SIGNED, HEALED, DELIVERED.
Updated: Feb 12, 2019
I love me some Classic Soul and R&B Oldies. The vibes; the artists' voices; the elements of different genres combined into one...it's definitely a faveeee of mine! A popular classic is Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." Each lyric is a piece of a letter written to his love. I love this song because you know I lovelove.
But, as mentioned last week and in The Waiting Game, God should be our first love. And what better way to show Your First Love ya love Him than by writing Him letters. Not in a weird type of way...just in a handwritten prayer type of way.
Think prayer journaling.
"But why write? Why not just pray out loud or in my head?" you might ask. A few reasons:
1) God is cool. Just like a best friend, He's ALWAYS available to hear our rants about our good and bad days. He enjoys strong relationships with us, and writing our prayers is just another form of connection. However, prayer isn't always "pretty". Sometimes we may be in one of our good day moods, making our letters to God full of praise and thanks. But other days, we're feeling some type of way about some type of situation: we're angry, hurt, sad, confused, insecure, you name it. I've been there, and that's totally fine --as long as we praise Him through our circumstances and realize He WILL see us through.
2) For focused thoughts. I'm not gonna lie, I've actually fallen asleep before when saying my prayers at night. Sometimes being tired is enough to take over when praying in silence. But journaling keeps our thoughts active because we are physically (writing) and mentally (thinking) in the process. Also, we're human, so we forget things. A big problem you're facing now might be "insignificant" and easily forgettable in the future; however, whenever God turns a major problem around, it's good to write it down. Our journal entries are memories--evidence that God answers when we may be in one of our forgetful/doubtful mindsets.
3) For YOURSELF! That may sound selfish, but man, when I look back on the letters I've written to God, I'm amazed every time at what He's done. I've grown SO MUCH since I first started, and I'm so thankful to Him for that. Inconsistently, I was about 12 or 13 when I began journaling, and I honestly didn't realize I was doing it. My journal was initially a place for me to reflect, doodle, and write randomness, but it's become something much more. It's one thing to just write in a journal each day and close it up when finished. It's another to occasionally read old entries, visualize yourself going from point A to point B in whatever seemingly impossible situation life threw at you, and stand in awe of God's right-on-time goodness. A prayer journal is basically a book of all your testimonies, and its contents will one day be enough to make you wanna shed a few tears of joy!
I admit that sometimes I write but still focus way too much on my problems instead of my God who's immensely bigger than anything I'll ever face. But seeing my previous prayers on paper and knowing He can do absolutely anything helps get me out of this funk. As usual, He comes through in a way He sees fit.
Jesus says, "PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU. LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED, NEITHER LET THEM BE AFRAID" JOHN 14:27, so our worries should not phase us. On that note, He also says, "IF YOU ASK ME ANYTHING IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT" JOHN 14:14. So believe my friends; storms are never forever!
With that, I hope you try writing out your conversations with God even if you don't have what you'd consider to be a nice journal. I use a pink UGA notebook I got forever ago. But feel free to go all out. Initially, it's a hard process to start because of the thought that it's easier to just pray in silence/in your head; however, it'll become something you'll look forward to doing...even if it's just once a week. My prayer is that after writing and signing your first entry/letter, you experience God's healing and deliverance in His perfect timing.
sending love your way.
VERSE OF THE WEEK: “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible." HEBREWS 11:3 ESV