November 7, 2018 Lamentations 3-5; Mark 4:21-41

“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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This I Call to Mind | Kelley Deases

S~  Yet this I call to mind
             and therefore I have hope:
         Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
             for his compassions never fail.
         They are new every morning;
             great is your faithfulness.
         I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
             therefore I will wait for him.”  Lamentations 3:21-24 (NIV)
O~ Following two and half chapters of recounting all the bleak circumstances which have befallen the people of Judah, Jeremiah reminds himself, his people, and also me today to call to mind God’s great love. His compassion may seem impossible to grasp in the darkest of days, but that does not mean it is any less true.
A~ Perspective is everything. I can easily choose to focus my attention on strained relationships, a negative political climate, broken systems and other evidences of the fallenness of our world. I can wallow in that muck. I can stay paralyzed and despondent by how overwhelming it all can seem. Or I can fix my eyes on Jesus. I can choose to remember what He did in the past, how He is moving all around me, and have hope in Him for the future. I can call to mind His great love and unfailing compassion even in the bleakest of times.
P~ Help me call to mind the truth of who You are and Your great love for me regardless of what the day or the season might bring.

Hope! | Kim Chipman

S~ I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
    the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
    the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
    and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
    his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
    How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
    He’s all I’ve got left. Lamentations 3:19-24 (The Message)

O~ Jeremiah is lamenting all he sees around him. His heart breaks for the lost and the sin. The first 2 1/2 chapters he reviews all the devastation, but here the tone turns entirely.

A~ Hope. Jeremiah remembers there is hope. There is bad, but You are always good. Yesterday was election day. Often it is a time to reflect on what we see around us and what we would like to change about it. Each time I sit down with my Bible and listen to your voice is a time for self examination. I could fall into a depression about what a sin-filled, prideful human I am…or I could remember Your character.

P~ Today, help me focus on You. Help me remember the great hope in You and through You. Help me to live out my days in that hope, remembering Your faithfulness always. May my heart continually say, “I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.” I love You!

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