The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34: 17-18
I hope that you have committed to be with the Lord each day for this journey. As much as I do not want to speak too much into your times, I do not want to leave you on the path without encouragement for the journey as you seek this good thing. So let me share with you a bit about my time seeking Him with pen and paper.
Life does not always offer us ideal circumstances, perhaps that is why some of us try so hard to plan. We want to feel like we have some control over the way things go on any given day. I traverse this balance cautiously. I have walked long enough with the Lord to know that planning is good, but trusting better…even crucial. How can I plan my day and then hand over my plans with the words, “Not my will but your will, Lord.” if I don’t trust the Lord, who holds all the plans of man in His hands? How can I trust Him if I don’t take time to know Him in prayer and by seeking Him in His word?
I wonder what your Love Language is? Have you ever wondered what God’s Love Language is? The idea about the way people give, show and receive love called Love Languages are based on many factors such as experiences, personality, communication style and even areas of talents and gifts. I read the book years ago, but gave my copy away. Maybe my love language is giving things away! I think that would be under giving/receiving gifts, but I have forgotten, I will have to re-read it.
Something about the way my week has gone has me thinking about the differences in communication styles among people. How it is so easy for one person to share an expression of love or try to communicate something and have that expression or communication completely misunderstood, misconstrued, or even missed completely!
The beauty of our God is in Him nothing is misunderstood. He is clear on us and able to clearly communicate with us His heart and desires for our lives, interactions, decisions and relationships. There is no misunderstanding with God, on His part. You never have to worry that He doesn’t “get” you. He created you! He gets you full well. He wants to teach you. He wants to teach me. As a matter of fact He has provided all we need for this dynamic to happen.
I think that one of my greatest gifts is the Faith that God has given me. I choose to live my life always looking through the eyes of the faith I have received. I do not believe I am overly spiritual, but I just give God my OK to use ALL of my life, every area as a classroom for Him to teach me. So everything in my life, always comes under the category of Training in Jesus 101. Because this is the lens I view life through, I show up to class each day to check in with my teacher. I sit with pen, paper and open Bible. I listen. As a matter of fact I listen more now than talk compared to the earlier days of my walking with Him. I read scripture passages, I ponder them, I ask Him what He is talking about, or how He wants me to apply scripture to my life. It also leaves the door open for Him to teach and correct me through others, circumstances, experiences and conversations. Most of my poetry is written after meditating and reflecting upon scripture.
Sometimes people are intimidated when they think about Journaling and when they consider journaling for spiritual growth. But friends, journaling makes me a better listener of God and a better writer. They work in tandem. When I write in my journal, I clarify my thoughts before the Lord, in turn He communicates, corrects and coaches my thinking which in fact improves my communicating both His thoughts and my own more clearly. Phew! Anyway, I hope I have not lost you yet.
Let me put it simply: God speaks through His Word. Writing is a vehicle God uses to draw me closer to Him. You can have this same connection through writing to and through God.
Remember these things: You do not have to write a lot of stuff in your journal to Journal your journey with Jesus. Some days, I have journaled a sentence. Sometimes, a paragraph. A scripture that spoke to my heart. A confession. A list of Thanksgivings. A plethora of praises. A quote from a devotional or something I am reading.
Follow where He prompts you: Scripture applies to our lives. The Holy Spirit will guide you to the scripture you need for your life in time.
Give God “Full Access”: Ask if there is any area that is off-limits to Him whether by accident or design and let Him speak to you about changing.
My Journey So Far: I have been in Titus, as I mentioned in the earlier post, but the next day God swiftly brought me to re-read Romans 12-16 (If you follow me on Facebook I bet you could already tell!) I had just read the Book of Romans the last week in March, but God redirected me back for further reflection and admonition. I give Him thanks for His grace, Spirit and Truth. OH, and this afternoon, I have been meditating on Psalm 34.
I promise my next few posts will be shorter! HOW are YOU doing with your journaling journey so far? Please let me know how I can help you in your journey in the comments below or if there is something you want me to address about details of quiet time, Bible reading, prayer, seeking Him. I hope this has been helpful. God bless you on your Journey, my friends.