The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ask


“Never trust anyone completely but God.  Love people, but put your full trust only in God.”  Lawrence Welk

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!”  And God granted what he asked.  1 Chronicles 4:10

Supplication:  “to make a humble entreaty; especially: to pray to God”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

So I’m reading the Bible this morning, and I happen to be in the midst of genealogies.  Genealogies are where a lot of people stop reading the Bible.  The blessings of the Bible are pretty accessible when God is blessing His people, when He’s creating the world, or when He’s saving it.  But when it comes to begetting, well, that’s when our patience is tested.  So why are they there?  A quick google search yields no genealogies in any other religion’s holy writings.  In the Bible God consistently puts His money where His mouth is.  The Bible gives keys to verifying everything in it.  If the Bible couldn’t get a genealogy right, why would we believe it could get a promise right?  The genealogies are proofs of God’s word and of His promises.  Maybe that’s why every once in a while He inserts a promise in the midst of a sea of names begetting names.  God loves to point out the people He loves.  He loves to give us little snippets into what happens when we follow Him.  Nobody knows anything about Jabez.  But here he is, listed in the midst of the descendants of Judah.  Because God knows about Jabez, just like He knows about you and me.  I don’t know if Jabez was considered great in his time.  But we know He was blessed.  And who knows if you or I will ever be considered great in the minds of people.  But we know that God can bless us.  We know because God has done it time and time again.  He’s promised it.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7  That’s what Jabez did.  And God didn’t forget to point him out and highlight him in history.  

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Soul Vitamin

“Just because it’s difficult and awkward doesn’t mean you can walk away from it.”  Bono

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:14

Sally:  “a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track: jaunt”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“What in the world is this?”
Tim wondered as he pulled an unexpected package out of his newly opened box of cold cereal.
“Bro, are those gummy worms?”
Tim’s room mate Alex asked.  Laughing at the oddity of the experience.
“Umm, should I be getting gummy worms in my cereal?”
“Did you check the box, maybe they’re sending out trial packets of some new candy or something?”
Upon inspection Tim found that in fact the box did come deliberately with a pack of new vitamin gummy worms.  Alex was right.  
“Hey Alex, bro, do wanna try these gummy worm vitamins with me?”
“Why not, give me one?”

It’s not every day that you find something extra in your cereal box.  But it’s not that uncommon either.  When I was a kid, I coveted the GI Joe stickers that my brothers always hoarded.  As a kid those things are awesome.  The happy meal toys, the decoder rings, the surprises.  We all want something more, but as we get older we expect less and less.  The added toys become garbage.  Vitamins on the other hand...  Well we all need those.  And so it is with Christ.  Jesus said we are to have faith like a child.  Too often that childish faith has been thrown away and seen as just that, childish.  We listen to doubters and mockers.  We see the gospel as unnecessary and possibly even junk.  Then a friend comes along and asks us to church.  Or maybe we just decided to open the Bible.  There’s something more.  It’s not just a decoder ring.  It’s life, it’s vitamins for the soul.  It’s Jesus.  No matter how old we are, there are still good surprises.  No matter how young we are, vitamins are good for us.  And no matter how little we may care, God has a surprise He wants us to try.  Try Him out.  Test Him.  Then measure the results.  See if you can’t claim joy.  See if a relationship with Him doesn’t change you life, who you are, and what you live for.  To be certain, the experience is different for everyone.  Don’t let anyone tell you that unless your hair catches on fire, you haven’t really accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  C.S. Lewis described his conversion experience as simply realizing in a moment that he was a Christian.  Then he changed the world with that realization.  I can’t tell you what your experience might be like.  Only that with it is joy.  It doesn’t come with perfection.  It doesn’t come with happiness necessarily.  In fact it may come with sorrow at the realization of what so many people live without in this world.  You name it.  Drugs, disease, poverty, they all profoundly affect the heart of a person following Christ.  It’s that which affects us that we’re called to serve.  No longer are we to live for ourselves, but for His purpose.  It’s not easy, it can be heartbreaking.  But there’s joy in it.  There’s joy in it because it’s a path walked with Jesus.  But wait, there’s more.  A sally with Jesus doesn’t lead to this world.  It’s leads to more.  It leads to salvation and a life lived in eternity with Him.  That’s a life without sorrow and suffering.  A life of perfect happiness and zero guilt.  That’s a path I want to head down.  He’s the vitamin we all need.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Signature


This is it.
This is what matters
The experience of a product.
How it makes someone feel.
When you start by imagining
What that might be like,
You step back.
You think.

Who will this help?
Will it make life better?
Does this deserve to exist?
If you are busy making everything,
How can you perfect anything?

We don’t believe in coincidence.
Or dumb luck.
There are a thousand “no’s”
For every “yes.”
We spend a lot of time
On a few great things.
Until every idea we touch
Enhances each life it touches.

We’re engineers and artists.
Craftsmen and inventors.
We sign our work.
You may rarely look at it.
But you’ll always feel it.
This is our signature.
And it means everything.

Designed by Apple in California Ad

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  Jesus - John 13:34-35

Signature:  “something (as a tune, style, or logo) that serves to set apart or identify; also: a characteristic mark”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I’ve used examples of Apple products before.  I know not everyone who reads this is going to be a fan of Apple.  Apple has a way of polarizing people.  I don’t know why some people have a negative reaction to Apple, but I do know why people love Apple.  They have a signature.  And that signature is carried throughout every product.  It’s a feeling and a trust that the inside of my computer, my phone, or my tablet is as beautiful as the outside.  But this message is not about Apple.  It’s about you.  It’s about your character and mine.  It’s about what it means to be a follower of Christ.  And maybe you’re not a follower.  Maybe you’re skeptical about what’s on the inside of a Christian.  Maybe you’ve been polarized by a believer who didn’t act much like Jesus.  Read the add by Apple.  Apply it to yourself.  Especially if you call yourself a Christian.  Is everything you do worth existing?  Does everything you do enhance someone’s life?  It should.  Too often we’re tempted to explain our life by comparison.  We’re a good person because we don’t (insert gossip here).  There is only one person a Christian should ever compare themselves to.  That is Christ. That is why we’re called Christians.  What you’ll find is that Christ has a signature.  Not everyone will see it.  Not everyone will care.  It’s the signature of love.  It’s meant to be carried out in everything we do.  It’s what shapes our lives and our hearts.  Like Apple, it should be our goal to say of love, “This is our signature.  And it means everything.” 

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Potter's Work

Why don’t you be the artist
And make me out of clay?
Why don’t you be the writer
And decide the words I say?
Excerpt from the song, The Writer by Ellie Goulding 

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.  Isaiah 64:8

Conform:  “to be obedient or compliant”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Admittedly this song by Ellie Goulding is not about a relationship with the Lord.  It’s about a relationship with another person.  But the parallels are unmistakeable.  Most of us have felt the pain of a relationship slipping away.  We’ve felt love melt between our fingers and slide out of our grasp.  Love we know probably isn’t healthy but that we try our best to hang onto anyway.  Most of us know what it’s like to feel like we’d do anything for another person if they would just continue to love us.  It’s funny how human relationships fail.  How humans fail at relationship.  And it’s striking where our heart leads us.  It’s striking how our heart leads us to the truth and the need for love perfected.  We see the failings of love in humanity all around us and we long for love to fix it.  We even offer ourselves as sacrifices to love.  We go through anguish, sorrow, and pain for what?  The love of another person?  Peace?  We will never experience perfect love here on earth.  But we can know perfect love everyday from the source of love Himself.  We all know it’s a bad idea to let another person shape who we are.  It’s a bad idea to let other people control our lives.  That kind of offering will never be reciprocated or appreciated.  However, there is one who is capable of shaping our lives and who we are.  There is one to whom we can sacrifice our ourselves to.  One to whom we can conform and who needs to form the words we say.  Because His love is perfect and His knowledge is complete, we can trust that He will mold the clump of wet clay that is our lives into something beautiful.  Out of nothing God created us.  And out of us He wants to make a masterpiece.  The Psalmist says this in Psalms 139:13-14
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
Our soul knows what we need.  That it’s love and perfection.  Our soul knows the source.  That it’s our Creator.  Let’s let the Potter do His work.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Waiting On God's Smile :)


I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul

I’ve got love like the ocean 
I’ve got love like the ocean
I’ve got love like the ocean in my soul

I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul

I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got love like the ocean
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul

Excerpts from the song I’ve Got Peace Like A River an African-American Spiritual

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10b

Peace:  “cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension”  Dictionary.com

Love:  “a person’s adoration of God”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Joy:  “a source or cause of delight”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Peace, love, joy...  All things we want.  Things we don’t always have.  Things it sometimes seems impossible to obtain.  Are they always available?  Are they ever available?  Can I get them?  They’re questions I often ask myself.  And I’ve found the answer to be yes.  But honestly sometimes I have to take people’s word for it.  Many have proclaimed to have peace in time of ultimate strife.  Many have let love overcome an enemy.  Many have had joy in the face of sorrow.  They are available, but at a price.  And what price is that?  The price is simply waiting and trusting on God, the source of peace, love, and joy.  Here’s where you’d often hear that all these things can be obtained on your knees in prayer and supplication.  And perhaps that would be true for you.  It’s not always true for me however.  I find that life is always stressful when we don’t accomplish what we know needs accomplishing.  A good movie will never reduce the stress of a sink full of dishes.  A trip to the beach will never remove the anxiousness of a chronically neglected relationship.  And a favorite song cannot assuage the need to make an important phone call.  They may temporarily allow us to forget the things that are keeping us from having peace, love, and joy; but they’ll never be able to erase them.  Sometimes the dishes need to be done.  Relationships always need to be cultivated.  And that phone call will eventually need to be made.  Too often we ignore the sources of anxiety and turmoil in our lives and still expect God to calm the waves.  However, God calls us to be responsible as well.  Sometimes peace comes after confrontation.  Sometimes love has to be worked for.  And sometimes joy simply needs to be recognized.  There are times when everything is in order.  Life is good.  But there’s still a storm inside.  Sometimes our work is done, but the effects of laboring remain.  Sometimes we’re tired of the battle.  In those moments it’s time to lay down our tools and simply be with God.  However, that doesn’t always seem possible.  The kids may be screaming, or the dinner might be burning.  Still, be with God.  Sometimes that means being deliberate about the influences in our lives.  Sometimes it means shutting off the TV and listening to Billy Graham.  Sometimes it means closing GQ or Vogue and picking up a periodical like Relevant.  God is always available, but too often we drown Him out with problems.  God can overcome our problems, but not when we put our problems first.  He must come before everything.  God solved our ultimate problem when He sent His Son to the Cross.  But too often we forget to be thankful for our gifts.  Even the ultimate one.  Join me in committing to be with the Lord.  It’s only with Him that we can have peace, love, and joy at the same time.  The Bible says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23a  In order to have those fruits we must have the Spirit.  And because Jesus promised the Spirit, that simply means accepting Him as our Lord and Savior.  Let’s strive together in continually doing just that and see what peace, love, and joy God can bring to our lives.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Monday, June 10, 2013

Forgiveness Is An Amazing Thing!

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”  Alexander Pope

But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

Punitive:  “serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment”  Dictionary.com

“Alex, the commander is here to see you.”
Alex was a technical sergeant in the US Air Force.  At least he used to be.  He was about to be a Staff Sergeant once again, and it was killing him.
“It was just one time.  Don’t they realize I always follow the rules?  Don’t they realize that some of the rules are impossible?”
Alex thought to himself.
A couple weeks earlier he had been caught taking a shortcut in a job he had done a thousand times.  In fact he’d taken the same shortcut about 999 times without ever a repercussion.  But this time an inspector saw him an now this...  A reduction in pay, a demotion, humiliation.  
“I could take a reduction in pay.”
He thought.
“But all my co-workers...  My family...  The people I’m supposed to lead...  What are they going to think of me?  Are they going to make fun of me and talk behind my back seeing one less stripe on my sleeve?”
“Ten-Hut”
The room came to attention as the commander walked in.  Although it was just Alex and his immediate supervisor
“Alex”
The commander began.
“Because you willfully disobeyed a lawful order, as your commander, I am fully able to reduce your rank effectively immediately.  However...”
“However...  that word could mean so much.  It could mean more than one stripe.  It could mean a reprieve.  It could mean he’s going to discharge me completely.”
Alex’s mind was spinning.
“However...  I’ve decided to limit my punitive action in this instance to verbal reprimand.”
The commanders words were like a ray of sunshine after an long dark cold night.
“A verbal reprimand.  That won’t even stay on my record!”
Alex was now rejoicing in his head.
“A verbal reprimand!”
The words were having trouble keeping themselves contained inside his head.
“A verbal reprimand!  I will never mess up again.”
Alex told himself.
That weekend Alex found himself with his family at church.  This time he had something to be really thankful for.  He still had his dignity.
“By His stripes we are healed”
The minister quoted from Isaiah 53.
Then it dawned on him.  
“Jesus gave up everything for me.”
He thought.
“Riches, glory, power, honor...”
Alex realized something in that moment.  He was going to mess up again.  Maybe not at work the way he had before.  But he would fail at something nonetheless.  And maybe next time it wouldn’t be something his commander could forgive.  However, it would always be something his Savior could forgive.  At the crucifixion Jesus didn’t just give up a stripe.  He gave up His life.  And along the way gained some stripes of His own.  But not the ones that signify rank, power, or honor.  He gained some stripes that signify humility, weakness, pain, suffering, and despair.  
“And He gained them all so we wouldn’t have to give up ours.”
“What was that?’
Alex’s wife asked.  Wondering what her husband was mumbling to himself.
“Oh nothing...  I’ll tell you later.”
Alex said with I smile.
He hand’t realized that the words weren’t stuck inside his head anymore.  They were starting to come out.  And in the light of what Jesus did, they would continue to come out.  
“Forgiveness is an amazing thing.  It’s restorative, regenerative, and renewing.  Forgiveness gives us the ability to be more than we could ever achieve on our own.  Forgiveness is the reason Jesus died on the cross.  Let me tell you a little story about my career in the Air Force.  Let me tell you something about Jesus.”
Alex shared...

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Hope Of Nostalgia


“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ole days before you leave them.”  Andy Bernard from the TV sitcom, The Office

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life.  But the Scriptures point to me!  Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.” Jesus - John 5:39-40

Trice:  “a brief space of time”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Ever turn on an old phone just to see what it looks like once again?  I remember the phones I had when I was a kid.  Man they were cool.  I had a Nokia 8310 that was about the size of a pack of gum.  It was awesome!  I can remember playing snake in church.  How fun of a game was that?  Sometimes I’ve even thought to myself that those old phones were better in some ways than what we have now.  Then I turn one of them on.  The screen is so pixelated I can barely read the names of my contacts.  It had internet but I’m not sure how anyone would have used it.  And Snake isn’t really that fun after all.  Do we sometimes treat our lives like old pieces of technology?  On one hand throwing something perfectly useful away for something newer and shinier.  And on the other hand overrating the past in some sort of nostalgic delusion.  What’s wrong with this moment?  What’s wrong with right now?  Sure, life may be in a rough spot right now, but life is not on hold.  What could God be doing with us right now?  You see, it’s when we give up on ourselves, turn our lives over to God, and live for Him that life gains most value.  There are moments when mortal life can be fulfilling.  Moments like when my brand new iPhone was dropped off at my house on the very first day they were delivered.  That was awesome and I have my wife to thank for it.  However, there are also moments when I’m not even sure I like technology.  Moments when a book read by the light of an old oil lamp seems far more fulfilling.  But then God couldn’t use me through the internet.  We wouldn’t have the medicines we have now.  And no one would be able to drive from the city to the country in an afternoon.  It’s not that nostalgia is bad, or progress for that matter too.  It’s that life is lived in this moment.  Life should be appreciated right now.  Memories are being made right now.  The Lord’s work needs to be done right now.  Join me in appreciating the past, hoping for the future, and loving the present.  God has a purpose for us right now.  How can we fulfill it if we’re not happy where He’s put us?  He’s put us here for a reason.  Let’s live like it.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember right now?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Loving Responsibility


“Obedience is easy when you know you’re guided by a God who never makes mistakes.”  Corrie Ten Boom

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  1 Corinthians 3:8

Responsibility:  “moral, legal, or mental accountability”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Do you ever get tired?  Tired of errands?  Of cooking?  Cleaning?  Tired of running around trying to accomplish life?  I remember a song popular among my friends when I was in high-school entitled Responsibility by a band called MXPX.  The hook of the song went like this.  “Responsibility, what’s that?  Responsibility, not quite yet.”  And I remember phases in my life when that’s pretty much what I thought most of the time.  Stupid lawns and their stupid growing grasses.  Stupid bills.  Stupid responsibilities.  We all have them.  Well most of us anyway.  But what is our greatest responsibility?  Often times we create responsibilities for our lives that aren’t really all that vital.  In fact, many of them are damaging.  Most of us live in a culture that loves things.  We all want things.  That isn’t necessarily bad.  But at what cost do they come?  Do they come at the cost of too much or damaging responsibilities.  Responsibilities like working every weekend.  Responsibilities like balancing money and family.  Responsibilities like compromising values.  So what is responsibility, really?  It’s not what it takes to have the nicest things or the most money on the block.  It’s not what it takes to become someone’s boss.  And it’s not what it takes to achieve happiness.  However, there is one thing we’re all responsible for.  That is love.  The greatest two commandments state that we are responsible for loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds; and our neighbors like ourselves.  So the next time we reject the responsibilities laid on us by the happenings of life, maybe we can look at them and wonder if they’re responsibilities we should have after all.  Maybe the responsibilities created by the things we desire are keeping us from fulfilling our greatest responsibility?  Maybe some of our so called responsibilities need to go?  Maybe we need to remember why we’re really here in the first place?  That is to share the love of Christ.  After all, He’s the founder of all love.  Let’s not tarnish it.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Proximate God


“If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines.”  Robert Brault

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.  Psalm 19:1-6

Proximate:  “very near”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sometimes being with God can be frustrating.  We’re just trying to have a quiet moment with the Creator and the cat won’t stop scratching the couch.  The dog wants outside.  The dog barks a someone walking down the street.  The baby cries.  The kids need to get ready for school.  We need to get ready for work.  Oh and...  The list continues.  Where’s God?  And how can I get to Him?  Couldn’t God, if all this creation declares His glory, quiet the kid and the cat and the dog?  Couldn’t God set aside a few minutes for us to be with us?  Couldn’t He simply make Himself proximate when we need Him?  But God doesn’t always seem near.  Sometimes it seems like He doesn’t care to be with us.  Sometimes it doesn’t seem natural to be with Him.  Let alone praise Him.  And what kind of relationship would it take to be able to praise Him in any situation?  Does God mess up in His relationship with us?  Is He sometimes less attentive than He should be?  Does He forget about the quality time we need with Him?  Does He sometimes leave us with some sort of heavenly babysitter so He can get a break from us?  Sometimes it can seem that way.  Sometimes you just want to throw up your arms and watch some TV.  Sometimes praying seems contrived and trivial.  Sometimes it’s tempting to just give up.  Indeed there will be times when a quiet moment with God won’t be possible.  There will be times when distractions will keep us from prayer.  In those moments there is His word.  Pick up the Bible and start reading.  When something comes up, put it down, take care of business, then pick it back up again.  Memorize it.  There will be times when we’re not able to physically read the Bible.  Driving is never a good time to read.  It doesn’t matter that we may be reading the Word of God Himself.  However, sometimes we need His word the most when it’s not a possibility to read.  In those times it’s good and helpful to know Scripture.  God is always proximate to us.  We may not always feel or appreciate Him.  But He is always near.  Sometimes the distance we feel between ourselves and God is a product of our lives.  We want Him to speak to us, forgetting that He gave us His Word.  We want Him to speak to us, but we’re uninterested in what He’s said.  We want Him to speak to us, having been too lazy to remember anything He’s spoken.  Maybe God isn’t the problem with our relationship?  Maybe God would like for us to take advantage of the quiet times to be with Him, instead of expecting Him to make a quiet time when we’re overwhelmed?  Maybe we’re the ones failing?  Next time we get a chance, let’s try to memorize a verse.  Next time we get a chance, let’s talk to the Lord about what we’re feeling.  And it’s ok to yell.  Next time it’s quiet, let’s be thankful for the moment and be with Him.  There’s always a way to be with God when we’ve prepared our hearts and minds.  Let’s be thankful for that. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,
Jake