December 2019 Archives

God's Camp

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Today's reading: Genesis 32:1-2

As Jacob and his family finally (and permanently) part ways with Laban, Jacob is in need of encouragement--and he gets precisely that when angels from God come to meet him. Immediately upon seeing the angels, Jacob's spirits are lifted and he confidently exclaims, "This is God's camp!" (Genesis 32:2).

I can't say that I've visibly encountered angels of God, but I have had a number of experiences where, in a certain place and at a certain time, I had an overwhelming sense of God's presence paired with an unmistakable impression of affirmation, encouragement, and support, which provided me with a needed boost of strength and conveyed the needed message of "stay the course." These experiences (a "this is God's camp" experience) have prompted me to pause in that moment to recognize God and thank Him for His care, assurance and confirmation.

Identify one (or more) of your own "this is God's camp" experiences. In other words, when has God revealed Himself to you--letting you know that He sees exactly what's taking place and that He is guiding, protecting, and walking with you? How did you respond and how did this experience impact you? Tami

Confrontation

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Today's reading: Genesis 31:17-55

Jacob's track record with Laban has been a bit rocky. He knows how difficult Laban can be and that he's not a man of his word. As such, when God directs Jacob to return to his homeland and tells Jacob that He will be with him ("Then the LORD said to Jacob, 'Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you'" vs. 3), rather than being upfront with Laban, he gives in to his fears and tricks Laban in order to avoid having a confrontation.

But Jacob's trickery and avoidance only serve to complicate an already tense situation. His deceitfulness prolongs the confrontation and fans the flame of Laban's irritation into full-blown and dangerous anger. Thankfully, God intervenes on Jacob's behalf, which results in a toned-down encounter where Jacob speaks truthfully and stands up for himself to Laban.

(NOTE: SAFETY FIRST! ALWAYS! Personal safety must always be a first priority and consideration when facing confrontation. When physical safety or abuse is an issue, it may be the right choice to avoid or steer clear from any form of confrontation.)

What's one lesson about confrontation you learned from this passage? What other lessons—about fear, consequences of sin, speaking truth, God's unconditional love, etc.—did you observe from this account? Tami

Pleasing with Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 69:29-36

After starting the weekend in Psalm 69, I decided to stay here one more day because there's quite a bit we can learn from David in this song of affliction. As we come to the end of the psalm, David turns to praise even though he's experiencing extreme affliction and difficulties. I was especially drawn to verses 30-31, where we're shown that, more than anything, God desires our hearts and the praise that flows from our heart's love of Him.

"I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs."

What impact does praising God when you're going through difficult times have on your thinking, attitude, and actions? Have you offered God heartfelt praise this weekend? Tami

Listening and Moving

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Today's reading: Psalm 69:1-36

The first three verses of Psalm 69 spoke loudly to me, because I have gone through some seasons like David is feeling and describing here. The most recent of those seasons was only a few years ago. At the time, it felt like my husband and I were never going to get an answer from God about our situation. Our eyes were definitely growing "dim with waiting" (vs. 3). I can't tell you how many teary conversations I had with God where I poured out everything and asked Him to help me stay strong because I knew in my heart that He was good and had our best interests in mind. And although we struggled with feeling weary in the wait, we chose to press forward, trusting God and His timing and continuing to give Him our praise.

As I write today, my husband and I are no longer in that waiting period. God is so good, loving, and faithful! He was listening and moving all along, even though we couldn't see it. Thank you, God, for walking with us always!

When you're distressed, discouraged, or defeated, do you talk candidly with God about what you're feeling? Why is this important? How does talking openly with God draw you closer to Him and bring you strength, peace, patience, encouragement and comfort? What helped or encouraged you from David's prayer today? Tami

Problematic People

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Today's reading: Genesis 31:1-16

Sometimes when all we've been doing is trying our best to live rightly for God, we find ourselves negatively targeted by others and on the short end of the stick. When this happens, it hurts and it can be difficult to navigate.

As God continues to show His favor to Jacob by enlarging his family and possessions, it irritates Laban and his sons. Genesis 31:2 tells us that "Laban did not regard [Jacob] with favor as before." Jacob finds himself in a difficult predicament even though he has done nothing wrong to contribute to the situation. He knows he needs to take action, but rather than simply reacting to the situation based on his feelings and emotions, he listens to God and relies on His leading.

What does this account reveal about encountering difficulties when we choose to live rightly and serve God? How do you tend to respond to problematic people (especially when a difficult situation has not been created by you)? When someone treats you unfairly, what helps you respond in a different manner? Tami

Growing Up

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Today's reading: Genesis 30:25-43

Despite Jacob's rocky beginnings with living rightly, God continues to walk alongside him, guiding, directing, and strengthening him. When we reach Genesis 30:25-43, we see a much different Jacob compared to the foolish and greedy young man we saw in Genesis 25 and 27. Jacob is now a mature and grown-up Godly man who is ready to break ties with Laban and take care of his own family, workers, and possessions.

This chapter caused me to look back over my own life and consider how God has used difficulty, trials, sadness, victories, and accomplishments to draw me closer to Him and, in so doing, help me grow spiritually. I'm thankful that hindsight is 20/20, because it lets me know that even if I don't understand what's happening in the here and now, I can confidently trust God knowing that He will use it for my ultimate growth and good.

Take a few minutes to look back 10, 20, 30, or more years into the past. How has God worked in your life to draw you closer to Him? What were some key life experiences (good or difficult) that prompted and generated spiritual growth? How were you encouraged by this account? Tami

For All

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Today's reading: Luke 2:8-14; John 3:16-17

Merry Christmas!

The account of the angel of the Lord coming to the shepherds to announce Jesus's birth is my favorite part of the Christmas story. I love how God chose to reveal this incredible "good news" to very common, everyday people first.

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'" (Luke 2:10-11, emphasis mine)

What's your favorite portion of the Christmas story, and why? Will you join me in being intentional about sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus to all you encounter this week? Tami

God with Us

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Today's reading: John 1:1-18; Luke 1:26-56; Luke 2:1-40; Matthew 1:18-2:23

More than likely, you're familiar with the Christmas story, as am I. Even so, each Christmas season I like to read the accounts that detail the miracle of Jesus's birth as well as a variety of passages that point to Jesus coming to earth to be our Savior. This includes John 1:1-18, which tells of God's marvelous plan of salvation through Jesus coming to live a perfect and sinless life among us, and the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke, which give the details of Jesus coming to earth and taking on human form.

God always moves my heart and draws my attention to circumstances and context, actions taken, emotions, words thought and spoken—all of which help me continue to gain a better understanding of God's incredible master plan and His love for us.

I invite you to join me in reading the account of Jesus's birth in Matthew and Luke along with the first chapter of John. Before you read, ask God to reveal something new to you from this familiar and marvelous story. Tami

Toxic Environment

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Today's reading: Genesis 29:30-30:24

Jacob's family life was a mess. With two wives, who were also sisters, at odds with each other and vying for Jacob's affections, the environment in this home had to have been one filled with conflict, tension, contempt and unrest. A spirit of competitiveness was prevalent because of Leah's and Rachel's jealousy toward each other. And then, as time goes on and those jealous feelings are left unaddressed, the situation only gets worse. It's a dysfunctional and toxic environment that results in damage to everyone in the household. And as we'll see later in Genesis with the account of Joseph, the tension, conflict and jealousy are passed on to the children.

None of us are immune to having jealous feelings, and those feelings can crop up in an instant. How do you guard against acting on your jealous feelings? What helps you rid your mind of jealous thoughts so that they don't take root? What was the most important lesson about jealousy that you learned/saw from this account? Tami

Our Forever God

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Our Forever God

Today's reading: Psalm 68:1-35

There is quite a bit going on in Psalm 68 which puts before us a praising of God for what He will do, what He is doing and what He has done. What I particularly liked about this psalm was all of the little pieces of information about God and His character that are woven into the psalmist's praise. These three things stood out prominently to me:

  • God, in His goodness, has and will provide for the needy (vs. 10).
  • God is great and powerful beyond our human comprehension—"the chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands" (vs. 17).
  • God, who is our salvation, bears us up daily (vs. 19).

Thank you, God, for showing and reminding me, yet again, that you are trustworthy, you are capable, and you have every detail of my life securely in the palm of your hand!

Identify two to three things you learned or noticed about God from this psalm. What encouraged you most from Psalm 68 today, and why? Tami

Making God Known

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Today's reading: Psalm 67:1-7

Psalm 67 is a prayer that broadly asks for God's grace and blessing. It begins with a focused request for blessing on God's people and then the focus turns to a request for God's love and salvation to reach others. So in other words, the psalmist is asking God to use the blessing He has poured out on Israel to highlight God and His gift of salvation to the rest of the world.

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations." (vs 1-2)

In the past week, would you say that your actions and words have "made God known" to those around you? What's one example of how you've demonstrated God's love to someone else? With Christmas in just a few days, will you join me in the goal of "making God known" to all those you encounter? Tami

Deceiver Deceived

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Today's reading: Genesis 29:15-30; Galatians 6:7-8; Job 4:7-8; Proverbs 22:8

After working seven years, motivated by the anticipation of taking Rachel as his bride, Jacob's wedding day finally arrives. But when he awakes the morning after the celebration, he discovers he's been duped. Instead of being given Rachel, Laban has given his older daughter, Leah, to Jacob to be his wife. As you can imagine, this doesn't sit well with Jacob. He's angry, and he confronts Laban about his underhandedness, only to be told that in order to get Rachel he must commit to work another seven years. Ouch!

What immediately came to mind as I read this account is how we reap what we sow (see Galatians 6:7-8, Job 4:7-8 and Proverbs 22:8). Jacob, who had been a manipulator and deceiver with his father and brother years earlier, is now experiencing being deceived firsthand. A hard and hurtful lesson for sure.

How have you experienced reaping what you've sowed—both good and bad? What does the interaction between Jacob and Laban reveal about the wisdom of being cautious and careful in all dealings with people—even family and other Christ followers? Did you see or learn any other lessons from this account? Tami

Family

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Today's reading: Genesis 29:1-20

When Jacob reaches his final destination of Haran, he is able to locate Laban and his family fairly quickly. Jacob and Laban had never met, but once the family relationship is confirmed, Laban welcomes and invites Jacob to be part of his family. Jacob reciprocates by working for his uncle. It's a win-win situation for both men.

The exchange between Jacob and Laban highlighted for me the importance and beauty of family (blood, adopted, through marriage, or through strong friendship) as well as the lifeline that family can be to us in times of difficulty.

How often do you think about the importance of family relationships? Do you actively work at maintaining family connections? Would you take time this holiday week to reach out to your family (whatever your "family" looks like) and let them know that you care for and love them? Tami

Constant Companion

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Today's reading: Genesis 28:10-22

Almost immediately after mistreating and deceiving his father, Jacob is sent away by Isaac and Rebekah to Rebekah's family to help diffuse the volatile situation his actions had created with Esau. When we reach Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob is alone in the desert with little to no supplies for comfort and is most likely feeling isolated, discouraged, and downhearted. But what he's about to discover is that he isn't alone at all—God was with him and watching over him all along.

As he lays down and falls asleep (with a rock for his pillow), God uses a dream to show Jacob that He sees him, that He knows what's taken place and what's going on, that He is in control of the situation, and that in spite of Jacob's shortcomings, God has not and will not abandon him. It's a huge encouragement to Jacob, who responds by submitting his life to following after God and giving back to Him.

How have you experienced God's presence, encouragement, and support in and through difficult times—even when those difficult times were brought about by your own poor choices? How did you respond? What's one thing this account revealed to you about God? Tami

Family Matters

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Family Matters

Today's reading: Genesis 27:1-46; James 2:1; Proverbs 28:21

Because the story captured in Genesis 27 is such a rich one, we're going to spend one more day there, this time focusing on family matters and relationships. There are no perfect people, which means that every family will have relationship difficulties from time to time. But what we see taking place between Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau in Genesis 27 goes well beyond everyday difficulties to full-blown dysfunction. Isaac and Rebekah were not on the same page regarding their sons, specifically what would take place in their futures. Isaac favored Esau, and Jacob was clearly Rebekah's favorite. The disunity between parents (on more than one level) was evident, and that discord filtered down to the two brothers, so much so that their relationship was unhealthy and adversarial.

What's one thing that stood out to you about family and relationships from this account, and why? What does Genesis 27 reveal about the dangers and consequences of playing favorites and treating people differently, especially within family circles? What helps you resist the urge to show partiality between your children, employees or coworkers, extended family members, friends, and/or church members? Tami

Vibrant in Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 66:1-20

Praising God through singing is one of my favorite things to do, and this psalm makes it clear that God likes that kind of praise too. If you've ever been unsure or wondered about how to praise God or what praising God should look like, Psalm 66 is a great place to go. It quite plainly tells us that we can be verbal and demonstrative with our praise by singing and shouting for joy to God.

"Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!" (vs. 1-2)

"Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard." (vs. 8)

How often do you praise God as described in Psalm 66—shouting for joy, singing, or verbally proclaiming what God has done? What does vibrant and joyful praising of God look like in your life? Tami

Abundant Provider

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Today's reading: Psalm 65:1-13

The fact that God provides for everything we need seemed to jump off the page as I took in Psalm 65. In the beginning verses, we see God providing His grace and salvation. Then we read of His calming strength and protection. As we come to the end of the psalm, His provision is shown through the description of the fertile and productive earth He's given us to live in. The fact that God is in control of all things and that every detail of our lives rests in His hands was absolutely evident.

Do you view God as being your abundant provider? How has God provided for you and your family over the years? Would you join with me today in thanking God for being our all-powerful, all-providing God? Tami

Wicked Web

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Today's reading: Genesis 27:1-40; Proverbs 12:22

Rebekah and Jacob working together to deceive Isaac and steal Esau's birthright is a truly sad event with far-reaching consequences. There's a lot going on in this account, and most of it is sinful. This chapter is quite revealing about family and relationship problems (between Isaac and Rebekah, between Jacob and Esau, and between both sons and their parents), but the account here in chapter 27 is even more revealing about the sinful problems of deception, lying, and stealing.

The well-known quote, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive," immediately came to mind as I read this account. Nothing good ever comes from lying, as one lie leads to another, and so on, and so on. It's a slippery, sinful slope that not only hurts many parties but is also offensive to God.

"Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight." (Proverbs 12:22)

When or in what type of situations are you most tempted to lie? What helps you stay the course by telling the truth and being honest when you're human nature pulls you toward lying? What lesson(s) about lying did you learn from this account? Tami

Content to Rely

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Today's reading: Genesis 26:15-34

As I considered the account recorded in Genesis 26:15-34, I was struck by how the things of the world (money, power, possessions, conflict, etc.) didn't seem to tempt or have much impact on Isaac. He's wealthy, but he isn't consumed with seeking after and acquiring more money. He's powerful, yet he isn't power hungry. He's treated unfairly by Abimelech when he tells Isaac to leave, but he doesn't lash out or seek revenge. He's wronged by Abimelech's men, yet instead of fighting back to take possession of the wells, he chooses to move on to other spots for water.

Isaac's actions and words in this passage put before us a picture of someone who has chosen to rely fully on God. And because of this reliance, he is content to grow and thrive exactly where God has placed him. Thank you, God, for the reminder that relying on you, no matter our circumstances, is always the best choice.

How are you relying on God right now? What did you learn from this account about being content with and thriving in your present situation? Tami

Forgiving God

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Today's reading: Genesis 26:12-14

Isaac wasn't perfect. Neither was his father, Abraham, before him. But God doesn't ask us for perfection (which is unattainable this side of heaven, by the way). He asks us to obediently follow and serve Him. And when we do this, even though there will be bumps along the way (because remember, we're not perfect), God will shower His blessings on us in many different ways—watching over us, protecting and guiding us, giving us joy, and providing for our needs.

I couldn't help but smile as I read our three verses for today. They show a God who loves us and doesn't hold back forgiveness when we seek it. We aren't privy to the details of the exchange between Isaac and God, but God forgave Isaac for lying about Rebekah, and the relationship between Isaac and God grew even stronger as a result.

What are some of the ways God has blessed you as you've followed Him (bumps and all)? When you ask God for forgiveness, how does it impact you? How does it impact your relationship with God? Tami

Fearful Thoughts

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Today's reading: Genesis 26:1-11

Fear is a powerful emotion, and if we allow it to flood our mind and control our thinking, it will quickly pull our focus off of God and lead us down a bad and slippery path.

That's precisely what we see with Isaac when he and Rebekah arrive in Gerar. Despite receiving specific direction from God about traveling to Gerar and being told by God that He was going to watch over and bless him, Isaac panics when some of the men in the country ask about Rebekah. Instead of answering honestly and trusting God to protect and bless him as He had promised, Isaac lets fear get the best of him and he lies—a poor decision on all fronts.

First and foremost, his lie was a sin against God. But it was also a sin against the people of Gerar and his precious wife, Rebekah. And as with all lies, this lie continued on and grew, because it forced Isaac and Rebekah to live under the pretense of being brother and sister for a good period of time. Lastly, Isaac lying and then living the lie was an extremely poor witness to Abimelech and his men.

What stood out to you about fear and/or lying from this account, and why? Is it your habit to pray and ask God to calm your fears when you feel scared or something unsettles you? Do you have a specific verse or passage of scripture that helps you stay focused on God and His goodness when fearful thoughts start to press in? Tami

Lessons from History

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Today's reading: Genesis 25:1-28

Today's passage advances the storyline of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Unlike most of the previous chapters, where we learned about specific instances from Abraham's life situations, choices and actions, the majority of this chapter serves as more of a history lesson by moving us forward quite a chunk of years. But even though we're not focused on a specific event, there are still plenty of things we can learn from this historical-focused chapter.

Here are a few of the things I took note of as I considered this passage.

  • Abraham was able to overcome his grief after Sarah's death to marry Keturah and have additional children with her.
  • Abraham continued to believe and honor what God had told him about Isaac being God's chosen son.
  • God provided for Ishmael just as He had said.
  • Isaac followed Abraham's example of seeking and following after God.
  • The chapter overall highlighted God's timing by showing us how His plan was still progressing over many years.

How do you tend to address historical passages when you're reading your Bible? Do you read through quickly and move on, or do you slow down and look for lessons? What's one thing you learned today from this primarily historical passage? Tami

God and Good Prevails

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Today's reading: Psalm 64:1-10

Although it may seem to us like evil and sinful people are succeeding, God is aware of all that is taking place, is control and will ultimately make things right (thank you, God!). So when we choose to trust in God and relinquish control of our circumstances to Him, we can live confidently and proclaim as David does in verse 10:

"Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult!"

What do the first six verses of this psalm reveal about human nature and what we can expect to encounter as we live in a sinful world? What encouragement do you draw from verses 7-9? Tami

Searching Questions

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Today's reading: Psalm 63:1-11

Psalm 63 always prompts me to do a little soul searching. As I progress through this beautiful song verse by verse, I like to ask myself questions based on the descriptive way David is telling God that he needs and loves Him. Here are a few examples of the questions I might ask myself.

  • Am I earnestly seeking God? (vs. 1)
  • Does the phrase "my soul thirsts for you" describe how I feel about God? (vs. 1)
  • Do I believe that God's love is better than life? (vs. 3)
  • Are my lips praising God? (vs. 5)
  • When do my lips praise God? (vs. 5)
  • Am I satisfied in God alone? (vs. 5)

Working through the verses in this manner is helpful because it reminds me just how much I need God and because it reveals the state of my relationship with God at the moment. I always come away encouraged and motivated to draw closer to Him.

Will you join me in working through Psalm 63 by asking yourself questions based on the text? What did God impress on your heart as you worked through this psalm? What particular verse or phrase to stood out to you, and why? Tami

Always Ahead

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Today's reading: Genesis 24:52-67

When I look back over the entire account of Abraham's pursuit of a suitable wife for Isaac, taking note of how every detail of the storyline falls smoothly into place, God's planning and provision stand out prominently. It's such a contrast to when I make even simple plans for something like a day away with my husband, which inevitably includes varying degrees of deviation from our game plan. Not so with God. He has a master plan that contains gazillions of smaller subparts progressing at all times. And the amazing thing about it all is how He goes before us to put pieces in place, soften hearts and change minds so that His plans are completed.

As Abraham sends his servant in search of a wife for Isaac, God is already on the move preparing the hearts of Rebekah, Laban and Bethuel to receive Abraham's servant and accept his proposal. And then when the servant and Rebekah return, we see once again how God has softened and prepared the heart of Isaac for Rebekah and Rebekah for Isaac. Only God could accomplish such a smooth and beautiful love story.

How have you observed and/or experienced God working in advance of a situation to bring it to completion? What's one example where God moved on your behalf (changing someone's mind, softening a heart, etc.) to bring about an outcome you would have never expected? What did you learn or notice about God from this account? Tami

Declaring God

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Today's reading: Genesis 24:29-52; Psalm 145:1-21

As I continued reading the account of Abraham's servant seeking for and then finding Rebekah as a wife for Isaac, Psalm 145 came to my mind. The predominant message of this psalm is that we should verbally praise God for His greatness and goodness. Verse 6 tells us to speak of God's awesome deeds and greatness, verse 7 talks of "pour[ing] forth the fame of [God's] abundant goodness" and verse 4 shows us that we should be commending God's works to one another.

Abraham's servant models Psalm 145. When he arrives at the home of Laban, Rebekah's brother, the servant boldly proclaims God's greatness and goodness to Laban and his family. He tells them the specific way in which God directed his path and answered his prayers. He even tells Laban and Bethuel about how he worshipped God after meeting Rebekah. This man was an incredible proponent and witness for God.

Is declaring God's goodness and greatness to others something you regularly do? How can you be more intentional about this—at work, at school, with your neighbors, when you're out shopping or when you're filling your car with gas? Will you join me in committing to tell at least one person each day the rest of this week about how God has been good to you? Tami

A Servant to Model

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Today's reading: Genesis 24:10-28

I was drawn to the example of Abraham's servant as he sets out on his journey to find a wife for Isaac. Immediately upon his arrival to Nahor, he prays and asks God to give him success in his mission for Abraham's sake. Then his prayer turns quite specific. He asks God to have the "right" woman respond with certain words and in a certain way.

The example of Abraham's servant—his mindset, attitude, approach and response—is one we would do well to follow. Having witnessed God's provision to Abraham for many years, he doesn't hesitate to lay before God his exact needs. His prayer is one I would describe as an expectant prayer, because he is fully expecting God to move on behalf of Abraham and, in so doing, answer his request. I especially like how specific this man is with God, which shows a comfortableness with God and that he trusts Him. And then, when God answers, the servant's immediate response is to thank God and worship Him for His faithfulness and steadfast love and provision.

Is it your practice to put your requests before God each morning? When you pray, how specific are you with your requests? What are some benefits of regularly talking with God about the intimate details of your life? Do you respond with thanks and worship to answered prayers? Tami

Complete Confidence

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Today's reading: Genesis 24:1-9

After Sarah's death, Abraham sets his sights on finding a suitable wife for Isaac. His plan is to send his servant back to his homeland to secure a wife from among his relatives. My favorite part of this passage is the exchange between Abraham and his servant, when the servant suggests that perhaps he won't be able to find a wife who will be willing to return with him to Isaac. Without batting an eye, Abraham confidently declares to his servant that God "will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there" (vs. 7).

Abraham and God had a long and rich history. And through it all God had provided for and protected Abraham and his family in ways Abraham would never have imagined. As such, it's no wonder that when the time comes for Isaac to take a wife, everything Abraham plans is based on what God had told and promised him. Abraham had complete confidence in God and that God would continue steady by his side.

How does remembering and/or seeing what God has done in your life (or the lives of others) help you stay the course as life moves you forward? What's one example from your life of God being trustworthy? Tami

Reputation

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Today's reading: Genesis 23:1-20

After giving birth to Isaac and then training, teaching and raising him to manhood, Sarah dies at the ripe old age of 127. Because Abraham is in a foreign country, he must secure land on which to bury Sarah. He approaches the Hittites to find a suitable piece of property and is met with an outpouring of friendship and love by those he has lived among for many years. Their interaction results immediately in Abraham securing the exact place he had selected for Sarah to be buried.

The interaction between Abraham and the Hittites is really quite beautiful. The Hittites respect and admire Abraham for how he has conducted himself in the years he's lived, worked and raised his family in their country. Abraham was truly a living testimony for God, and his upright living was noticed by the Hittites.

What does being a "living testimony for God" mean for you personally? Do you have a reputation for being upright—doing what's right, helping others, speaking kind words, responding fairly and wisely, etc.? What does this account reveal about the value of our reputation? Tami

God Not Wealth

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Today's reading: Psalm 62:9-12

After declaring his dependence on and trust in God in Psalm 62:1-8, David then shifts his focus a bit to warn us about treasuring wealth. What and how much we have (possessions, status, money, etc.) doesn't have any bearing on our relationship with God. No matter our wealth or position, we need to recognize that God is in control and that our job is to do what we know is right as we live for Him.

What helps you maintain a Biblical perspective on money when the message of the world is all about getting more and more money and things? 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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