The Forever King

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2 Samuel 7:8-16, Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-11, Matthew 21:1-10, Acts 2:29-36, Ephesians 1:20-21

Jesus came as the perfect, eternal King.

This world is not our home. 

It’s a statement I’ve heard, and even said, often in my years of growing up in the Church and following Jesus. Sometimes it’s offered as a lament, acknowledging the brokenness and flaws inherent in this earthly life. Other times it’s meant as encouragement, reminding us of the joy and perfection of the eternal life to come. Either way, it testifies to a sort of emptiness, a restlessness—that nagging feeling of incompleteness common to the human experience. C. S. Lewis said it this way in his book Mere Christianity: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

And he’s right. Scripture teaches that the world cannot fill our God-shaped longings. “I desire nothing on earth but you,” the psalmist cries out (Psalm 73:25). We were made to be in perfect fellowship with God, our Creator, and that perfection is not something we will know until every tear is wiped away and all things are made new. But Scripture also makes it clear that we are here in this imperfect place on purpose and for a purpose; we are part of God’s plan to bring His kingdom to bear on earth. We are written into His redemption story. 

So, what does that mean for right here and right now? How do we live on earth as citizens of heaven? What does it look like to embrace the already-and-not-yet reality of our permanent home—the kingdom of God—while here in our temporary one?

In the first part of this three-week study, we will look to Scripture to better understand Jesus, the King, and the nature of the kingdom of God. Then we’ll spend the remaining two weeks reading about life in the kingdom. Who are its citizens? What are its values, law, and purpose? What does it mean to enter into the kingdom of God while also anticipating it? How does King Jesus call us to live now in light of who He is and all that is to come? 

Truly, there is no one like Him. Jesus came to us as our perfect King (Matthew 21:5), carrying all the authority and power of heaven with Him. Wrapped in flesh, He revealed the very nature of the Father’s love for us (Hebrews 1:3). His is the ultimate kingdom, and He is our forever King, the one who chose to give His life over for us and is now “exalted to the right hand of God” (Acts 2:33). “Therefore let all [God’s people] know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (v.36).

By God’s grace, may this reality rekindle our passion for following Jesus, as we submit every corner of our hearts and lives to His rule. May we “press on to that other country,” as Lewis said, and “help others to do the same.” This is, after all, what we were made for. 

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195 thoughts on "The Forever King"

  1. June Pimpo says:

    Here we go girls ❣️
    Learning about The Kingdom of God together

  2. June Pimpo says:

    I’m excited to be digging into this study ❤️

  3. Lois East says:


  4. Leslie Tuakalau says:


  5. Deserae Abdullah says:

    Amen! Loved this day 1

  6. Michele Duncan says:


  7. Teresa King says:


  8. cheyenne simpson says:


  9. Krystal Johnson says:


  10. Mattie Trigo says:


  11. Lorraine Eberhardt says:

    Me too, I started Amos on May 1st, then realized it doesn’t start until later this month.

  12. Katie S says:

    The charges for the year are consistent with the studies followed, and the books for the upcoming month are billed on the 1st of the month. So there isn’t a missing book in terms of billing. I got confused at first bc some of the emails go to my spam, but the SRT support team is super sweet. You can always redeem some perk points if you’ve accrued them to get a really good discount on a study book!

  13. Lindsey Osterhaven says:


  14. Veronica Rowsey says:


  15. Maegan Hunt says:

    I got an email that they are no longer doing the annual subscription box’s , super sad about this

  16. Terri Baldwin says:

    6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
    for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’” – Matthew 2:6

  17. Terri Baldwin says:

    May 22

  18. Kayla Brower says:

    Hi Anita! I’m happy you’re here. Amos is one of the books of the Bible. He is a minor prophet— someone who received the word of the Lord to speak to people on behalf of him, like the Lords mouthpiece. He is a ‘minor prophet’ because his book is shorter than major prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah. I believe Amos is the next book of the Bible the she reads truth community will study together!

  19. Chasie Page says:

    I plan on doing a study every day and I can’t wait because every time I check for the study I’m always late for the community reading. So glad I’m in time

  20. Desiree Bryner says:

    I was confused too. This book wasn’t included in the subscription. These are new Grace Weeks. If you use code GRACEWEEK at checkout you’ll get $4 off the book.

  21. Jamie Tufts says:

    No book right now when I asked they said they notified us in email that we would have Grace weeks do catch up or do other study before Amos starts on 5/23

  22. Jamie Tufts says:

    I am new to the app. I normally have our monthly book to study but of course during these Grace weeks before Amos starts we don’t have a book. I thought I would read daily with the community and did read day one but today it still only shows a preview and not day two reading. Since I am an annual subscription holder this should be included for me. Can you tell me how I can see the study as a daily read?

  23. Mia Johnson says:


  24. Shelly Ogden says:


  25. Sarah Pope says:

    Xenia- me too! Did you get a book for this study?

  26. Xenia Valdez says:

    I’m a new year as well. It took me a minute to figure out that we were not reading Amos and since I have already received the genealogy of Jesus I was really mixed up

  27. Mandi D says:

    Looking forward to this study, I enjoyed reading all the comments from the last few years and seeing some familiar names. I think I’ve done this one as well but excited to revisit it

  28. Aimee Rogers says:

    I get too lost in all the comments. They seem like they are posted in random order. So when someone says so and so I am praying for you, I have no idea what they are talking about. It’s very confusing to have so many people posting and no way to follow each thread.

  29. Claire B says:


  30. anita angeja says:

    New here ! What’s Amos?

  31. Tahryah Wheeler says:


  32. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I want to truly live as a citizen of the kingdom of God and lead others to follow after him as well.

  33. Miki says:

    @Lydia Shin- 2 Sam. 7:14 is referring to David’s earthly offspring up to Christ. God promised that he would correct David’s descendants and would never withdraw his promise to preserve David’s dynasty.

  34. Lexi Liddiard says:

    Haven’t read this plan quite yet – I’m new to this community ☺️ Very excited to see what God has to teach about Jesus’ ♾️ Lordship and Kingly Authority over all of everything and everyone!! Yearn to know more.

  35. Meredith Grizzle says:

    Pretty sure it’s talking about Solomon – David’s son. It also references him “building a house for God”.

  36. Taylor says:

    Good morning She’s! I’m back after a very busy week last week. I crammed in as many patients as I could between Monday-Thursday and Thursday I flew to Texas to visit with my grandparents! I am here until Tuesday for a nice relaxing long-weekend :) It’s good to be reminded on these truths again. A good reminder to “submit every corner of my heart and life to His rule.” I hope everyone has a blessed start to their Monday! <3

  37. Amy Adams says:

    I was charged for a study book… so I’d like a study book lol

  38. Lydia Shin says:

    Why does 2 Sa 7:14 say “when he commits iniquity…? Isnt this a prophecy about Jesus who is perfect man perfect God? Or is this speaking about when God will lay all our iniquities on Jesus as he receives stripes and crucifixion?

    1. Erica Chiarelli says:

      He is talking about David’s son, Solomon, not the future King.

  39. Donna Mitchell says:

    Forever King!

  40. Mari V says:

    Good morning sweet She’s. Happy Monday!. I didn’t take a vote as to what study I wanted, I just wanted it to happen as it should. I’m excited to GI over this study again as sometimes I need those reminders. Excited to walk through this again.

  41. Amber Johnson says:

    Amos starts May 22. This is a break time so you can go through this one again or just take a break.

  42. Amber Johnson says:

    Amos starts on May 22. These 3 weeks you can take a break or do this one (again if you did it in the past). :)

  43. Buttonberry says:

    I have always loved the account in II Samuel 7. The reading for today doesn’t include the preceding verses but they show David’s desire to build a house for the Lord.
    The prophet Nathan, assuming that God would ‘rubber stamp’ anything that David would plan to do, tells him to go right ahead. But the Lord spoke to Nathan at night and told him, “not so fast!” God gives Nathan the message to tell King David that “you will not build a house for Me, but I will build a HOUSE for you! A kingdom that will be everlasting!”
    My favorite part is after receiving this message King David goes and sits before the Lord, amazed. ““Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? ….’
    The resulting prayer is one of acknowledgement, praise, recognition of His sovereignty, and David’s desire that it all be fulfilled. Truly a man of God’s own heart!
    What a wonderful example for us to trust in God’s purpose and plan for our lives today!
    Blessing to all you She’s!

  44. Holly says:

    Thank you for reminding me.

  45. Paige Hobson says:


  46. Khim R says:

    May 22nd for Amos.

  47. Rhonda J. says:

    Good morning She’s!

    I jumped over here after meeting over on Psalms of Gratitude.

    This world is not our home. Yet, we are here, in this time, for a purpose. Isn’t that good to know? It can take away the fear that we can sometimes have in a world that might shun or even persecute us. We are to stand firm on God’s word, no matter the circumstances. Stand on the solid rock of Christ. AND we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, to give us guidance and awareness. I am so thankful. Praise God! I have a purpose. I hope I bear the fruit for you Lord!

  48. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Just go with it. This is a study we have done before but wonderful to revisit. Amos starts in three weeks.

    I love reading all of the comments from two years ago and even nine months ago when people did the study then. What a blessing this is.

  49. Mandi says:

    Does anyone have the memory work for this plan? I would like to start working on it now. Thank you!

  50. Julie Gorske says:

    Amos starts on May 22. There is no paper book for these 3 weeks.

  51. Brownie says:


  52. Elaine Morgan says:


  53. Sheryl says:

    Evey, I will be praying for you as you go through this struggle, as you say, may you find truth and peace as you seek.

  54. Carol M says:

    SRT is changing some things in the system, I believe… they are giving us a choice of 3 previous 3-week studies, as we wait… Amos is scheduled to begin on 5/22. I plan to stick with Re-doing this study… I’m already being blessed by it… God’s Word is ALIVE and active… new at each reading!!

  55. Km says:

    I have the same question! Thanks ❤️

  56. Jennifer White says:

    Hi Stacey! Amos starts May 22. We have a three week break to do this plan, or whatever you choose.

  57. Aimee D-R says:

    Amen, King Jesus!

  58. Ellen says:

    I am confused, this book we read in April of 2021. Are we reading it again? When are we reading Amos?

  59. Stacee Thornton says:

    Why is this reading plan showing up as the current plan? It is supposed to be Amos.

  60. Mary Ann Graves says:


  61. Christa Porto says:

    It’s a comfort in this moment to remember that this dissatisfaction is an indicator that this world is not my home. Praying that my heart is drawn to be on mission, rather than seeking comfort until He comes.

  62. Jessica Mejia says:

    A reminder that this is only our temporary home but He has a better plan for us!

  63. Sarah Pead says:

    God said it would happen, and he made it all happen. These passages caused me to remember that God is trustworthy and will do what he says he will do in order to fulfill his kingdom’s purpose.

  64. Evey Williams says:

    I have for a long time been wrestling with religion and been trying to find the perfect fit for myself. It will be a difficult road but I have felt drawn to Christianity for the past year and a half. I have a degree in religion specifically Abrahamic mysticism and another degree in philosophy. I’m happy to be exploring this side of myself like i have explored many others paths to their specific saliva

  65. Rize Lubbe says:


  66. Rachel Blessum says:

    Seeking out this study in hopes to put my fears about our current world to rest. The Bible says perfect love casts out fear, and it’s what I pray for for myself and others struggling. I’m giving my anxiety and fear to God today!

  67. Anita Stephens says:

    Thank you for this morning’s devotion

  68. Cristina Penate says:


  69. Nicole Clary says:


  70. Mikayla Bowers says:


  71. Maggie Wampler says:

    Looking forward to my forever Home and meeting my Creator!

  72. Ash Hutchinson says:

    So good!

  73. Ashley Elks says:


  74. Torri Funk says:

    God is so good

  75. Vivesh Moodley says:


  76. Diana Lozon says:


  77. Mayra Hernandez says:

    This is amazing love this study and it’s only the day 1

  78. Leann Marshall says:

    Thank you Lord!!

  79. Tifany Grenier says:

    Amen! King of Kings and Lord of Lords! No other name is above the name of Jesus!

  80. Christie Wright says:

    Excited to grow with Christ through this study!

  81. Elizabeth Chamberlain says:

    Glory to God, Jesus Christ, Our forever KING!

  82. Rachel Koch says:


  83. Amber Bailey says:

    I’ve been having dreams and visions of the Kingdom of God this past couple weeks. Our eternal home. This study couldn’t have come at a better time.

  84. Lisa Mitchell says:


  85. Kari Ruff-Rivera says:

    Just joining now ❤️ so happy to be here reading the good word.

  86. Raw end says:

    Our God is so Good ❤

  87. Rachel Krengel says:

    Excited for this study. I am behind as usual but need to be more faithful to reading and following his word. I have been a believer for the majority of my life and stand firm in his love. Life is hard for our family right now but I am faithful and trusting. I need to trust that he has my future in his hands and he is doing what he can but that I also need to do my part to continue moving forward.

  88. Alicia DuBois says:

    Such hope in knowing this is not our home.

  89. Jennifer Ficklen says:


  90. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord i thank you.

  91. Lauren Sluder says:

    I’m really excited about this study! This will be my first one as I’m new to this community, so I’m really looking forward to diving deeper!

  92. Sloan Scott says:

    Hello All!

  93. K Swenson says:

    Welcome Shequilla!

  94. Elizabeth Hagan says:

    Those two songs are by Thrice. Forgot to add that in. So so good.

  95. Elizabeth Hagan says:

    Anyone else think of the song “In Exile” or “It’s Not Enough”?! So good. Excited about this study. Need to catch up.

  96. Shequilla Smith says:

    Powerful break down! Thank you for this!

  97. Shequilla Smith says:

    New to the SRT community and this plan. Excited to get caught up on everything.

  98. Stephanie Lopez says:

    I’m a few days late to the party but so happy to be here. I’ll catch up!! I’m looking forward to all I can learn with SRT ❤️

  99. Julia Brown says:

    So excited to get back to srt for this devo! Such a timely read with everything going on in the world. We will meet our king sooner than ever before!

  100. Sondra Watson says:

    Mari V… The song you mentioned is Not Of This World by Petra

  101. Erica Riley says:

    I’m so excited about this Study!

  102. Heather Estep says:

    Happy to be here!!

  103. Norma Toledo says:


  104. Michelle Yazzie says:

    Jesus the great king of kings!!!

  105. Kimberly Wade says:

    Looking forward too much more reading!

  106. Nina Gonzalez says:

    Back to Basics – Just give me Jesus!

  107. Laurel Lail says:

    I am really looking forward to this study!

  108. Zekara Palmer says:

    Although our King is one of peace and humility. I find the Grace with which he leads. He knows his Kingdom hold a far better gift than we could ever imagine.

  109. Catie Brooks says:

    Looking forward to this study and learning how to live and anticipate living in the kingdom!

  110. Alneeta Stanley says:

    I love reading the word of God! It builds me up and keeps me close to my Father!

  111. Cassandra Mangel says:

    Looking forward to diving deeper into the word.

  112. Nicole Eatmon-Esteph says:

    What was the significance of Jesus riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday (Matt 21:11-10)?
    Entering on a donkey symbolizes a King arriving in peace. Coming in on a galloping horse would have symbolized war. But there is more… Did you catch that a large crowd was spreading their clothing and palm branches on the road (21:8)? Our King could have come into town riding a “prancing steed”, decked out in the finest royal robes, but he didn’t. Because His Kingdom is different. He rode in on the “clothes of the poor and humble…His kingdom is not of armies and splendor but of lowliness and servant hood. He conquers not nations but hearts and mind,” ( Man this is incredible!!!

  113. Bernadette BeckstedPerry says:

    I am also that way! I am not afraid of death and welcome when my time comes~ people really look at me-

  114. Megan Moss says:

    This is my first time! I’m so excited! Can’t wait to learn more about how great our God is

  115. Tabi Devine says:

    So looking forward to the this study and growing closer to God. I’ve really let my relationship with him be in last place over the past year and I am ready to regain that and hopefully find a new community here! ❤️

  116. Jenna Tucker says:

    The Pilgrim’s Progress was a life-changing read for me. I loved it immediately, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s such a good depiction of what our journeys through life look like and how each person’s is different.

  117. Claire Vasbinder says:

    I’m looking forward to studying the kingdom of God and learning how we as followers get to usher in the kingdom with Jesus!

  118. Dani Warner says:

    I’m so excited for this study… there is power in the name of Jesus….
    this is goin to be a chain breaking study! I declare it in the name of Jesus!

  119. Sara Gladson says:


    Welcome to the family! These studies are such a blessing. I truly enjoy how these studies show that Scripture ties to Scripture.

  120. Breanna Davis says:

    My first study and I am excited to jump in and learn.

  121. Karina Swenson says:

    My phone isn’t cooperating that should say “Yes! That CS Lewis quote stuck out to me too!”

  122. Jasmin Watson says:

    I’m so excited to learn more from this study

  123. Kim Gillis says:

    Excited for this Bible study. His name — Jesus!!

  124. Karina Swenson says:

    Yes! That CS lew is quite stuck oqut to me too!

  125. Diana says:

    Loved the blurb from Handel’s Messiah in the introduction to today’s reading! Just yesterday a different part from Messiah popped into my mind. “But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth?” Every knee will bow and every tongue confess. The Kingdom is here!

  126. Adrienne * says:

    I love that song, Ashley G.! And I’m with you, Rhonda J.! You’re in my prayers, Struggling Keegan and Missi & child… Starting a new prayer list in the cover of this new study book. Studying is good for me, and I feel called to be a prayer warrior to this great SRT community!

  127. Amy Thompson says:


  128. Adrianne Richardson says:

    This comment is for @Tracy Schruck I think your looking for 50 min 30 sec in the podcast☺️ hope that helps!

  129. Adrianne Richardson says:

    Hi! I think this is at the 50 min 30sec min mark of the podcast☺️

  130. Yp says:

    This made me realize how much I need to allow God to be Lord over every area of my life.

  131. Jennifer Miller says:

    Gods timing is perfect I’ve said many times over the past few weeks “ I just don’t fit in” well it’s true I wasn’t created for this world !!

  132. Ashley Gupton says:

    I am so excited for this study and to learn more about the kingdom of God! The beginning of today’s devotional reminded me of the song “Where I Belong” by building 529. One of my favorite worship songs!

  133. Mikayla Hatcher says:

    I’m so excited for this study.

  134. Jennifer Anapol says:

    So excited to start this study! What a great way to ring in the week. So excited to learn about how we live as citizens of heaven, while here on earth.

  135. Cristina Higgins says:

    Struggling, joining hands with all my sisters here to lift you up to our eternal Father. You are never, ever alone ❣️

  136. Kelsey Smith says:

    This is my first study too! Really looking forward to engaging and learning more!

  137. Mercy says:

    The Kingdom of God is both in us, and is yet to come.

    The quote of CS Lewis reminds me of an oldie but goodie animation, “the Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. It shows a man named Christian, carrying much luggage (burden) on his back and the challenges he faced on his journey finding the Celestial City (Heaven). He left his family to go on this unknown journey, full of surprises and adventures. The part I remember was Christian fell into a muddy swamp where filth of sins, guilt, doubts, fears, condemnations, temptations sunk him down, and he was pulled out by Help (a person). The story was very interesting, I highly recommend if you have not watched.

    Joining in prayers for our dear sisters who are struggling. May Help come to pull you out of your current “swamp”. Have faith in God. God is able to rescue you. Praise God.

  138. tanya b says:

    Ok I too am excited to journey through this study!! We are only visiting with a purpose for a purpose until we get back to the father thank you KING JESUS!

  139. Carla Munoz says:

    My first ever study with she reads truth & I am in love!!! I just finished day 1 & Im absolutely obsessed!!! Praise God for this community! ❤️

  140. Alicia Sharp says:

    Looking forward to this study!

  141. Tracy Schruck says:

    I listened to the podcast this morning and missed the part where they speak of the nature of the kingdom. I’ve tried to go back but can’t find it. Joy, peace, justice, righteousness, service and I think I missed one. Can someone help?

  142. Alli Barlik says:

    Oh, Carolyn, I couldn’t agree with you more! Perfectly said.

  143. Sarah H says:

    Excited for this study! I didnt do the last one, its the first one I’ve missed since last Sept. And man, I really missed this community, the readings, the podcasts. SRT is just so uplifting and such a joyful part of my normal days! Glad to be “back.” Praying for all the prayer requests today. Happy Monday!

  144. Dorothy says:

    This study is going to be so good. I can’t wait to get further into it. I’ve been a Christian since I was 16 years old, I’m in my 60’s now, but I feel I will never know all there is to know about God and Christ and the Holy Spirit.

  145. Linda Gilbow says:

    Oh may I have a deep burning to live as a child of the kingdom. I become complacent far too often.

  146. Meghan Fox says:

    I am so excited for this study! My church did a series on the Kingdom of Heaven back in the fall and it was so good. I’m looking forward to learning even more through this study. As believers, we take the Kingdom with us wherever we go.

    Praying for all of those needing prayer today. God knows what you need before you do and He sees your heart. Reach out to Him and He will give you His perfect peace and comfort.

  147. Amanda Lynn says:

    Can’t wait for this study!! Something that has been on my heart a lot lately ♥️♥️♥️

  148. April L. says:

    I enjoyed reading Matthew and Luke’s accounts for Jesus’ birth and I am still amazed that God sent Jesus into human form to take on flesh, for me, for us. When I read through the the devotion, I have had at least my toes on the edge of heaven since June 12, 1988 when my brother died. About 8 years ago, I fully have one foot in heaven because I have 3 immediate family members there now. I look forward to reading through this study and learning more about the Kingdom of God.

  149. JWitt says:

    Dear Struggling,
    Know that God is fully aware of your pain and He calls you to lean into His arms; just like He said to David, “I have been with you where ever have gone”. This is a promise to all of us that live in the Hope of His Salvation. The study of the Already and the Not Yet always touches a tender heart…we are so ready for Him to make all things right. I pray for you in your heart break.
    Love, peace & joy.

  150. Emily McGrath says:

    Praying for all my sisters that God be present and keep us very close in whatever we are going through. ❤️

  151. Carolyn Carleton says:

    What struck me through the scripture this morning is that while Jesus walked the earth he was humble. He was a student, he waited for his time of ministry. All I see around me is people striving and trying to push ahead in everything. What if we just took time to sit with the scriptures, to delve into the words that were written for us. Could we then be confident in who we are in Christ and follow his leading?

  152. M H says:

    Missi Burgess, praying along with you for your child who is precious…that they would know God’s purpose and love for them.

  153. Mari V says:

    “Struggling and Keegan” Heading out soon walking to work. I will be praying for the both of you.

  154. Heather O’Malley says:

    @STRUGGLING praying that God turns ashes to beauty before your very eyes.

  155. Mari V says:

    I can’t remember the name of the Christian rock band in the 1980s but I do remember partial lyrics to a song. “We are pilgrims. We are aliens. We are so far from our homeland” and the song goes on to talk about longing for our heavenly home. That was so long ago. But thankfully I still await. We are still await for our heavenly home. And what a joy that will be. Meanwhile our (my) mission is to point others to Christ. So that they too will join us on that very amazing day.

  156. Rachel Day says:

    I know this feeling well. Don’t give up, and PRESS IN. Your sisters in Christ are here to help you keep going! We’re praying for you, and we love you so much!

  157. CeeGee says:

    *Missi* apologize for that auto correction!

  158. CeeGee says:

    STRUGGLING, I went through a time similar to yours (for about 3 years) so you are in my prayers! I liked the suggestion of name change but the new name that came to my mind (based on my past experience) was ‘Healing.’ I then saw Heidi’s post and thought, “God is in this!!!” There is a song I would encourage you, Missing, and Keegan to listen to. This song did more than any other to pull me out of my wasteland:
    JESUS MRSSIAH by CHRIS TOMLIN. Listen and be blessed!!!

  159. free! says:

    Struggling, I am lifting you up in prayer this morning. The Lord knows your needs. He sees you. I pray He draws near to you as you draw near to Him through reading His word. Thank you for sharing with us how you’re feeling. I hope this community can be an encouragement to you, and an arrow pointing back to the love of Christ. You are seen and loved. I have tears in my eyes typing this because I know what it feels like to feel hollow. I am holding you close to my heart today. <3

    Missi, I am lifting up your daughter, her therapist, and you in prayer this morning. Praying for healing, wisdom, and peace. Thank you for loving your daughter well by being a praying momma. It matters!

    Keegan, I pray your medical exam goes well. I pray peace for you for this morning. Keep us updated on how it goes!

  160. Maura says:

    Beautiful scripture this morning, excited for this study. Praying good results for your exam Keegan, His peace for your heart. How awesome to be a pilot, may God bless all your flights with much joy. Struggling praying for your heart, for your eyes to turn from the what has happened to God’s mercy in it. Lord Jesus be with her and bring peace, help her to lay down all that has been so heavy for so long that she can feel the depth of your love. I ask freedom Lord fro whatever is binding, broken chains, and Life Jesus. In your name Jesus, I pray knowing You always do more than I ask. Amen. Hugs to you Struggling. He knows and He loves you. Seek Him, lay down your heart, He will lift you up in His embrace.

  161. Paula White says:

    Praying for you and your child.

  162. Ana Lundin says:

    I’m praying for your daughter, Missi. May the Lord call her back from this abyss. May He draw her to Him with cords of mercy. In Jesus name, Amen.

  163. Rhonda J. says:

    When I casually say “oh I can’t wait to get to heaven, I am so ready” boy do I get funny looks. My family even, husband even, think that is so peculiar. But I do long for heaven and the glorious promises that await. To have a new body, no pain, no sorrow….who doesn’t want that?! I have had a rod fused to my spine since I was 13, to just think of that alone, having a body that isn’t rigid and in constant pain, and Old (haha), makes me long for that. To see my dear mother again (which by the way would say she couldn’t wait to get to heaven, which was always so comforting after her death!) and grandmother, is going to be beautiful. And think of your happiest at peace day ever, is it on a beach staring at a big vast ocean, or majestic mountains out west, can you imagine sailing into a city with golden streets and seeing our Jesus reaching for us!!! We should all be anxious about that! And until then we should be doing every day what we can and what He has called us to do to be a light! And to help those in need. And to keep saying that beautiful phrase, of Oh I CAN”T WAIT to get to Heaven!! Have a great Monday friends. I love all the discussion, love to see new names, and love to see people studying God’s word!

  164. Gretchen S says:

    Super excited about this new study! Thank you!

  165. CMS says:

    STRUGGLING – just a couple verses for you. Psalm 147:2-3, 1 Peter 5:10. The Lord rebuilds, He heals the brokenhearted, and He strengthens. May you find peace and joy in Him.

  166. Tiffany C says:

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today your daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, power and glory forever, amen.

    Lord, thank you for uniting us as your people. We pray for our struggles and lift up our sisters and brothers. Please give us your daily bread. Help us find encouragement in your Word and help us impart encouragement to each other. We pray for the needs and hearts for Struggling, Keegan and Missi’s child. I pray you will comfort them with your presence and assurance. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  167. Heidi says:

    @STRUGGLING- I wanted to encourage you to read something that was sent to me today… I thought of you instantly when I saw it in my inbox. It’s a devotional from If you go to “women” in the small menu (top left corner) then see the second post- Healing is a Process… Clearly I have zero clue what you are dealing with right now. But praying that your heart and your mind could be encouraged through the article.

  168. Natalie Northcutt says:

    Saying prayer for you now!

  169. Oluseye Ashiru says:

    Excited about this new study on the King and His Kingdom

  170. Susie H says:

    I have been struck lately with how I don’t really understand the authority of Jesus as King because this country has no king. Looking forward to this study. Struggling, I too went through a time when reading scripture was not as it should be after a great crisis. You are doing the best thing by just trying. Do the best you can. God will honor it.

  171. Anita Hackleman says:

    Dear Struggling,
    God made a promise to Abram and Sarai. The promise to bless Abram and all of his descendants and that Sarai would be a mother of nations. They waited years before they saw the fulfillment of the promises. In their waiting God gave them NEW names. Abram was now Abraham and Sarai would now be called Sarah. I have no doubt that every time someone called them by their New names it was a reminder of Gods promises and he had not forgotten them. So today Struggling change your name to Resting. Even though your heart is broken……God is near the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:18) All of Gods promises in Christ are yes and amen.(2 Corinthians 1:20) Praying your eyes are turned upward, your faith strengthen and your heart Resting in His promises. You are not forgotten. He is faithful ❤️

  172. Missi Burgess says:

    “The name above every other name.” Yesterday my child, who is not a believer, tearfully claimed Depression as her identity, with suicidal tendencies. She is in therapy. But I am holding on to this line out of all that reading today. This is who I know Jesus to be- the name above depression. Praying for healing and freedom for my child.

  173. Nancy Singleton says:

    Echoing the prayers for Struggling & Keegan. Thankful for this community of believers.

  174. Taylor says:

    Lifting up Keegan and Struggling in my prayers this morning! May the Lord bless you and keep you; may His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace!

    So excited for a new study with SRT!

  175. Lyndi Goodman says:

    I’m really excited for this study and love that quote from CS Lewis.

  176. Darlene says:

    @Struggling and @ Keegan, May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:16) Praying for you both to the one who loves us more than we can know.

  177. Munchkin says:

    @Struggling I’ve had a darkness over me and the Lord helped me through it. He provided rest when I needed it. He gave my heart comfort when I felt like nothing would ever bring me joy again. Please continue to read the scriptures. Cry out to God. Tell him your struggles. Continue to post. I’ll be praying for you.

  178. Colleen DeVeau says:

    I am praying for Keegan and Struggling that God would continue to remind you that He is with you and will never leave you. He walks beside you in everything, and He won’t give up on you now. Be at peace, my friends.

  179. Heidi says:

    Praying His beautiful will in your exam and your heart. He has every desire for you to experience His peace in this space of “unknown”, KNOWING He is by you and for you regardless of a test. He will fulfill your every desire if you bring it under His good will- so have no fear! Or doubt! Be joyful- He has good for you that goes beyond what you could imagine! His provision and plans are not tied to the results of ANY test! :) :) Go in peace! Do all YOU are capable of, and know He has the rest! :)

    You are loved and prayed for and surrounded by women who have struggled/are struggling/will struggle again… You’re not alone. His loving kindness IS there even in the moments you can’t seem to see it. I’m praying- and asking for YOU to pray- that He will open your eyes to be intentional in seeing where He is in your day. Your week. Your life. Even making a notes section on your phone or in a notebook that you literally write down every good thing. “I have food in my kitchen; I have clean water in my home; I have the freedom to study my bible; I have a bed to sleep in tonight…” Start with the obvious. And the most amazing things happen- you start seeing Him where it’s NOT so obvious. He is faithful to you. Be intentional and His grace will find you there. I am so sorry you’re hurting. Know we, your sisters, are hurting with and for you. When given access, He will turn the ugliest moments into full beauty. Joy DOES come in the morning. Look at the cross. Look at what His son endured. That awful, bloody ugly scene resulted in the beautiful salvation and access to our King we all have today. He’s with you. He’s for you. He loves you. Keep coming back. Keep posting. We want to encourage and love on you too…

  180. Renee Richter says:

    I’m so glad you reached out to our Father and heard words of truth and comfort. He hears. He listens. He responds. Please find comfort in that truth and not the outcome of your exam. He alone is our comfort and truth. Trust Him no matter the result. His ways are perfect and higher than our ways. We cannot always understand. But He is good, kind and loving. This is our eternal peace in Christ Jesus. I have already prayed for you, sister.

  181. Amy Parsons says:

    Keegan, I am praying for you this morning. May you find peace in Jesus’s rule and reign. I’m asking the Lord that all would go well and you would pass with no problem.

  182. Charla V says:

    This world is not our home! Amen! I am excited to walk aside all of you for this study. I always look forward to reading the comments and learning from those who are sisters in Christ. The love and support in this community forum is amazing! And for those of you who are struggling, may God renew and refresh your spirit in him!

  183. Kathy says:

    Struggling, praying that God’s presence will fill you completely as you walk through this study. God’s love is steadfast. Praying that He will begin to give you the peace that only He can give.

  184. Angie says:

    Father God, you know the heart and life of this woman, “Struggling”, intimately. You love her. May her mind be open to Your love and the life you have for her. Hold her Lord, draw her close, and may your Word become the nourishment that heals every part of her soul. Amen.

  185. Blessed Beth says:

    I am so excited for this journey, fresh reminder of what is in our future .
    Thank you, we all need remindimg of this!

  186. Keegan Starkey says:

    I ask you all to pray for me this morning. I am a pilot and I am leaving soon for a medical exam which will determine whether I can keep flying or not. Please pray I have peace, my racing heart would calm and that I would pass the exam with flying colors. I believe I will pass and that it is in God’s plan that I do, but I am very nervous nonetheless. God spoke to me last night saying “I am with you” and that brought great comfort. I pray He would speak to all of you amazing women too!

  187. Angie says:

    Months ago, Holy Spirit, you brought the concept of, “The Kingdom of God,” into a brighter light that I might examine it and have clearer and broader vision. Thank you for preparing me. Thank you for the recent challenge to visit what the perfect sacrifice of Jesus means and how to it live out in faith, as well as remember when and where Jesus has always been evident in my life to my present place. May I examine His work and will and offer praise and worship to my King. Amen.

  188. Nancy Hawkins says:

    King of King and Lord of Lords. Come quickly!

  189. Kelly says:

    Praying God’s Word and His loving promises become real for you. Please stay through the whole study (and beyond)
    I’m thankful you were courageous enough to let us know you are here ❤

  190. Julie says:

    Struggling, remember this;no shadow can be formed without Light. X

  191. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Struggling, I am keeping you in prayer. God is greater than all of this.
    Thank you for doing this time with us.

  192. Struggling says:

    Starting this study knowing that Scripture is true but for years, it has felt so hollow and empty. I’m living out a heartbreak that shadows every part of my life and future & the pain has drowned out the promises.

  193. Rachel Ayele says:

    Such a great devotional topic as we deal with so much wrong in the world. I was refreshed sitting in my cozy kitchen in Ethiopia, about ready to head to the States to visit family and friends in the next week and a half, being reminded that this world is not my home, but Jesus is certainly my King. Thank you!