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.

trust, process, flower, Jesus take the pen
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Trust the Process

“Trust the process.” It’s one of Dr. J’s favorite sayings and one I’ve heard countless times over the past two years. When I first heard about a “healing process” I thought I knew what it meant and what to expect as the process…
Jesus take the pen, cross
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But what about Saturday?

Every year during the week of Easter, my thoughts turn to two events in the life of Jesus. His crucifixion on Good Friday and His resurrection on Sunday. But what about Saturday? On the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Jesus…
tree, life, stump, promise, Jesus take the pen
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A Message From a Tree Stump

Freshly cut tree stumps abound across the northern post-winter landscape and they’re delivering an unexpected message of hope. Every year there are trees that don’t survive the winter weather. Some come crashing down under the weight…
Jesus take the pen, twig, spring
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Spring will Spring Again

 I’m mad at winter. And when I say “winter,” I don’t mean the earth’s meteorological season. Although I’m not particularly loving late winter’s lingering chill, it's not nearly as infuriating as my body’s persistent season…
sea gulls, winter, ice, Jesus take the pen
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Sea Gulls & God's Provision

I love when the birds return in spring, especially after a long, brutal winter like the one we just had in northern Pennsylvanian. The blessed sound of birds chirping and singing their joyful song reminds me that even the coldest winter will…
good night, sheep
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Sleep 101

In theory, sleep should be the easiest activity on earth. Still your body; close your eyes, drift off to dream land. But sleep isn’t always that simple. Prior to becoming ill, I was a champion sleeper. But when Lyme took hold of my…