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How to Create a Praise Journal

By March 2, 2016Faith

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

 

Family-Blessing-Journal

 

I’m the reason we were Over $20,000 in debt on our honeymoon.

We had only been married a few days and I told him I would eat beans and rice for a year if he bought it for me. Think of how wonderful it would be to have for vacations for life and we could pass it down to our children! He agreed!… But regretted it every day since.

Yup, I talked my husband into buying us a timeshare in Las Vegas while we were on our honeymoon. Did I think about how we would pay it off or how it would affect us in the long run? Not really.

BUT GOD! He had great plans even though my own we’re not that good.

This journey of struggle and uncertainty ended up bringing us closer together and was the reason we started our praise journal.

It started as a simple word document and turned into a notebook that we have been writing in for 6 years now. It’s filled with prayers requests for our immediate and extended family members for both the simple and extravagant requests.

At a time when my husband was starting his self-employment, I was making peanuts, we lived in tiny one-bedroom where my daughter slept on a small cot on the floor we were struggling to see in the midst of it all

BUT GOD! Little did we know he would provide in a way that we would’ve never imagined.

Looking back on those years of tears and frustration I see God’s hand working in our lives in our favor.

We would write out our requests and the date. Then we pray and go back and write how and when God answered that specific need or want.

Through the years, it has been our constant reminder that He has been our provider in the past and will take care of our needs in the future.

As we go through trials we can look back see what He has brought us through and proof of his miracles and blessings in our lives.

Oh how quickly we forget, in times of trouble, how good God really is. How that situation seemed hopeless and He brought us through it and now we can encourage someone else in a similar situation.

God specializes in turning our messes into a message of hope and redemption. He’s done it for us. He will do it for you if you’ll allow him to.

Do you keep a record of the amazing things God has done and what He has brought you through?

If not, here is how you can start.

{HOW TO MAKE/KEEP A JOURNAL}

Start today. Grab a sheet of paper or a notebook. Write down a few prayer requests that may be weighing you down or a breakthrough you are needing God to deliver you from. Periodically throughout the year go back and remember.  See if there are things God has brought you through or if he is still working out the process.

Remember to celebrate in the struggle. In the book of James we see a mandate to rejoice in the midst of our trials and to know that while persevering may be difficult in the middle of trial, it will also refine our faith. If God hasn’t brought you through something just yet, it is not without a purpose. That purpose may not be for us to know but he is working it all out for our good.

Also, know that in the end we win! So what may look like a lack of provision can really be a blessing in disguise.

Remember to seek God’s face and not just his hand. He is not a magic genie in a bottle that you should go to when you need some kind of material possession. If you approach this journal like that you’ll miss the point.  God is a loving father who cares deeply about your every need be it material, spiritual, emotional or physical.

Sometimes you get cool stuff sometimes you don’t. But just like a good parent would not give their child every and anything they ask for, God is the same way. He has a way of vetting our requests, with our best interest in mind, and every now and again hooking us up.

Enjoy the journey! It’s not about the destination or prize possession, but about looking back at a track record of faithfulness that God will maintain in your life.

 

 

 

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