So, this is me being vulnerable (which isn’t the most comfortable thing for me) but I’m just not that into it this year. Usually, I am all decorated the week of Thanksgiving and have a strategy for Christmas gifts. I start baking in November. I’m all wrapped a week or two before Christmas, and all the Christmas carols I listen to all month long make me cry. I love Christmas….but this year, I’m just not feeling it. Isn’t that terrible? ….
My journal is very precious to me…and very private. I typed 3 other blogs this morning and wasn’t happy with any of them. I kept coming back to this…I need to share my journal page with you. My journal is filled with my private thoughts and things I get from the Lord. I write down the scriptures that encourage me and things He speaks right to my heart. The Word inspires me. It refreshes me. It encourages my faith and trust in the Lord. But most of all, the Word CHALLENGES me…and I capture those challenges too, usually with tears, so I can grow and change and draw closer to the One who loves me so much!
Every year, one of my favorite Christmas presents is my new journal, and they have come in all shapes and sizes. I love to journal. It’s not like a daily diary. If it were, most days would be pretty boring. But I do write the BIG moments. I capture the memorable moments…what God spoke to me a particular day or if something AMAZING happened. Luke is journaling here….he’s writing the highlights of the life of Jesus. The things that stuck out to him. The things he thought were noteworthy. He took two whole chapters to write about the events leading up to and including Jesus’ birth and dedication in the temple. Then, in one verse, he covers twelve years of His life. And then he skips ahead to when Jesus is starting His ministry….why did he skip those years?…..
Ever look at something that happened in your life and say, “Really, God? Why???” If only this…..then that? You go over and over things in your mind. Sometimes you can’t get to a logical solution no matter how many different ways you replay it in your head. And you are just stuck with the question – WHY??? I look at the story of the wise men the same way…
Did you ever have amazing news you wanted to share, only no one is around to listen? So you call your spouse. No answer. You call your best friend. No answer. It’s such amazing news you want to shout it from the rooftops! So…God had a baby, and He really wanted to tell someone….who does He pick? It wasn’t the celebrity down the road.