Everyone has a voice in this generation, but which voices do we trust? I pick voices cautiously, and usually they are people I know or people that have proven themselves over years of faithfulness and who quote those who are faithful. The ones I listen to most are picked by those I know and respect. I do this because of the amount of confusion that falls under the name “Christian.”
I do have a voice as well and I’m thinking about journalling here. I tread here skeptically, not sure I want to add to the noise. Why do I want my thoughts public? My insecurity is raging—“silence is easier —less to attack.” I’m not a blogger or a writer — my B’s and C’s in English accuse me. I’m not interested in being known by the world wide webbers — public speaking is not the gift God gave me, in this I’m sure. But writing and art are how I get words about God out of my heart and make sense of what is swirling in my head. It’s never glamorous, but written words come easier for me than the ones always stuck in my throat. As I write, confusion clears and I hear what God is trying to tell me — The truth becomes simple. So I write for me, it’s what my heart needs and how God keeps me focused on what is true. I highly recommend journalling.
As I’ve spent time in prayer and writing over these last few years I wonder if any of these thoughts that God is burning in my soul would help my friends celebrate Christ in their homes. We have tried many special days and calendar activities since our kids’ early years. Some things were fails and some successes, but we have settled on the ones that are now included yearly in our family calendar. I’m sure some special days will change their form as our family grows older, but most events in our family calendar are carefully chosen yearly reminders that turn our eyes to Christ and His word. This is what I would like to share with you in the hopes that you would be encouraged to set your own family calendar on the Lord. It won’t look the same as ours because each family is so different, but do start something meaningful this year; something that turns the eyes in your house toward Christ. This is my prayer as I share our family calendar with you in this journal.
Remember how God set up feasts and piles of rocks, special days and places, all to remind his people of who He was and who they were.
Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates. -Deuteronomy 6
Put God’s words in front of their eyes every chance you get.
In a sense, our homes are a safe haven of truth in a terrible battle for souls.