So... I'm sure everyone of you is thinking about the past year and looking forward to 2011. The fact that the day is 1/1/11 is actually kind of unsettling. Since the date is so auspicious, I am wondering what I should do to make the day special and different. Is this how I'll wake up on 1/11/11? And what about 11/11/11? As I write this, guess what time it is: 11:11!!!!
I spent some time this morning reading through my journal. I don't actually journal that much, the current one I use holds 2 years in not very many pages. Jotting down a comment on something I prayed or experienced or learned or dreamed is fairly entertaining to me. It keeps things in perspective. The struggles I had that day were not that big a deal and most everything turned out OK. The spots where I used exclamation points are the most passionate and affected me the most. I did not bother to journal on the days that were routine and passed in mundane activity. I didn't bother to write the usual.
The journal pages with the most exclamation points have something in common. Those entries are filled with excitement because of something my/our heavenly Father did or guided me through. Examples: 'I can't believe how well that new harp song fell together!! Thank You!!' or 'What a creative way to .... Thank You for the idea!' or "What beauty! You are awesome!!' or 'Was reading in Colossians.... and that's exactly what I needed to hear!' or ''Thank You for the added energy! I didn't know how I was going to make it!!' or 'Thank You for opening that opportunity to me! You must want me to do that!!' or 'I need a shot of wisdom! Help!!' Those journal pages have billions of exclamation points; those days were not routine and mundane.
My prayer is to have lots of ! in 11... There is nothing as satisfying or fulfilling or fun as seeing what our/my heavenly Father is up to. Believe me, that's what He wants, too!