“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:1
When I reminisce over the years I’m amazed and humbled by my abundance of blessings. My father has cared for me on every step of my journey. Even when I didn’t deserve it, and believe me there’s been many times my behavior has been less than Christian. I’m not proud to admit that, but it’s the truth. He’s brought me a long way from the person I was. I’m in awe of the works God performs on a daily basis in my life. He’s done what I’d considered to be impossible and continually demonstrates to me his awesome power. It’s common for single moms to feel that life handed them a bum deal. You may feel cheated that your dream fell apart. Be honest about your feelings and mourn for your loss, but don’t fail to count your blessings.
I’ve recorded my prayers and blessings in a prayer and blessings journal. In these journals I’ve written my thoughts, prayers, blessings, and anything else God has revealed to me. Writing in a journal is very cathartic and I urge you to try your hand at it. If writing isn’t your forte that’s okay. Begin with baby steps and commit to writing in your journal at least five or ten minutes a day or even once a week. Writing in a prayer journal records your most intimate moments with God. It is particularly useful when you’re hitting a rough patch to be able to look back at your prayers and see how God has answered them.
I encourage you to also write down your blessings. When the world is knocking you around take a minute to sit in your sacred space and read your blessings journal. When you take stock of how blessed you actually are your bad mood will change into a state of gratitude.
You may want to invest in two journals one for prayers and one for blessings. Once you start journaling you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly the words fill the pages. Journals are ideal gifts to give fellow single mothers. We need reassurance that God hears our prayers and what better way to be reminded than having a recording of his blessings. David was confident he’d defeat Goliath. His confidence didn’t stem through arrogance. It stemmed through the journal he kept in his mind of how God protected him in the past. He’d previously witnessed the power of God, when he was given the strength to kill a lion and a bear! David didn’t have superhuman strength he had something better a recording of the miracles God performed on his behalf. David had evidence and faith that God would continue to protect him, even against the mighty Goliath. David and the Lord had history that was mightier than any giant! You and I can face our Goliath’s in the same way David did because we too share a history with God. We’ve witnessed the miracles big or small that the Lord is capable of performing in our own life. Looking back at God’s handiwork we’re given the inspiration and confidence to move forward, despite obstacles or barriers.
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This is a wonderful post. I have loved the idea of keeping a prayer and blessings journal too, because like you mentioned it sets my mind right again when I’m feeling totally beaten down by the world. Likewise, when I’m writing down prayer requests, my prayers are more focused and effective and I get to see God working in amazing ways not only in my life but in the lives of those I’m praying for. This is such a wonderful thing. I also wrote on the topic of a prayer journal and journaling my blessings in my blog. Here are the links in case anyone wants to read more on these topics.