An excellent article written by my friend E. Natalie Johnson. Check out her web site at: www.cedarchest.blogspot.com
How can one not journal at the start of another new year?
The first of January, I get the same feeling I had on the first day of school each September. A fresh notebook full of unused paper. A pencil case full of sharpened coloured pencils. A new box of crayons.
I remember writing so neatly on the crisp white lined paper for the first few days until my notes eventually deteriorated to the same sloppy mess I ended up with the previous year. A desk full of dog eared books, dull pencils, and broken crayons.
Perhaps I have lived enough years now, that I might resolve (with the help and wisdom of the Lord) to remain organized, stay sharp, new, and creative, for His purposes throughout this entire new year.
He has, after all turned the page of my life over to a new year - a new chapter in time. I feel I must give it my best shot for Him. He promised those with faith in Jesus Christ, that old things would pass away and that He would make all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17). As my chronological age increases by one each December, I am acutely aware in January of my innate need to journey through another year with God, rather than attempt to go it alone.
I love to write about a lot of things. But when it comes to my life, I'd rather let God write the story, and in faith enjoy the read while He turns the pages.
January 2005. E. Natalie Johnson.