Good Morning and welcome to day 1 of our 31 Days POWERful Bible Reading Challenge! I am so happy you decided to spend the month of August Bible journaling with me! First, you will need to print off your tracking sheet. It’s a lovely printable I made for subscribers of The Littlest Way. If you have not subscribed, click here to subscribe to receive The Littlest Way in your email inbox. If you already subscribe, you should see a link at the bottom of the post emails sent to you that directs you to click a link for all your subscription freebies. Wait all?
Yes, ALL. In addition to the 31 Bible POWERful Bible Reading Challenge tracking sheet, I also have a couple of other awesome freebies for those who subscribe to receive The Littlest Way in their email inbox. I have the printable prayers mentioned in my Prayer Journal post and the Daily Advent Devotional for Women.
Back to our Bible journaling for today. So they say the book of Matthew was written around the middle of the first century. Think about that for a minute. Have you opened an old Bible, cookbook or purse and found a scribbled note either written by you to someone or to you from someone else? Isn’t that neat! That one little piece of paper or back of an envelope can suddenly bring back a flood of memories.
I have an old note card Chris’ mom wrote to me right before I had my second child. I used to keep it in a safe–literally. But one day I pulled it out and stuck it in My large print Bible. Some days I pull it out because I want to feel close to her. I want that physical letter to bring my heart and mind back into union with her even though she died in 2007.
Grab your Bible. You are holding a collection of God’s notes left for you. Those notes all neatly compiled in one book, they contain your history and the promise of His kingdom for you. That’s one of the themes of Matthew’s gospel—The Kingdom of heaven. I could use some Kingdom of heaven thinking right now, how about you? The thought of the Kingdom of heaven just gives me some breathing room. This life is not all there is…as great as it is sometimes, there is something better. Can I get an “Amen” and “Thanks be to God” on that?!
Ok, let’s get started. Here are my reflections using the POWER method for Bible journaling. You can go to this post, Bible Journaling: A POWERful New Method for a quick refresher on how to use the acronym.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 1
P —Lord, I’m afraid I’m falling back into bad thinking habits. I’m afraid You will ask me to carry a cross too heavy. I’m just afraid…this world is just too much some days…Please do not take me back to that place I was where my thinking was so disordered…please do not allow me to take myself back there out of habit.
O —(God) He is a God of order and He has a distinct plan for us and from us, “From the time of…”
(me) I come from somewhere farther back than 43 years ago. Over 2000 years ago a plan was set in place for my salvation. The map is already laid out, the plan is in place; I just need to trust and obey.
W —vs 22…all this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet. vs 23…Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and His name shall be called Emmanuel (which means God is with us.)
E —I’m scared because I’m looking back. I’m scared because I’m worrying ahead. I will focus on “God is with me” as I go through my day. I am with God. I will repeat this when I am scared, sad, confused, attacked and overwhelmed…even joyful—remembering to thank Him for this moment in time.
R —Lord I believe…help my unbelief!
Please share your POWERful reflections in the comments.
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