Have you ever had one of those moments in your life when you think, “I was at this point in my life before, and now here I am again, years later”?

Well, I had one recently.

Many years ago, (dare I admit it was actually decades ago), I used to “journal.” In spite of several people telling me to “write it down” as I went through various phases in my life, I could never quite muster up the time, effort, or will, to actually do so. Some experiences were too painful, others too sad, and others… well, I was simply too busy with life.

Recently, I suddenly had a life-changing moment with God, and the words started to flow once again.

I can’t seem to put my pen down now. Thoughts, ideas, prayers, and just about anything and everything appear in my journal. I look back on all that God has brought me through, and I remember that I asked “why” or “why me”. Many times I said, “God, I need to understand this.” I began to examine what God was doing, and why I had done as I had, and what should have been said and done in those moments. They say when you reach midlife, you start to examine your life and try to sort through all your experiences in an attempt to make sense of them all. This has been very true for me. Through it all, God has been so faithful, loving and comforting to me. I could never give Him enough thanks or praise. He has been my Wonderful Counselor, Friend and Lord.

Wouldn’t you like to have the same experience?

Over the next several months, I will attempt to share my own personal conversations with God, and how He responded to the cries of my hurting, confused heart. Hopefully, you will see the faithfulness of His heart for His children in the articles on this site, and you too will be challenged to have some conversations of your own with God.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”

(Jeremiah 29:11-14, NIV)

© 2008 Valerie Forsyth. All rights reserved.

Originally published on November 10, 2008