Welcome to Hearing God through Journaling which is Part 3 of the Hearing God series (Previously produced as podcasts for HopeStreamRadio)
My family is probably tired of hearing about a phrase I’d like to be remembered by. (Actually, there are several.) But before I tell you the one I’m referring to today, I’m going to share a short story with you.
As someone who loves to write in a journal each morning, I’ve noticed some things about God that I may not have if I hadn’t been recording prayers and their answers in my journals. Sometimes I need to go back and read old pages because I’m startled by the precise answers to prayers that were pleaded from my heart.
One day while praying on my knees, a stance I don’t take nearly enough, I sensed God suggest I ask Him for something I was pining for. It was something I had lost due to the actions of others I’m not close to and don’t know well. I wanted more quality time with someone I loved. Someone who couldn’t speak for himself. Because of the touchiness of the situation and my desire not to disturb anyone else’s life, I kept my desire mainly to myself.
So, when God nudged me to ask Him to open a door, I realized my neglect to ask Him—instead of just complaining to Him—was worthy of a royal facepalm.
What was I thinking? I could have already had what I desired.
I grabbed my pen and wrote the simple request in my journal; being a writer, it solidifies my hope to write out prayers. It boosts my faith that the seeds will sprout because I’ve invested the extra effort to get them down on paper.
Two days later, the desire I shed tears over for nearly two months was granted. And not only that, I found out that I wasn’t the only one who was excited about the extra visit.
I heard God through journaling because He was not only looking out for my interests, He was looking out for the interests of others—just as we’re supposed to.
Journaling is a splendid way to not only hear our hearts’ desires, but also the desires God has for us. And for those dear to us.
I had not because I asked not.
This asking thing has been a slow, long journey for me. Years ago, I was afraid to ask for children when I realized I was in the throes of an infertility storm. Instead of hoping, I held back my desire so I wouldn’t risk getting hurt. But a quote I’d written in my journal inspired me to ask God to open my womb. If He didn’t, I believed He would comfort me.
It’s disrespectful to demand or command God to do anything. But as I’ve told my family many times: It doesn’t hurt to ask. (And now you know one of the phrases I want to be known for.)
What does God say about asking? Let’s read Matthew 7:11 ESV It says:
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 ESV
And now I’d like to close with a poem:
When we come to the throne room
In need of strength for a task
God’s pleased to listen
Because it doesn’t hurt to ask
When we enter His gates
With hope and faith at last
God’s pleased to hear us
Because He longs for us to ask.
When we come to the throne room in need of strength for a task, God’s pleased to listen because it doesn’t hurt to ask. #poetry #faith Click To Tweet When we enter His gates with hope and faith, at last, God’s pleased to hear us because He longs for us to ask. #prayer #podcast Click To Tweet
Sometimes I pray for little things like an opportunity to photograph a bird or butterfly that’s visiting my garden. I’m nosy-to-know if you ever ask God for little things? (It doesn’t hurt to ask.)
Prayerful blessings ~ Wendy Mac
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