Do I always get answers? No! Do I always like the answers I get? No!!! Today I realized it’s not about the asking or the answers. IT’S ABOUT FAITH! Faith that God is in control. Faith that he is right in the midst of my chaos with me. Faith that he has plans for me and my situation. Faith that he has the big picture in mind. Faith that he knows what I can handle. I love that God welcomes my questions. It is actually starting a conversation with him about my deepest, darkest fears and worries. The questions allows me to be vulnerable with him. It provides a pathway straight to my soul. Keep asking questions.

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for being a leader that wants to have a conversation with me. Thank you for wanting to hear my questions, my doubts, and my fears. Please help me to keep this a conversation and not a one way yelling match. The reality is that I get no comfort when I yell my frustrations at you. I find so much more from asking for your help, your comfort, and your wisdom. Thank you for being able to endure watching your son go through all that torture and ridicule, so that I may be saved. Thank you for listening. Thank you for caring.

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