Getting into the word, journaling and spending time with Jesus is near and dear to my heart. I have been journaling since I was 9! The theme of my journaling has changed over the years quite a bit (as you can imagine) but it has now become one of the main ways that I communicate with the Lord.
There is nothing more important in my life than my relationship with Jesus. Everything in my life flows from it. My desire is to know Jesus more everyday and by doing so make him known. I do not want to remain stagnant. I want to grow and mature. As you know, any relationship takes time and effort. You don't get to know someone overnight.
I have found that reading the word, meditating on a scripture that has spoken to me and writing it down have become so vital to my spiritual life. I get very easily distracted in my thoughts. When I write down what is on my heart to God and what he is speaking to me; it gives me focus. As I write down scripture it becomes imprinted on my heart and mind throughout the day. As I write down my prayers, I feel a weight lifted as I lay my requests before the Lord.
Each of us has our own way of communicating that is most comfortable for us. For me it is writing. I can articulate what I am feeling more clearly through the written word than the spoken. Not that I don't pray audibly and in my thoughts to the Lord, but writing has opened up a new door of communication that has helped to give me purpose in my thoughts and prayers.
I love their journals! The layout and sections help you organize and structure your time in the word. This is a 40 day journal with a scripture or quote for each day to get you inspired. If you have never journaled and don't know how to start, Gretchen takes you step by step and shows you right where to start! Not to mention the beautiful artwork on the cover. Pretty things are so much easier to use!
Ask God to help you make time. He wants more than anything to have communion with you. He will make a way for you. He will give you the supernatural grace and strength to seek him; whether it be early in the morning, during your lunch break or before you go bed.
I am always amazed at how every time I choose to say no to my flesh, pick up the Bible first and converse with my Father; he is always there waiting and always, always tells me just what I needed to hear. It might not always be what I wanted to hear, but his truth washes over my soul breathing life into me.
There is no way we can accomplish all that we have to do during the day with joy, purpose and grace if we are not first seeking the source. #preachingtruthtomyself
I could go on and on but I'll save it for another post;)
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I pray this would be the theme of our lives!
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus
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