I have to start by saying I am terrible at consistency. I am bad at exercising, eating good, reading scriptures, cleaning the kitchen… anything that should be done consistently I have difficulty with. I was looking through an old journal yesterday looking for something, and I got caught up in reading some of it (naturally!). I had a period where I was being consistent and writing every day for a few months. It was fun to go over it and brought back memories of a special time in my life. Have you ever looked back at your journal? It’s almost like meeting someone new or reading a story that seems familiar, but almost forgotten. I happen to have a bad memory, so reading over the entries was fun. I have always been told how important journaling is. I’ve tried on and off throughout my life to be consistent with it, but generally fail. Reading over my past, however, has led me to realize that recording even the most mundane, basic daily routines or happenings can be a joy to read about later on in life. What may be the daily norm right now may not be in a few years. It also allows us to see the Lord’s hand in our lives. When we are going through something or even before a major trial happens, we may not see His influence, but if we record those times then look back it becomes so much more obvious that He was with us. I know some people who have left the church who say they were brainwashed or never felt the Spirit in their lives, it was just peer pressure. I think we are encouraged to journal to help us remember in the tough times that those experiences were real, that the Spirit truly has guided our paths, and that the Lord has a plan for our lives. Remembering the Lord when we have a difficulties is our best chance to get through them. I saw a quote a while back from Janet Brigham that said “Sacred experiences gain validity by being recorded… And seen over a period of years, a life recorded day by day and page by page assumes pattern and purpose. A journal thus becomes a vehicle for seeing God’s interaction with us. ” (Read the article here) Just like anything else where we measure progress, if we don’t record what we’ve done, how do we know what to do or how far we’ve come? Journaling is our life’s progress and record. By diligently recording our daily activities and spiritual experiences, we can look back and see how we’ve grown, the paths we’ve been down, the Lord’s hand in our lives, and gain a greater testimony of His love for us. I hope you can (if you haven’t already!) make time for journaling and use it as a way to see God’s interaction with you. This is my hope, that I will try to work on consistently journaling to better see His hand in my life.
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