As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.Matthew 13:23
It feels like everything has changed during this pandemic, including the way that we worship and attend church. Most churches in our area have gone to having their services online instead of meeting in person. While this is a great alternative, it is much easier to get distracted. So how can you prepare your heart for worship and make sure that His word flourishes in you? Let me offer two suggestions.
First, begin with prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you understanding of God’s truth and the wisdom to apply to your life. Prayer is a natural transition from the busyness of life to a spiritual focus.
Second, set aside a specific time for the purpose of worship. While it may be convenient to have the pastor’s message playing in the background while you cook dinner, I can assure you that is not the most beneficial way. Minimizing distractions requires some planning and forethought. Setting aside a designated time is not just practical, it is a declaration of your priorities. If your children are old enough to sit through the service, have the family gather around, sit down, and watch the service together just like you would in the church building.
If you are like us and you have young children, it may not be feasible to do that. So here’s what we have settled on, we have a brief family worship on Sunday mornings that includes reading from a story bible and singing a few of their favorite songs, and after the kids have gone to bed, my husband and I watch the message together.
Watching the worship service online is different than watching a sitcom or reality show. The goal is not entertainment. The goal is to hear the word, understand it, and then bear fruit (Matthew 13:23).
I used the faithfilled digitals printable set for this page. I printed them off on both clear sticker paper and white card stock. I used a library pocket and the “soil sample” card from the journaling card set, and I distressed the edges a little with brown ink and sandpaper. Throughout the page, I layered the sticker paper leaves with the florals printed on card stock on top. I ran the soil sample card through my typewriter to add my name, the date, and a few journaling notes. I added some grid washi and a tab at the top. I added some paint splatters with Neocolor II and bracketed the verses.