The energy of January’s Full Moon tends to be sluggish and slow moving which makes it a great time to sit down with a cup of tea and journal while the moon wanes into February. Journaling is a great tool of internal evaluation. What issues are you facing? Which ones seem to be the most stubborn? Which ones actually frighten you? A journal is a non-threatening guide into yourself.
If you are traveling for business, but also plan on sightseeing, bring a diary or Notebook with an envelope to keep your expenses separate. Make keeping track of business easier by jotting down each expense as you go along instead of trying to remember which expenses were work and which were fun. An envelope or pocket in the Christian coloring book is also a good idea to store your receipts in.
I was thinking about how quickly God has answered prayer in my life. I worked out with a gentleman five years ago in Houston and he was from New York City. He’d just moved down to Houston. I knew the gentleman did not know Jesus Christ. I could tell by his language and what he was talking about. After I played basketball with him, I went up to my office and I began to pray for him and the moment I wrote down his name in my prayer journal, the phone rang. It was him. He called and said, “I want to get together for dinner” and this young man ended up committing his life to the Lord that very day. So God sometimes immediately answers prayer.
This step is one of the most difficult since it involves changing your own self-limiting beliefs. Most of us shush our thoughts when something intrigues or moves us. We turn instead to memories of someone who once looked at us funny or felt we were childish for being captured by something so small. Personal acceptance is about realizing when those small moments occur, understanding why you find energy in them and truly believing that you are a more complete person for noticing the world in such an intimate way. When you honestly say to yourself, “I love that I choose to surrender my valuable seconds to study what the wind feels like against my skin,” [insert your own energizing moment here] then you have begun to fully accept the daily gifts that life has to offer.
We must encourage one another with our prayers. Markus Barth, in his commentary on this passage, states “Nothing less is suggested that that the life and strife of the saints be one great prayer to God, that this prayer be offered in ever new forms however good or bad the circumstances, and that this prayer not be self-centered, but express the need of all the saints.” Anyone who has been prayed for has found great encouragement through the pleas toward God from others.
Following prayer, read together from the Bible. It is probably best to use an easier translation, such as the New Living Translation. That way, the children will understand what is being read. The four Gospels are a great place to begin, for there are lots of interesting events that take place.
Ask open-ended questions. You have them, so voice them as you journal. You wonder why God allows things to happen in your life. You wonder how the Trinity works. You wonder how you could possibly live forever with God. There are so many questions bouncing around in everyone’s mind that go unasked, and oftentimes we don’t even realize how important finding out those answers is until we finally voice the question. Let it come out, and then you can look for answers as God develops the knowledge within you.