Yesterday as I did chores around the house, I found myself complaining in my head and ultimately, in my heart. I was listing all of the struggles, strife, frustrations, loss, and failings that have happened–in my life and within my family–over the past four years. As each thought came to mind, I found myself growing more and more irritable. “What makes so-and-so think I shouldn’t be angry? Look at all of the stuff I’ve been going through!”
I still felt resentment by the time my dear husband came home from work. He asked what was wrong and I couldn’t explain why I was so “cranky.” I had forgotten how I grew so angry, I was just angry.
Later that night, my husband asked me to find our “praise journal” so he could take it to his Bible study on Monday. He explained that a friend needed some encouragement in a difficult situation and my hubby knew the journal might help.
The praise journal was a wedding gift, nearly 17 years ago. Every blessing, every gift, every “God-thing” we as a couple have been given or experienced has been recorded in this journal. As I read my entries I realized I had more to be thankful about than I did to whine about in my life.
Scripture says, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
I am so grateful for the praise journal; it reminds me of the ways God has cared for my family. Do you have a journal? I recommend getting one. Just as the Israelites in the Old Testament would gather stones to mark places where God provided (see Joshua 4:1-9), so should we mark times and places when God provided. These markers will remind us of His faithfulness in the past and encourage us for the future.
In all things.