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TRUST - Mark 7:24-36

I joined a bible study recently and we are doing the T.R.U.S.T acrostic study. I had never heard of it before, but it’s a way of reading through selected scriptures 5 days a week and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the study. I was excited for this because through my life I don’t feel like I’ve had a lot of “hearings from the Lord.” I will hear people say things like “God spoke to me, or I had a vision, etc.” and I’ve only had that experience a few times in my life. I realize that perhaps I had blocks up that were keeping me from hearing and seeing what God was trying to tell me and show me. So, this study was very interesting to me.

What a blessing it has been! Not only am I in the Word of the Lord more often, but I am able to hear how it spoke to others in the group and I’m able to gain insight from them. I wanted to give an example here and just share this. My hope through my website and blog is that I would help people to find “The Joy in the Chaos” of current life. We can get so caught up in “the stuff” that we don’t take the time to find the Joy! By providing my experiences with my own faith journey, or the simple ways I organize, or the ways I cook for my large family, I’m hoping and praying that I can make a difference in someone else’s life!

The example I want to use is Mark 7: 24-36

I’m not going to retype the scripture, you can use your own bible to refer. So, each of the 5 days you have a set of questions. I will list them below and include my own response for this one.

Day 1: Truth: What is the passage saying? Summarize the passage, what are the truths you see.

Jesus and the disciples are trying to skirt the region of Galilee. Jesus was trying to avoid the opposition in Galilee and to teach the disciples privately “did not want anyone to know.” A woman begged for her daughter to be healed. Bread/dogs = Children are lost sheep of Israel; take the kids bread and toss to the dogs meaning that the Gospel was meant for Jews first. Woman understood and was willing to take “crumbs.” Her faith restored her daughter’s health. V28: Yes Lord: this is the only time Jesus is referred to Lord in this gospel. The deaf and mute man was fulfilling what God had promised to do when he redeemed his people (Isaiah 35:5-6)

Truth: Jesus will heal and listen to those who believe and have faith. Even when He is tired and trying to retreat, He is always kind to those around Him.

Day 2: Revelation: What is God saying to you in this passage?

Having faith in Jesus releases the burdens of life. Not that it will be perfect, but that Joy will be in me no matter what is happening. Everything Jesus did was part of God’s master plan; to fulfill scripture.

Day 3: Understand: What is the meaning of this passage? Who wrote it? Who is the audience?

Children = lost sheep. Bread crumbs: Woman willing to take anything to just help her daughter. “Don’t tell anyone” referred to Matthew 8:4 – Jesus didn’t want to be considered just a miracle worker; or too much publicity, or didn’t want to be killed before His work was done.

Day 4: So What: How will you live out what you just read? In what ways did this passage change your view of God, or show you something new about God?

Crumbs: just the way the woman (mom) would have been happy with crumbs from Jesus, maybe I can start my journey with crumbs rather than thinking I have to always do it all, be everything, etc.

Day 5: Take Out: With whom will you share?

Share with the kids and remember to show love, patience, kindness and forgiveness, even when I’m tired.

I hope this has encouraged you in some way and that you will take some time to slow down, find the JOY in the CHAOS and hear what the Lord has in store for you!


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