January 6th, 2017

I don’t know about you, but the first week of January is always screaming for some routine. So, when the beginning of the week has chaos and sickness mixed in with exhaustion and missing my early morning quiet time from said sickness, I was very encouraged when I was finally able to get back to normal today and yesterday. God got me out of bed early so I could have quiet time and coffee and it was so wonderful! Worship music, coffee, and my Bible to meet with God. It’s the perfect way to start the day. Let me say, it has not always been this way. I finally started praying for God to help me move my quiet time to a consistent, early morning time. I’ve always been a night owl and naptime bible studier, but with this new season of working outside the home, I needed early mornings. Of course, God is always so faithful. He gets me out of bed (some days, I really just miss the ball), and for the past several months I’ve enjoyed it so much. 

So, onto today. We are SOAPing through the Bible in 2017 and today’s reading was so good!! I am following the Divine Mentor reading plan and today my scheduled reading was Genesis 15-17 and Luke 6. 
My verse for the day was Genesis 17:17

 S: Scripture

Genesis 17:17

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”

O: Observation 

God has told Abraham that he will be a father of many, with descendants than he could count as stars in the sky. He also revealed that Sarah and Abraham would conceive a child. Abraham was so awestruck that he laughed. I imagined it was sheer awe and excitement laughter. 

A: Application 

How many times has God blown our mind, just as in this story with Abraham? Yet, we KNOW God promises us amazing things. May we believe those promises and still have the sheer amazement of God’s great ability to do more than we can think, imagine or ask for. 

P: 

Lord, 

You are the God who sees us. You are the God who has great thoughts and plans for us. Yet, we often do not truly believe how great your abilities and plans are for us. Help us to believe your promises and be full of joy with expectations of the future. Thank you for your word and these stories for us to keep in our heart. May we react with anticipation and excitement when we hear and remember your promises for us. 

In Jesus’ name we pray, 

Amen 

What are you reading today? Have you found a Bible plan? If not, find a Bible Reading Plan Here. Also, I invite you to Join Our Year of Grace Bible Reading Group Here. 

I’d love to hear what verse spoke to you, what did God reveal to you. What prayer do you have? 

Blessings,

jessica 

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