We’re one week into our POWERful Bible journaling. How’s it going for you? Besides the reflections shared, I have benefited from the accountability. So thank you! I’ve also enjoyed reading the Book of Matthew with fresh eyes. Praying first has set my mind and heart in the right place. Awaiting that one verse that is going to pop off the page just for me has made the reading a little suspenseful. And of course, the reflection part is interesting. So let’s get started today with Matthew 7.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 7
P –I want to be effective for Your Kingdom. I want others to see You in me. I especially want this in my home. I want my children to know You and love You because they received You in their own home.
O –God is loving and merciful, but He is also just. There’s no getting by God. He will call us to give an account of how we made judgements in this life. And I am the only one who is so tired of people misquoting the Bible saying we aren’t supposed to judge? If we aren’t to judge, then how are we expected to go through life avoiding evil and seeking good? We have to make judgements daily–“Is this a good person, place or thing or a bad one?
God will examine our motives and the fruit we bore–back to being a fruit tree!
W —vs 20…Thus, you will know them by their fruit.
E –So there is some good news here. On those days when I feel a wreck, feel like I didn’t get anything done and feel tired, cranky and overwhelmed, I can still produce good fruit. s there a peace in my home? Are my children happy and my husband content even if the laundry is waiting to folded and the dishes done?
R –Lord, please help me to look for the fruit and not base how good or bad my day went on how I feel.
I think also, we sometimes confuse the fruit. We think the fruit is the outcome, the result. We measure ourselves as fruit bearers by what we have to show for our day. I was listening to my friend Sarah MacKenzie the other day in a podcast about Teaching from Rest. What she said totally changed my perspective.
“Accepting that we have to wake up everyday and get our marching orders from God and do the work He’s set before us and our faithfulness to that act of getting up and doing the work He’s put before us, that is where our success tied to.”
–Sarah MacKenzie, Teaching From Rest
Instead of looking back at the end of the day to see what I’ve accomplished, I need to ask myself at the beginning of the day and periodically throughout my day,
That’s where I’ll find the fruit, in the process of doing His work, not my results.
Now I’m considering this thinking of my children. This is going to be hard…Do I get frustrated with them because I don’t see the results of what I’ve asked them to do…even though they have faithfully tried to obey and do what they were told? Ouch. I’m missing the fruit of their actions looking for the fruit of their results.
Please share your POWERful reflections in the comments.
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