Need more daily power for the daily grind? Craig Groeschel has an idea you probably haven’t tried. Here’s an excerpt from Pastor Craig’s newest book, Daily Power: 365 Days of Fuel for Your Soul. Used by permission from Zondervan.
The Lᴏʀᴅ has heard my supplication,
The Lᴏʀᴅ receives my prayer.
Psalm 6:9 NASB
A couple of years ago, I started journaling in a five-year journal that my wife, Amy, gave me. Honestly, this process of journaling was a spiritual game-changer for me. From a purely practical perspective, it works because I’m allotted only five lines on one page per day. This takes the pressure off so I don’t feel like I have to write a chapter every day. The shorter format ensures that I’m consistent.
One of the best parts for me is seeing the same day from the previous year and what I wrote back then. When I write about what happened today, I also get to see what happened the same day last year, and the year before, and the year before that.
It’s fascinating to see what was weighing on my heart in years past. A problem to solve. An issue to address. A person to coach. A challenge with a child. A hurdle to overcome. When I see my thoughts on a problem I was facing back then, I can honestly say that God has resolved almost every issue that seemed big at the time.
This perspective totally changes whatever I’m facing right now. I remind myself that God was faithful in the past to work things out. God will be faithful in the present. And one year from now I will look back on this challenge and thank God for whatever he did. In the moment, I don’t know what he will do or how he will do it, but I know he will prove himself faithful.
Lord, sometimes I get so caught up in the daily grind of life’s demands that I lose my perspective on the many ways you answer my prayers and bless me. Thank you for being so faithful and consistent and for loving me so well.