Why Would I Journal?

hearing god journal prayer Sep 26, 2019

When I say journaling, what comes to mind?

 

How many of those things that come up in your definition are things that you think, well, I don't do that or I can't do that, or I'm no good at that? Throw all those things away. 

 

I've love to journal. It's part of how I think and process. I encourage everyone to find a way to journal for two reasons. 

Process your thoughts

Use a journal to process new things that you're learning. Give yourself a place to collect the pieces that you're putting together.

 

Because it's your journal. It doesn't need to make sense to anybody else. Your journaling doesn't have to look anything like mine.

 

It's part of the way we're wired. If we write or draw something, it helps us to process it. It helps us to remember. That process of writing can look very different and very creative.

Record

 

Use your journal as a record of what God said. Record where He has answered prayer. Keep your record in any way that's...

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Let Pressure Push You to Healing

I’m an emotional wreck. I can’t think. I can’t hold back the tears and this intense ache.

A clear thought breaks through the suffocating emotion.

This hurts way more than it should. This is just normal teen stuff. They want to be with their friends. It’s a really busy season.

Why is it hurting so bad? What is it I’m really feeling?

I’m feeling SO rejected!

Rejection and I go way back. Way, way back. That’s why this hurts so bad. It’s time to heal.

I’m feeling pressure, stress, from other’s choices. I feel rejected. A crazy thing about feelings is I can feel rejection without ever having been rejected. This isn’t about blaming or figuring out who rejected me. It’s about me examining the wound with the Lord and receiving His healing so I can deal with current events as just that – current, present – not clouded and confused by past wounds.

Looking at pressure like the lobster, it’s time to grow....

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Removing Lies Rooted in Regret

Regret isn’t something I’ve given too much thought until recently. I read a word from Lana Vawser that said God was taking bags of regret off of mothers. The bags of regret or lightened as the lies were revealed and made holes in the bags.

I realized I have many regrets as a mother. And events this week have made them come very much to the forefront.

I started taking my regrets one at a time and identifying the lies that went with them.

I regret not doing things differently in my home school.

  • I’m a bad mom
  • I’m a bad teacher
  • I failed my kids
  • I could have made everything so much easier
  • I could have done so much better, so much more

I regret allowing fear and insecurity to direct my choices

  • I’m a failure
  • I should have done things differently
  • I’m a bad example

After I had identified the lies I asked the Lord the truth.

  • I’m a good mom
  • I’ve done well by my kids
  • God is working everything for my good and my...
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