Happy New Year! Isn’t it funny how we go through life through most of the year completely normally, then the calendar resets and the whole world feels the need to change who they are? Why don’t we have the mindset of bettering ourselves, rather than changing ourselves? Its a day unlike any other, but people high and low on this earth are having life changing moments, thinking “This is my year.” I don’t have the slightest clue where this year is going to take me, so I won’t be one of those people. But I’m excited to see what this twelve month infinity holds.
A couple weeks ago, I filled a journal. I filled it with about two years of prayer. Good and bad. Cries and joys. Pleas and thanks.
2016 was hard for me. In more ways than one. I’m not going to throw myself a pity party. I’ve ranted about that to you enough. Thank you, friends, for listening. But more so encouraging. You made 2016 bearable.
But you know what was there through all of it? My journal. Every night it was there with the quote on its cover :
Something about filling a journal is weird. The things past me had no idea were coming when I first opened those pages. The things I longed for, learned from, and thought I needed. The things I thought I could do on my own. Almost-seventeen-year-old me understands so much more about this life than fourteen-year-old me. And still, I have not even scratched the surface. A lot of things in life are with you through a lot; your car, your phone, your purse. But a journal hears more about it than anything. More than your family, your car, and everything in between.
Personally, I write to God in my journal. I both document my life and pray in no pattern whatsoever. I love that I can pour my heart out to God, myself, and the pages. I love that it doesn’t matter how I do it. I love that it is strictly and purely mine.
Starting a new journal is crazy. Knowing what could potentially fill these pages in these 364 days and beyond fills me with immense hope and immense fear. There are a minuscule amount of knowns and a massive amount of unknowns. Thankfully, there is a constant…
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. -Genesis 28 : 15
I’m thankful for the constants in my life. I’m thankful for writing. I’m thankful for reading. I’m thankful for journaling. I’m thankful for doodling. I’m thankful for new years and new journals ready to be filled with new memories.
One last thing before I go! I started the Little Faith Book by http://www.littlefaithblog.com (if your interested click on the link and the you’ll find it!) along with a Bible plan by the same author and I LOVE IT! It is so fun to use my (lack of) creativity to worship Him in my studies and devotionals. It is such a perfect way to start the new year. Its only day two and I already feel refreshed and happy. I feel…deeply rooted. 🙂
I hope 2017 is good to each and every one of you. ❤
All My Love,