“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
“When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Choose 12 men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.’ So Joshua called together the 12 men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, ‘Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, six to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.’” Joshua 4:1–7
"Journalling is a way of paying attention to our lives – a way of knitting the vast ball of our experiences into something with shape that attests to the state of our soul. On the pages of a journal we can take tentative steps into truth and scour our feelins, hurts, ideas and struggles before God. Over time repetitious themes, sins, compulsions, hopes and concerns emerge...the ongoign nature of a journal catalogues the journey of a soul into God." Adele Calhoun
Keep a prayer journal: write down the things you’ve prayed for and note when you’ve seen them answered. If you like using apps, you could use: Inner Room by 24/7 Prayer.
End each day writing down the highs and lows of the day – where you saw God at work, where you experienced his love, the prayers you prayed and anything thought-provoking you heard or read.
We caught up with Ruth Yimika Afolabi, writer, editor and founder of Magnify magazine. Words are clearly important for her work life but we wanted to hear her thoughts on the impact they can have on a personal relationship with God.