1 & 2 Samuel: Day 6

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Luke 1:50

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.

His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear him.
- Luke 1:50

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  • What a wonderful testimony of the grace of God, Shelby. Thank you for sharing with all of us, your SRT Sisters. ❤️

  • As I wrote my prayer this evening at my great grandma’s old dining room table (which is now mine and my husband’s kitchen table), comfort was received. Concluding my prayer and guidance being sought after, I felt guided to listen to the song “First” by Chad Graham (which is a cover from Lauren Daigle) and God spoke to me. The night before last I had a bad dream about my parents which commonly reflects me having had a struggling childhood overcoming physical and emotional abuse and a time where I wasn’t allowed to go to church because I loved it so much (my grandparents would take me)… my relationship with my parents halfway through my senior year of high school became a war-zone, my dad kicked me out of the house for being too involved in school and never being home as I was graduating with Honors, thus leading me to live with friends sporadically and living in my car for about the next year with a technical label of ‘homeless’ as I entered Nursing school. I have always had a desire to have a father figure because I just wanted my dad to actually appear caring and that he wanted me and wanted me to be his little girl. I always desired a mom who I could take to about daily events and not have things that I confided in her about thrown up in my face. I wanted to mean something to them instead of being called ‘a mistake’ or ‘worthless.’ Fast forward to 8 years later, tonight, I broke down listening to the song “First” and heard God speak to me saying “I know you want your parents but remember I will never leave you.” My First True Father spoke to me and felt a calm come over me. I pray that those reading this or having doubts/hurt will have comfort in knowing our Father loves you and made you fearfully and wonderfully made while being imperfectly perfect. :)

    • churchmouse

      Shelby, your words… Beautiful. From the ashes of your harsh childhood to this that you have written – a phoenix of hope rises. Thanking God this morning for your grandparents and for your perseverance and determination. What a testimony.

    • Meredith

      Wow! This word reminds me remarkably of Psalm 27:7-10
      “7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
      be gracious to me and answer me!
      8 You have said,
      “Seek my face.”
      My heart says to you,
      “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
      9 Hide not your face from me.
      Turn not your servant away in anger,
      O you who have been my help.
      Cast me not off; forsake me not,
      O God of my salvation!
      10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
      but the Lord will take me in.”

  • I’ve written down “He doesn’t take the storms away, but he walks with us through them”. Perfect! I so often feel like I need to do this and that to make sure my life is good because if I don’t who will? I am praying that I truly put all my trust and faith in God and stop getting bogged down by the minutiae in life. I pray that I can truly accept and appreciate that God is in control NOT me. Thanks everyone! Your posts have made this week truly feel like a community instead of an individual bible study. This is my first bible study and I’m really loving it so far!

  • “What does it look like to have God as your king?” Such a thought-provoking question. It really doesn’t always look like what I expect and want it to look like. What I want is an “easy button”. When life gets hard I want to be able to push a button and God fixes everything – no hard, no ugly, no messiness; just a lot of sunshine and skipping through the flowers. But, life is hard and messy and sometimes down right ugly. It’s chaotic and sometimes it’s chaos on crack and I want to shake my fist at God and demand that He make it so that I don’t have to deal with the messy. Here’s what I have spent most of the summer learning – abide in Him. No matter what abide, rest, take shelter in Him. He doesn’t take the storms away, but He walks with us through them. I can look back and see His hand in so many ways and I realize how much I have grown as His daughter through the messy. To be honest I wouldn’t have it any other way.
    “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold…For he will complete what he appoints for me…” Job 23: 10, 14
    Be blessed this weekend, sisters!

    • Laura

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Hilary

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I needed to read that. “He doesn’t take the storms away, but he walks us through them. ” That is an a some way of viewing it. Have a blessed Saturday!

    • Ashley

      Amen Kathy, thank you so much for sharing! I feel like I have been learning the same thing for years now. And even though walking through it is painful and messy, it has drawn me so much closer to our Father, our Daddy, our Savior, who loves us more than we could ever imagine and one day all of the pain and messiness is going to be gone and we are going to dwell with Him and worship Him FOREVER!

    • Amber

      Kathy, thank you for sharing the verses in Job today and earlier this week. I have been blessed and encouraged. I came back to the Lord a few years ago after walking away from Him for many years. My heart has grieved thinking I may have missed out on the plans He had for me since I chose my own way for so long. The verses in Job spoke to my heart “For He will complete what he appoints for me.” Another version says “And many such plans he still has in store.” I haven’t missed them! He is faithful to complete the calling placed on my life and the plans He STILL has in store. Amen!

    • Mari

      “He doesn’t take the storms away, but he walks us through them”. Thank you Kathy I also needed to read this. Life’s been ugly messy and chaotic for a while and its only because of Christ and people like you and the sisters here at SRT that I’m able to walk this road I’m in now.

  • Jess Comp-Lewis

    These questions this week are hard and revealing. I needed this.

  • churchmouse

    Praying that we always have a sense of wonder and awe about our God. And that we will speak of His power and majesty from our generation to the next. May we be His torch bearers of faith to those who come behind us.

  • Jess Comp-Lewis

    Working in the questions this morning on my rain soaked porch. We had the most amazing loud thunder filled lighting light up the sky last night. All I could think of was how this large yet small storm reminds me of the power of God.

  • Karen From Virginia

    Enjoy this wondrous mercy this weekend. Resting in His love.

  • Elisabeth7291

    Good morning sisters! I hope it is a beautiful weekend where you are. Be blessed be His mercy!

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