I was cleaning stuff out the other day and came across some old journals I was required to keep while I was in college. One shouldn’t have to “be required” to keep journals, but when you are doing life full-time, working, being a mom, and trying to do ministry, you find that writing or keeping a journal doesn’t get top priority like it should.
The motivation to start keeping one was driven by a need to get a good grade in the class. During this semester of college, first thing almost every morning, I recorded an entry in my journal.
I started flipping through the pages and thought it would be fun to share some of the entries with you.
These entries date back to late 2009, having just gone through the loss of my youngest brother. It’s fitting God would time this requirement in class with this specific time in my life, having me journal, recording every prayer he would answer, and how he would answer them. It’s confirmation for me once again that God knows best. In my own feeble mind I struggle with that, thinking of course I know better, but in the end he wins out, and thankfully so.
I was required to send the completed journals to my college professor for a final grade. At first I thought there was no way this man would sit and read all the entries. He would probably check for format and the required parts. He would then give me a grade and that would be the end of it. My journaling wouldn’t mean as much to him as it had meant to me. I was wrong. He returned them with a yellow post-it note attached to the inside flap with the following message:
100 – Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in tough times!
He had read my journal entries. He wouldn’t have written those words if he hadn’t. Maybe, just maybe the journal entries spoke to him. Maybe they will speak to you.
God was so inspiring and present in those days, difficult days at best. But one thing was for sure – he stayed with me and helped me through. I came out a stronger person because of the trials.
I pray you enjoy some of the entries from my personal journal of 2009. May they be a blessing to you.
In His Service still,
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