Journal Entry ~ 11/18/17

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! 
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, 
3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!  - Psalm 119:1-3

Blessed are those who keep His testimony ~ we not only keep His testimony when we read His Word, but when we live it out with our lives. The Holy Spirit is alive in each one of us, and He is working out His testimony for others to witness. He shows up with His comfort when we are alone, He shows up with His strength when we are weak, He shows up with His peace when there is chaos. He moves mountains for us in our hearts, He will right our injustices, He will provide for our every need. He will heal marriages, bring home prodigal children, and heal sickness. Our lives should be living testimonies of how God has been faithful to fulfill His promises to us.

We are blessed when we keep these testimonies. Scripture not only calls us to remember God’s faithfulness, but we are instructed to tell those stories to others. I know I am blessed when I hear someone's testimony of how God has or is moving in their life - so blessed it often moves me to tears.  Hearing how God is on the move renews and refreshes my faith, and truly makes my heart delight. Not only do I love listening to those stories, I love telling my stories. God has been so good to me, He has shown up in such difficult, desperate times in my life that I could fill a book of God at work stories. 

Our walk doesn’t start out like that, though - my life hasn't always been filled with God at work stories. It started as just one. Then slowly, as I began to hand pieces of my life over, working hard to be obedient, He began to fill my life with beautiful stories of His faithfulness and steadfast love. At first, I didn't even realize I had so many God stories until I started keeping track of them, writing them down, sharing them with others...that's when they really started to explode in my life. 

Somewhere along the way, I learned what God is teaching us in this verse - blessed are those who keep his testimonies. We need to keep track of God at work stories, and we need to share them with others. He gives us these stories to remember and to share.  Listening and telling God at work stories blesses us so much because it's part of His plan to renew and refresh our faith. If we don't write them down or remember them out loud with others, we will forget them.  When we forget them, we forget His faithfulness to show up when we needed Him most. When we forget His faithfulness, we despair and we lose our happiness. That's the enemies plan. But when we remember them and we tell them to others, we are so blessed - we are strengthened and encouraged in our faith and we feel like we can take on another day in our trials. 

He is faithful, my friends. He shows up every single day in our lives.  If you haven't written down the stories of God at work in your life, start journaling and sharing them today - it will bless you and those around you. I started to blog for this very reason. I’ve been through enough God at work stories to know how faithfully He shows up in my trials. I had no doubt He was going to show up in this diagnosis, and I wanted a written record of how He is working on my heart, how He is growing me and refining me, how He is showing up as faithful to answer prayers, how He is strengthening me and comforting me. But it has blessed me in more ways that I could have ever imagined.  The encouragement that I receive from people who read my blog, both those who know me well and those who don’t know me at all ~ has absolutely blown me away.  He has used the very act of keeping His testimony to bless me in this trial. He’s a pretty awesome God.  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies!  

Press on ~ you are loved💗

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