“My son [ daughter ] if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you look for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:1-6
I remember the first diary my mom gave me, she wrote on the first page as a sort of template for me to follow. It had a wipeable cover, pink pages, a gold lock to seal my private thoughts and a gold key that only I knew where I hid.
Those days of diary keeping have been long gone and as I got older I resorted to keeping important dates and details of days in my compact planner. But recently my heart longed to write more. Not secrets like my young girl diary held but deep thoughts about life, love, purpose, how I see God and how I think He sees me.
I decided to do a 30 Days of Journaling Challenge. Now on day 11, I had no idea how much I longed to write out all my desires. I also had no idea how much God wanted to talk to me. Every day, I am intentional about meeting with Him. I grab a cozy blanket, a bottle of water, a pretty pen, my journal and bible for our time together which can be for 10 mins or it can be hours. He’s never late and always available.
When I meet with God I always let him talk first, after prayer. I close my eyes and pray something like this: “God I’m here, will you meet me here? What do you want to reveal to me today? Search my heart. Direct my reading. Let me see what you want me to see.” Then I wait for Him. He may reveal a bible verse to me, a single word, a memory, a vision, a person, a sin that I need to repent – whatever it is, it’s good and totally journal worthy!
If you’re thinking about starting a journal and don’t know exactly where to start, begin by asking God to search your heart. He will reveal some things to you that you may have not thought about in ages. That’s exactly where you’ll want to begin and that’s exactly where He wants to begin too.
Remember that journaling is all about creating and cultivating an intimate relationship with the God of the Universe, who actually wants to talk to you – His daughter! You may find yourself doing all the talking somedays and all the listening another day. But you will always come away feeling fed, full of gratitude and eager to meet with Him again. You’re gonna love it and I can’t wait to see what He reveals to you!
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