Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Way to Remember
I have been a journal writer for many years. My journal is like a friend. I can pour out my frustrations, or my worries. I can talk about the things I am excited about in long, boring, drawn out detail. I have many journals filled with non-important information, like who everyone danced with at the dances I went to as a youth. Yawn! As I got older I came to realize that there are two things that I really enjoy going back to read. The first is all of the cute things that my children do, and our important family events. The second is the spiritual experiences I have, or the blessings I've been given.
When my oldest daughter was a baby she wasn't always good at sleeping through the night. I got to hold her a lot in the night time, which wasn't always a bad thing. I remember sitting on the floor of her room holding her while she slept. I love her so much, and I remember wishing that I could hold on to every detail of that moment forever. There are so many perfect moments in life, and children say the cutest things! Unfortunately, I have found that even if I tell myself "I will remember this forever", I won't unless I have written it down. I am so thankful for those things I did manage to get into journals so that I could remember them later. They allow me to enjoy those perfect moments again. I will share some of those with you in the next few days.
I find the second kind of journal really helpful when I am having a hard day, or I feel like I haven't felt any inspiration for a long time. I get my journal out and am reminded about the things that I have learned, and maybe forgotten. I am reminded that Heavenly Father has answered my prayers before, and so I know that He will again. This has been a blessing to me on many occasions, and is a good source for my Inheritance Project.
Not everyone likes to write, and pictures can work almost as well, but even if you write down just a few things, or a few blessings, you will be glad. It is a good way to remember.