This mornings Bible reading and journaling(SOAP-search it on my blog for more details) was very helpful.
S-Scripture- Psalm 1:3, “They are like trees planted along the riverbanks, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
O-Observations- The verse before describes why it is that they bear fruit. It is because they delight in the Bible and meditate on it day and night.
A- Application- Message says you thrill on God’s Word and chew on it day and night. Bible reading and mediating on it are key things when following after Jesus. I know I want to be productive and bear fruit. I don’t want to be a fruitless tree. Later in the New Testament- an author talks about the fruit of the Spirit(things you will bear in your life as you seek after Jesus): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. These are all things I want to be producing in my life. Some days I have felt withered, dried up and empty with not much else to give. It is often in those withered seasons I am not rooted by the riverbank collecting water/life from the source, God’s Word. I am not reading and chewing/thinking on His Word often. I am actually just busy, running around and doing my own thing- on my own strength. “I have too much going on today to take time to read a few Bible chapters and then soap” or I continually choose 20 minutes of extra sleep instead of reading and journaling. Then I am left waking to the sound of a crying kid-starting my day at a frantic pace but not necessarily a fruitful pace.
P-Prayer- Lord help me to regularly plant myself in your Word. Help me to chew on it regularly. It is your Word that wateres my souls and grows me.
Love this! Good stuff lady!!
this was really great. i'm glad you posted it!
thanks guys. i love sharing what God is teaching me