August 13, 2011

God Journal

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 13, 2011

“When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.” Exodus 24:3-4a

It is wise to journal for Jesus, for it captures the thinking of an ever-communicative Christ. When you document what God is saying, you understand more clearly and you remember more robustly. A dull pencil that writes is much better than a sharp mind that forgets. Writing out words and wrestling with how to define what you feel crystallizes your thinking. A God journal allows you to chronicle what Christ is doing in and through you. It is an immediate reminder of His faithfulness.

It is a time to unleash your anger to an absorptive white page and to celebrate answered prayer. It will one day bless those who may wade through your writings. A diary deals primarily with horizontal relationships; a God journal engages with eternity. The world makes more sense when you see it from God’s perspective. And His words are more penetrating and meaningful when you filter them through your heart and mind into words on paper.

When you take the time to write out what God is saying, you see His fingerprints all over your life. It is reassuring to see Christ’s copyright on your actions and attitudes. Journaling for God reminds you that He owns everything, including you. You are His representative to a lost and dying world. Like an alert secretary, you are to listen intently to dictation from Deity. God speaks through Holy Scripture. He speaks through your body, soul, mind, and spirit; He speaks through people, both friend and foe; He speaks through money or the lack thereof; He speaks through circumstances and in quiet prayer.

So, slow down, listen, and pen the heart of God. His words do not wander far away when you write them down. You are reminded of right when you choose to write. Therefore, find a quiet corner with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Open the best-selling book of all time and meditate on God’s timeless truth. Ask Him to apply His wisdom to your mind and heart.

With pen and paper (or computer keyboard) in hand, write out what the Lord is saying to you. Write your letter from God and your letter to God. It may be one sentence, a paragraph, or a page. The length doesn’t matter. What matters is capturing your meditative moments, so you can decode Christ’s heart for you. You can release your struggles and anxieties to your loving heavenly Father and think through His will and plan for your life.

Your God journal is evidence of His love and faithfulness. It builds a foolproof faith. It is not the style or flow that matters to your Father in heaven. Your words may be misspelled and your sentences fragmented. That’s okay. God can take broken phrases and heal a fractured faith. You write about what’s important to you. Your goal is not journalistic excellence. Your goal is to align your heart with His. A God journal facilitates this outstanding outcome by faith. Journaling is therapy and trust. Writing helps you and others remember God’s faithfulness. The Bible says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it…’”(Exodus 17:14a).

Taken from the August 13th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.

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  1. marilin says:

    Hi, how can I get just one or two copies of Seeking God Daily without having to buy the case with 32 copies?

  2. Pat Barnes says:

    As always, this comes to me in God’s perfect timing. I learned years ago, to write down my feelings as a way of ‘venting’ without cause and effect to others. This message puts that practice in an additionally Godly context that I need especially now.

    I enjoy this messages daily and thank you for them. You will most likely never know how many people read, enjoy, learn and receive help from this ministry.

    In Christian Love and Appreciation,

  3. Gary Roberts says:

    Magnify the LORD

    O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3

    To magnify means to increase or exaggerate the importance or effect of – to magnify is to see a bigger picture – to magnify is to bring into closer view. When we magnify the Lord something wonderful happens in our lives. Our lives become alive in worship and praise and all is well within our souls. We need a daily quiet time in our lives where we can magnify the Lord.

    And when we take time to magnify the Lord with other followers of Jesus amazing things can happen. Together with those who love Jesus we get a bigger picture of who God is. Somehow our being together as we magnify the Lord in worship and praise we get a clearer picture of the greatness of our God and a bigger picture of the purpose God has for each of us.

    How vital it is to our growth as a follower of Jesus that we come together as believers and magnify the Lord. When we gather together to MAGNIFY the Lord with worship and praise God’s Spirit brings power and peace, joy and hope and God’s unfailing love sweeps into our hearts. When we come together with open hearts, eyes and ears God speaks – as God’s people let us magnify the Lord in worship and praise.

    Let us pray: Lord I want so to magnify Your Name all my days. I want to magnify You went I do the dishes, when I sit in front of the computer screen, when I look into the eyes of my children and grandchildren, when I do mundane things and when I do the impossible I want to magnify You Lord. Help me to find times to magnify You with others who like me follow the One You sent to be our Lord and Savior – Jesus. Amen.

  4. Marie says:

    It’s healing for the soul.

  5. jody schneider says:

    Thank you so much for your emails every day the words of wisdom are great they help me to make sense of things I do for God and what he does for me

    Sincerely Jody

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