“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. 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 Need Your Word | Kim Chipman
S~ The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 (NIV)
O~ I really love this last portion of Psalm 19 when David meditates on how awesome Your Word is. your Word is perfect, refreshing, trustworthy, right, brings joy, is radiant, gives light, firm, righteous, precious, sweet, rewarding, and discerning.
A~ I need all of that. I am the simpleton who needs wisdom. v12 says: “But who can discern their own errors?” Your Word and Your Spirit can warn and guide and impart wisdom and discernment. I need, need, need these things.
I enjoy listening to sermons from other churches especially while I drive. This one struck me this week and stoked my fire of love for Your Word.
P~ This Psalm concludes: May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. I love You!
Make this true! | guest post
S~ Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep Your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19: 12-14 (NIV)
O/A~ I have been so distracted, so very distracted. And oddly enough, it started when we rearranged our living room furniture. What?! My normal chair and place and routine where I sit down with You every morning was gone and since then it’s been paralyzing to find a new spot. Like our relationship is based on where I’m sitting.
And because of that one little thing, I’ve found a million other things to do besides be with You. It’s so humbling to write this. But it’s SO EASY to get distracted from my time with You. You are always giving my a choice, aren’t You? You make my path clear and then let me decide how I spend my time.
P~ Oh Father, if I were You, I would be so frustrated with me. But here You are, not frustrated, just desiring time together. Most days, I can’t comprehend Your great love for me, so I do what I want to do. Forgive me, forgive my hidden faults, keep me from willful sins. Lord, I want nothing to rule over me. And may the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight! You are my Lord! You are my Rock! You are my Redeemer!
Practicing Humility | Joni Tyner
S~ And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. Matthew 19:29-30 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is teaching that believers that give up something valuable for His sake will be repaid many time over. Jesus is reminding us that there are eternal rewards in Heaven for those who are humble and have made sacrifices for the Kingdom.
A~ This is another scripture that isn’t completely clear to me how is exactly works out. I just need to have faith that God will do what He says He will do. My job is to be humble and willing to give to others. This requires a frequent heart check to make sure my motives are pure—that I do these things for God’s glory, not for personal recognition and reward.
P~ Dear Lord, please give me eyes to see people the way You do. I pray for insight on the best way to love and serve others so that You receive glory. I pray for margin in my days and energy to do the tasks you put in front of me. Please steer me away from activities that distract me from seeking You and serving You.
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