Write it Down

Scripture has a lot to say about writing things down. For
instance in Deuteronomy 6, Moses tells the Israelites to not only talk about
the commandments of God, but to also write them down on the door frames of their
homes (apparently paper was scarce). The purpose? To remember. Later in chapter
6, Moses says:

In the future, when your son asks you, "What is the
meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded
you?"  tell him: "We were
slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty
hand. Before our eyes the LORD sent miraculous signs and wonders…"

Writing it down helped them to always remember what God had
done for them. The Israelites needed all the help they could get. If you know
anything about the biblical history of the Israelites, you know that they had
trouble remembering. They were constantly forsaking God for idols and other

Well, I don't know about you, but I need all the help I can
get as well. That's why I keep a prayer journal. There are actually a lot of
reasons why I keep a prayer journal, but being able to read back through old
journals and see what God has done for me is the reason that keeps me doing it
through the years.

Just recently, I picked up an old prayer journal and began
rifling through it. Here's what I found.

Entry on 09/12/07:

Father, would you please give me direction. You've obviously
stirred up my heart once more for ministry, and my experience has been that
your Holy Spirit makes me discontented with where I'm at right before you move
me. May that be the case here…

Then an entry almost exactly one month later…

Entry on 10/10/07:

Lord, you've been so good to me. I just can't thank you
enough. Even all of eternity will not be enough time to thank you and praise
you enough. It is so awesome to be able to look back now over the past two
years and see your hand at work. Even all the crap that you've allowed to
happen has been worth it to get to this point. You brought us to Journey and we
knew from the moment we walked in that we had finally found our church home, a
church we believed in and could latch on to it's vision. And now you are
bringing me on staff there to work full-time. Truly you are good. I can't
remember the last time I was this excited about ministry. Thank you Father. I
love you…

Until I had read this the other day, I had almost completely
forgotten about this. About one month before Pastor Jimmy approached me and
asked me to come on staff, the Lord had already begun stirring in my heart to
once again be in "full-time" ministry. At the time, I was a little
perplexed, not knowing what the outcome would be. It was cool to see that God
was working in the situation to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together.
And it's cool now to be able to read back through my prayer journal, to
remember what God has done, and to praise him all over again for his goodness.

So let me encourage you to write it down. You don't
necessarily have to inscribe it on your doorposts. Keep a prayer journal. And
if you don't want to do that, at least write it down when the Holy Spirit
starts stirring up something in your heart. Write it down when he does
something big in your life. Write it down when he teaches you something you
never knew before. Write it down as a way to remember. Write it down as a
testimony. Write it down as a catalyst for future praise.