The Bible verse for my SOAP(search soap on my blog for more info on this fun way to read the Bible) journaling today is Philippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
O(Observation-basically what is the verse saying)- Seems like it is saying others should be able to see your gentleness.
A(application of this verse to my life)- This is a good reminder of one of my focus words for 2013. I really felt like I wanted to work on two words this year: Gentleness and Discipline.
Some ladies I have met are so gentle. I love it and they are good to be around. They get down to a child’s height when speaking to a kid. They control their tone and volume. True, I don’t get to see their worst. We all have ugly that jumps out but they are consistently gentle.
For me I want my gentleness to be evident to my kids. They are included in that “all” word. I want to be a gentle mom. A soft place to land for them. I find when I am being gentler, they come to me more. Come to me for more hugs, to talk to me, etc.
But when I am uncontrolled in my tone and volume, careless in my words, impatient, harsh- they avoid me. I am no longer a soft, safe place to land.
P(prayer- based on my journaling): Dear Jesus, help me to be gentle especially with my kids.