Do you journal? If so, I hope that once in a while you pull an old one down and read what you wrote years ago. I’ve been doing that lately, remembering God’s moments of grace through happy times and sad, seeing where I’ve (finally!) learned a lesson that once befuddled me and, truth be told, discovering places where I’m still struggling with the same challenges about which I filled pages a decade ago.
Here are a few quotes from the Brenda of 2005:
“There is only panic when I set my own agenda.” (That’s right, folks, I’ve been working on letting God be in control for a long, long time!)
“The people who watch us notice the ‘little things’—the daily habits, etc., more than the big events of our lives.” (Just last week, a perfect stranger passed Steve and me on the sidewalk and said, “Oh, keep holding hands!”)
“One effective tool of forgiveness is to pray blessings on those I need to forgive.” (Ever have to work, really work, on letting go of an offense? This does help!)
And then, there’s this for all you romantics out there:
“Elizabeth and I are in Colorado to enjoy the preliminaries of a wedding. When asked to write advice on a card, I found there was so much I wanted to say!
- Believe the best of one another always.
- Take walks together often; they open up special opportunities for communication.
- Say “yes” and “I love you” many times every day.
- Tithe, and spend less than you make.
But I also wanted to say:
- Expect and encourage the best of each other.
- Follow all of God’s rules, but don’t put much stock in the ones man makes up.
- Don’t buy a TV for at least a year. Discover better ways to rest and play together.
- Be generous to one another.
- Don’t “keep score’ of anything in your relationship.
- Make all significant decisions as a team.
- Point out each other’s strengths. Make up for each other’s faults.
What do your journals say? Or if you had one, what would you have written about your lessons of long ago? I’d love to hear, so please share!
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