Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 41

Grace Day


Today's Text: Psalm 51:16-17

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ.

You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
you are not pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit.
You will not despise a broken and humbled heart, God.
—Psalm 51:16-17


  • Joanne Beloy

    Today I feel sad. But I just need to know that God is looking over me and letting me know that there are brighter days ahead. I need to have faith in Him because I know He has faith in me.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Joanne, we’re praying for encouragemnet for you today. We’re so glad that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Jennifer Parker

    I’m praying for you and your family Dorothy! May God comfort you and your loved ones.

  • Sisters, I posted a few days ago about prayers for a job that I really want. As it turns out, I was informed on Friday have an interview coming up this Thursday! I am overjoyed for the opportunity, but I am now very nervous! Would you continue to pray for me and this job interview process? It would be a HUGE relief knowing that I have a job soon!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Sydney, thank you for the update. We’re continuing to pray for you and your upcoming interview. So grateful that you’re here!-Margot, The SRT Team

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  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Today a family I have served the past six months is extubating their baby to allow a natural death, as he will not recover. I am humbled that I have been privileged to be a part of their lives. God knows their broken hearts as their little one is escorted into heaven, where he will be whole and well. I pray for them and for the opportunity to be a part of their healing. He is close to the brokenhearted. I pray that they will allow God to use this in their lives.

    • Churchmouse

      So grateful you are there to be a support to this family. Surely you are being Jesus to them. May they see Him in your care and concern and be drawn closer to Him. May they, even in such deep grief, know that they are a testimony of parents who loved their child with all of their heart and strength all the days of his little life, though that number was far fewer than they had hoped. Praying they are comforted and held by many who will surround them in the days and weeks ahead.

    • Someone close to me had to do this as well. Tough situation I know. So glad to know they have you to offer guidance as they lean in to the Lord for healing. Blessings and Prayers go out to them.

  • Brooke Berndt

    Dorothy, I’m so sorry. Lord, we raise up Dorothy to you. We ask that you heal the angst and hurt her family…you bring them all closer to you, we ask that you make the trials of adoption clear and without challenge. Lord. Because you are such a good good God. We know we can’t always see the works you are doing in that natural….we know by walking in faith we are favored. Thank you Lord for heating our prayer for our sister Dorothy, in Jesus name we pray.

  • Jessica Terpstra

    Praying for you today!

  • Churchmouse

    This Psalm was penned by David following his seduction of Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. It is David’s admission of guilt and repentance for his actions. He acknowledges that his sin was not just against those two individuals but against God Himself. David is a broken man, crushed by the weight of his selfish decision and the tragic consequences. While brokenness can often make one bitter and despondent, David falls to his knees in confession and repentance. He turns to God, not away from Him. He is humbled and humbles himself. It is in his honesty that He finds God’s forgiveness waiting. Oh the consequences are not reversed but the relationship is restored. This Psalm of confession reminds me to do the same – to turn to my heavenly Father at those times when I’m too ashamed to look Him in the eye. His gaze will always be one of love, mercy and grace. Father, forgive me. Thank you, Lord.

    • Julie

      Churchmouse I appreciate the reference point. I do love having the full context of a verse. Digging deep gets us to the application. That is my goal. I like many others have done the bible studies but realized I was coming from a devotional perspective. Since getting back to reading the bible. I knew I wanted to do it differently. I realized the old way of relying on devotional reading wasn’t going to be enough. Your Bible literacy is admirable. I can tell you have done the work and your comments are very enlightening. This isn’t just a compliment its an observation. May I ask what you attribute to your comprehension of bible theology? I hope you are involved in Women’s ministries because you have a gift that is truly needed. I aspire to get to a place of better comprehension of the bible. I have looked at several different study bibles as well as commentaries. I am budget conscious so I have hesitated investing in anything yet. I don’t want to just collect books for my bookshelf. I want something I can really get into and digest. I do read my bible and I am enjoying She Reads Truth. I think they do a great job of being thorough with the daily bible readings, but I’m just curious what else you do to get such great insights. Thanks for any advise you can provide :)

      • Dorothy

        I can’t give you advise which Bible to get but I can tell you that you might look at half price books or some place similar once you figure out which one to buy.

        • Julie

          Thanks for the tip Dorothy! As soon as I can decide on one I will take a look at half price books. Just wish I could make up my mind lol! Blessings :)

      • Churchmouse

        Thank you for your kind words and I’m thanking God for your hunger and thirst for deeper understanding of God’s word. My initial Bible teaching came from listening to Chuck Swindoll on the radio (yes, the radio). His Insight for Living broadcasts were predominantly expository preaching from the NASB. I had two little children so that half hour was my lifeline of ‘me time’ to be in the Word. He also had his programs available on audiotape with an accompanying study guide. I would order those and review and re-listen. From there, I invested in some Bible commentaries. I attended some workshops and conferences as I could. And I attended local Bible studies when I could (I needed babysitting available until the girls were in school). I love to read and there is no better book. Our daughters are 29 and 31 now so I have many years of continuous study under my belt. I encourage you to just start where you are and do what you can. Many churches have libraries where you can borrow books. Most pastors are flattered if you ask for resources and are willing to share what they have. I would look around the church and introduce myself to those who might mentor me – I found wonderful women of prayer and faithful Bible students right there. They were patient and encouraging. There was an elderly retired pastor who was willing to sit and chew on the harder Scriptures with me – what a precious gift! Just step out in faith with the time you have and God will direct you. I would say be kind to yourself. I found it difficult as a mom of preschoolers to do a Beth Moore study just because the ‘homework’ overwhelmed me. Bite off what you can and don’t worry how much is enough. God is so good to meet us right in our season.

        • Julie

          First of all thank you for thinking I might be a mom of a preschooler. Haha! I feel like Rose on the Golden Girls episode when she was mistaken as a small child for a letter she had written to the president. I have a 20-year-old daughter. I am thinking that puts maybe an 8-10 year difference between us. However, I think you made the most of your time through the school age years. It’s funny I did do quite a few Beth Moore bible studies and I agree that homework could be a challenge at times. I always did the best I could. In fact because of that I really thought I was gaining knowledge of the bible. And of course it was an education but I was gleaning from someone else’s deep study. (I do love Beth Moore and think she has a great ministry) I think when I read Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word I realized she had good points on how we come to the Word. There is a great deal of Bible illiteracy out there. I mean well-intentioned women like myself who may have just been a bit misguided in their studies. That sounds critical and I don’t mean to be. Jen Wilkin puts it so much better in her book, which really resonated with me. Since getting back to reading the Bible I decided I wanted a deeper study. My goal is to keep reading through the books of the bible. That’s why I like SRT. There is sort of accountability here for me. It is nice to just get deep in one book of the bible at a time. I do appreciate all the tips you provided. I will definitely be looking into these resources. I moved away from my old church and have not yet found a new church home. I keep looking online and know I will just have to head over and give one or more a try. I will then see about reaching out once I find one that fits. Lastly, I keep reviewing different study bibles and cannot seem to make up my mind on one. Same too of the commentaries. Okay well thank you so much for responding to my comment. In the meantime I will keep soaking it all in. Lots of good stuff here! Blessings!

  • tahoechild

    Dorothy, I feel the pain in your words and I said a prayer for you, Andrew and your family. May the Holy Spirit give you comfort in this hard time ❤️.

  • Carrie Doss

    Covering you with prayer this morning! ❤️❤️

  • As I read the Bible verses from Psalm, tears are rolling down my cheeks. Last Saturday, I finally arrived back in Overland Park, KS where my family is. My son and his girlfriend, I call her my daughter-in-law because she makes so happy, and have found out so many things I didn’t know. Many of them painful. I found out that since approximately three years after my oldest sons death my youngest son has felt and been treated like the black sheep of the family on his father’s side. I have found out that since my son was honest and told the people of the state, when they were considering adopting, that he occasionally drank beer they wouldn’t let them adopt a child. Just Friday my ex-husband, his father, text my son Andrew, and told that unless Andrew could make room for him in Andrew’s schedule (miss some work) he wouldn’t have time to see
    Andrew after all. Dani, Andrew’s girlfriend, is so good and strong. She encourages with his family ties. Dani made so very happy though when she told me that Andrew and she have plans to get a house with 3 or 4 acres, down the road, and they were going to build me my own little place on it. I hurt when I see my son hurt. Andrew still questions why his older brother, George, had to die at such an early age. A mother’s pain for their children never ends nor does their love. Andrew and I continually will say to each other, “Love you.”

    • Caroline Smith

      Oh Dorothy I will lift you up in prayers this morning! Xo

    • Julie

      Sorry for this situation you are going through. To go through losing a child must be awful. It must have been difficult for your family. I pray for continued healing. I’m sure it will always be on your heart but I pray that you will also feel God’s love in your heart at these times as well. I think you may have a “Ruth” in your life. She sounds like she is looking out for your family. Take care. I’m praying for you!

      • Julie

        I also meant to offer blessings for your sweet Andrew. My daughter and I are very close and I too have an ex-husband to contend with at times. My heart goes out to this situation. It’s true you never want to see your child, no matter how old they are, go through pain. I’m glad you have each other. I can tell you have been there for him. This is good. You did good. I pray for healing for all of you!

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks so much for sharing this Dorothy. We’re so sorry to hear this and are praying for your during this time. -Margot, The SRT Team

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