I started it in 1988. The pages are yellowed with age, but the words are strong: Proverbs 10:29
(a) KJV “The way of the LORD is strength to the upright:”
. . .
Then I went on to Proverbs 3:5-8 KJV
—one we all know by heart. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”
Thus was the beginning of my prayer journaling. It should have been called my Skippy
journal. Or “Sporadic Journal”. That’s what it seems to have been. But I know I kept on praying…I just didn’t take the time to journal. I had two small children and they kept me hopping from the time my feet hit the floor until I collapsed on the bed at night.
What caused me to unearth this book from it’s resting place in the bottom of a drawer was Wanda’s prayer journal. I have hers. One day someone will have mine. I now realize the value of the written word. Touched by her hands, words scratched out with pen or pencil from a sincere heart beating with the love of Jesus Christ. It has great value to me–for inside are her thoughts on the WORD of God. Her prayers and her struggles, along with pages of praise!
I just noticed. Mine is much the same. Favorite scripture quotes, insights and prayer needs. In essence, a journal does a lot for the writer, but for the reader down the road, it offers great encouragement!
When troubled about a situation I would write it out. Then, when God gave me the peace through His word or through prayer, I would write out the answer or the change of attitude. Wanda did the same. It has encouraged me to see and know that I am not alone in the struggles that I face daily. You aren’t either.
In a conversation with a dear friend recently, I commented that cards or notes of encouragement is something that I try and send often. The best time—is when I have needed encouragement myself! I usually put scriptures or a prayer for the individual and pray for them as I write. You have no idea how much this act of love can help the “sender”. And then the extra blessing when the “receiver” gets the card of encouragement in the mail and they are lifted up and know that someone is there along side them in their pain. Praying.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 NIV
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 NIV
Dear friends, I see and feel the day approaching. Let us get about the business of encouraging one another daily. If you have an address for the individual, use the mail man. If you have the e-mail address only, use it! Always share with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ~for in His Word is power—and I tell you today—with all the urgency in my heart—we will need all the power He can and WILL— pour on us as we go about the business of sharing our love and faith in Him to others!
I’ve been here before. As a matter of fact, I believe as the past 300+ have passed, many changes have taken place in my life. Some were unexpected. Some changes I began to see hints of in 2013. I re-read some journal pages from last year just this morning–and saw where some of it began.
I will leave you with words from Paul to the Thessalonians—they are good for sharing to our hearts and lives today! “But I don’t need to write to you about the Christian love that should be shown among God’s people. For God himself has taught you to love one another. Indeed, your love is already strong toward all the Christians in all of Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we beg you to love them more and more.” I Thessalonians 4:9-10 NLT
© 2014 Angie Knight- The Knightly News. All rights reserved. Previously posted with Laced With Grace.