Any kind of journaling is a release of thoughts, memories, gleanings; a way of putting things into perspective for future reference. Spiritual journaling is particularly productive because of its subtle way of enlightening once the words are out of the mind and onto the page. Here are a few examples dictated by gifted thinkers:
Faith is characterized by people believing God’s word regardless of their personal circumstances. Father Peter Coughlin, Catholic Priest.
God will give you an idea that will challenge you to live by trust. Robert H. Schuller, Hour of Power
He is your best friend who brings out of you the best that is in you. Henry Ford
No problem is too big for God’s power, no person is too small for God’s love. Robert Schuller
We defeat ourselves, or gain victories by the thoughts we think. Norman Vincent Peale
Through His word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God will teach us what is right and enable us to do it. Our Daily Bread magazine.
The most important thing of all things to possess is peace of mind. Peace of mind includes all other good things. Emmet fox
Some of the best advice ever given: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Some people get hung up on the word, “repent”. It seems to automatically ring a ‘religion’ bell in their head and they are turned off probably because of Acts 2:38 where Peter tells the people, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…”
In this regard repent means to be sorry for living in ways that dishonor God.
However, Professor Robert Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, adds that it is “the internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones.”
To me, this explanation is much more digestible and may appeal to those outside of religion as well as to the religious.
The internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones…it makes me happy that I got hung up on a word.
This post was prompted by a blog from Matthew Ruttan’s devotional, UP, on April 29th.
Blog ideas come to me from many places and this one is from Pastor Matthew Ruttan’s July 17th devotional. The photo and its caption captured my attention. It reminded me of the many times I’ve heard this from people…”That’s just the way I am and I can’t change.”
Well, that’s all fine and dandy but what if a change would be for the better as in the case of the caterpillar?
What if you could learn more, do more, be more, have more peace and become aware of your life’s purpose?
I’m not calling myself a butterfly but I’m sure glad God loved me enough to not leave me as I was. Are you ready to be changed? Accept the love that is offered and watch the cocoon of your life take wings.
God loves you as you are. But God loves you too much to leave you as you are.