Journal Entry by Geoff Allen

S – Scripture: Psalm 86:11‬  (NLT)
S - Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth!  Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honour you.  

O – Observation
This is my heart, but in my eyes I miss the mark so often.  I am so relieved that David follows this up in verse 15 “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness”   He must know me .. 

A – Application  
In Romans 5: 3-4 It talks about our problems and trials that help us develop endurance, which develops strength of character, and that character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  The longer I live and go through the different circumstances of my life, the more I can reflect on how true this is.  It’s been really hard sometimes to - not give up and not get stuck in the valleys of my life. It’s a decision not to stay there, that I have to make as often as I need to in order to get to the other side.  I find such strength from the revelation I get by reading God’s word, not to mention peace and wisdom, etc.

I can’t speak strongly enough about the need to be daily reading God’s word and reading with an expectancy for God to speak into your life and your circumstances.. 

P – Prayer
Dear heavenly Father create in me a longing for your word, for the openness to allow it to wash over my life.  That you teach me your ways, that I may live according to your truth.  Grant me purity of heart father God so that I may honour you.