logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance
Comedy Movies
Romance Novels


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g LDS Site

BellaOnline's LDS Editor

g

The Power of Journaling


There are some days that it just is hard to go to bed, because the day has been so awesome.

Does that sound familiar? Hardly for some people, who are struggling to make ends meet, to put food on the table, to pay for sudden school expenses for their children, etc. How does a person cope with it all?

One of the things I love about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that the prophets teach us so much that helps my life on a nitty-gritty, down-to-common-struggles kind of daily existence.

For example, church leaders have said for years to keep a journal. In fact, much of what we know about any of the Lord's interactions with His children is because His servants kept written records about those interactions and commands from God towards mankind. As I've grown in years, I've begun to understand more and more that "commands" are not actually inflexible "must do's" in God's eyes but more guard rails to keep me safe from the violent eddies of danger life sometimes brings.

I'm sure it's been this way for you in your life. You're traveling along on any given day and something broadsides you, completely unexpectedly. That "thing" may be a literal car on some forsaken highway or it might be a friend or family member who has deeply and suddenly hurt you. Whatever the situation, you find yourself reeling from the experience.

This has happened to me. I, for example, lost my second son to SIDS. And not only was that difficult to comprehend on that Wednesday, April 13, 1994 in my life, but I was the one who found his limp body in his crib. Life gone. My little son inexplicably gone.

It is because of situations like these that I have developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of what one church prophet and president knew for years. That individual was President Spencer W. Kimball. It is said that he kept one journal for every year of his life. Can you imagine having one completed journal for every year of your life? What kind of knowledge would be found there? What kind of discoveries? What kind of aids for your posterity as they grapple with the amazing adventure that a life finds on this earth?

Your life has deep meaning and significance. And by journaling through your experiences, even and especially the deeply painful ones, when you come out through on the other side, what you will have captured will be priceless in its significance.

My journals have not only helped me years later after deep experiences, but I'm finding that they help my children. This being the case, I now don't mind so badly about some of the experiences that had been so painful early on. If what I learned then helps my children now, I'm grateful for the experience and even more grateful I kept a record during it. Thus, if you don't have a journal currently, go to the dollar store today and find a notebook. Any kind. Just get one and start writing. You (and your posterity) will be glad you did!


Struggling with your teens? C.S. Bezas' book is an essential help for parents and youth leaders. Powerful Tips for Powerful Teachers teaches you how to create powerful change. Visit your local LDS bookstore or get yours here.
Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Twitter Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Facebook Add The+Power+of+Journaling to MySpace Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Del.icio.us Digg The+Power+of+Journaling Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Yahoo My Web Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Google Bookmarks Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Stumbleupon Add The+Power+of+Journaling to Reddit




Information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the LDS Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by C.S. Bezas. All rights reserved.
This content was written by C.S. Bezas. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact C.S. Bezas for details.

g


g features
Strengthening the Family through Faith

What is Faith?

To Wait Upon the Lord

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor