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February 20, 2019 Exodus 39,40; Psalm 15; Matthew 20

“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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Follow the Cloud | Kim Chipman

S~ Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. Exodus 40:36-37 (NLT)

O~ The Tabernacle is complete and the glory of the Lord fills it. His presence is a cloud by day and fire by night so the “whole family of Israel could see it”.

A~ My heart is Your Tabernacle now. My heart should follow Your presence ~ journey when You move, stay put until You do. Sounds simple. But I get ahead of You sometimes, or think I’ll take a little short cut. I know Your desire is constant communion with me so You can lead me, but somehow I still so easily fall in to a place where I say to myself…’I’ve got this.’ I’ve “got” NOTHING. I NEED You. I NEED Your presence and guidance. I desire so deeply for my family to see You through me. By day (cloud) and by night (fire) the whole family of Israel could see Your presence. If I choose You my family can see You shining through, too. And together we can follow you – which is really the entire point of this life…

P~ Lord help me to follow You with a willing heart, even when I don’t understand where You are going, or I think You are staying in the same place too long, or I’m comfortable where I am and don’t feel like packing up to follow You. I desire Your presence. Give me the strength, courage, selflessness, and humility to follow You wherever you lead. I love You.

Praise! | Marisa Hartman

S~ Praise the Lord . Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 (NIV)

O/A~ This week has been full of blessing and I am so grateful. A week or so ago I was unexpectedly let go from my job. I was devastated. I cried with a friend for a few hours! As a single mom, I was worried, but I knew God would provide. Even as money dwindled and time stretched on, I just had this sense of peace. He has provided for my family before and I knew He had plans for this time too.

I see that He has never forgotten about me. I am feeling so loved. This week I was offered a better job that I would not have gotten had I not been let go. Its exactly the job that I need to allow some other pieces that were up in the air to fall into place. God is so amazing. When I choose to fully trust, He is faithful.

P~ Father, thank you for your continued grace and provision. I am so grateful for your love. My heart’s desire is to honor you in everything I do. Amen

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