God's Pleasure

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Today's reading: Psalm 95:1-11

Psalm 95 issues a clear call to recognize God as being our God through songs of praise and worship before Him. But the closing verses of this psalm go a little further, letting us see that God takes pleasure in our praising, worshipping and seeking after Him.

How often do you think about your praise and worship being something that pleases God? How will you please God with your praise and worship this weekend? Tami

Just God

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Today's reading: Psalm 94:1-23

The words being lifted to God by the psalmist in Psalm 94 drew me in and spoke to my heart.The psalmist is upset and troubled by the sin and unjust behaviors he is observing and experiencing. So he cries out to God, pointing out the injustices taking place. Next, he offers a warning message to those around him, reminding them about who God is, and then concludes with personally recognizing and praising God for being his strength during these difficult times as he waits for God to move.

Is your heart grieved when you see people rejecting God and turning away from His instruction? Does what you see in the world around you motivate you to tell others about Christ? How is God your help and stronghold as you live in a world that isn't devoted to following God? Tami

Hannah's Prayer

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 2:1-11

Upon delivering young Samuel to Eli the priest, Hannah then expresses her love, thankfulness and respect for God through a beautiful, passion-filled prayer. For me, verse 2 said it all.

"There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God."

Is it your practice to tell God how much you love Him when you pray? How often do you recall and thank God for the things He has done? Is proclaiming your trust in God part of your prayers? Tami

God's First

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:21-28

Hannah and Elkanah's decision to give their precious son Samuel to God reminded me of what took place a little while after my husband was diagnosed with cancer.

I had recently walked with my dad through his battle with cancer (which took his life), and now my husband (Jeff) and I were receiving the same awful news from his doctor--cancer. At first, I was devastated. My first thought was that Jeff would end up dying just like my dad. But a few weeks into Jeff's chemotherapy, God helped me see that Jeff was His first, and as much as I loved my precious husband, God loved him even more. God had Jeff right in the middle of His hands.

It was a difficult prayer, but at that point I prayed and told God how much I loved Jeff and wanted to keep him--but I understood and accepted that Jeff was His first, and whatever the outcome of Jeff's cancer, I was fully trusting in Him. I can't explain it, but taking on this perspective and praying that prayer changed everything for me. Fear, worry and anxiety were replaced by a peace that I know only God can provide. Thank you, God, for helping me see that we are all Yours first.

What's your perspective when it comes to your children, your spouse, your parents, your siblings? Do you think of your loved ones (and yourself) as being God's first? Why is this important? Tami

Great Exchange

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Philippians 4:4-7

My plan this morning was to move on to Hannah and Elkanah's faithfulness in giving Samuel to the Lord. But as I read back through the opening verses of chapter 1, God drew my attention to and impressed on my heart Hannah's changed demeanor and attitude after she poured her heart out to God. Hannah authentically shared her feelings of distress, despair and sadness with God and what took place is what I like to refer to as "the great exchange." That's when we give our worries, troubles and concerns to God, and in exchange He gives us His peace. Paul's words from Philippians 4 came to mind as I considered what took place with Hannah.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).

God is all about relationship, which means He wants to interact with us. He wants us to talk with Him and tell Him what is on our hearts. He wants to hear it ALL.

What does your typical interaction with God look like? Do you talk openly with Him about what's going on in your life--the good, the bad, your struggles, what you fear, what brings you joy, your dreams? If not, what's holding you back? What are you going to talk with God about today? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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