November 20, 2018 Ezekiel 38,39; Psalm 145; Mark 10:35-52

“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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He’s Amazing | Marisa Hartman

S~ They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalms 145:5 (NIV)

O~ David is writing about how amazing and wonderful God is. Generation to generation His story will be told. His greatness is like none other. How could anyone think about anything else? If you are captivated by God as your Savior, you will be fanatical about praising Him.

A~ I spent last weekend surrounded by powerful, godly women. These women spoke eloquently about God’s sovereignty and mercy. While we sat and studied and talked and watch sermons and laughed and cried I gained new insight into His plan, but also about these amazing souls. These women reminded me about the million little things He does to show His love for us. As a follower of Christ, I should be meditating on His wonderful works daily. It’s easy to thank Him for a beautiful sunset or the tangible gifts we have been given. But there are many hard things that are blessings too. We are much more reluctant to thank Him for the lessons we learned from the blessing of the hard times. It’s very difficult to see as you are walking through them. As you take time to meditate on His wonderful works today, thank Him for the blessings you didn’t see before. He is worthy of ALL of our praise.

P~ Lord, thank you for the trials that teach us. I thank you specifically for the relationship difficulties that I had to walk through. Struggling along that path with you taught me to rely on you. It taught me how strong I can be with you by my side. That specific struggle showed me where I needed to change and what sins I needed to acknowledge and repent of. Thank you for walking with me and showering me with grace. Thank you for the blessing of my children. They are my heart. I am honored that You chose me to be their mom. Help me to steward them as You would. Lord, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the abundance of blessing You so graciously offer. Help me to see Your hand in everything; especially in the hard times. Amen

Even when I mess up | guest post

S~ The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.  The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145: 13b,14 (NIV)

O~ These characteristics of God are speaking to my soul: He won’t break His promises, He loves me, He upholds me when I mess up, and my honest humility draws Him close to me.

Philippians 1:6 promises….being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

A~ I made a decision to get a second job because finances are tight.  Well, it turns out it wasn’t a great decision. Because the second job was actually hiding some prideful thought patterns that I’ve been having, like, ‘I deserve this’ or ‘I’ve had a hard day, so I don’t need to cook dinner, we can go out to eat.’

Now I have a second job that’s super stressful, my finances are a mess, and God has revealed some dark heart issues that I can’t keep hidden anymore.  I’m believing that I’m a permanent mess and won’t ever get this thing of walking with Jesus down.  Right now, every small challenge seems like a big boulder that’s going to topple me.  But these thoughts of mine just aren’t true.

The Lord made a promise:  He began a good work in me and will carry it out.  And the Lord is faithful to His promises!  He is working things out in me!

The Lord is loving to me.  He isn’t throwing His hands up in frustration of where I am.  He is holding me and and singing joyous songs over me.  He upholds who fall and brings near those who are bowed down.  Humility and honest confession are not my natural tendencies, especially when dark areas of my heart are revealed.  Maybe a humble heart is a heart that can be changed and molded into something that resembles Jesus.  I wonder when my heart is full of pride and an ‘I’ve got this’ attitude, does Jesus have to use more drastic measures to change my heart?

P~ Abba, thank You for this truth!  You are faithful to Your promises, You love me, You are holding me through my failures, and You lift up the humble.  As I live in this truth day after day – don’t let me forget!  Lord, keep me humble and bowed down!  I love You!

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