A Letter from God

Everyone should write in journals. Even if writing isn’t your thing – I get that, I really do – you can still use it as a means of tracking favorite verses, quotes, or prayer requests. I wasn’t a journaler until the summer after my second year of college. I never knew how much that would open me up. In a way, it’s made this blog possible. It taught me the value of words.
Part of the brainstorming process for writing the devotional has been pouring through all of my old journals, which in turn has been one of the most rewarding experiences. To see how the Lord and I have changed, how he has led me and developed me… it’s powerful, y’all.
One of the things I came across was from my very first journal – when my faith was at one of its strongest points and when I made a habit out of relying on the Lord, something I desperately crave now. I wrote a letter from the Lord to myself. And while this is something incredibly personal, and maybe it’s presumptuous to put words in his mouth… maybe it’s also something he’s trying to say to you.

Dear Emily, 
I love you, you know? I want to reach you and guide you. I don’t want you to hide from me or try to figure it out alone. Don’t get full of your own thoughts. I want you to know mine, but I need you to seek me in order to have my thoughts be your own. Please search for my heart; I’ve left it everywhere for you

Don’t try to fix it on your own. Only I can do that, but you have to let me. I promise if it’s me you’re turning to, I’ll fix it. I’ll guide you. I want to. I know you feel so confused; you wonder why I would keep changing things, why your emotions won’t settle. It’s because I don’t want them to. There is a reason for all this, I promise. But it’s not your job to know that reason, it’s mine. 
You need to learn what trust is all about. I can teach you. I can show you. I need you to trust me so that I can do all these things for you. Come seek me. Don’t you know it will give your heart so much peace? 
Emily, let me love you to the fullest extent that I can. You’ll be amazed. 
Love you, 
It’s crazy to think that at that time I was focused on learning the Lord’s heart. And now, 7 years later, that’s the preface for this devotional – Heartbeat. 

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  • Shell Peterson

    This is absolutely beautiful!
    Loved that this read was the start of my morning!
    xo, Shell

  • What a beautiful piece. My heart is full of worry today, and I am so glad I just read this letter. I need to stop doing it alone. Thank you so much!

  • Candy Kage

    Such a beautiful piece thread and be reminded he will and is always there and around us.

  • Jessica

    Such a beautiful letter!
    xo Jessica

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Wow, I love this letter!! So good!! Let God fix it… love that!

  • I love this so much. So beautiful and full of so much truth. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal with us. I needed to hear it today. xo

  • Nicole Leffew

    This is so sweet! I’ve been writing it my journal more and it makes me feel so much better. Love it xoxo God does beautiful things!

  • Such a beautiful, heartfelt post. Everything really does happen for a reason, and the more we know this and stop trying to control it, the happier we will be.

    April |

  • Marvina Musser

    I love this. It’s so beautiful and it’s the reason why I love journaling. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Vanessa Espinoza

    You made me cry! But happy tears becuase I just love your letter. I shared it with a friend and we both agreed that this is something we want to look at it on the toughest of days. Thank you.

  • This is such a beautiful post Emily, really enjoyed reading this heartfelt post and loved the letter you wrote in your journal I found it incredibly moving indeed and like Vanessa below it also reduced me to tears.

    I certainly feel by reading this that Christ is speaking through you in your spirit and this reminded me of several chapters and psalms in the Bible such as Psalm 46:10.

    Think it’s wonderful to keep a journal and something I always kept, may need to start one up again 🙂

    Beautiful post.

    Laura xo

  • Anca Andor

    This is so beautiful! You are such an amazing writer. I totally agree eveyone should have a journal!

  • This is such a beautiful post. I always was an avid journal writer growing up, but I stopped a couple years into college. I think you’re right that everybody should get into it!