Every Year’s Special
The year that I almost died from this disease, I wrote Psalm 50:15:
“Call to me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
I memorized that promise and begged God to let it be mine. After thousands around the world started praying, “Please let Ed live and serve,” I felt the Lord gave me permission to claim the promise.
So, I turned to the front of my journal and wrote:
2000 Verse of the Year: Psalm 50:15.
On the next line I wrote
2000 Prayer of the Year: Please let me live and serve.
That’s hard to argue with since sixteen years later I’m still here and seem to be the only one with this disease living a normal life.
So there’s another reason I’m committed to journaling.
And another reason I hardly ever miss my morning appointment with God, my time and space.
And Every Year Since
That yearly verse and yearly prayer had such power in my life that I decided to do it every year.
It brings a lot of excitement and purpose to journaling when you devote an entire year to a theme, a verse, and a prayer.
Determining Your Theme in 2016
Here are a few questions to help you determine your 2014 Journaling Theme:
- What is the greatest spiritual challenge you believe you’ll face this year?
- What do you feel is the greatest lesson the Lord Jesus is teaching you right now?
- How do you want the Lord to change you in 2011?
- What is the one verse that the Spirit keeps bringing to mind as you answer these questions?
Now, after you’ve spent some time meditating on these questions. Ask a few of your most trusted Christian friends to help you answer the questions from their perspective.
You’re going to be surprised at how powerfully the Spirit speaks through Christ’s community.
Try It Out
Spiritual Formation isn’t science, it’s relationship with the Lord Jesus and his people.
God’s not watching you with a “get your theme for this year straight or else” frown as you struggle with this process. Remember, He delights in you. He already knows what the year will bring. This is just your way of relating to Him as He unfolds the theme in time.
So, take your time. And when you’ve tried a theme and a verse on for awhile and it feels right:
Write It Down!
In the front of your journal in big bold letters!
And please let me know how it goes and if I can help you in any way.
Question: What are some ways you’ve found to organize your journaling years?