I’d been reading the Chronological Bible plan over at YouVersion and was up to 1 Samuel (day 103), so it really didn’t pose a problem to jump in two weeks late on the challenge. I had read all of Deuteronomy in June, so, yesterday’s reading was a bit of a refresher, which was nice. Of course, anytime you commit to STRIVE to grow in your relationship with Christ, things happen and your resolve will be challenged. In the course of the afternoon/evening, my kids decided several times that they would be just completely obnoxious. One even broke the glass to the coffee table after having been told not to play with it. Ugh.
But, I did get my reading done for yesterday, and did start using SOAP again, and thought I would share it…
O- Jeremiah 31:30 also says that every man will die for his own sin. I am grateful that I am not judged for the sins of my mother and father. I am even more grateful that my children will not be judged for MY sin!
A- Although my children will not be judged FOR my sin, their lives are affected BY my sin. Just as my life was affected by the sins of my Mom and Dad. Knowing that they will not be judged for my sin does not negate my responsibility to them to live a life that is Holy and pleasing to God. Saying “Oh, they won’t be judged FOR this sin” and still doing it would be a bit like saying, “I know why I have period cramps…” It doesn’t make the reality of the effect of those cramps any less painful and possibly damaging. To put it in another light…
P-Lord, when I am tempted to sin, help me to think of the potential life-long effect my selfish actions may have on my kids. Remind me daily that they are affected by my decisions. I want my children to grow up and love you, which means they have to see me loving you. Help me to avoid the complacency that is so easy to step into. I thank you that you are still working on me. Please, keep it up. In Jesus name, Amen.
Reading Deuteronomy 23-34 was a challenge. Of course, since the kiddos were awake, I did NOT get all of that reading done at once. In between reading, I read stories to them, made snacks, filled cups, gave medicines, cooked dinner, brushed teeth, cleaned messes, etc, etc. So it felt like it took all day!
One thing I know for sure, I am going to have to rearrange some things in my routine to ensure that I am able to study.
As a side note, my kids were thrilled with me singing their songs all day. Mister would run in and say, “sing Bible” which means sing Jesus Loves Me. Then I would get halfway through it, and he would say, “sing Children” which translates sing Jesus Loves the Little Children. I also was singing Joel Hemphill’s He’s Still Working on Me all day. Sister walked around clapping and swaying. How cute.
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