Week two of our Bible journaling in the month of August. I appreciate all who have commented publicly and contacted me privately. I pray this has been as fruitful for you all as it has been for me. How has the reading been? Too little? Too much? A Goldilocks, “Just right?” What about the POWERful Bible journaling method, helpful or cumbersome? I’m ready to pray through Matthew 10 so let’s go.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 10
P –The things on my heart right now Lord, my confessor of almost three years is leaving, I’m making plans to start back to school in two weeks, I want to mother teens well, I want to mother a toddler well, I want to mother elementary age and middle school age children well, I want to be a great wife, I want to be a good friend, I need community but am worn out from the community living under my roof some days.
O –Jesus chose His disciples and then told them what and how to do. It was pretty clear and to the point and contained some warnings that are necessary now as well. Although He gave them the power to heal, He did not give them the power to know immediately what type of people they were dealing with or what type of home they were entering. They had to discern those things. So do I.
W —vs 12…And when you come into the house, salute it, saying: Peace be to this house.
E –How often do I come into the door after running errands with children and we are all a big, cranky mess?! How many times do I walk in the door after running errands by myself and start complaining about the messes I see? Too many times to both questions! I want my home to be a peaceful refuge from this messy world.
R–Lord, I’m going to work on keeping a neater house, but not at the expense of being a grumpy momma. When I come in the house, I will greet my children in peace, not condemnation.
I thought this was interesting…
“The reason why Christ chose exactly twelve Apostles, neither more nor less, was that they should correspond to the twelve Patriarchs, sons of Jacob. For as these were of the Jews, so were the Apostles the parents of all Christians. So SS. Jerome, Austin, and all the Fathers. Rabanus speaks of other mysteries in this number, and following him, S. Thomas (in Catena) says: This number twelve is made by multiplying three into four, and signifies that they should preach belief in the Trinity in the four quarters of the world. They were typified by the twelve sons of Jacob, by the twelve princes of the children of Israel, by the twelve wells of Elim, by the twelve stones of the breast-plate, the twelve loaves of the shew-bread, the twelve spies, the twelve stones taken out of Jordan, the twelve oxen that supported the brazen sea, the twelve stars in the crown of the bridegroom in the Apocalypse, the twelve foundations of the city, the twelve gates.”
—The Great Commentary of Cornelius A’ Lapide
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