One List Everyone Should Keep This Year
Last year I stumbled upon something. I wish I could say it changed the world, but it didn’t. It only changed mine.
I’ve been journaling for a few years now, but last year I did something a little different. During a time of prayer I felt like the Holy Spirit told me to set aside a few pages in my journal and write down every time the Lord blessed me. This sounded a little self-serving, but I did it any way.
I simply set aside about 5 blank pages in my journal and at the top of the first page I wrote, “My Blessings 2013.”
Every time I felt like the Lord blessed me with something I wrote down the date and what he did. I wrote several pages worth of things ranging from:
- A friend bought me lunch today.
- I had the opportunity to minister to someone today.
- I went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico.
- I got to stay in a friend’s condo for a week for free at the beach.
- I spent some great quality time with my oldest daughter.
These are just some of the things I wrote down. It was certainly a lot more than this and many of them were personal and special for me. Many of them were simple things the Lord did to show me that he loved me.
I began to write these things down because it’s easy to have a pity party when things aren’t going well in your life. At some point in the year I’m going to have a bad day and want to give up. I also wrote them down because I wanted a tangible reminder of how much God has done for me.
Gifts are tangible expressions of love. The Bible reminds us of this in James 1:17,
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…
After adding two miracles to my list from last week I had the opportunity to review the whole list for 2013 and I was pretty amazed as to how much the Lord did for me. It was almost overwhelming to think about.
Every time I was tempted to believe the lie of the enemy that God doesn’t love me I went back and reviewed the list as a reminder of God’s goodness in my life. Our emotions will lie to us, but facts are facts.
I decided to keep another list like this again this year. God’s already given me a couple of things to write down. It’s encouraged my faith and I bet it would do the same for yours.
Question: Will you give it a try this year?
I'm a pastor and writer. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for free as a download on this blog. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir