September 17, 2018 Ecclesiastes 1-3; Psalm 45; 2 Peter 3:11-18

“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 dream, or mine? | Chelsea Horne

S~ I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear Him.

Whatever is has already been,

and what will be has been before;

and God will call the past to account. Ecclesiastes 3: 14-15 (NIV)

O~ I love this verse so much! I can’t quite put my finger on it as to why, but I do. It stirs something deep within my heart and makes me want to do a little happy dance! I can feel tears of joy well up in my eyes as I read it. But what is it about this verse that makes me so happy? Is it the poetic wording? The Truth in it’s words? Or is it, perhaps, both?

A~ I have been striving for things that I have to leave behind. I want a house, a family, someday. But, when it’s time for me to go Home, I will have to leave the house behind and whoever is still alive in my family will have to take care of it. This verse has taught me that there is more to life than owning a house! I need to examine and pray about why this dream is on my heart, and how I can surrender it to God for Him to use it for His Glory. Because, as He says in Ecclesiastes, His Work endures forever- “nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.” (Ecc. 3:14). It is Perfect – go figure!

P~ Father, This dream has been on my heart ever since I was a little girl. I have wanted a place of my own to call home. Now that I am an adult, and have more freedom and independence than I know what to do with, this dream has resurfaced in my heart and it’s stronger than before. But, You have asked me to slow down and examine why I want it. Do I want a house and a family for my own, selfish, reasons? Reasons and gains that are a “chasing after the wind?” Or is it because I know and want it and my life to be used for Your Glory? To share Your Life and Your Love in some way with it? Am I willing to surrender my dream to You, for You to use it for Your Eternal Purpose? To be honest, I’m not sure yet. I ask that You will, please, search my heart and help me to understand. I love You, Father!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

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