My Magic Wand {and Random Journal Day}

But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them. (Isaiah 30:18 NLT)

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Often around this time of year, you may hear me say, “I wish I had a magic wand!” Recently, to my delight and relief, I discovered that I do have a magic wand. I found it one day when I was using my journal.

The joy of keeping a journal started many years ago, when as a young teenager I needed a place to privately vent my feelings without censure. As I grew in my relationship with God, my journals became the place where I recorded my thoughts, my feelings and dialogues with God.

A journal has so many purposes, I could never describe them all in one post. But the other day I realized that my journal is my magic wand!

Here’s a glimpse into my musings that day. I started out with this thought:

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I wish I had a magic wand to get ready for the holidays…

it would clean my house

decorate for Christmas

give me plenty of time to play, to create, to share, to love myself and others

Then I wrote this confession:

I feel pressure, stress, fear of not finishing, lack of energy, overwhelmed, cluttered, shut down

On the next page, this revelation poured from my pen:

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My magic wand is spending an hour journaling, playing with mixed-media, taking a walk with our new dog, Kokomo.

My magic wand is prayer, seeking God’s presence in every moment.

Permission to pause, to read my book club book, to let the dishes sit in the sink, to leave clothes unfolded, to trust, to wait, to invite GOD to reveal His character into my life, to invite GOD to lead, energize and direct me!

Finally, I drew a magic wand in my journal with some words of affirmation:

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I have a magic wand…it helps me to do my to-do list…it gives me permission to have fun, to be creative, to play before I work; it inspires me to use what I have…to look for grace and energy from the Holy One!

Maybe you’ve never wished for a magic wand. But I invite you to pick up your pen and  some paper,  and then let God know what you wish for. Give it a try! Finish this sentence:

I wish…

Linking up with Random Journal Day

 

9 thoughts on “My Magic Wand {and Random Journal Day}

  1. Oh, yes- I want that magic wand! But you are right about prayer, being the needful thing- and also I find when I seek God first I just use my time better. I ask for help instead of spending my time fretting (not always but ideally! There’s grace for the other times!) I honestly believe God does great things with our time when we give it to him first – I am always amazed at how much more he allows me to do with less stress too…and sometimes creating gives just the right focus to impact our desire to get done those other things. Kel, your posts and journals are do inspiring. Thanks for joining in! Also where is your book? I don’t see it here, is it still available? The blog is looking good!

    1. Dawn- You have that magic wand! You are the journal queen! And I want to thank you for the RJD link-up…I look forward to it each month! I am glad to hear it will continue into next year….I like it just the way it is…the only thing would be for more people to join us!

      I need to move my book over here…it’s still up over at the old blog…I have the books on hand and plan to have a sale soon!

      Thanks for your kind words about my journals and the blog…both bring me joy!

  2. Oh how often I have wished for a magic wand to do all the very things you mentioned. And yes, I too have learned that if I commit my needs/desires to the Lord, He will direct my steps. When I try to strike out on my own, I get lost and confused and frustrated. Yes, The Lord is the “magic wand” of help, strength, and organization…when I take the time to listen and watch for His guidance. This was a lovely post. Thank you for sharing it with us. So appropriate right now!!!

    1. Pamela- Thanks for stopping by! I love God’s creative ways of encouraging us! It helps me to add whimsy to my life and I think our Father delights in our playfulness! He is the only one to turn to in our times of need and plenty!

  3. Wow! I love your magic wand. To think it helps you do… your to-do list, *and* gives you permission to stop and have fun, and have wishes come true. But, oh, hmm, I’ve got that magic wand, too, don’t I? Thanks!

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