I may not have the best memory, but if something makes it into my journal, I never forget it! Well, that may be a bit contradictory, but either way…it is my story, and I am sticking to it, friends.
The reason I wanted to share from this “not so old” journal for this month has to do with one particular devotional I received through e-mail in 2010, through Proverbs 31 Ministries. You see the devotional, although I read it in 2010, was one of those that spoke to me so pointedly that I shrunk, cut and pasted it into my journal…and my heart. As a matter of fact, truth be told- I sort of enshrined it- or more specifically, the specific quote which encapsulated and magnified the lesson, in a frame on my desk. Actually twice…as in two individual frames. Because I am thick-headed and tend to need lots of reminders (ask God). Then I archived my journal as I always do and went on with my life. As I always do. Especially when wandering in the desert.
Enter 2015. This new year has brought me to a place of perpetual motionlessness. If ever there was a time I needed to “Do The Work” it’s now. But that is the funny thing. Because my plans of late just don’t seem to work out. It’s as if there is some lesson I am not getting and God has decided to put me in a temporary time out, until I get it. Remember, I need lots of reminders. Sometime, toward the end of last year I felt a nudging to find that devotional. I had stumbled on the remnants of the frames. I looked through piles of papers, I knew I saved it, but could not find it. Worse still, I couldn’t remember it…as in why it spoke to my heart so much. Yet, I could not deny I felt compelled to rediscover it. I longed to read it again, jar my memory. Remember what was so powerful to me. I felt a bit like the Israelites in the desert, forgetting the message they’d received. I was wandering and wondering…longing for a word. Honestly, I Googled it. I could not even remember the author’s name who wrote it. Yet there it was, the Holy Spirit stirring me, prompting me. You’d think I’d dismiss it. But, not on your life. I knew if it was that significant to me, I saved it. It was somewhere.
Then one day as I was organizing my journals, I decided to read through a few and so I stacked a couple by my bed. As I paged through the bright pink and orange covered journal, I realized I had not filled all the pages. A good amount them were left blank. I decided to go through and tear out the blank pages and set them aside for future use. As I flipped through to see why I had decided to abandon this journal instead of filling it as I usually do, a page caught my eye. There it was in all it’s small glory, the treasured devotional, saved in the pages of my journal.
Marybeth Whalen shared in her devotion about facing what she perceived to be an impossible task, and the scripture epiphany she drew from from 1 Chronicles 28:20. It spoke to me the and it speaks to me now. She shared how the three words spoke to her in her situation and how she continued to apply them when she felt overwhelmed. I guess I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, because as I read her words again, the wisdom, grace and truth washed over me once more and I felt refreshed and invigorated. Ready to , “Do the work”.
From the Devotion:
“Perhaps you need to hear those three little words today.
Are you facing a challenge in your job? Do the work.
Does your marriage need to be rebuilt? Do the work.
Are you worried about your ability o be a good mother? Do the work.
Are you dealing with a personal hardship that just seems to big to overcome? Do the work.
Do you want to eat healthier, commit to regular exercise or lose weight? Do the work.
Is there a dream that God has planted in your heart that seems to big for you? Do the work.
“The challenge we face is not in focusing on how hard the work is but in seeking the God who promised to show up as we work.”
I felt I could have answered yes, to every one of those questions then, at least in my perception!
From my journal:
Lord, you know this day. I go with you. I go prepared.Let me do the work you have for me today, trusting you will complete what you have started.
I know this is a very short share this month from my own words in the journal, but I just had to share with you not only the importance of saving those sacred gifts of words, quotes, devotions in our journals BUT also the powerful message from this particular devotion, which is still meaningful and ministering to me 5 years later! Additionally, the reality that as we do both we never know the impact our words might have on another now or in the future. Something to consider.
Grateful to link up with my fellow Journal Keepers for Random Journal Day this month!