Journaling with Jesus

Welcome to Jesus take the pen where the pen of life is released to Jesus Christ, one journal entry at a time.

new life, resolution, happy new year
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New Life Resolutions

“I hate new year’s resolutions,” the man said to his wife with a gravelly, sneering tone that conveyed absolute contempt for the annual tradition. In five forceful words he made his feelings known. Convincing him to change his mind would…
Christmas, Jesus, manger, Jesus take the pen
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Redeemed by Belief

December 2018 was a bust – well, almost. The first twenty-three days of my December were short on Christmas spirit and high on Christmas angst. The dominating thoughts in my mind revolved around shopping and sulking. If I wasn’t on…
chocolate, Christmas, Jesus take the pen
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Christmas is a Box of Chocolates

Tucked in the basement of an old church in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania is the fellowship and dining hall used by the Upper Room, a local homeless shelter. The windowless space is dim and the kitchen's appliances are ancient. The long, rectangular…
wait, dinner, beloved
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Worth the Wait

When you’re hungry, awaiting the arrival of dinner, the wait seems to go on forever. You look at the clock every few seconds. Time moves so slowly as your stomach growls. Even minutes can feel like hours. When you’re waiting on your life…
Jesus take the pen, mood, sick, victory
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How Moods Go: By Kicking

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking.” And he’s right. “Gently” isn’t an adjective that can be applied to mood-removal. Moods must be eradicated by force. Although I’ve read Chambers’ words…
Jesus take the pen, cow, Harveigh
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Harveigh: The Survivor Cow

Harveigh is a survivor cow. During Hurricane Harvey, the category four storm that hit southern Texas in 2017, twenty-seven billion gallons of water fell in just four days causing the loss of over one hundred thousand homes and eighty-eight…