“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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Always There | Marisa Tomlinson
S~ For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord ; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4 (NIV)
O/A~ By his grace I have been saved, forgiven, and provided for. I’ve gone through more up’s and down’s than I would prefer, but he has always been there. There have been times that I felt he was absent, but he was not. I was the one pulling away from him. In my need, he has provided. When my heart is breaking he is my strong shoulder to cry on. He has given me a voice to sing and my heart fills with joy when I sing for him.
P~ Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts you bless us with. Your deeds are always good. Your word says that you work everything for the good of those who love you. Thank you for loving me and always being there with open arms when I run to you. I love you and sing with all my heart to praise you.
Set My Face | John Deases
S~ I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:6-7 (NIV)
O~ This chapter is talking about the servant who is obedient. Hiding from insults and mockery is a typical response for a person, but the obedient servant sets his face like flint. This confidence stems from knowing the Lord will be there to help, even in the face of scoffers. An obedient servant doesn’t need to hide from mockers. The mockers will not be successful in their attempt to disgrace or discredit the obedient servant.
A~ While in nursing school, I remember taking a class called Assertive Communication. We learned a lot about the different types of communication: passive, assertive, aggressive, and passive aggressive. My favorite takeaway from the class was the fogging technique. The fogging technique is a strategy to avoid the insults or “bricks” when somebody is being emotional or confrontational. If a person is in your face yelling at you or hurling expletives, the fogging technique allows those bricks to be deflected. The idea is that if a brick is thrown into a fog, then nothing will happen because there is no bounce back or return. A fog doesn’t have the ability to return or send back the brick and so the person eventually will wear themselves out by throwing the bricks. What a great illustration of how to handle a confrontation.
P~ Lord, help me to set my face like flint in the face of mockers. Lord, I know You will protect me from being disgraced, thus I have nothing to worry about when these haters rise up against me.
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