Journaling And The Christian Life

I began writing in my 3rd journal today but, before I did, I went back and read through the other two. I started seriously journaling in November of 2009 and have journaled at least 3 times per week since then. There is really no method to what I write. Often I write down what God is teaching me in His Word. I also write out prayers that I am praying for specific people, including myself. At other times, I have journaled my goals and dreams or what God is doing around me.

Reading back through the past 2.5 years of entries has brought me to this reality: God is at work! I have recorded highs and lows, successes and failures, tragedy and triumph. There are things I have written that describe the most intimate details of my relationship with my Savior and the areas of struggle in my life.

God’s sustaining hand over this time has been unwavering. Reading back through all that has happened helps me gain perspective and illuminates the grand picture that God is painting around me. All too often, I can’t see the forest for the tree that is right in front of me. I get tunnel vision and the most immediate concern seems to cloud out everything else going on at that moment. But reading back through helps me to see God at work.

Perspective is everything. Reading back through my journals helps to strengthen my faith. It helps me trust God more deeply as I head into the unknown. I have seen God work in situations over the course of weeks or months even though I had no idea what He was doing from day to day. The truth is He was always at work but, in the moment, I could not see what He was doing.

The lyrics to “Trust His Heart” by Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason sum it up well:

All things work for our good

Though sometimes we don’t see how they could

Struggles that break our hearts in two

Sometimes blind us to the truth

Our Father knows what best for us

His ways are not our own

So when your pathway grows dim

And you just don’t see Him

Remember you’re never alone

God is too wise to be mistaken

God is too good to be unkind

So when you don’t understand

When you don’t see His plan

When you can’t trace His hand

Trust His heart

Trust His heart

He sees the master plan

And He holds our future in His hand

So don’t live as those who have no hope

All our hope is found in Him

We see the present clearly

But He sees the first and the last

And like a tapestry

He’s weaving you and me

To someday be just like Him

God is too wise to be mistaken

God is too good to be unkind

So when you don’t understand

When you don’t see His plan

When you can’t trace His hand

Trust His heart

Trust His heart

He alone is faithful and true

He alone knows what is best for you

God is too wise to be mistaken

God is too good to be unkind

So when you don’t understand

When you don’t see His plan

When you can’t trace His hand

Trust His heart

Trust His heart

When you don’t understand

When you don’t see His plan

When you can’t trace His hand

Trust His heart

Trust His heart

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