If you love to journal like me – writing becomes your best friend – blogging just another way of expressing ones self. I have found over the many years of doing this – that it is also very healing. Like an artist who sees something they HAVE to paint – and the athlete who MUST compete – so is the writer who HAS to express in the written word.
Any time I hear about someone who is going through a struggle – or painful experience, I always advise them to write. King David was the first “real” blogger – expressing himself in the Psalms. He wrote when he was sad, frightened, lost, had fallen into sin, experienced gut wrenching pain – and also when he was joyful, peaceful and hopeful. Many of his writings were put to music back then and sung – even still today we find great nuggets of truth and inspiration from his words – and we also put some of them to music and sing them.
With each of us – we are on a journey. Life happens to us – sometimes planned out – sometimes hit from our “blind side” – but it is still our journey. No one can live it for us – no one can make choices for us. No one can tell us how to feel. So expressing ourselves becomes important – and in a way it is our way of validating that journey.
As I walk, listen to music – talk with God – I am reminded that God sees the “big picture” of my life. This has helped me so much in the past as I have gone through “seasons” of change and had many questions. And I must admit that it’s very crucial for me now – because I have some unresolved issues of a personal nature. And if you are anything like me – you probably do too. As I talk with God – I can honestly say that I am filled with hope and reassurance – as I wrestle – yes even struggle to find the answers for all my questions and concerns. He is a constant faithful friend – and I hear Him gently whisper, “things are going to be okay”. And that, my friends – is enough for me.
If you are like me – and writing becomes a way of releasing pain, frustration, questions – but also expressing great hope, happiness and joy – then you know how you must write. David not only agreed with me – but proved it by writing 150 “blogs” – or Psalms of his own.
Does writing solve anything? No. But as I write – I find a sweet presence is with me – encouraging me – giving me hope and helping me to release whatever is inside – locked away so deep – to give hope to others – and encouragement to tell you that you are not alone in your struggles.
My prayer for you today is this: that you would be able to release what is inside of you – either through writing it down – or if there’s someone you need to talk to – drafting a letter expressing your feelings – even if you never send it or give it to them – or by letting your speech be authentic – true and honest. Even if that someone is God himself. Learn to express yourself to Him – let Him whisper things into your life today – to give you hope and a promise of a future…
I am praying for you