so that…

PRAY

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John 20:30-31

WRITE

The book of John tells the story of Jesus’s Ministry. It contains many amazing and beautiful stories of Jesus’s love, grace, healing & of course the greatest story ever told. The story of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. He conquered death so that we can have life. Here John tells us why he recorded these stories.

  • According to this passage, was this a complete account of Jesus’s life?
  • John wrote this “so that”…
  • He wants those who read the stories of Jesus’s life to believe in Him and to gain what?
  • Does it mean anything to you that John wrote for this purpose?
  • What does it mean to have life in His name (John 3:16, Ephesians 4:20-24, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:3-4, 1 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)?
  • Write a reflection on how your life has changed since your life became new.

GROW

It is awesome to know Jesus Christ! Praying that God’s word would accomplish it’s purpose in your life & that His love & grace would continue to shape you & your new life. Praying for you!

My Portion

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Psalm 73

But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
    and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
Psalm 73:28

WRITE

This Psalm holds a gem. One that we recite and hold on to in good times and bad. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26. And yet… this Psalm is so rich with struggle and understanding and trust in the Almighty – so much deeper than I could have imagined. 

  • From 73:1-14 What is the attitude of the Psalmist?
  • What was he trying to understand?
  • Ultimately, how did he gain the knowledge he was searching for?
  • In the end, what did the Psalmist learn about himself (v.21 & v.22)?
  • What do verses 21-24 reveal about our relationship with God – what will He do?
  • Read verse 25 – does this change your perspective on your circumstances or “things”?
  • When God brought His people into the promised land. He gave each tribe a portion of land… except the Levites. This tribe was special they became His priests – and he said to Aaron “You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel.” Numbers 18:20. How does help you see what it means to look to God as your portion?
  • Are there any “things” that you value more than your relationship with the Lord? Pray and ask the Lord to reveal them to you, and ask Him to guide you into a deeper relationship with Him.
  • The last line of this beautiful Psalm tells us how we should choose to live as a result of His constant provision for us. Write it down.
  • How can you live your life in a way that He is your portion and you give Him the glory!?

GROW

God loves you so much! When we are weak He is strong. Praying that you will lay your heart and life at His feet and trust him as your strength and your portion forever. May we live a life believing… there is nothing I desire on earth besides you. Praying for you…

Woven

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I praise you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:14

WRITE

The whole of Psalm 139 is beautiful and thought provoking. It reminds us how intimately God knows us, our thoughts, our path, our words, our heart, and the intricate workings of our body. “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17. We can not even begin to comprehend the mind of God. But we can see a glimpse in His word and trust the truth about who we are in Him.

  • Who created you?
  • Write down all the words used to describe this process?
  • Formed, Knit together, intricately woven. I just love these words because they help me to visualize God’s artistic work in each one of us. Isaiah 64:8 says, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  What does it mean to you to be crafted by the divine Potter?
  • If all of God’s works are wonderful (v. 14) what does that say about you?
  • Read Psalm 139:16 and write down two fact about yourself you gain from this verse.
  • Your identity and God’s plan for you existed before He even created your body what does this say about His plan and purpose for you?

You are a creation of God! You are intricately woven together by Him. His masterpiece with a plan and a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).Alleluia.

GROW

Praying that today you would know the  truth of God’s word – you are a creation of God! May you trust Him with each day because He has written each one in His book.

 

Beauty Wonder & Power

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Philippians 2:9-11 & Colossians 1:15-23

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name
Philippians 2:9

  • Read the entire passages and then listen to the song.  Using the passages from the Bible write a response. His name is BEAUTYful  –  WONDERful – POWERful!  His name is above EVERY name. Praise Him!

GROW

 

Praying for you today! That you you would experience the life changing beauty, wonder and power of Jesus! That you would be in awe of His awesome authority. His awesome power. His awesome beauty! May your heart long for the day we will kneel before Him in person… may you take time to kneel before Him  now! Praying for you.

KNOW

PRAY

Make sure you take time to read the passage and pray about it before you begin.
Psalm 46

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1

I’ve been thinking a lot about feeling vs. thinking lately. How can we avoid being ruled by our emotions when we look to what we know and not just what we feel. So often our lives are ruled by our emotions, our circumstances or the actions of another. But, here in Psalm 46 God reminds us of who He is! He reminds us of what we really need to know.

  • Why does God tell us not to fear?
  • What comfort do verses 6 & 7 bring you despite the instability around the world?
  • Why do you think it is important to “be still”?
  • Take time now to Be Still. Take a deep breath. And… Know! HE IS GOD! HE IS GOD! Alleluia! Now take time to exalt Him – write a praise.
  • What difference does it make when we live life based on the God we know (Father -Son – Holy Spirit?

GROW

Love the song by Laura Story – Till I Met You

 

Praying that we would all begin to live by the truth that we know! KNOW – HE IS GOD!

But I…

PRAY

Make sure you take time to read the passage and pray about it before you begin. Psalm 71:12-16

O God, be not far from me;
    O my God, make haste to help me!

Psalm 71:12 ESV

WRITE

I have often thought about the “but God” moments in the Bible. Stories of seemingly impossible situations that God redeems in only the way that God can. But here we see the psalmist writing of dire circumstances. He is fearing for his life and being pursued by his enemies. Yet he maintains an attitude that we all should have when difficult events arise.

  • What is his response in verse 14?
  • We all have struggles. Write down what you are struggling with today.
  • Then write … “but I” and write a praise to our Almighty God!

GROW

Awesome Praise Song – Revelation Song – Kari Jobe

Thanking God for His amazing blessings – during the storm and during the calm. Sing a new song to our Almighty God! Take time to praise Him more and more today! Praying for you…

Are You Ready?

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…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15

WRITE

If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior… then you have the story of Christ in your life. He has beautifully written His story in your life and what a blessing it is to share it!

You have the story of what you were… and how He drew you in
You have the story of when you made the decision to trust Jesus
You  have the story of how He has changed you and made you new
You have the story of how He continues to work in your life

  • Take time now to write your before, your beginning & your after Christ
  •  How have you changed? How has your world-view changed? How have your goals changed?
  • Write some of the Bible verses He has used over the years to transform you.
  • Is there a verse that He has given you that is shining light into your life? Write a few sentences about how He is working in your life through this verse. Think about it in terms of a conversation – write it so that you could you slip this “hope” into a phone call with a friend or discussion with your daughter.
  • How is He working in your heart today?

GROW

I love this song by Big Daddy Weave – “My Story”

Praying that the Lord would give you words, and courage to share His beautiful story in your life…