So. I ordered a Naptime Diary about a month ago and I've been using it each week. I had gotten a little stale in terms of my Bible reading (or to be more honest, I had stopped reading it each day. Ouch!) and it completely affects my outlook on life. Can I get an amen?! So I checked myself, ordered a new devotional and dug into His word again. Y'all. It has completely changing my negative nancy attitude. Amazing what a little Word can do, right?!
There is a wonderful section to "count the fruit" of what God is doing each week in your life. This exercise has been SO eye-opening to me. Sometimes it feels like there isn't much fruit going on over here, or I'm not making much of any progress on the daily but this counting the fruit list has been so helpful. I wanted to share this excerpt from the devotion-
Lately I've been dwelling on Psalms 92:1-2, and it has been speaking to my heart. I wanted to share a few thoughts that are really just encouraging me right now-
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His Steadfast Love
And, I did a bit of research on steadfast love, and what it really meant in context, and it is "lovingkindness"- or the Hebrew word "hesed". Hesed can be defined as the following-
In general, one may identify three basic meanings of hesed, and these 3 meanings always interact -- strength, steadfastness, and love. Any understanding of hesed that fails to suggest all three inevitably loses some of its richness. Love by itself easily becomes sentimentalized or universalized apart from the covenant. Yet strength or steadfastness suggests only the fulfillment of a legal (or similar) obligation. Hesed refers primarily to mutual and reciprocal rights and obligations between the parties of a relationship (especially Jehovah and Israel). But hesed is not only a matter of obligation but is also of generosity. It is not only a matter of loyalty, but also of mercy. Hesed implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law. (Vine, W E: Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. 1996. Nelson) (Bolding added)
I have this scripture written on our big chalkboard in the kitchen. Every time I pass through the kitchen and glance at it- I make a point to thank God for something out loud. How amazing is this?! God seeks after ME with unconditional tenderness, kindness and mercy! And it makes me want to dig in deeper, soak up His word a little more so I can continue to be stretched and grow.
I'm counting the fruit of God showing me through His word that He is seeking a relationship with me. I love this (not a new concept) but definitely new to me. It changes my perspective from one of obligation to desire. That's FRUIT!!
I hope you guys are counting the fruit (even this itty bitty fruit) in your own lives too!