I sure wish I remember who gifted me with that gold, little book. Filled with all the thoughts and feelings of a tween girl, that “5 Year Diary” given to a 3rd-grade girl birthed a love for writing.
Over the years, that writing has changed and shifted. I have kept notebooks filled with prayer requests and answers as well as scripture that has moved me. Writing is how I process my relationship with the Lord; all He is doing and all I have yet to understand. The very personal writings of a little girl documenting all that was happening in her life has been replaced.
Recently, while discussing a new book proposal I’m working on, my friend Renee said, “Lynn, just pull out all of your old journals. That is where you’ll find the stories you lean.”
She got me thinking, “Maybe I shouldn’t have let processing on paper go.” And that’s as far as it went.
I think the Lord is nudging me again this morning.
In Numbers 33:2 it says, “At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages:” (NIV 84)
While I am not saying God is commanding you and I to record our journey with Him, I do think there is great value in being able to look back. Documenting our journey gives us a place of reference, where we can see with our own eyes, all that God has done for us; where we have been and just how far we have come. This journal of our journey can be a source of joy on those days when life seems just too hard.
Some day, even our children and grandchildren can see that testimony.
Give it some thought. Maybe the Lord will have you begin recording your journey. This week, I’ll be teaching at She Speaks, Proverbs 31 Ministries conference for women who feel called to speak, write and lead; a conference for those who want to take a next step in sharing that journey with others. You can learn more at www.SheSpeaksConference.com. Maybe you’ll join us next year!