Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, & Micah: Day 7

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Today's Text: Joel 2:13

Memorizing Scripture is one of the best ways to carry God-breathed truth, instruction, and reproof wherever we go.

As we walk through these Minor Prophets together, we will memorize key verses from our reading. The key verse for the book of Joel calls us to true repentance.

Tear your hearts,
not just your clothes,
and return to the Lord your God.
For he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, abounding in faithful love,
and he relents from sending disaster.
—Joel 2:13

Write this passage down and post it on your mirror or at your desk, in your car or on the fridge—anywhere you’ll see it often. Save the image below as your phone’s lock screen so you can read these words of truth throughout the day.

We want to be a community that is intentional about Scripture memorization. Will you join us?

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  • Change my heart Jesus. I thank you for your faithfulness, for your mercy. I surrender to you.

  • As I read this study, as it is marvelous.. it makes me question how to receive it in today’s timing. As these messages were referred back to the times of which the Old Testament was written..are certain Bible verses able to be taken out of context to help us with current life? Just sitting here doing DEEEEEP thinking as I compiled a longgggg list of questions for my pastor to strengthen my faith and join more with the Bible on a physical level and to understand more. I know sometimes I think very concretely and I cannot do that all the time with the Bible because it is of a different time but the underlining meaning/symbolism I can take away. (Like the Israel Restoration in Jeremiah 33:1-11–can I take that as Michigan’s Restoration? without taking it out of text?)

    Lord Please Help Me with my journey as I only yearn to be a close ‘daddy’s girl’ and feel the complete embrace of her Father. Lord I am not questioning your capabilities I am asking for reassurance and understanding on how to read your Word and translate it to my life nowadays despite reading of the text and taking it literal to that time but I was to learn symbolize that I can compare old times to current times.

    • Glorybe

      Consider that the Bible is about God, it isn’t about us. We learn about Him and His character in its pages and stories. We can see how He handles people and situations, and then can understand how He relates to us.

    • She Reads Truth

      Shelby, you are totally right! These passages of Scripture can be hard to digest at times, and we definitely encourage you to reach out to your local pastor or trusted spiritual mentor with questions and thoughts. We appreciate you sharing with us, and we’re so glad to have you here! – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Ronni Jarmer

    Hi ladies, my name is Ronni and this is the first time ever posting on she reads truth. But I do want to bring a message that I have just learned after being gone from Jesus for a long time. It correlates with the mercy and the graciousness of God. After being gone for years, ladies, years… it pains me to write this, but how wonderful is our Maker that He accepts us with open arms. As the prodigal son came back to his father and his father accepted him so does our Father. What a great and wonderful comfort we have. That He will never forsake us even when we sin. I answered the knocking on the door of my heart and let Jesus in. I pray that all you ladies let Jesus come into the house of your heart to clean and redecorate how He might want to. I am very excited to see what’s in store for all of us in the next few weeks.

    • Catherine

      Welcome Ronni, I’m so glad you are here. Yes the Lord is indeed good. Always giving us love and ready to welcome our return to Him

    • She Reads Truth

      Ronni, welcome to She Reads Truth! We are so glad to have you here, and thank you for being willing to share a bit of your story with us. We pray that you will be encouraged by the Word of God and by being a part of this community! – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Welcome Charlene! I just happened to check SRT as I am in need of prayer at the moment

  • Charlene Weaver

    Good Evening Ladies! This is Day one in this group for me. I look forward to strengthening my relationship with my Lord and Savior and building new ones with you all!

  • I don’t think living in repentance is living in condemnation. I hope that’s not how my comment came across. But I do think we draw close to God by seeking to become more like him and the older I get the more i see my need for a savior. Yes we do live in grace and forgiveness and I am so very thankful for that.

  • I need some of that steadfast love. I need to be slow to anger. I also need to trust in my God that he has it all under control. Facing extreme anxiety this morning. It’s hard because I’m still in the unknown. I’m thankful for all the godly women around me, MY mom for one. And last night I felt like maybe I shouldn’t have said something to a dear friend when she herself is having some hard times in her life and here I am vomiting my life to her. She even took the time to pray with me. She’s a lovely woman and I felt selfish. I’m hoping to see her this morning at church to apologize.

    • She Reads Truth

      Mari, thank you for sharing, and we will be praying for rest, comfort and encouragement for you as you walk through this time. – Abby, The SRT Team

  • A holy God pursuing a relationship with me, a sinner. I stand with Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

  • God’s Word, while it may convict us, is never meant to condemn us or hold us in a cycle of constant repentance. Mosaic Law – sacrifices, the rending of garments, fasting, etc. – were meant to be outward symbols of what was happening within a person in their relationship with God. Today, Christians are forgiven and may live in a state of constant grace. Christ’s work on the cross means that we never have to live in a state of guilt or shame.

  • Repentance. That word alone brings fear and anxiety. What do I need to do, where have I messed up what do I need to repent of. In the Bible we read how people were to tear their clothes, heap ashes on their head and walk around in mourning for repentance. But here in this verse we learn that it’s our hearts that are so much more in need of change not just an outward appearance of repentance. I’m reading Ann Voscamps book The Broken Way. One chapter she talks about how we should live in repentance every day. How she spent hours one day writing out everything she could think of in repentance. At first I was overwhelmed by that, but as I reflect on that and now reading this verse- that’s how we draw close to God. He IS gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and he relents from sending disaster. True repentance is not just giving up something or changing behaviors it’s all in the heart. Change my heart Oh God make it ever true, change my heart Oh God let me like you.

    • Karen From Virginia

      His love is everlasting. Repentance is beautiful because it brings us closer to the Lord. He reveals Himself to the broken and contrite heart. It renews our purpose to be His in this confusing and distracting world. I pray the Lord reveals Himself to you and His Holiness that gives one a hunger for the eternal and step away from what’s destructive. I need Jesus every day and I’m so prone to wander and complain apart from His grace.

  • Courtney Stoops

    Good morning everyone!
    As I read this scripture and think about my week, I can’t help but take it personally. As someone who struggles with anxiety, I tear myself apart over the smallest things- an argument with my husband, an interaction with a stranger on social media, how I responded to my daughter in anger..
    What this verse has me reflecting on is to not just tear myself apart (my clothes) but to embrace those feelings and let my heart be torn before God. I think back on Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
    When I turn to the Lord with a torn and repenting heart, he will be faithful and just to forgive and restore.
    Be blessed today, y’all! X

  • Oh. Oh, God! Forgive us!

  • Hey team! My name is Bree and I have been coming on this page for a bit now. I really enjoy the daily scripture and devotional time. I love that we are in the minor prophets, I have so much to learn there! I mostly just wanted to see if there is anyone else who comes here regularly? I wanted to say “hey! we are doing this together and that is great!” in case there is someone… you know, SOLIDARITY! And introductions are great

    • Rebecca

      Welcome, Bree!

      • DebbieinAZ

        Hi Bree! I’m here for about 3 years. Mostly just reading and enjoying everyone’s posts. We are part of a huge body of women from all around the globe. I’m so glad to be here (from Arizona) and so glad you are too. Welcome.

    • EarlyBird

      Hi Bree! I’ve been off and on with this site for only a year. Off due to painful ‘life circumstances’, back on full time again since September because those circumstances have changed, and I’m now in the healing process. I love these studies and the comments that I read each morning, many from the same people. What blesses my heart is knowing that ladies from all over the world, not just the US, are reading God’s Word and these daily lessons right along with the rest of us. Stay with it. And welcome, from Cleveland, Ohio!

      • Bree

        Good morning again :) I think it is so cool to know that as well. I pray beauty and health in your life, whatever your difficult circumstance is. I am glad we all get to do this study together

    • Victoria

      I’ve just started coming here regularly but it’s quickly become a high point of my day.

  • churchmouse

    In light of this verse, it’s time for some serious self reflection. Am I becoming more like Christ or not really?

  • God, forgive me.

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