Saturday, December 29, 2018

Count the Fruit

I love a new year. 
I love cleaning things out and organizing them and starting fresh. 
I love thinking about my goals and dreams and plans for the new year. 
After Christmas I am ready to be done with the year and start 
dreaming and planning for the new year
BUT yesterday I was listening to the amazing and awesome 
and she said something that gave me pause. 
(If you don't follow her, you totally should! 

She talked about "counting the fruit" from a year before planning ahead for the new year. 
"Counting the fruit" is just thinking about and thanking God for 
anything you are thankful for, for any way that God provided,
for any answered prayers, for any way He showed up- big or small. 
The idea comes from John 15:1-8 where it says....
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

And I LOVE this idea so and am going to work at making this a practice in my life!
Jess said....

If you want to go into 2019 full of purpose and God's power,
you've got to leave 2018 full of gratitude and thankfulness.
Even if you think it was a hard year.
Even if it was a hard year.
Even if really broken things happened.

And to that I say AMEN!
To help write those fruits down, I created a little printable to make it easy. 

If you'd like to join me, you can print out a copy of both HERE