HELLO, MY CYBER READERS!! It’s been several days since I last blogged but I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been busy with work and attending my church’s AWAKENING services…need my spirit-man fed. I just wanted to stop in and talk about journaling. As I stated in a previous post I didn’t always see the purpose. I remember in high school English class, my teacher waned us to write daily and he would sporadically go around reading our entries. This was the most ridiculous thing to me and often I just made up stuff to write or I would say “I hate writing in this journal” knowing full well he would read it…who does that…ME!! Now I’m older and hopefully a little wiser and nicer so here is my take on what sold me on journaling.
After my Mother transitioned in 2008 I started keeping a journal. My Mother wrote in journals…I still have hers. Anyway, this helped me write down how I was feeling because nobody could listen to me all the time…nor did I want to talk to people all the time about things I was feeling. Writing helped clear my mind…my inner most thoughts, feeling, and concerns were written for my eyes only….now I know God saw and heard those thoughts/feelings also. I didn’t write daily, sometimes I went long periods of time without writing and mostly wrote at night before bed.
Fast forward to 2015, I gave my life to the Lord…BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!! When I went back and read some of the entries I wrote…OMGAWD…I was a suicide waiting to happen. People would have been saying ‘we didn’t think she would do something like that.” You just never know what people are going through so be prayerful. I was just going through the motions of life, depressed and not really knowing how depressed I was, no joy and no real happiness or satisfaction…always searching for something…not finding it UNTIL I LET GOD IN MY HEART. HE stepped in right in time. My journal entries have changed: uplifting, empowerment for my spiritual walk and maturity. Yes I still have concerns but I don’t let them consume me because I have a Saviour who is my Jehovah Jirah (Provider), Jehovah Shalom (Peace), Jehovah Rohi (Shepard), Jehovah Rophe (Healer) and My ROCK…My ALL AND ALL.
SO, I encourage you to journal. Use your entries as prayers to God..release worries, fears, strife, hopes, and dreams to Him as you write and sincerely pray….He listens and answers. Be blessed and happy writing…Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!!