September 25, 2018 Isaiah 6,7; Psalm 116; 1 John 4:13-21

“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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Stand Firm in What You Show Me | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ Unless your faith is firm,  I cannot make you stand firm.  Isaiah 7:9b (NLT)

O~ Two kings had allied to attack Jerusalem.  When the news reached the king and people of Jerusalem, their hearts tremble with fear.  God told the king, Ahaz not to fear these kings and that he had to learn to believe what he says if he wants him to protect him.

A~ I am working on boundaries and I have been sensing God’s direction, but it has to do with confrontation which is not comfortable for me.  But if that is what you are showing me to do then I want to do it and stand firm in my faith and follow through.  I believe you will help me through it.

P~ Thank you, Father for your presence, your guidance, and friends you have given me that I can share my struggles with, and their encouragement.  Help me as I follow through with what you show me.  I love you.

Rest for my Soul | Kelley Deases

S~ Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7 (NIV)

O~ Soul rest.  What a wonderful yet elusive space to occupy.  And if we are truly living in the light of His love and grace, the external circumstances should not cause our rest to be disturbed.

A~ I am experiencing a season of relative peace in my life — lazy summer days having fun with my little boy, a new plateau of intimacy with my husband, time enough to spend with my parents, my sister, and good friends.  With the notable exception of my firstborn leaving the state for college looming large on the horizon (there’s always something, right?), life is good.  My soul is at rest.  But at the same time I am acutely aware this place of soul rest has everything to do with the favorable circumstances of my life at present.  And I know these are fleeting, and some hardship is bound to befall us sooner or later.

P~ Father, I long to have that “peace that passes all understanding.” A soul rest which transcends chaos, diagnoses, relational strife, angst or loneliness, whatever may come to pass. You are the source of my rest, and I want to find that “sweet spot” in Your loving arms.  Let it be so.

I’m drinking the punch people 🙂 | guest post

S~ But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. Jesus in John 4:14 (NLT)

O~ Jesus is calling Himself Living Water – once you have Him – it’s all you need.

A~ Yes.  This is true.  I remember my first job out of college, it was tough and the worst possible fit for me.  I was so unhappy, but made a ridiculous amount of money, so I never left.

A co-worker told me that I always seemed to be searching for something.  He was right, I bought every single self help book written.  Some would work for a few weeks, but then I was back searching again.

I was a believer at the time, but Jesus was a check mark that I made on Sunday mornings.  So I didn’t think I was searching for Him.

Time, pressure, stirrings of my soul – I allowed Jesus to be a bigger and bigger spring in me. WOW! WOW! WOW!

I drank Jesus’ punch! I will NEVER be thirsty again!  No more self help books for this lady!  I’ve got Jesus (and His Word!)  I’m freakin’ unstoppable!


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