Diaries are for girls; journals are for boys!
Well maybe not. We do journal and find it liberating to express ourselves freely, with no reservation, crying our hearts out to God, and anyone else who wants to read it.
Journaling became a habit as soon as the storm of life hit us. It was in 2007 when the real estate market took a crash, and since we were both self-employed in the real estate/ mortgage industry, our family took a double hit to our household income. As we began to see our life turn upside down, losing everything, we cried out to God-like most people do when things are tough.
It’s easy to praise God when things are going well, but when your world comes crumbling down, you find out what you really believe. Our journals were filled with prayers, worry and quite frankly, many questions asking God why. One day, the Lord answered back and said… “Quit asking why and watch how I am going to get you through this.”
It was at that moment where we began to turn our worries into prayers of thanksgiving and decided to journal our journey. So much has happened in between that time until now. One blog is not nearly enough to communicate effectively what has transpired. If you read the about us section, you will learn a little of our background as a blended family who faced many trials and tribulations. It was in our seeking for help that we discovered God’s priorities.
Over the years, our journals captured our growth, heart ache, pain, triumphs, victories, times of great loss, but more importantly our personal relationship with God became just that…personal. We discovered God for ourselves, saw the bible come alive in our own lives and now find great joy in encouraging others.
We always thought our journal would turn into a book one day, but never thought a blog. God has a funny way of getting us to do His will for our life. Today a new chapter begins as we share our journey through the pages of our journals.There will be blogs of encouragement, personal testimonies, and suggestions to help keep your priorities balanced, even revelations regarding God’s word and how to apply them to your everyday life.
Regardless of what’s shared, our prayer is that these blogs will inspire others to embrace a lifestyle of living God’s priorities, give some encouragement or simply draw someone closer to God. We invite you to enjoy this journey as we share from our journal to blog.
~ André and Timberley Gray