Thursday, May 2, 2013

Do you remember?

Almost every morning I write something in my prayer journal. I jot down the things I’m struggling with, am excited about, and especially the things I’m grateful for. Then beneath that, I list my prayer requests for the day. I make sure to leave space to write down how God answers the prayers.

Yesterday I felt prompted to read through some of the earlier entries of my journal. I randomly picked August of last year. I had forgotten what a big month that was! My latest book was just being released, I had a schedule full of events and book signings, and I was about to send my son off to college for his freshman year.

As I scanned page after page of heartfelt cries to God, I was reminded of how present He was during that time. But I didn’t always see Him. There were so many spaces left open in the journal waiting to be filled with God’s answer. I was longing to see Him move and desperate for Him to direct my path. 

I’ll be honest; tears ran down my face as I read some of the journal entries. I wasn’t sad or disappointed for unanswered prayers. I was grateful for how clearly He addressed my cries in His timing and in His own way. It may not have always been the answer I was hoping for, but it was certainly the answer I needed. God heard my cries and He was faithful!

Do you keep a journal of your walk with God? If not, what other ways do you use to help yourself remember? Faith journaling isn’t like keeping a diary; you don’t have to share your most intimate secrets. You will, however, become more intimate with God. I love and appreciate Him more because of the things we have walked through together. Remembering what God walked me through yesterday gives me strength for today. If you don’t currently have a way of reminding yourself, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and make a few prayer notes. I guarantee you will be amazed by what God will show you!

Be blessed,

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3


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