Daily Archives: May 12, 2018
“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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Your Servant is Listening | Kim Chipman
S~ And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (NLT)
O~ The Lord was calling to Samuel, and at first Samuel thought Eli was calling him. He didn’t recognize the calling as God’s voice, he had never had a message from the Lord before. Eli was not calling to him and suggested it was the Lord so when Samuel heard it again he responded by acknowledging His voice and listening. Later it says that the Lord continued to appear to Samuel.
A/P~ Lord, help me to…*know Your voice…*respond to Your voice by listening (REALLY listening, remove my pride-filled filters)…*continue to seek You and see You. I love you!
God Knows More Than Me (Duh!) | Kelley Deases
S~ But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV)
O~ Paul is discussing the body of Christ, His Church. It is certainly a fitting analogy to compare the various functions and giftings of the people in the church to the various parts of a physical human body, working together to achieve its purpose. There is no sense trying to rank, value, or compare the usefulness of each member part as all are needed to operate at full capacity.
A~ I am always amazed to look up and discover God has been at work in my life, moving pieces around for my good. (At my age, why am I still surprised?) My most recent small testimony — in the midst of the larger testimony of my salvation and the numerous occasions He has been at work to grow me up in my faith — is that I recently applied for and interviewed for and prayed for a certain position on a church staff. I was seriously disappointed not to have been selected for that job, but, much to my surprise, was asked to consider taking a different position on staff just a few months later. With some reluctance, I accepted. And what a perfect fit it has turned out to be at this time in my life (i.e. young child still at home). I have come to learn the first job I so desired involves lots of evening and weekend hours and more responsibility than I really wanted to take on at this point. The role I am in as support staff is valuable, but does not detract from my primary role as wife and mom. It’s as if God knew what I needed more than I did! Imagine that!
P~ Father, Thank You for the reminder You are so much better able to handle my life than I am. You, who see the beginning from the end, have a broader perspective than I can even conceive of. I can rest in knowing You can be trusted with my future.
Behind the Scenes | Joni Tyner
S~ In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 1 Corinthians 12:22 (NLT)
O~ Paul is teaching about spiritual gifts in chapter 12. He reminds us that we are ONE BODY, that specific parts (people) are not more important because they have more visible gifts.
A~ Several years ago I was at a women’s conference and I remember the speaker talking about being at another conference and how beautiful the details were. I believe the salads had some type of decorative vegetable on them and she was so amazed that a person had went to the time and trouble to cut out all of those flowers for the conference. She asked the organizers about who had made the vegetable flowers and they took her to an elderly lady in the church who had been working behinds the scenes of church events for many years. The speaker personally thanked this woman for her contribution to the conference. She wanted her to know that she noticed her contribution and, more importantly, God notices the little details.
I’ve always remembered that little story and I’ve tried to make an effort to acknowledge people that are working “behind the scenes” for the purpose of building God’s kingdom. I’m sure this lady who had talent with the vegetable peeler wasn’t needing or expecting recognition, but I’m guessing her faith was just a tad stronger that day and her commitment to continue “the good work” was renewed by simple encouragement.
P~ Dear Lord, thank you for this reminder that we are all part of Your team. I pray for so many of your faithful servants that are in nurseries, classrooms, kitchens, offices, yards, and countless other places. Renew their energy and purpose so that their faith remains strong. I pray for eyes and ears to spot workers that may need a word of encouragement, please use me as a vessel for Your kingdom.
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