May 13, 2018 1 Samuel 5; Psalm 77; 1 Corinthians 13

“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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The Pathway Through the Deep | Tara Wiley

S~ Your road led through the sea, Your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there! Psalm 77:19 (NLT)

O~ The psalmist is in a desert place, longing for God – desperate for Him, actually. So he chooses to remember another time when Israel was desperate: the enemy on their heels, the looming sea blocking any way of escape. And in this impossible place, God formed a pathway – one no one knew was there. What an encouragement. God specializes in impossible help during desperate times.

A~ I have so many friends in desperate times right now.They are struggling with recent or impending untimely deaths of young parents and children. These are places where finding comfort, peace, hope – finding ANY sense of God at all – can seem utterly impossible. But God specializes in pathways we do not even know exist. Sometimes those pathways go right through the very deepest waters of life. But He is there, and His rescue is imminent.

P~ Lord, comfort my friends. Help them through their crushing grief. Remind them of who You are, that even as their entire world tilts and shifts, You DO NOT CHANGE. Your love and help is as vast and present as ever. Be near, Lord, today, and in the days to come. Bring the hope of Your promises, of Your past faithfulness, to their minds when they cannot feel You, cannot even make sense of You. Even as you led the Israelites through the wilderness, lead my friends with Your cloud, speaking in the storm, and come behind them with Your fire, Your presence and light and protection. Lead them through this unknown (unwanted!) pathway with tenderness and help.

Put your name in this verse | guest post

S~ Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)

O~ I once heard a pastor say, “Put your name in the Word and read it again.”

A~ I don’t believe that about myself right now.  I’m wanting to give up, I feel like I’ve lost faith on this particular thing, and I’m definitely NOT hopeful about this situation.  I’m enduring the situation, but not well.

I’m struggling, really struggling!  I’m trying to live out the calling that God has placed on my life, but I keep getting knocked down.  And it hurts.

You say to me:  you can love because I first loved you.  I AM LOVE.  I’m not giving up on this situation, this difficult person.  I’m not losing faith, I’m hopeful and I’m with you through every circumstance!  Lean into Me!

P~ Father, thank You for Your Spirit!  There is a battle happening right now and I feel fresh out of anything good, kind, or hopeful about this situation.  I’m so tired! Can You help me to never give up? ( I want to!)  Can You help me to not lose faith?  (I’m close!)  Can You give me hope?  Help me to walk through this situation with love, Your love!  Soften my heart, break me apart!  Please God!

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