I need incentive.
It always helps to get something new. I used to be excited about going for a run when I bought some new running shoes. I couldn’t wait until the next morning to run, and somehow I’m more enticed to eat an apple if I’ve just gotten them from the store. Water? Well, I just need to be REALLY thirsty to drink it. (That’s another post.)
I received a gift recently. It’s a beautiful leather journal like the one above with Jeremiah 29:11 engraved on the front: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Each page is lined even with a short line at the top for the date and a verse at the bottom for the day.
I love the order it gives me. This unorganized and more “go with the flow” type personality of mine welcomes such a gentle arrangement. And when I write in it….well, I wonder why I haven’t done so every day of my adult life. Because in this journal, I deposit all my worries. All of them. And somehow the scripture at the bottom of the page readily applies to the deposit on the lines above.
I’ve always been a cheap spiral notebook journal-type advocate. But since receiving this beautiful treasure and discovering the power of its invitation to write in it, I’ve been converted. And I hope it has encouraged you to do the same.
Maybe someday I’ll know the secret to exercising every day or drinking water. You’ll be the first to know. If you have that secret, please do share!
ournal my friends. Buy a pretty one that can hold all your treasure. Deposit your worries on a page. And give them to the only One who has the resources and wisdom to take those worries and make them into something beautiful for His Kingdom.
Today’s verse at the bottom of my page of deposited worries: