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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A SOJOURNER

"You only live once-but if you work it right, once is enough." Joe F. Lewis

You and I, we are sojourners on this earth. The Webster's dictionary defines a sojourner as follows:

"...one who is having a brief, temporary stay; a brief residence"

WE are sojourners on this earth because this earth is not our home.

"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14

Last night, as I worked for several hours organizing my thoughts, my story, in anticipation of sharing with the recovering ladies at the Women's Extension Center, it quickly became apparent to me how far God has brought me in my life.
HOW ENCOURAGING!!! My main prayer has become two words: "Thank You."
As a 50 something woman, (or any age woman!) I believe it is positively cathartic, very freeing, to think through, and even possibly write down your story, your personal testimony.
As I have expressed before, I have kept a journal for more than 20 years.
This simple tool has so often aided me in working through issues that have burdened my heart in my day-to-day life.
If you are not sure how to get started, try setting a timer for 10-20 minutes and just WRITE, WRITE, WRITE until the timer chimes...or TYPE, TYPE, TYPE...whichever is most comfortable for you.
In sharing with these women, I came up with the following verses to guide me:

Matthew 6:26-27
Lamentations 3:22-23
Galatians 5:1

"If you won't be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?" Rabbi Hahman of Bratslay

Today, I encourage you to consider yourself as a sojourner as you contemplate your life journey. How far have you come?

4 comments:

  1. Congrats! You have an award waiting for you at my 'blahwg' blog. Stop by and pick it up.

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  2. I reflect on my own story from time to time... the night that I found Jesus, where I had been, where I was then, who I was then. Even though I have many regrets, I don't regret remembering. It reminds me of how much He has done for me. It's incredible to me how much my life has changed because of Him!

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  3. First, Congratulations on your award, Joan! Your encouraging blog refreshes me after a day in the world. I think that those are excellent scripture choices, especially Matthew 6:26-27. Keeping you in prayer, Marguerite

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  4. I guess I'm lucky because I always have a little mantra that I say - expressing gratitude for all that I have, all that I am, and all that I shall become. Amen.

    Great post.

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