Dear Diary
June 23, 2022

Looking through my keepsake box, I found a small, blue diary that I wrote in when I was 12 and 13 years old. Some parts that I read were quite comical, especially seeing my middle school mindset. Other parts were very insightful.  I even wrote how God had answered various prayers.  Also, I was reminded of stories that I had forgotten about my beloved parents who are both now resting in peace.  This little, seemingly insignificant diary has become a personal history book of events, answered prayers, and even evidence of how I have grown mentally, personally, and spiritually.  Throughout the years, I have used writing as a way to connect to God. 


Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, added to the busyness of life that can cause us to sometimes forget to count our blessings and become overwhelmed by worry, doubt, and fear.  A way to combat this human tendency is to write in a journal. I love to alternate 3 types of journals: gratitude, prayer, and devotional. In my gratitude journal, I write 5 things I am grateful for.  I list them or turn them into a thanksgiving prayer.  Praise and thanksgiving are powerful tools that will keep you in peace when you are in a difficult situation or season. Colossians 3:15 (NIV) says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”  In my prayer journal, I find scriptures about the particular issue I am dealing with. I write a prayer and date it. Then, when it’s answered I date it. This is a great way to record what I call “Faith Victories.” Periodically, I look back at how God came through in my life and this strengthens my faith – especially when I am battling a trial. Finally, I utilize a journal for devotions. In this journal, I take notes on scriptures or messages. I write questions to God and wait on the Holy Spirit to lead me with answers. It’s a wonderful way to dialogue with the Holy Spirit. I can go back and see how the Lord led me in a certain direction and the results of my obedience. Writing helps give me clarity about what I hear the Holy Spirit leading me to do. Proverbs 2:6 (AMP) says, “For the LORD gives [skillful and godly] wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. “

PRAY THIS PRAYER: “Lord, I love that you want me to connect and fellowship with you. You say,  “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Thank you for allowing me to come into your presence.  Forgive me for neglecting to put you first in my priorities.  Please remind me to spend consistent and regular time with you. Lord as I write in my journal, I ask that you will speak to my heart and give me clarity of your truth.  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”

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