Friday, November 2, 2012

November Random Journal Day Link-Up


It's RANDOM JOURNAL DAY! We open our journals on the first Friday of each month and use the randomly chosen page as inspiration for a blog post. Then add our link to the RJD Host site, and go read other posts. Thank you Dawn for hosting this so well this year! 

I opened my dark green celtic-cross decorated journal to a page dated June 20, 2007. The multiple exclamation point dotted entry is 6 pages long! One section that jumps out at me is prefaced with the words, "Flour & Oil". It must be referring to the woman in 1 Kings 17 who used the last of her flour and oil to make a meal for the prophet Elijah, even though it was all she had. 

My journal entry reads:

"As I enter the sanctuary or wherever, I don't need to know why or what is going to happen. Just a matter of saying, 'Here I am father, with what little I have; myself and my time. You do what you want with them. The job is yours to make something out of the ingredients. Here I am!"

This was a difficult lesson for me because I am a planner, as my poor spontaneous friends know. I am not good with the whole..."lets just play it by ear" thing. I like advance notice with time, date and place all worked out before hand. :) 

So entering a time of prayer or worship, I like to know the goal, the hoped for accomplishment at the end. 

Guess what.....God is not real big on telling me that info!

He just wants me, and He just wants you to enter His presence and be OPEN. 

There are times of intentional agenda driven prayer times, yes. But this is something different. It is walking into a "quiet time" agenda-less and a desire to listen and then follow directions. 

Here we are Lord. A new day to walk with You and bask in your love and goodness. We are listening.......
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9 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a planner (ask my always-frustrated -about-this oldest child!), but I also come to worship wanting to know ahead of time. There's a book from the seventies, Bob Benson's "Come Share the Being" that talks about how we bring our bologna sandwiches (just who we are) and He spreads out His banquet and invites us to join in. Your words evoke his.

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    1. Thank you friend, sounds like an interesting book!

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  2. I tend to be the spontaneous type, unless I'm supposed to be "in charge", and then I want to plan when others just want to "play it by ear". The important thing is, just do it...don't wait for everything to be perfect and in order...in my life that has never happened. If I waited for perfect plans, I'd never do anything. I guess there needs to be a happy balance, whatever that is. Thank you for this thought provoking journal entry today. It truly did make me think about how I expect God to work in my life...

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    1. All he asks is for us to come with who we are what we have in our hands, apparently that is enough. I love that.

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  3. Sweet thoughts, Susie. I want a picture of your journal! Well...at least you described it well. ;) I love when God takes our plans and just messes with them. Like when someone sits in YOUR seat in the classroom that you always sit in every time. Yeah. God is like that is a good way!

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    1. ha! he does tend to mess with my overly careful plans at times!

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  4. I love this little post and the idea of random journal reflection. So many treasure stocked up there needing an airing now and then.

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    1. Yes Marcia, the Random Journal Day has been a fun project that my blog-friend Dawn thought up when she saw that I was doing it on my own for a long time. She made it into a blog-hop so others could give it a try and it's been fun and even healing for people.

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  5. Thanks for a glimpse into your journal and your heart...I often find out that I have a hidden agenda when I come into God's presence...I want something, anything, especially relief from the pain of living in this world...I want answers and I have questions...but your post reminds me today to come just as I am...not trying to control the outcome...which is foolishness in itself...I am NOT in control :)

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