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12.21.19 – Pen, Paper, and Hearts

This morning I realized I’m on my last page of my current journal.

It always feels like God does something a little different in my life, with each new journal.

I’ve come to expect a new “page” turned or perhaps even a new “chapter” as I start each brand new journal.

I was thinking about God writing things down the other day. He’s written down a lot of things. He’s the original Author. He wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger.

I was thinking about how He sees the importance in writing things down to remember, to remind, to declare, to decree, to record, to reveal, to create…

I think there’s something more powerful to “writing things down” and recording them, than perhaps we are able to realize in our minds.

How is the written word so powerful?

I think there is more of a purpose behind “writing things down” than we may realize.

There is something a word (both written and spoken) does that goes beyond what we can understand…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” -John 1:1

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14

Jesus is called “the Word” and He became this living, breathing example of God’s Word to us.

I ponder questions like… “What would have happened if God didn’t have the bible written out for us?”

We write things down with the intent to remember those things.

It’s strange how I seem to remember things better in my mind after I’ve written them down with a pen and paper, without even having to refer back to what I’ve written down. I’ve already determined that I intend on remembering this thing I’m writing down.

I think there is something “hidden” and perhaps even “built into” writing that can somehow work in the healing process.

…mending of the mind and healing of the heart.

Writing feels like a way of exposing the deepest part of my heart to the light.

For a person like me who struggles with conveying the complexity of what I would like to say when I speak– I think writing helps me to sort through it all, and to “export” it all, to somehow organize it all to be able to get it out and into the light.

I’m just drawn to it. I don’t understand it, I just experience it.

I remember as a kid, I used to get really excited over pens. I had a collection of pens, and I would get a notebook out and practice writing words. I would write my full name over and over and over. I would fill up the pages with all different kinds of ink, all different colors, testing out different kinds of pens on different kinds of words to see which one my favorite was, which way I liked to sign my name, which words I liked writing the most.

My pawpaw had a really nice wooden desk and I would often go and sit in the chair and he would let me open up the desk draw with all of his really nice mechanical pencils and pens. He would let me get all of those pens out and practice writing words with them. It was one of my favorite things to do.

Why does God put these desires and passions within us? Even from early childhood, things like this begin to surface in us… could it be that it’s something that God loves too?

Could it be that it’s He put it there within us because it’s a thing, a characteristic, a quality from His own heart? A thing that’s important to Him as well?

If God had a “Favorite Things to Do List” would writing be on that list?

I think so. ?

“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

-Heather ?

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