Last night I had a dream that I was sailing aboard the Black Pearl with Captain Jack Sparrow. With me was my leather, gold laced, bound journal decorated with a red fire-breathing dragon, a mountain, and the gold letters that read: The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey. I recently received it for my 14th Birthday. I showed it to the crew and told them that everything about everything was in it and that it would be our guide. Suddenly, I fell from the great vessel unnoticed and landed in the water. As soon as I hit the ocean’s surface, it became night and the Black Pearl was nothing more than a speck out on the horizon. I felt like there was a living presence beneath me in the dark waters, so I frantically swam ashore. Luckily, when I reached the bank, my Father and Will Turner were there to help me out of the water. Suddenly, they vanished after I was safely on land. I looked back out on the water I had just escaped from and saw a very large stork sleeping at the bottom of the water and taking up all its space. It rose from the depths and took my leather journal from my hands with its talons. I jumped up and grasped it and with all my might pulled it out of its claws and hit the beast square on its face. It grabbed the journal from me again and once more I took it back. This time, I hit it on its nose with all my strength and it died and sank to the bottom of the ocean in a heap.
That was my dream. Wasn’t it great?
Just kidding. 🙂
As I looked at that very same journal this morning and wrote about my dream last night, I started to think that maybe my dream meant something. Call me crazy, but many of my dreams have turned out to actually mean something. So, I decided to tell my Dad, the one who pulled me out of the water, all about my dream. I wanted to see what he thought about it. He said this,”You know what that tells me? It tells me that your Prayer Journal is a complete gift from God and Satan wants to get it away from you because it is a source of power straight from God.” I was pretty blown, but I believed it. That bird in my dream tried to take my Journal – the Journal that had all my info for Captain Jack in it, the Journal that reminded me of what God did, does and will do. And what did I do with it? I used it to kill the beast.
And isn’t that what our prayer journals do for us? They remind us of all the amazing things God has done and we write things that God will always do and when we ponder on those things, we smother Satan’s lies.
Once, when I was going through a tough time of rebellion with my parents, I looked through my journal; I looked at the times when I wrote that Mom had told me she was proud of me and loved me. When Dad gave me my purity ring as promise that he’d always protect me until my one and only comes along :). It gave me a remembrance of what is really real.
Other times my journal has proved to be a place where I can vent straight to God. Once, when I was about 11 years old I had a terrible fight with a friend and I felt betrayed. Rumors circled around and I lost more friends. I went to my journal and told God how I felt. I cried, prayed, and wrote everything I was feeling towards my friends, towards myself.
And you know what? He heard me.
Everytime I came to Him since the age of 8 through my prayer journals with the hurt, the joy, the tears, the laughter, he heard me. And now, as a 14 year old girl, I can see all He’s done, brought me through, blessed me with. It serves as a reminder and it pretty much shuts up the Devil’s lies. When we moved from California to Colorado, Colorado to California, then California back to Colorado, all my journals I still keep and read through when I have the chance. It shows and reminds me that God is in control and he was hearing my prayers through all those times.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
– 1 Chronicles 16:11
Our prayer journals are weapons that we can not only use to kill giant birds :P, but to kill the lies and deceptions of Satan. To reflect, and to pray. Our family keeps a journal called a Joshua journal and in that journal are all the miracles and trials our family has faced together. And every year, on December 27th, we eat lamb and read that journal and add new things in it from the past year. It is a time to reflect for us.
Prayer is a weapon that God has given us to hear Him, to present requests that glorify His Name to Him, and to allow us to live in union with Him as a parent with their child.
Here’s a beautiful prayer quote:
May you be encouraged my dear readers! And if you haven’t already, I’d really encourage you to start a prayer journal! They have been such a glorious way for me to pray and reflect upon all God’s done for me! I pray that your heart will be ignited to start one and I pray that God will bless you with it as he has done so with me!
And, after this post, I’ll never look at Painted Storks, Prayer Journals or Will Turner and The Black Pearl the same way ever again! (lolz) 😛
Emily Greenleaf 🙂
P.S. Here’s a quick update on my Legolas Cosplay!
So, I finished the sewing part – everything! I also made my own belt buckle for the chest and my fellowship leaf clasp is being delivered in a few days. 🙂 Here’s a few pics for ya 🙂
My first step was to sketch my design and plan fabric, notions, etc.
Step Two was to follow the pattern with my own modifications 🙂
Step Three was cut my own collar pattern and make a base for the chest belt
Step Four was make leggings – contrast color 🙂
Step Five – Create Bracers!!!
Step Six: Cape