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
Catherine Allen says
Journaling is something you Timberly shared with me to do. You can look back over it and see God working things out for you. We too experienced the change in 2007. We didn’t know what to do but we knew God was going to do something and he did. Thank you for sharing the joys of journaling. Love you guys
Thank you Catherine for your kind words. Journaling the journey is something we would encourage everyone to try!
S V Mobley says
I was searching prayers for single women and came across your website. I truly believe it was meant to be as I really connect with every word on every blog posted. I thank you for deciding to turn your journaling to a blog, because I know its reaching the masses as God intended it to. Please continue to be blessed and share your story !
WOW you don’t know how much that blesses me today. I literally was praying over our blog and asking God to confirm to us that our blog is making a difference. Thank you sister for stopping by to read and encourage my heart. ~ Blessings