While Robby and I were dating, we spent more time apart than we did together. We lived an hour and a half away from each other, which means that the time we got to be together were on the weekends—until he went away for the summer to be a camp pastor in Glorieta, New Mexico. Our main source of communication was electronic: we talked almost every day on the phone and we corresponded constantly through email. Every morning, I would get to work with fresh excitement as I checked my email to see if I had a message from him. I eventually printed our emails and laminated some of them so I could always have them. I put them in a little keepsake box along with cards and post it notes he used to write me all of the time. Less than a year after we were married, in August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall miles from where we lived and forced us to evacuate. When we were packing our single suitcase each, Robby and I were debating what else we should take. Should we take the wedding pictures off of the wall? No, we decided. We’d be back. Should we take the golf clubs? No, we decided. We’d be back. I ended up taking only my suitcase and the little box of memory keepsakes, not realizing that everything we left behind would be lost forever. To this day I am so thankful that I have these emails, notes, poems and cards because they mean so much to me. I want to pass them down to our boys one day. We go back from time and time and re-read them reminisce. We like to remember what God was doing in our lives at that point and time. That’s exactly what Journaling does. It time stamps your life and what God is doing during different seasons so that you can return one day in the future and see what He was up to. Imagine if the authors of the Bible hadn’t written down the words God spoke to them through the Holy Spirit. We wouldn’t be reading them today! Yet they have endured through the ages and still flourish and accomplish their purpose today. Journaling through your time in the Word will help you in at least five ways:
Why Journaling the Word is Essential
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