“. . . let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Where do you turn when you need to untangle confusing thoughts, uncontrollable emotions, untethered desires or unruly doubts?
I turn to my journal. So today, I am joining with Dawn and Susie as we dive into a random journal and share what was unfolding in our lives at that time. I like to do this because it reminds me of the importance of dialoguing with God about life and its tangled mess. Also when I reread an entry, I recall His faithfulness and the value of keeping a journal.
Today, I closed my eyes and picked a journal from the shelf.
Then randomly opened the page to an entry from Tuesday, May 12, 2009:
Here’s what I was musing about on that day, about five years ago:
Ten years ago I wrote out where we would be in ten years. And here we are [ten years later] B. graduating from high school- K. looking for his path- Will he be a preacher man or a salesman or a worker man? A godly man is my greatest desire. A man who loves and pursues You with all his heart. Who takes risks for You and lives by faith. And B, too.
[Then I made a chart with our ages then and ten years out and where we might be…]
Interestingly enough, I had myself pursuing a Masters degree…something to pray about! Not there yet 🙂
On the opposite page, my prayer for the boys transitions into praise and affirmation of God:
God- You are faithful and deserve my full trust. You are the director of our paths. You do direct me and continue to lead me on paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. I want to stay on the path of making you known-that your love and reputation would be renown the world over. [Then I made a list of God’s names]
Charter of the Course, Designer of the Dream, Renewer of Promises, Faithful One–Help me to be your faithful follower.
This random entry really encourages me today, and untangles some doubts I have been entertaining about God’s direction for my life currently and it assures me that I do want to be a faithful follower of God!
By the way, the ten year outlook exercise can be sobering, but also gives direction to the path. I am glad God prompted me to make the list in order to see that He alone directs our path. We are on His path, and I am glad to report that both of our sons are growing into faithful followers of God. Thanks be to God! ( I can’t believe we’ve come halfway from this journal entry…where will we be in five years? God only knows and for that I am grateful.)
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