Day 3 of our POWERful Bible journaling. How is this new acronym working for you? (Here’s the post where I introduce the POWER acronym, Bible Journaling: A POWERful New Method.) I obviously love it or I would not have shared it. While I’m asking questions, I’m reading this book right now, The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study and in chapter 2 the author has some questions for reflection:
Do I manage my time and schedule in such a way that allows me to “slow down” when reading?
Could I make a few modifications in my schedule to make this a reality?
How might my knowledge of and devotion to Scripture change if I wasn’t “rushed,” and simply moved through the text more attentively?
These questions are providential as my reflection began with me pouring my heart out to God telling Him I feel rushed, scattered and disorganized.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 3
P –I feel rushed Lord. I feel scattered, disorganized and pulled in too many different directions. Chris’ schedule right now makes it seem impossible to even tag team in the parenting department. Life is confusing and did I mention busy? Help me to find rest Lord…rest in You.
O –(God) God empowers who He wants, even some guy living in the wilderness eating bugs and honey. Even seemingly wild man John the Baptist has a purpose in the Kingdom of heaven and his purpose will be fulfilled or He will be pruned. (Me) First, I’m not of this world so maybe I am in a wilderness already? Second, being a momma of many, a homeschooler, a traditional Roman Catholic…I wonder how many people think I’m a wild woman? Wild not as in a party girl, wild as in out of her mind. Feeling like I am out in the wilderness, am I bearing any good fruit out there? Am I preparing the way of the Lord to reach the hearts and minds of my children?
W —vs 10…even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
E –What kind of fruit am I bearing? If I envision myself as fruit tree, first, an unhealthy tree cannot bear good fruit. How healthy am I spiritually, mentally and physically? Am I careful about the things I allow in my heart, mind and body? Things to make me a path clearer and fruit bearer or things that will require a pruning? Also, bearing fruit is not a one time event, it is a life long process.
R –When the conditions are not right Lord, a tree will not produce healthy fruit or any fruit. Unlike a tree, I can make, change or choose my growing conditions. Lord I choose conditions, people, circumstances and nutrition (spiritual, physical, and mental) that will help me bear good fruit.
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