Dear friends,

I know I’ve been a long time gone from this blog, and I’m not making time to really blog, just taking a moment to encourage you in something.

JOURNALING. Do it.

This morning, as I reclaimed my room from the deluge that had temporarily taken over (yes, my bedroom flooded a few weeks ago… I’ve been a refugee in my brother’s bedroom while it dried out), I took some time to read a few entries from my old journals. It is amazing to me to step back into my journey with Jesus in 2004, 2007, and 2009… He’s been the leader on my life-walk for some time now, but He increasingly moves and speaks in my life.

In 2004, I felt pretty lost and lonely, diving into college… stress taking its toll on my body through painful boils… breaking down and going to counseling at the recommendation of my doctor… my journal reads like emotions in ink and a prayer for help.

In 2007, I felt alive and adventurous, moving to Cambodia for a summer of research… reflecting on deep questions about poverty and loving the least… wide-eyed and teachable, eager to learn and longing to belong… my journal reads like a novel of discovery.

In 2009, I felt serene and secure in the middle of a wild storm… aware of many pressing needs and contending in prayer for life for a friend, as I was holding down the fort in South Sudan while Michele traveled… my security was rooted in my morning walks with Jesus, where my journal recorded His sweet words and promises that sustained me… my journal reads like a two-way conversation.

Like I said – JOURNALING. Do it.

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

3 responses »

  1. Tami says:

    Couldn’t agree more! Love to journal 🙂

  2. Jennie Joy says:

    See, folks? Another journaling endorsement! DO IT! 😉

  3. […] a journal entry written in 2007, as a college student interning for the summer with World Hope in […]

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