THE SPIRIT OF GOD is always hovering and waiting. Journaling is an opportunity to encounter the spirit. Whenever we set aside time to connect with our inner thoughts, remember the events of yesterday, or dream dreams for tomorrow, we open a way for the Spirit to play an active role in our lives.
Each time I begin a journaling session I try to anticipate a meeting with the Spirit. I look for signs — did an idea come seemingly out of nowhere or did details unexpectedly fall into place? I search for God moments — did my Bible reading open up new meaning for my life or did I see God’s love active in someone else’s life? I monitor my heart for a sense of peace even in the midst of chaos. Is my intuition, otherwise known as nudging from the Spirit, telling me to check on an elderly neighbor or go photograph the sunrise tomorrow?
Can I see or feel the Spirit in the quiet, uneventful sessions when the only entry in my journal is the date? Even on these quiet days, I continue the conversation through the silence of my pen. Opening the journal allowed the hovering Spirit to enter and act as a companion, even if I was not aware of the presence in my mind. I trust that I know in the deep recesses of my soul.
-Valerie K. Isenhower
Journeying Through the Days 2013
From “The Spirit of God” by Valerie K. Isenhower in Journeying Through the Days 2013: A Calendar and Journal for Personal Reflection. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.
Psalm 127:2, NRSV
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