Over the past few days, with the luxury of extra time to think and reflect, I have leafed through my brown, leather bound journal, which contains my personal thoughts from July 2010 to the present.
Back in November, in those pages, I wrote that the act of keeping a journal, putting actual pen to paper; rather than tapping away on a keyboard; seemed to me to be a more essentially intimate connection between heart and page.
As I read through the relatively slim quantity of entries, a mere 50 pages or so, this year; I am reminded of how true that is. Even though the entries are scattered and messily written, with many crossings out as I sought to express myself accurately; onto those pages I poured my heart; good and bad; my honest wrestling with self.
Letting emotions pour onto the page has given me the benefit of seeing that what seems like truth at one moment, often looks quite different a few days later.
Writing it all down as I wrestled through difficult issues, was more than a record of the process; it was a big part of the process.
I am grateful for what I captured in raw honesty over the past year, and if there is one thing of value that I would want to do more of this year, it is this: reflecting on and recording, my inner life as well as my outer life more consistently.
And so I have made a beginning at seriously writing a journal again. And I think that the fruit of that discipline will also enrich what pours out here, on Whatever He Says.
Dear readers, I am always surprised and honoured that you choose to read here. Those who comment verbally or in writing are great encouragers!
Thank you for journeying with me. I commit this web space, the writing here, and the fellowship in life, temporal and eternal, to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year!