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March 23, 2019 Numbers 33,34; Acts 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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I found this note in an old journal. Interestingly, I journaled on the same verse today. What a difference a few years makes!

Worth…Nothing? | Kim Chipman (2014)

S~ But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NLT)

O~ Paul is speaking to the leaders of the church of Ephesus – he asked them to meet him in Miletus.

A~ Paul felt his life was worth NOTHING unless he did what god assigned him to do. I’m struggling right now with where I’m going – midlife crisis or something. I feel like so much of what I spend my resources on does little or nothing to help people to know You – or to know You more deeply. I feel frustrated often and don’t really know exactly what to do with it. How do I know exactly what You want ME to do in the midst of a gazillion other things pulling me in other directions? How can I see You in everything? How can I serve You in everything? How do I walk out what I feel You calling me to if no one around me either respects or cares…or better yet completely oppose me the whole way? HOW? How does this look in my daily? How do I honor and respect others, thinking of them above myself, when I feel like such a fish out of water…or at minimum a fish swimming up stream? Help! Help me to see ‘the work assigned for me by the Lord Jesus’ and help me to see HOW. Today. As I walk through my daily life. Help me to see it. I want to see how to do what You’ve called me to do in the context You’ve put me in to do it. My desire is to glorify You with my heart, my thoughts, and my actions. Show me how to do this. Today.

P~ I love you. Help me. Show me. Lead me. Guide my every step, thought and attitude. I know You see me and have me here for a purpose. Help me to find joy and the work you have assigned me today. I love you.

My Value Is For You | Kim Chipman (2019)

S~ But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 (ESV)

O~ Paul is speaking to the Ephesian elders. He knows that the purpose or value of his life is to live it for You. To finish whatever God assigned him to do, all the while testifying to the gospel of the grace of God.

A~ This is the purpose of value of my life as well. To live it for You. To tell the story of Your grace. Left to my own self I’m a hot mess, but through You my life is filled with purpose. There is so much I can do to point others to You. To illuminate Your amazing grace. I can give grace…live out and pay forward all You have given me.

When I think about finishing the ministry You gave me I think of my family, my community, and the community of believers.

I love my family. My husband and children are my primary ministry. Sometimes they are the hardest to show grace to, but I do believe that is a critical assignment from You. To reflect You in my home. I look forward to the day I have grandchildren and pray that I can leave a rich legacy of grace that points to You in my family. Am I being loving? Am I being kind? Am I being critical? Am I showing grace? Am I making myself available sacrificially for them?

I love my community. I take seriously the assignment You have for me in my neighborhood and in my kids’ school and activities. I interact with lots of different people which gives me many opportunities to show Your love and grace. How do I talk about other people? Do I believe the best? Am I trustworthy? Am I being salt and light?

I love the community I have with believers. Whether they are part of my church family or not, there is sweet fellowship with other believers. There’s something special with my sisters and brothers in Christ. Am I being encouraging? Am I pointing them to You? Am I equal parts grace and truth?

P~ Thank You for giving my life such purpose. Even in the mundane I have an assignment from You. Nothing is wasted. Help me, lead me, guide me, show me how to do these things well. I love You!

Change of Seasons | Michelle Myers

S~ When I was with you, I never wanted anyone’s money or fine clothes. You know I always worked to take care of my own needs and the needs of those who were with me. I showed you in all things that you should work as I did and help the weak. I taught you to remember the words Jesus said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When Paul had said this, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. And they all cried because Paul had said they would never see him again. They put their arms around him and kissed him. Then they went with him to the ship. Acts 20:33-38 (NCV)

O~ Paul’s work in Ephesus was done. He was given orders from the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. This season of his life was over. He reminds them of what he has taught them. They are sad, because they know they will never see him again.

A~ For the last several weeks, I have been following a gorgeous, fit young lady on FB. She is from my hometown, and was diagnosed with cervical cancer this last fall. Her positive spirit and selflessness amazed and inspired me. She is a wife and a mother of 3 boys, all under the age of 10. My heart sank, as I read that she had died on January 8. In
her final days, she selflessly posted pictures, videos, and messages, about living life with cancer. There was a video of her getting her long, brown hair cut before it fell out from chemo, so she could donate it to Locks of Love. She thanked people for their support. She asked that we look more towards her husband and boys, as they would be the ones left behind to deal with sadness, grief, and loss. Her message was, “Spread your love”.

We often don’t know when certain seasons of our lives will change or end. It is so important to use what time you do have, in whatever season you are in, to “show your love” and spread God’s word. In the end, that is what matters the most.

P~ Thank you Lord for Linda and her postings. I learned important lessons from her that could not be taught in any college class or seminar. I pray that you take care of the people Linda had to leave behind, as they enter a new season without her.

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