One way to chart where you have been and where you are going is to
keep a journal. Books on journaling are scarce perhaps because
it is a private exercise.
My habit of writing down abbreviated prayer requests and praises
almost daily has shown to me the value of journaling.
Heres a peek (entries are in italics):
July 1995: Chuck and Stefanie
for a child.
Our daughter Stefanie married Chuck Meyers in August 1991. They planned
to start their family soon after, but it didnt happen.
August 1997: Thank You for Chuck and Stefanies baby-to-come.
The struggle with infertility was taking a toll. Amid Mothers
Days and arrivals of friends babies, Stefanie received a promise
from Gods Word. She knew in her heart that, when it happened,
it would be Gods timing.
March 1998: Help Chuck and Stefanie remain strong.
Both continued to speak in faith: "When I get pregnant
"; "When we have children
August 1998: Baby boy Meyers.
Faith must have welled up in my heart.
March 20, 2000: Chuck and Stefanie came to the house to tell us
she is pregnant.
What a memorable moment!
November 30, 2000: Connor Dean Meyers is born.
This isnt a tribute to my prayers, although I know God heard
and saw my desire to be a grandmother. Its a tribute to a daughter
and son-in-laws faith.
Connors baby book has on the cover: "You are the child
for which we prayed." Inside is the verse: "For this child
I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of
him" (1 Samuel 1:27). His parents now have my journal entries.
We want Connor to know hes a child of promise.
I encourage you to do some form of journaling abbreviated
or detailed so you can look back to see God in the ebb and
flow of life. Then you will know that you can hear Him in the days
ahead when He whispers your name in the gentle breezes or when He
shouts to you in your storm.
So where am I going?
Straight to Connors house after I write this editorial.
*Theme for Assemblies of God Womens Ministries 2001 from Genesis
16:7,8 (NIV). Today (February 25) is National Womens Ministries