Happy Day After Thanksgiving, friends.
I’m still smiling at the timing of yesterday’s verse. All that guilt I felt for taking extra days and posting here and there and messing up our schedule was, obviously, silly. I love that.
Yesterday during our Thanksgiving meal my nephew asked me about my SOAP format and where I learned of it. I was totally floored (in the best way) that he wanted to know and also to find out that my sister-in-law (who was also involved in the conversation) is a subscriber. I told him a bit about SOAP and said I’d be sure to link to an explanation of SOAP again soon. I also told him that I get emails from men rather frequently saying they find MomsToolbox helpful, so the title of m blog shouldn’t keep him from reading it. I LOVE it when I hear of someone new who is interested in my devotionals. It just makes my heart sing.
This morning’s SOAP is telling me to follow through in honoring Him. At least that’s what grabbed me in Psalm 76…Scripture: Psalm 76:11
Make your vows to the Lord God and perform them;
let all around bring gifts
to Him who is to be feared,
Commit to honoring Him with your gifts and then do it.
He gives us a LOT. We can (and should) give back. Not only should we say we are going to honor Him, but we should stand firm on our vows and actually honor Him with our gifts and actions.
We can bring all sorts of gifts to Him:
We can share our stories of Him, we can thank Him, we can ask Him what we can do in His name and then do it, we can offer monetary gifts to ministry, we can offer our hands, feet and heart to ministry to do what needs to be done, we can help others in His name, we can pray for others, we can honor Him by doing what He asks…. there is so much we can do, so many gifts we can bring Him.
I think the key, here, is to not only think about bringing those gifts or performing those deeds, but to actually commit to doing them and then do them.
Honor Him. Use what you have to honor Him in whatever way you can. We can all do something. Sometimes that something isn’t anything public, but it is keeping a commitment to Him in regards to time with Him.
Father God, you are so good to us. You have given each of us so many gifts and those gifts continue to flow, even as we don’t realize half of them. Lord, I want to honor you. I want to see you moving even more in my life. I know You are here, I see your gifts so often. I do a pretty good job of honoring you by giving back, but not the best job.
Help me, Lord, as I move into this next chapter of strategic prayer. We’ve talked about it, but I have yet to begin writing out specific prayers to pray regularly. Those prayers would be gifts to you, to me and to those for whom I will be praying. I will ask your guidance. I will keep my vow. I will write out those prayers and pray them regularly. Please, Lord, guide me in my commitment to praying the scripture and to keeping track of my prayers to you. I need your help. I want to honor you, and I recognize that I really need you.
Thanks, Lord, for this scripture today to get me into gear. I feel encouraged and excited for what comes next. Thank you.
In Your Son’s precious name,