11 January 2013

255 days ago, well 256 days to be exact—-I began a journal challenge. I saw the idea on a blog and decided to give it a try. Heather Lindsey (from whose blog I got the idea) says “I look at my journal like my diary to God. I just pour out whats in my heart. I thank Him for being God— I tell Him I love Him. I tell Him whats going on in my life & my struggles.”

I use my journal for the same reasons. The biggest reason I joined the journal challenge was for growth. I looked at it as a challenge to grow closer to God by pouring out my heart to him daily.
Before beginning this endeavor I had started a morning devotional routine. I had been doing that every morning around 9am for several months. While I felt closer to God and surely learned more — my time with Him was not authentic. I will be honest I came with a heart set on something else, which is the wrong way to start a relationship with anyone — let alone God. As I began this challenge one prayer I had was answered. I prayed for months to God that he would reveal my heart to me. Then at the start of this challenge he did just that. Months later…255 days to be exact I can see that my heart has shifted to finally being focused on God.

Matthew 6:33 says Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

This truth is a touch realization for many of us but that doesn't make it any less true. In seeking God I have been given things I never prayed for, let alone dreamed that I would have. Growing closer to God has not only strengthened my faith and ability to deal with problems, it’s helped me in my journey to submit to my husband and has birthed something so beautiful in our marriage. My relationship with God has helped me love to myself more each day, and also helped me to easily love others —even the so called unlovable. Haha!

The best thing about chronicling this journey is being able to look back and see that growth! He’s brought me from such a long way, but I still have a ways to go. Like I stated earlier this challenge is about growth — Consistency is key but this is not about ritual even I have missed one day.If you also desire to be closer to God or just want spend more time with him I encourage you to join the challenge and write like crazy.


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