162. The Template

Note from the Storyteller:  Today’s posting may not be new to all of you since one similar was posted earlier under a different number.

If you have read it before, read it again, reflect, and enjoy.  If it is new to you, read it, reflect, and enjoy.

Blessings on your day!

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“Your encouragement has not accomplished what I hoped,” I said to Stan one morning.

“I’m not sure what you are talking about,” was his response.

“Journaling,” I said.  “You’ve convinced me of its positive impact on you and your relationship with God.  I would like to have the same sort of experience, but I have tried to journal with no success in doing it consistently.  I just can’t get in the groove.”

Continuing, I said, “I can do it for a couple of days and then it is a long time before I get back to it.  I am frustrated.”

“Maybe I can help,” was Stan’s response.  “Some time back, I had a similar conversation with a young woman who wanted to journal her devotions and prayers, but just couldn’t do it consistently.”

Continuing, He said, “I told her she needed to have a template.”

“What did you mean by that?” I asked.

“Have a set pattern or template for what you do each time you sit down with your journal.  Say, for example, you have a particular daily devotional you like.  Start with it each day, pick out one sentence that strikes you, and write about what the Lord tells you about that.”

“Then, again merely as an example, start making your way through the Book of Psalms little by little, writing about each verse or verses you cover.  Then you might start making your way through the New Testament in the same way.”

“I can virtually guarantee,” Stan concluded, “that if you follow this sort of template you will get into a routine that makes journaling something to anticipate, rather than something about which you feel a failure.”

“I’ll give it a try,” I said.  “Thanks.”

“A word of caution, my friend,” Stan said.  “Remember that there is a difference between journaling and keeping a diary.”

He then added, “Make absolutely certain that your journaling is being led by God.  Having and following a template, rather than just writing about what comes to mind, will help.”

“Make a specific request of God to lead you and take the time with all you are reading and writing about to make certain that it is in accord with what God has for you.  And not in accord with what you have for yourself.”

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Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31.

Prayer:  Lord, you know I want to have a deeper and growing relationship with you.  Sometimes it is difficult for me to maintain pursuing that on a regular basis.  I need and ask for your help in growing ever closer to you.  Please help me.  Please lead me to where you want me to be in our relationship, and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


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