November 14, 2018 Ezekiel 20,21; Psalm 111; Mark 8:1-21

“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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Endless Enjoyment | Kimi Miller

S~ God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study – endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial – This God of Grace, this God of Love. Psalm 111:3-4 (MSG)

O~ Every morning, Your mercies are new. You awaken me with a sunrise and a song – You dance over me with singing (Zeph. 3:17). You reveal Your beauty in the things around me – the changing color of leaves, the sound of the wind, the beauty of an autumn sunset, my children’s laughter, my husband’s embrace. All of these things, they are Your gift to me.

A~ I find my mind and heart racing – knowing I will find my peace in You, but trying to calm myself down first becomes a distraction, too. Why is it so hard for me to just sit still sometimes? Too often my busyness robs me of acknowledging Your beauty; the precious gifts of a life LIVED go unnoticed in my world of distractions. All of the endless enjoyment You lavish upon me, I miss.

I’m so grateful that You never give up on me. You are always present – I’m the one who forgets to look for you.

I needed this reminder today. To simply be still. To trust that this time with You is never wasted or in vain. You meet me here. You fill me up and give me everything I need for the day ahead – the day You’ve already planned for me.

P~ I’m sorry, Jesus. I’m sorry for the times I feel like You are one more thing on my list to do, instead of the ONLY thing that is more important than all the rest. Thanks for never giving up on me. Thank You for filling me with Your peace – even when I know I don’t deserve it. That’s how good You are, and I love You. My life is Yours. Thank You for Your endless enjoyment!

Forgetting God’s Faithfulness | Joni Tyner

S~ But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. (verse 14)

At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread.”

“Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” Jesus speaking to his disciples

“twelve” they said.

Jesus answered them–“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?

“seven” they said.

“Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asking the disciples   Mark 8: 14, 18-21 (NLT)

O~ The disciples have witnessed Jesus doing many miracles in a few short days.  They are now out in a boat (one of the earlier miracles took place in the same boat) and they are once again freaking out about their circumstances. Jesus reminds them that He has been consistent and faithful to provide for their needs (and 1,000’s others) during challenging circumstances.

A~ As I read Mark 8 this morning, I found myself pondering how the disciples could doubt Jesus after being with him for so many miracles.  I then think about myself and see the same behavior!!  I  often forget God’s faithfulness when something new in my life overwhelms me.  But God.   He delights and chooses imperfect people to be part of his plan to build His kingdom.

P~ Dear Lord, I’m so sorry I forget about Your faithfulness to me.  I ask for fresh wisdom and discernment as I read Your word.  Thank you for never giving up on me.  I love You.

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