“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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Let the good times roll! | Kelley Deases
S~ “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” Deuteronomy 8:10 (NIV)
O~ God is warning the Israelites that, just as they have learned to trust the Lord for their deliverance from slavery and for their provision in the desert, they are to maintain their trust in Him when they finally experience blessing and abundance in their lives.
A~ Our family is experiencing a pouring out of God’s blessings right now. On the heels of our marriage cruise, my husband and I are feeling God’s presence strongly in our relationship, communicating well and often, and tracking with each other as we discuss goals for our future (like how we can escape the frigid temps of Nebraska, for one!). As a result of the Lord’s prompting, we are planning to sell a rental property we own so my husband can spend less time attending to the needs of his tenants and more time with his family. My eldest son has chosen a college for the fall, and the logistics and finances and even his mommy’s heart are all falling into place for him to make the big move. And our little one is navigating pretty well through his kindergarten year and showing evidence of a budding faith in Jesus. What’s more, in his moments of defiance and testing boundaries, his dad and I are beginning to operate more as a united front as his parents, which was not always the case.
We had a profound discussion in our Bible study yesterday about how God uses our trials and difficulties to refine us, grow our dependence on Him, and then be able to relate and serve a hurting world around us. I know this to be true from my own life., but yet this verse today also rings true — in our good times, our moments of peace, those periods when we get to enjoy the fruit of our labors, that we still might bow our heads in gratitude and continue to put our trust in Him.
P~ Father, In bad times and in good, You are my God and I will trust in You.
Incredible | Kim Chipman
S~ Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead? Acts 26:8 (NLT)
O~ Paul is on trial before Agrippa. Agrippa had power over the Temple and was of Jewish Descent. Paul was in prison for…well for nothing really.
A~ Paul made the very best of crummy circumstances. Do I do the same? Um, not always. Paul didn’t whine and complain about how unfair it all was – and it WAS unfair. He used every opportunity to share the message You gave him, regardless of his personal comfort or convenience. Paul articulates clearly that he is on trial for his hope in Jesus Christ – the same hope which is available to all – the fulfillment of God’s promises.
Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?
What seems incredible to ME? Somehow I put You in a box and think there are things that are impossible for You. Things You can’t do, can’t fix, can’t heal, can’t change, don’t see, don’t understand. Why does anything seem incredible to me? Anything at all?
P~ Grow my trust. Deepen my roots down into You. Help all that flows from me – to everyone in my life, even/especially the really difficult ones – no matter the circumstance – help me to follow Paul’s example and make the most of every situation – to reflect Your amazing love and truth – even when it’s unfair and I just don’t wanna… I love You.
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