“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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Wise with Words | Kimi Miller
S~ I have so much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. 3 John 1:13 (NLT)
O~ There is so much I love about 3 John! A personal letter – though brief – contains encouragement and affirmation. I love, too, how John is wise enough to know that which should be recorded, and that which should not.
A~ I am so grateful for the friends and spiritual leaders in my life who have spoken encouragement and affirmation into me. I’m grateful for the words spoken in private – things that needed to be shared, but done so privately.
P~ Oh Lord, make me wise. Help me to know when and what to share and the best way to do so. Open my ears, Lord, that I might be able to receive any correction for my heart and life. Help me to be wise with words. I love you, Jesus.
Joy in Homework? | Kelley Deases
S~ I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4 (NIV)
O~ The other day, my son’s teacher sent home a form which was unique, to say the least. It wasn’t a field trip permission slip or missing assignment notification. Rather, this was a Parent Evaluation Form in which we were to score our child’s character development in the areas of love, wisdom and obedience. Unfortunately for our offspring, either we chose the wrong day to complete the assessment or he chose the wrong day to have a hissy fit over doing his homework! However, I so appreciate how his school is emphasizing Biblical character in tandem with academic fundamentals.
A~ I need to keep the notion of character development at the forefront of my mind. As he and I wrangle over the quantity and quality of his school assignments, I find myself losing my joy, losing my cool and harming the relationship with my child. I need to remember that his character is more important than his grades and our relationship is more important than completing any task. Also, I am falling woefully short in displaying the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control……….while at the same time desiring to see those in him!
P~ Jesus, Please go before me and be in our midst as Christian and I progress through this day, this week and this academic year. Help me to experience joy as I interface with this maturing young man and emanate that joy to him.
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