I don’t like to journal. These are strange words coming from someone who aspires to be writing Christian devotionals and other encouraging words. But after journaling through my college years and the early years of marriage, I got tired of it. I didn’t like the stacks of journals I was accumulating, and I didn’t like the idea of people reading me unedited should anyone ever decide to peek into my journals. So I gave it up.
Yesterday, I read all 65 posts on my website. Since the pandemic started, I haven’t written very much. I wanted a good overview of what I had written, and to see if there was anything I wanted to expand on. I was also doing a quick check to see if there was anything cringeworthy, especially for the month where I posted every single day. I’ve only been writing on this website for less than a year, with the goal of encouraging others to be closer to Jesus. It’s not quite a journal, but it is a good reflection of the journey God has had me on this past year. And it opened my eyes and encouraged me.
I saw where God had answered prayer, and how worry hadn’t helped. There are posts where I am forthright about my problems, and there are others where I just referred to them generally. Because the truth is, we all have problems and concerns. Bringing these burdens to the Lord in prayer has never been a mistake. Worrying may be a natural response to our circumstances, but it didn’t help me get through the problems. God did.
I was reminded of His truth in Scripture. My favorite and most timeless posts are the ones full of Scripture. God and His Word are faithful and true. Always.
I was reminded of hope. This is a challenging time for so many people, for so many different reasons. The source of hope is Jesus. Romans 15:13 says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Even when the future ahead of you is uncertain, God is our confident hope. His ways are perfect.
Spend some time in reflection in prayer today to remind yourself of God’s sufficiency, faithfulness, and hope in your life.