Daily Archives: September 4, 2019

September 4 – Love Offering Day 4

This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.

You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 (Proverbs 22:1-16)

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord is the Maker of them all.
The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor and life.
In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,
    but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

The rich rule over the poor,
    and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
    and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
    quarrels and insults are ended.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
    will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
    but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
    I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
    a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
    but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
    and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

Application: Do something kind for a student.

SOAP Note

Teaching and Encouraging Students | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Proverbs 22:6

Observation

My Bible notes say that although traditionally considered a promise to parents who conscientiously and faithfully nurtured the spiritual development of their children, many godly parents have experienced the pain of watching their children move away from what they were carefully taught in the home and church. Parents do have the responsibility to model what they teach their children and to inspire the child’s willing embrace of what is being taught. However, God has given every individual the free will to make his own choices. Some make poor – even bad – choices, despite the spiritual preparation poured into their lives.

Application

Encouraging students – everyday I write a note and say I love you on the napkin in my child’s lunch box. This year, we have started an after school routine where each of us says 3 positive things about the day. I think it helps us to have a better attitude.

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for Your encouragement that You’ve given us through the Bible. Please help us to have a good attitude at work and school, and help us to stay positive each day. Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.