“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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Make time | Marisa Hartman
S~ When Jesus heard what happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Matthew 14:13 (NIV)
After He had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23 (NIV)
O~ When Jesus heard of John the Baptist’s death, his first instinct was to be alone to process and pray. Then, after a long day of teaching and performing the miracle of feeding more than 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two fish, he withdrew to pray.
A~ When I’m dealing with something hard or am worn out, I want to talk it out. I’m an extrovert and feel better when I’m processing things with someone. While that’s fine, nobody can understand or bring healing like Jesus. When I make the time to sit with Him and really pray I nurture the vital relationship with my creator. There are things only He can help me understand. There are paths to walk that only He can walk with me. If I am not spending the time reading, listening, and learning I will not be equipped for what this life throws at me. Jesus was highly demanded on as soon as he entered ministry. Crowds of people followed Him wherever he went. He was constantly being asked to perform or teach or answer questions. I can only imagine that kind of constant attention to be exhausting. When Jesus needed a recharge or just some respite, He sat with the Father- alone. Taking the time alone with God strips away the distractions and demands that other people bring. Have you ever tried to sit and read your Bible with children around? “Mom, can I have…” “whatcha doing..” “are you almost done…” There’s no way I can focus enough to actually learn something! Getting up early or staying up late is a sacrifice I have to make in order to find that alone time with God. Sometimes, its hard (I LOVE sleep), but it’s always worth it. He cannot lead me where we are going if I’m not listening.
P~ Father thank you for meeting me whenever I come to you. No matter the time of day or how long I have, You are always there right when I need you. Thank you for taking time alone with me and for the gentle reminders to come sit. I love You. I’m learning to trust You one step at a time. Thank you for your patience, grace and guidance. Amen
Sending Word of Jesus | guest post
S~ And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him Matthew 14:25 (NIV)
O~ When Jesus got to a town, the people who recognized Jesus sent word to everyone else. The didn’t want anyone to miss out on seeing Jesus!
A~ I’m sure the people that sent word about Jesus being in town were normal people. The argued with their family, they had people in their life that annoyed them, and they probably didn’t like every single person in town.
Yet, they still sent word that He had arrived. These people knew what Jesus had done in other towns and they didn’t want anyone missing out on the goodness of Jesus!
I am a person who recognizes Jesus. I have a testimony of how He has taken me from death to life. How am I sending word to my surrounding community about Him?
P~ Abba, my time, home, social media, money, energy are Yours! Teach me how to send word! In Jesus’ name I pray!
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