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Our children, now ages 10 and 11, were arguing today when my husband sarcastically asked, “Remember when they were little and held hands going in to school in the mornings?”
They are only fifteen months apart. When they were younger, they did pretty much everything together, from potty training, bathing, and playing, to holding hands at school! It was always so sweet watching them walk in together. Those days are over, and I can’t believe how fast they’ve grown!
Now, Hunter stands tall enough to look me in the eyes, and Haley borrows my shoes! Where did time go?
In my quiet time with Him, God has been emphasizing the importance of remembering. Over the years, I’ve tried to consistently journal. I write about my children, family, friends, circumstances, events, what God is teaching me, and so on. It’s where I brainstorm a lot of what I write in this blog, and it’s where I record some of my intimate times with God.
Recently, over the past two weeks, several people have asked me how to journal effectively. Since God has been telling me to “remember” and people have been asking, I decided to give you a few things that have helped me journal better. Keep in mind there’s no formula set in stone for this. For years I’ve just been writing whatever’s on my heart and mind.
Find a place that works well for you, where you can concentrate. Some people work better with noise, but for me, this has to be a quiet place. There are several spots in my house that I love for writing: my recliner, our office, or my personal getaway upstairs. Most often, I write in our office.
My little upstairs oasis for creativity!
Get yourself a journal, a Bible, a pen, and a cup of coffee or tea. Write down the date and the scripture reference where you’ll be reading.
Pray. Ask God to make His Word come alive to you. Ask Him to speak clearly, and ask Him to help you hear Him when He does!
Read a portion of the Bible. Usually, it’s good to read at least a chapter at a time, that way scripture is read in its context.
Look for a nougat, or that thing that jumps out at you. Write that scripture in your journal. Don’t necessarily look for or listen to what others have said or are saying about the scripture. Listen to what God is saying to you, then WRITE IT DOWN.
Think about how reading this particular scripture may change the course of your day, or even your life. Write how it applies today and every day.
Write whatever’s on your mind. Who/what do you want to pray about? What are you thankful for? What has God been doing in your life?
How have you seen Him specifically answer prayer? Remember God and His goodness in your writing! There are those inevitable times when we have trouble hearing from God and “feel” like He’s nowhere to be found. Going back, reading and remembering what He has done and how faithful He is to His promises is priceless for growing faith.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4
Then again, pray. Thank God for what He’s been speaking, and ask Him to help you apply it! Try writing your prayers. Pour yourself out to HIm!
Maybe you are an old pro at this and have some suggestions! We’d love to hear them!
Try different things, and when all is said and done, do what works best for you! Happy writing and remembering.