Monday, January 30, 2012

Just Thinking

We went to a memorial the other day, for a lady from our church that had passed away. It was a beautiful service.

There were friends and family that shared memories...it was obvious that this lady loved the Lord, loved his word and loved to worship. There was no doubt where her hope had been and in the process God was glorified.  I was blessed, encouraged and provoked.

The lady also journaled, apparently for many years. One of the things that was done as part of the memorial was to read a few excerpts from her journals. Some of the entries were everyday things that made me smile, but what I was struck with the most was her utter dependence on God...a place we should all be, yes?  I think about her family, those journals are a window into her life and will always be a memory of her.

What does your journal say about you? I can tell you mine shows that life has lots of twists and turns, failures, heartbreaks and struggles.Times of stability and praises and times when my plans were not his plans. Most importantly though, I hope my journals show that God is always faithful. That he is my strength, my peace, my hope and my joy. That yes I have failed but He never has. That God gives much grace. That he can be that light on the darkest days...that he gives me a future and a hope and is the one who sustains me.


Debbie said...

My (private) journal shows that I am one hot mess who desperately needs a God who specializes in hot messes.

Creations By Cindy said...

God so loved us doesn't He? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

Good morning....I have never kept a private journal, though I REALLY wish I had. Some of my blog posts have some good honest feelings, insights and thoughts in them, but then I do try and keep all the hard stuff we go through out of them. Not really totally realistic huh? I do try to get the lessons learned down though. Hope you have a good day! HUGS

cindy said...

Thought provoking post.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I don't keep a private journal, although I wish I did. I'm afraid to tell you what it would reveal ... but praise God! He's faithful even when I'm not, He's patient even when I'm not, He's forgiving even when I'm not, He never gives up even when I do.

Sandy said...

I have kept a journal for years and in it you would find a profile of a woman who loves her God and has a greater need of Him than the air she breathes.

Laurie said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. So nice to *meet* you.

Have a great day!

Camille said...

What a thought-provoking post Maryann! Yes, indeed...God is Faithful! Might we all live our lives to glorify and honour HIM. How wonderful that the lady you mention left such a legacy behind...so beautiful!


Make a Joyful Noise all ye Lands said...

I came over from another blog.

Beautiful Rainbow.. I love to take pictures of them.. A reminder that God is with me.

I love to journal. Some of my prayers I blog. Most of my prayers are in marbled compositions books. A comfort to me for many years.