CLASS RESPONSE AND QUESTIONS TO THE WATCHMAN'S JOURNALING
First of all, OH MY THIS ASSIGNMENT IS SO EXCITING FOR ME!!
I'm 23 (almost 24) and have been writing in a prayer journal
since I was 16,(now in total I have 45! So exciting) and
every one of those 12 reasons to journal that you (Sandy)
wrote out have special meaning to me. It was very exciting
to read and be able to relate so much with why you write.
Now on to the assignment (as my heart is fluttering
2. Sometimes I struggle when trying to decide whether to
record something or not for the future. As I've been typing
up my old prayer journals into word documents, sometimes I
just totally leave something out that I feel is
inappropriate now. Do you (Sandy) or anyone else struggle
with deciding what to record and what to just leave out?
Sometimes I'm afraid that I'm leaving out something
important or something that may bless someone in the future
when it comes to struggling in prayer over a specific sin.
My goal is to glorify the Lord and record what I think will
be a blessing to Him, to me, and to any one else who may
come across my journalings in the future. Any thoughts or
3. This is so wonderful that this assignment was posted
today because I literally just finished typing up what I
consider to be one of the most important and wonderful, life
changing journal entries. Here it is, and I sincerely hope
and pray that the Lord will bless you all through this Word
January 28, 2007
Often times I see God as the director, and we are the
actors, put there for His desires, just to mess with us,
like I wonder what the reason for even creating us was, and
it was never a good picture; always some type of negative
emotion paired w/this. Even though I know this is wrong and
it doesn't make sense, and God is not selfish, I think about
it sometimes. All day at work I was thinking about that and
could figure out no good reason that He created, except for
Himself. I prayed while I was thinking these things, asking
Christ to take these thoughts captive, but they continued.
Til after work and teaching Sunday School, sitting in my
room on my bed. I was praying aloud, started crying, asking
for forgiveness for accusing Him of selfishness and
projecting my thoughts onto Him. I asked Him to grow me in
His love. Finally I just called out
“Why!? Why did You make us!?”
And immediately I thought of the mothers with babies at
Why did they choose (if they choose) to have a baby?
To lavish their love upon it!
And I thought in answer to my question:
“I wanted something to love. I made you to love you.”
HOW BEAUTIFUL! He made me to love me! Even though things got
messed up along the way…
He made me to love me!
And it made everything BETTER.
I knew it was Him that spoke that to me. I needed to know.
As far as format goes...whatever I'm thinking about, I
write. If I like a Bible verse, I write it. If I hear the
Lord or see quickened signs, pictures, words, letters,
numbers, I try to record it. I also write my prayers. Many
times, unless I'm with others, I lose track easily of what
I'm saying aloud in prayer, so writing down word for word is
a huge help for me. I kept diaries all throughout my
childhood and teen years, so this practice really works for
me. It is what brought me nearer to the Lord and I would
recommend it to anyone. May the Lord bless all of you in
your journaling--this is sooo exciting and I can't wait to
see what you all share!!
Your enthusiasm gives me so much joy! Thank you for
sharing your heart.
I love your journal entry! What a spectacular discovery
of truth. I asked the Lord before I read your answer, why He
created us, and immediately He questioned, "Why do you have
children?" He is our FATHER and wanted to have children,
because He is LOVE. He wanted children to love. So, so
special to understand this about Him. Can you imagine having
all this love that He has and have no one to lavish it upon?
Your journal question is a good one. I went through that
too. One of my problems is that I was praying over issues
and people and so treasured hearing and seeing what the Lord
said, that I didnt want to delete them. Finally after
waiting several years, I re-read some of the old entries and
realized that those things were resolved, and totally off
God's scope. I was different, people were different, and
those things werent important any more... all had changed.
So I began asking Him what to do. I turned with anointed
hands and my eye dropped to a line that said, "Do you want
to edit soul?" I laughed and laughed. YES I wanted to edit
my soul and delete the stuff that just wasnt there any more!
So I gratefully did edit it. That little edit cost me $300.
I took all 14ish of my printed rhema books down to the local
shredder and had them shredded. Then I edited to my heart's
delight, took out everything I did not want to leave as a
legacy and re-printed.
I learned in my early years that love does not keep a
record of wrong. And when we ask forgiveness, neither does
God. It is ALL tossed into the sea and wiped out. So I tried
very hard not to record bad things, but when they were
genuine concerns that I prayed over and heard the Lord
about, I recorded and kept. So the above shredding was for
that purpose of deleting all the soul surgeries.
One time I had a vision of piles and piles of shredded
printed rhema and doing it in hilarity. We used to print
them from the computer and with each change, I shredded. One
time I shredded all and it totally filled our kitchen floor
about 3 feet tall. smile. We finally discovered it was
cheaper to have them printed at Lulu into real books with
Thank you, this is perfect timing for me. I am trying to
settle down in my journaling and be consistent with one
format or another.
My question would be, "how do you journal honestly and
privately when it involves others?"
My journal note from today (which happened to be a great day
for learning the answer to what the Lord had been trying to
get me to understand):
Today's entry: Last night I watched a Sid Roth interview
with a lady who shared how the Lord was answering prayers
quickly. This was on my mind and I was seeking the Lord
about the Body of Christ having these kind of testimonies
all over everywhere.
As I made my first cup of coffee this am, I had a quick
vision of an elder (where the board runs the church, not the
pastor) telling the pastor, "Fat chance you are going to
spend your days in your study, praying and studying the
Bible. We hired you on to be the pastor of this church and
explained the duties involved before you took the job. If
this is not satisfactory to you, then find another job." I
could see the pastor's heart so clearly. It was broken,
angry, and discouraged, all in one instant. His first desire
was to respond with a resounding, "leave it," but he knew to
keep his mouth shut.
[I went to my desk to write this down because I knew it was
of the Lord.]
Directions: (based on my recent issues)
- Draw your strength from the Lord
- plant your roots deep into the water and wait for 'due
- do not defend yourself, let God do the promoting.
- use this time to learn discipline for the spirit, soul,
[Scriptures to meditate on: Ps 1 and Acts 6]
This is a good question, thank you for participating with
There are ways to journal without naming names or writing
bad things about people.
I use a numbering system where one can create a number
for people, churches, ministries, work, etc.
Like, *** Lord what do You have to say about what #10
said today, and what should I do about it?
Or ... *** been praying about the issue at #11, battling
condemnation. Then I would enter the things that the Lord
gave me in regards to that situation that comforted me,
guided me and built me up.
Another thing that I have done is mark with *** any place
that I know I dont want in my journal forever. I try to
close the books at the end of the month, so that each month
is harvested and ready to put into archives. And sometimes
the *** last longer than a month because they are not
resolved. So before I harvest the end of the year, I go
through all the *** and take them out before printing.
If I was to journal on the internet to help others with the
fresh understandings I get, I would not be able to share my
personal issues with anyone who knows me or knows my boss. Is
there a way to share my journal lessons with others and get
Scripture is pretty clear about our standards for talking
about people. We dont want to get involved with gossip,
slandering authority, unforgiveness, jealousies and down the
list of carnalities.
Part of maturing is listening to people, watching them
and discerning or understanding why they behave the way they
do. Every day is a teaching from God, if we simply watch
people and how they are, and ask Him for wisdom to
Then with that understanding, you can take the same
identical issues you have walked through at work or else
wise and turn them into teachings, prophesies, words of
wisdom, helpful tips for people.
In the past, after feeling a burden for and praying about
a person's behavior, I would write a Word to Ponder about
it, because I realized it is something the Lord is burdened
about. It is important to say that these Ponders were
inspired with wisdom and the Lord's yearnings to reach out
with a message, and were not a catharsis of my own emotions
about a person's behavior. Then I'd make it a point not to
release that Word until a few months later and the person is
not aware that it was "inspired" by their life. Many of my
early Words to Ponders were like that. Then later as I was
receiving more and more rhema, the Ponders were about the
rhema, and included the lessons I learned in watching people
and praying over them. Living life is a wonderful teaching
ground for wisdom and understanding and revelation into
people, if we would listen to how God views things going on
I have never really learned to journal, although I write
down all dreams and visions I see and try to write down how
they connect to my life or what God is doing. I often write
down Scriptures that I read that makes an impression on me
that specific day. So maybe I journal a little bit about the
Scriptures that makes an impression on me.
My question I think is how much of the journal is about
my own feelings and experiences and how much of it is about
what God is doing in my life? In a diary for instance
someone would express their feelings, what is the difference
between to journal and keeping a diary?
This is something that came to me today:
The past two weeks it felt like a hurricane went through our
house. Everything has quieted down and I think the storm has
While listening to the IHOP webstream they sang about the
Scripture in Phil 1:6 "And I am sure that God, who began the
good work within you, will continue his work until it is
finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back
again." I felt impressed to take out my seamless Bible and
opened to the place where I was supposed to read and it
started with the exact same Scripture. I realized that this
is a promise from God that the good work He began in my life
He will see through to the end.
Also, Hosea 6:6 "I don't want your sacrifices - I want you
love. I don't want your offering - I want you to know me."
In difficult times we sometimes press through and do things
because it is our duty, Holy Spirit just reminded me today
that it is my love that Jesus wants, that my love is worth
more than anything else to Him, more than anything I can do
Hosea 6:3 "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on
to know Him, and he will respond to us as surely as the
coming of dawn or the rain of early spring." The coming of
dawn and the rain of early spring is not something we can
control, He will respond to us when we press on to know Him.
Above anything else, He wants us to know Him!
You asked: My question I think is how much of the journal
is about my own feelings and experiences and how much of it
is about what God is doing in my life? In a diary for
instance someone would express their feelings, what is the
difference between to journal and keeping a diary?
In the world, they teach children to keep diaries for
expressing their feelings as a way to help them vent and get
their feelings out on paper. It helps children deal with
life and the emotions that come with it. And it helps them
dream about the future.
This lesson is about learning to journal as God's
watchmen waiting on His walls. So our God journals are best
kept with the focus of recording our journey with God and
what He is saying to us. If you record a dream, a scripture
or anything that is quickened to you from God, then it is a
watchman's journal. We keep in remembrance what He is saying
and have a track record to give us understanding of the
For instance, this week I had a whole day where God spoke
to me about horses. It started with a horse vision, and then
continued the whole day long. I even had a software company
tell me that since I had not logged into the new software I
had been looking at, that they assigned me a password:
Horse! By the end of the day, I said, "Lord obviously this
is a BIG deal to You!"
So today I spent some time copying and pasting all my
horse rhema together and studying it. I was astounded that
the very first entry from 2004 told EXACTLY what the next 6
years would be for me in regards to this horse stuff. He
told me that the day before it all started. WOW. Ofcourse I
would not ever know that, unless the horse stuff was over,
and I read that 2004 entry in hindsight. It gave me a huge
encouragement and validation to an area I had wrestled with
for 6 years and finally overcome. Thank the Lord for His
rhema Word and thank the Lord for the grace to journal!
It was interesting for me to read the assignment and to
realize how many things I use time spent with God and my
journal to do. One thing that I started a journal to do that
was not in the assignment was to process all that was
happening in my life. My father had recently died very
suddenly, and I felt on the cusp of many changes...how true
that was! Now, I think I do a combination of all that you
mentioned depending on what's going on or what He's
When you talk about using a journal "to vote", do you
think that making declarations and such in your journal fill
the same purpose as verbal declarations? I've made
statements in my journals that could be considered
declarations, but were more a statement of how I
felt...somewhat like some of the psalms where the psalmist
whines and moans for a while and then states, "But God", or
something to that effect. Am I opening myself up to anything
I wouldn't want by doing this, do you think?
A randomly chosen word from God I wrote in my journal
earlier this year:
"Your life is built on My firm foundation. There is no
reason for fear or shame. I am weaving all that happens to
you into a beautiful tapestry: both the lows and the
heights. If you begin to wander away, I will make Myself
heard -- let Me remove your fears. The evil one has
contrived to keep you submersed in fear and shame. But I say
to you that your time of being withdrawn and separate are a
baptism that you must have so there are no more tears in
your heart or soul. You are my daughter and I love you. You
shine brightly for Me - don't let anyone weight you down
with their expectations."
I don't have a format that I follow when I journal,
sometimes it's more like a diary of things and events I want
to remember, sometimes it's questions or thanks or praise to
God for what He's done through all that's happened,
sometimes it's dreams I've had, or words I've received, and
rhema. Sometimes I print out things from online that have
been very quickened. I also keep a computer journal of all
the things I read online that is separate from my physical,
handwritten one. I use the composition notebooks you fine
anywhere, and cover them with pretty papers, or my most
recent one is covered with chocolate candy wrappers from my
last trip to Italy. I use colored post-it notes to flag
things I want to return to frequently.
You asked "When you talk about using a journal "to vote",
do you think that making declarations and such in your
journal fill the same purpose as verbal declarations? Am I
opening myself up to anything (negative)... I wouldn't want
by doing this?"
Consider the fact that the Bible is the written Word of
God. Does it have power and authority to create and change
the world? The written Word is just as powerful as the
spoken Word when it is God's Word. And He has given us the
power to decree, pray, and prophesy things into existence.
So yes, I do believe we open ourselves us for what we speak
into existence through our statements of faith, whether it
be negative or positive.
I thank you, Sandy, for the wonderful teaching from the
word. How comforting and encouraging it is to read about
them all and also your rhema words!!
I have been journaling for about thirty years but
recently have not been writing every day and I would like to
get back to it because I have learned so much from it. And I
guess that is my question. How do I keep that fire
burning bright and give that sacrifice of time? As you
shared, there were many times when you felt burned out and
maybe I am at that place now. Sometimes I feel that I don't
really know if it is worth anything and my writing is mostly
unfocused. Who am I writing for? What difference do these
words make? My journaling now has dwindled to writing what I
feel the Holy Spirit is urging me to write down.
When I first began journaling, it was because I was having
such a hard time praying without being totally distracted.
Someone mentioned that it might help if I would write out my
prayer and so I began doing that. Soon I began using a daily
devotional with a scripture for each day. I would begin with
my prayer and then read the bible verse. I would think about
it and write down questions I had about it. I would continue
writing and many; many times the Holy Spirit would teach me
the answers. He would bring memories to mind of things that
happened in my own life or a little story I remembered from
my childhood or my children's lives.
For instance, one of those very early writings was called
“Black Sewer Mud”. I had been meditating on Christ's
sacrifice and how He took all my sin. I was having a hard
time thinking of it as a reality until I wrote this little
analogy. Somewhere I had seen a miry pit? Or some kind of
lagoon covered with black sewer mud. I remembered how
terrible it stunk and how it stuck to your shoes and
everything it touched and also it was hard to get out of
because it was kind of like quicksand. I began thinking that
sin was kind of like that black sewer mud and Jesus just
willingly stepped into it. Then He just stood there, not
trying to escape but letting Himself sink into it. He sank
until it came up to His chin and His mouth, then into His
nose and His eyes and finally completely covering Him. It
became such a vivid picture for me that I had tears running
down my face as I thought about it. Now I finally understood
God's love a little better.
What a wonderful Word about the black pit.
You asked how do you keep the fires burning after so many
years of journaling? Although I have now discovered afer my
deeper refining last year, that my deepest reason is to give
Him pleasure, because He loves to listen.... I found when
nothing else could pick me up, that gave me the fuel to
I think that just underneath that motive is the
realization that my intimacy with Him is connected with
journaling. That is the journey of where I seek Him and He
answers and it is our roadmap of our intimacy together.
If I dont record it, I forget what He has said to me -
where He has met my heart and life, where He has made extra
effort to send angels to my side and confirm me... they are
like a piece of chocolate. Oh His connections are so sweet
and melt in my mouth and heart. But no sooner do I get
involved in something else, the flavor is gone from my mouth
and I would have forgotton had I not recorded that precious
morsel. This is true especially at night. Most nights I have
NO memory at all of what He said to me. If it were not for
the mini recorder I keep on my pillow, I would never know.
To my relationship with the Lord, journaling = intimacy.
I've never heard any teaching about journaling, so this is a
first for me. I enjoyed reading your twelve reasons for
journaling and it was wonderful. You could make a book from
that one teaching and it would be an eye opener to everyone.
I think I will have to turn in this lesson in two parts,
mainly because I have company visiting from AK, and it will
take some thinking on all of your points and re-reading the
teaching, plus pondering and meditating when they leave.
I write down every promise I can find in the Bible, so I can
claim them and receive all of the gifts God has for me.
Also, I write down every praise verse I find, so I'll be
able to praise Him more. I have written devotionals and have
a huge collection of quotes that explain religious concepts
to me. Does this qualify as journaling? I can't write as
legibly as I used to, so I keep these things on my computer
now. My question for now is this: do you journal on your
computer and do you do it daily? I read the Bible and pray
daily, so should I journal then or are you more spontaneous?
Here is one of my devotionals:
August 23, 2007
We are God's garden, which He transforms from desert places
and briars. He creates in our heart a beautiful garden when
His word takes root in us through His indwelling Spirit. He
tends our heart's garden daily to shine His light on us,
take away the weeds of sin, prune the dead branches, water
us with His word, and draw us into close relationship with
Him in prayer. Gardens are places separated and dedicated to
beauty, fragrance, growth, fruitfulness, rest and
resurrection. Let us receive His word with gladness and be
the good soil in which His garden grows, and not be
reluctant to have the weeds pulled and dead branches
removed. Thus, will our Heavenly Gardener patiently make of
us a fragrant, fruitful garden. May we be that quiet,
dedicated, separated, beautiful place that is increasing
with fruit and the finest of aromatic flowers. Truly, as His
garden grows in our hearts, we experience the resurrection
life of “Christ in us the hope of glory”.
The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He
put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the
LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight
and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of
the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up,
a fountain sealed. (The Shulamite) Awake, O north wind, And
come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow
out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant
Song of Solomon 4:12, 16
The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul
in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a
watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who,
having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it
and bear fruit with patience.
Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been
Christians are like the flowers in a garden, that have each
of them the dew of Heaven, which, being shaken with the
wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are
jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.
John Bunyan (1628-1688)
The mischief of Eden fell upon Gethsemane. The mist of sin
rose up in the garden of Paradise, and as it rose it
gathered and collected into a black, tremendous storm cloud,
and anon it burst, with flashes of lightning and with claps
of thunder, upon the great Shepherd of the sheep, that we,
who deserved to be overwhelmed by the tempest, might find
fair weather in the rest which remaineth for the people of
--Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I just had to write you my experience today! WOOOOO! I'm
telling you, it gave me goosebumps all over my body. I was
praying and reading my Bible, when I turned to my Psalm for
the day. Guess what it was! It was just about our lesson on
journaling and it hit me right between the eyes and made me
even more excited about all of this. Here's the verses:
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my
composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a
ready writer. Psalm 45:1
Gird Your sword upon Your thigh.....and in Your majesty ride
prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. Your
arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God
Your God, has annointed You with the oil of gladness more
than Your companions. Psalm 45:7
Now don't all these verses speak about journaling, even
though the chapter is really talking about the Messiah and
his bride? The pen of a ready writer, gird your sword (the
word), ride in majesty (horses), and loving righteousness
and hating wickedness (voting)!!!!
You have encouraged me so much. Thank you for taking the
teachings so sincerely.
YES you are journaling! Your ideas are wonderful. A
journal is simply our history of what is quickened to us of
our life in God. One of our class members journals her
photographs of what is quickened to her as Word parables.
One could have a whole journal of just inspired bumper
stickers... whatever speaks to us as from the Lord.
Yes I do journal every day and if I dont have time, it is
all spoken in my mini recorder so that I dont forget it when
I do have time to journal. I take my recorder even in the
car. I find when I am relaxed and driving the Lord brings so
much back to memory and also confirms things for me.
I think I have worn out 5 hand recorders so far! Since
1984, I am on my 4th lap top, after my first 4 computers.
When I upgrade from an exhausted and well used computer, I
smile when I say goodbye to my keyboards... they have dents
in the most used letters and ofcourse the paint identifying
the letters are mostly gone.
The class was so precious to give me donations for the
lap top I have now. It means so much to me, such a wonderful
gift and reminder that I am no longer walking alone. The
last one was grinding terribly and was so hot it was burning
my finger tips. So yessssssssssssssss I do journal on my
I think this is an awesome assignment at just the right
time. it is so apt. I have been keeping journals from when I
was much younger but I had to stop for numerous reasons, I
didnt feel comfortable when others read it without my
knowledge, the timing, what to write and what not to write
but I started back again couple of months back just writing
some things and turning them into prayer points as I read
from the bible. I am particularly glad about the point that
says we write to please God and I was touched when you said
he said he loves to read what you wrote. it touched me so
I know this assignment has re-fired me to continue writing
and I know I will learn a thing or two when I finish posting
and read other people's assignment.
I would like to know what do we really write in a
journal, your personal thoughts and feelings? are they
involved in it? how can it be said to teach when nobody sees
what I write? sometimes it gets so voluminous that I had to
stop cause of the space it was taking up.
I have shared what I wrote on May 3rd. and am eager to learn
from everyone on this.
There is a light of God within me that produces only what is
good, right and true. I am full of the light and my behavior
should show it. I will find out what is pleasing to God and
do it. I will be careful to live as a wise person. I will
make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these
evil days. I wont act thoughtlessly but I will try to
understand what God wants me to do.
Let my words be gentle to bring life and health and turn
away wrath. let me wise to make learning a joy, to learn
from correction and to give good advice. let there be
treasure in my house. O Lord help me to honor you with my
tongue. help me to show discernment and please you with my
tongue. let me filter the words that escape my lips when i
speak. let me guard my mouth and tongue. Lord teach me to
use kind positive words to address tough subjects. help me
avoid words that reflect poorly on who i am . teach me to
use words that are pleasing and acceptable to a holy God.
God will turn what is meant for evil to good. God doenst
live in temples built by human hands. His throne is heaven.
announce me with every disappointment.
There is a spiritual and physical growth to follow. Holiness
is a key to realizing our life's goal. Lord help me to keep
sin away and continue in faith, obedience and humility. let
the vision speak.
Your lesson response was such a blessing to me. I am so
glad it confirmed and encouraged you to continue journaling.
Yes our emotions and responses do matter to God. And many
of the times when He responds, it is to help our soul align
with His Truth about us. And it perfectly fine to journal
them along with His Words. Together, if we end on a good
note with being comforted and settled by Him, then it is a
I usually dont write my emotions unless I am in a really
deep pit, and then it is just a couple sentences to relate
with what God said in response.
What is most important is that we dont write about
people's wrongs, because according to 1 Cor 13, love keeps
no record of wrongs. Instead of recording the wrongs, we can
ask God about the situation and then pray and stand on the
Word He said.
Love your journal entry!
1. Read the above 12 Scriptural Reasons to Journal as a
Watchman. Wonderful teaching! I have been journaling since
2004. By divine revelation I was ordered to start a journal.
There have been times in my life in which I went through
great struggles and doubts. The teachings, prophetic
messages and experiences documented in these journals were
what kept me going in those difficult times.
2. I don't have any questions, but I do have a comment. I
think reason n. 10 "To Give Our Sacrifice of Time" has been
the most challenging for me. Because of my busy schedule I
find it hard to stop everything I'm doing "just" to journal.
I've only kept this practice up because of the mandate that
was put upon me. The 12 reasons you've given us, Sandy Mom,
has helped me to understand how important this simple
discipline really is. Thank you so much!
3. In my journals (one for each year since 2004) I only
record: a) quickened Bible verses; b) prophetic words; c)
visions and dreams; d) prophetic experiences; e) highlights
in my spiritual walk (new seasons, trials, victories). I
have a whole bunch of your Quickened Words glued on to the
pages of my journals (smile). Here is an example of one of
my prophetic experiences:
BIRDS OF A FEATHER …
It was summer time and my family and I were on vacation. It
was about the same time everyone was talking about the bird
flu. Sandy mom had sent out a prophetic word warning that
the devil was trying to curse the birds because of their
gift of praise. So my family and I really began to pray hard
over the fowls of the air. Well, this brought about a
strange behavior from our feathered friends. It's like they
new what we were up to ... Soon, birds began visiting us in
amazing ways (but that's another story)
Well, we're at the beach and it's early morning. I'm sitting
on the front porch reading my Bible, minding my own business
when all of a sudden a small sparrow lands to the right of
me and begins chirping at me. That's right, chirping AT me!
It was furious. His feathers were all ruffled up, his wings
dropped down in a defensive position. I thought: "What's got
into this little fellow?"
I tried to ignore it, but the little guy wouldn't stop. So I
asked him what was the problem. When I did that, it flew
over my head a perched on the fence that was to my left. As
my eyes followed his flight I saw something from the corner
of my eye, on the ground, against the wall of the house,
slithering slowly up to me, a green garden snake! The
sparrow had been literally trying to warn me! Can you
When the reptile realized that I had seen it, it made a "U"
turn a rushed back the same way it had come from. I followed
it and as soon as it's head turned the corner of the house,
I saw a broken brick strategically laying near by. Forgive
me all you snake lovers, but I felt I had to kill the thing.
I used the brick to smash It's head against the wall. The
birds must have approved because what follows is surreal ...
The green garden snake is now officially dead, but it's body
is still waggling about. Suddenly, there is a choir of at
least ten sparrows sitting on the fence as happy as can be.
Then out of nowhere comes a little bird that I couldn't
identify and perches on the broken brick to see the snake up
close. The "choir" and "braveheart" must have staid there
for over two minutes. Then they all happily flew off.
After so much excitement, I gave up reading my Bible and
took it upstairs to put it away. Then, low and behold, lying
on one of my sons' beds is a Walt Disney comic book. On the
cover Donald Duck is being squeezed by a green python. The
thing is rapped around him, looking at him with hypnotic
eyes. Donald is furious, but he can't get loose.
That afternoon, I go back to see how the dead serpent is
doing. The ants had eaten him all up. Only the skeleton was
left. The next day, not even that ...
Now, that was a lot to chew on at the time, and I'm still
trying to digest it. But I believe the birds represent
angels that are sent to protect and warn us of coming
attacks of the enemy (many times through dreams). When the
enemy is exposed, the element of surprise is taken away and
we can better deal with what is sent against us. The Lord
will always give us strategies and spiritual weapons to deal
with the crisis and continue standing. Praise and boldness
are always important attitudes to have when facing the enemy
- never forgetting who has already crushed his head. If you
happen to get hurt in the process, "Don't worry. Be happy."
The Holy Spirit is able to heal every wound, removing any
trace of harm done.
What a fantastic journal entry and experience in the
Lord! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
You mentioned the sacrifice of time. One of the
cornerstones of hearing the Lord is to have a resting heart,
be at peace and rest. I have a laptop and sit in my
recliner, with an orthopedic pillow for my back and am
supported and very comfortable when I write. Most of the
time my soul is at rest and this is a position and place I
can have intimacy with the Lord!
Many times as I am writing the Word of the Lord, I will
hear Him interject a word or sentence as a reminder not to
forget to put that in there too. Many times I hear the
angels talk about what I am writing, as I am pondering it.
Taking time to journal, for me is a living relationship with
the Lord. Now I understand it has taken years to get to this
place, but it is my comfort zone. I once heard Bobby Conner
share a story where he was up writing late at night and he
suddenly saw an angel leaning over his shoulder and reading
his words. Bobby squawked, "What are you doing here!" The
angel was so startled he squawked back, "I am helping you!"
.... so next time you feel the sacrifice part, consider it a
time to rest in the Lord and a chance to have intimacy with
Him about what you are writing. He LOVES to read what you
write and keep it in memory.
The written Word does take a sacrifice of time. But
consider this contrast: The spoken word as in a sermon or a
prayer, once shared is spent and planted. Sometimes after a
sermon, by midlunch, people can only remember one point of a
sermon and only one thought that was particularly quickened
to them. But writing is a way to KEEP those same words and
experiences and share it over and over again with many
people outside of that one room. It is not only shared over
again with others in this time, it is preserved to share
with another generation. I have a devotional book by Smith
Wigglesworth, one for every day. I have never listened to
his sermons, but I have a treasure of his life in the Lord,
written in a simple fashion that gives me one nugget a day.
It means a lot to me because I know he walked in miracles
and God was with him.
I have been Journaling for many years, way before I ever
heard the term "Journaling".. I never thought of it in terms
of "JOURNALING AS A WATCHMAN" but now I see that is EXACTLY
what it is! ~ Day & night the watchmen keep at it--
praying--calling out--reminding God to remember..We are to
give Him NO peace until He does what He said…..Isaiah 62:
I call my Journal writings "Potpurri" because what is
written is a mishmash of
prayers--questions--answers to questions--dreams--dialogues
with the Lord--notes from teachings, quickened words &
signs--Words from the Lord for others & for me..Even print a
page from a devotional that speaks to me & paste it on a
Journal page…...Anything I want to remember….I do date the
Actually for some time now, I have been writing in more than
1 Journal at a time....No reason why..I currently have 4 in
various places around the house & depending on where I'm
sitting or walking by, I'll grab that particular Journal &
I enjoy going back & reading them, because it is surprising
how easy it is to forget even what was significant enough
for me to want to write it down….It sometimes is like going
back through old photos..Memories…
Even though I tend to shy away from writing anything down
which wouldn't be open for just anybody to read, sometimes I
feel it is necessary & then I use initials or even shorthand
which I learned in High School…
I VERY MUCH like the 12 reasons you shared here.. The one
I least understand is #6 praying for anointed hands &
opening pages at random.. I have tried that with my
Bible but never seem to get far with it..Maybe it is just
not where my faith is..I think that is wonderful that you
are able to hear from the Lord in that way…… Do you have
any suggestions other than to just do it?
A Page from my Journal: 12-4-06
A Word I received. I know it is for more than one person, so
if it speaks to you, receive it...
"You've already been walking in this--in a measure--but you
will see with your own eyes a rapid acceleration of it--at
the Unction of the Holy Spirit--in the warp & woof of your
everyday life, you shall decree & call things that be not,
as though they were--over lives--people--situations--& it
shall come to pass--even according to your words..The
proclamations you speak will be creative--you will refute
lies that you hear & the power of those lies will be
negated. It will be a natural--flowing thing & Yes-you will
be aware of it each & every time--even though it will be
commonplace…Sometimes it will be a simple "NO" when you hear
words that you know are destructive.."
"In quietness & confidence is your strength--as you move
about quietly--but behind you will be a great shaking &
quaking in the spirit realm..You are close to My heart & can
hear My sighing…The negative words--even spoken ever so
quiet--will nevertheless be as clanging symbols & alarm
bells to your ears, so attuned you are to My Holy
Spirit..Decree! Proclaim! See that I thy God will bring to
pass those utterances…"
It is so special that you suddenly realized you have been a
watchman recording the Words of the Lord! I so appreciate
your entry and participation.
You are wondering about the gift of Anointed Hands. I know I
am not the only one with this gift, because I have heard
testimonies via Bobby Conner, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, Heidi
Baker and others who receive confirmations and directions
through this means. I have been turning with anointed hands
to scriptures since the late 60's early 70's, in earnest.
There are 2 things that come to mind to share about this.
First, my FAITH is there and I know how to recognize a Word
that is quickened. As to faith, if I am looking to commune
with the Lord, I am expecting Him to meet me there. I can
tell what is quickened on the page and I go with that. I
have been doing this for so many years, I dont have to
search for something quickened on the page. Rather my eye
actually goes directly to it. But that is 2 separate
gifts... actually it is 3. The ability to turn to the page
of the Lord, the ability to recognize what is quickened and
relevant from His Spirit for that moment or season, and last
the ability to have my eyes drawn to the right place.
Secondly, the other thing that I have learned about using
the gift of anointed hands is how to lay low, lay down my
striving and not ask Him questions. Anointed hands is not an
8 ball, I dont ask Him questions and seek answers from Him
through this means. Instead, I ask Him if He would like to
talk to me about anything, if He has a subject on His heart,
or wants to get my attention about something. Almost always
I pray and ask the Lord if He has anything He wants to say.
It is my time to listen, not barrage Him with questions.
There is coming a time when God's people
will fully walk in the mystery of the scripture, Christ in
you, the hope of glory. When I turn with Anointed Hands, I
know it is Jesus living in me and His glory is being
revealed to me when I see what He does through my hands to
point to His Word.
Col 1:27-28 NKJV
What are the riches of the glory of this mystery among
the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Here is a
teaching I wrote about Anointed Hands and below that
is a graphic my son drew for me:
This lesson was perfect timing as I was just sharing with
two friends the importance of journaling and how it lifts
you up re-reading all that the Lord has done in the past,
his word to you in a situation, his scriptures and his
voice, soon your heart is rejoicing in Him! Each of us has a
story to write: I want to share what the Lord shared with me
which goes along with journaling:
Author of our Lives - Feb 21 2010
We are the ink in God's fountain pen. He writes our story
through the trials and tribulations and lessons in life,
they are tools in His hand, our lives speak out his name if
we allow it. Let the ink flow like a river. Write your story
in God's hands. “The ink flows in my hand, as I lead and
guide it. You are the ink precious one. Allow my hand to
guide you. You cannot flow if you look to the world for
help. Look-up, here I AM. Rest IN Me. Wait on Me. Fret not.
Stop when I stop. Go when I go. Look to Me. The period at
the end of the sentence means the end of that sentence
(prison) in your life. I am the Author of your Life. I wrote
the book. My heart beats after you. Follow my lead. “
June 18 2010
As I start a new sentence in your life give thanks with a
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of
the throne of God.
Blessings to you all!
I have been keeping journals for several years off and on.
Most of what I record are Scriptures the Lord quickens,
anything I feel the Lord is speaking to me, prayers,
teachings, and my personal feelings on matters. As I look
back over my journals, I've found that so much of it is a
mixture of flesh (venting my feelings) and spirit (recording
words filled with faith).
Sandy, thanks for sharing your wisdom and thoughts in
regards to writing about people and situations to vent
frustrations. I liked what you said, "Love keeps no record
of wrongs." I liked your suggestions, as well as the
suggestions of others when it comes to mentioning others,
such as just write a couple of sentences (rather than going
on and on and on). And use initials, assign a person a #, or
write in shorthand (I did learn shorthand in high school).
The journal entry I chose to share is not for a specific day
(in its entirety), but excerpts for the month of January
Journal Excerpts From January 2010
Heard: I will protect you. I will defend you. His angels are
Deut 23:5b (TLB): “He turned the intended curse into a
blessing for you because the Lord loves you.”
Lk 1:38 (NKJV): “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Let it
be unto me according to Your Word.”
Isa 35:3 “Confirm the feeble knees.” Stand firm in faith
I have heard the following phrase several times lately, and
even seen it written on a banner, in a book, on the
internet, [and now on a ministry envelope - August 2010):
“NOW is the time!”
“Be still and know that I am God.” Ps 46:10
“Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.”
“Offer up the sacrifice of praise.” Heb 13:15
Keep seeing 4:11 on the clock.
Scriptures quickened to me today:
Ps 36, 37, 41
Matt 7:11, Lk 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to
give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your
Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask
1 Sam 7:8-9 “And the Israelites said to Samuel, Do not cease
to cry to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from
the hand of the Philistines. So Samuel took a sucking lamb
and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; and
Samuel cried to the Lord for Israel and the Lord answered
This passage speaks of the importance of intercessory group
prayer. We need Samuel's in our life to come and stand
beside us, and to help us intercede on behalf of a matter.
We are not islands, but need the support of others praying
with us and for us, and God will answer and bring victory.
Heard: “You get what you expect.”
If we expect defeat, then that's what will happen. If we
expect God to do what is impossible for man, He will do it.
If we doubt, waver or are full of fear and unbelief, then
the outcome will not be good. If we are full of faith, are
positive, and expect the favor of God , then we will win and
walk in victory.
If we don't trust God, and we don't believe that He will do
anything about our situation, then we will get what we
expect. If we see God as trustworthy and believe He is on
our side, and if we expect God to display His mighty power,
splendor and glorious deeds, then we will receive our
Everyday give the matter over to God, but then be able to go
on with your day without ruminating over it. Don't dwell on
the problem incessantly. Push away negative thoughts and
replace it with faith thoughts and spoken decrees of what
you would like to see happen.
Instead of thinking about the problem and the opposition,
instead spend that energy praising God for the victorious
If you do these things, your mind and heart will be more
clear to hear from God, as He will give you strategies of
how to resolve your issues and overcome your obstacles.
Also, your physical body will be healthier … as stress is a
heavy load to bear. You will be more fruitful and
Quote From James Goll:
“God has given us authority to open doors, and authority to
close doors that can never be reopened.”
There are some doors that need to be shut and not reopened.
God has given us keys of authority and access. We can unlock
doors. And lock doors. We can go in or out. There are some
situations in which we need to exercise our authority and
lock some doors shut, and the door be kept sealed so that
even a crowbar cannot open it.
Keep on seeing 4:11 on the clock. Today at church the theme
Scripture passage was 1 Chronicles 14:11 … the “Lord of the
Keep on seeing 2:22 on the clock.
“With God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26, Mk 9:23;
10:27, Lk 18:27
“If you ask the Father for anything in My name, I will do
it.” John 14:14
Heard: “Rejoice and be glad.”
I am so glad you participated and shared your rhema! I
was thrilled to read it and see it displayed like this. My
rhema looks very much like this when still in the raw form,
before I use it as a place to start, to sit down with the
All that you need to do is now take what He has given you
and cook something with it. First of all your keeping the
dates is very good. I was able to go back to my dates of
what you recorded and find places where the Lord was
encouraging me through your rhema. When we are plugged into
the Holy Spirit as our Source, we find that the Lord speaks
to us all in seasons and moves us together as one unit, ever
advancing His kingdom and His image in our lives.
So here is an example of how to get more from the Lord in
what you are receiving from Him. Consider a kitten that
needs to DRAW from his mother's breast. He smells it and
gets one sentence..... hmmmmm I want more! And so he
snuggles in close and begins drawing out the milk.
So you heard the following:
Heard: I will protect you. I will defend you. His angels
are around you.
If I heard what you heard above, after typing it, I would
sit with the Lord and see if a scripture pops into my mind.
This AM as I was praying over something demonic I heard and
saw last night, I heard "It is time to return to the
fortress" so this is the scripture that popped up when I
typed in fortress in the concordance:
2 Sam 22:2-4
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.
4 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
So now in my distress, I have a huge promise of
protection, defense, angels, a fortress, deliverance,
refuge, saved from violence, strength, a shield, salvation,
totally saved from my enemies! GLORY!
With that great feast I can now write a Word based upon
what I am experiencing and His amazing promises in regards
WORD TO PONDER:
Beloved, when the darts of witchcraft are manifest and
you become aware of what is going on around you, I realize
that it can be traumatizing. I want to speak peace to your
soul and say, "Fear not!" I have heard the cries of your
heart as you run to Me for your safety. I AM your refuge,
your fortress and defense. I have surrounded you with angels
and My shield of defense. I am protecting you from violence
and am protecting you. I AM your strength and your
2 Sam 22:2-4
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and
the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My
Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the
Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from
Kathleen, you can do this with any Word you are given,
simply sit with Him and pray over what was quickened to you.
Make it a starting point, like the kitten to the milk.
Consider what is on your heart at the time, what you are
dealing with. Ask Him to bring a scripture to mind, a Bible
story, or another memory that He brings to mind, like what
someone else said, or something you experienced before.
Maybe sit still and see if you hear or see something.
I have been watching some cooking show competitions and
noticed a common thread in them. They are supposed to cook
something with a mystery ingredient and I have noticed that
if that ingredient is buried and doesn't surface when the
judges taste it or see the plate, then they dont get the
good scores. These mystery ingredients just dont look too
great sitting in the basket when they open the lid;
especially when there are several and none of them look like
they can connect to make a meal. But amazing enough the
chefs turn them into something. The one I saw last night,
one of the ingredients was sugar cane. It looked like bambo
and the chefs had a terrible time just cutting it. It is
just not edible in raw form at all. One of the chefs put it
through the juicer and got the sweet liquid from it! Another
boiled it to make sweet water.
So when we open our basket from the Lord for daily bread,
sometimes these things dont look very appealing because they
are in raw form. He wants these to be the creative
inspirations that start a meal with Him. If we are given
more than one ingredient, we need to ask Him how they
connect, where is He going with those thoughts? As we spend
more time at His feet pondering and asking for His input, He
gives us more. Why? Because we are drawing from Him, after
Him giving us that first taste.
My rhema looked just like yours for a few years, and then
the Lord told me to go back through it and cook something
from them, so I would have a Word to Ponder that was a
finished meal. Often the raw rhema doesnt have enough
backbone to give some more spiritual nourishment at a later
date, but when they are harvested and turned into meals with
summary Words, like I do with Words to Ponders and Anna does
with her Selah Words, and Andrea does with her Broken
Breads... then that old raw rhema all of a sudden comes to
life and there is a backdrop, more understanding, wisdom and
a wonderful meal all cooked and available in your spiritual
pantry. It took me several months working every day to go
back and harvest my rhema with Words to Ponders. It took
Anna a few years. But we both obeyed and Lord and got it
done. Now of course it is a habit and a part of our
relationship with the Lord to cook and make our daily bread
into a meal.
SANDY GENERAL COMMENTS
I heard this years ago, dont remember the source. But I have
found it is very true. If a person has a sermon, a prayer,
or something that is burning on the inside of them to give
away, it is best not to practice it prior or share it with
another person until you actually share it for real. If you
share it even once, (the fullness of it) then the fire and
passion in your heart is spent and the sermon or writing or
whatever becomes second hand sharing.
I mention that in regards to spending my emotions. If I have
been holding something on the inside of me and it is
churning around, if I find a place to pour it out in prayer
instead of talking about it, then the fire is fueling the
prayer and there is a great relief in spilling it out to the
Lord. So if we do that in prayer to the Lord via writing,
instead of just venting our feelings on paper, it is
channeled vertically to the Lord and not plunging into self
About Journaling the Words of the Lord. Class Assignment.
I love to journal and have journaled my walk with the Lord
in one way or another for at least thirty years. First of
all haphazardly in notebooks and later on the computer. My
early notebooks are still in the USA. When I moved there in
2001 I had two suitcases and one carry on bag to bring all
of my precious possessions and memories of my first fifty
four years with me to Pittsburgh. My note books were one of
my priorities, they had to come. When I returned to
Australia they remained. I don't know what has happened to
them now but I believe and trust my husband will be looking
I didn't use to keep a diary before I was saved but when
Jesus entered into my life in 1975 it was like I just simply
had to start keeping a record of the amazing wind which had
blown into my life, scattering, challenging, turning
everything upside down (or perhaps the right way up) The
contrasts to my old life, the struggles, the awe, the
prayers and the heart breaks. They needed to be recorded and
that's what I did. I wrote in tears, I wrote in bitterness,
I wrote in awe of God, I wrote in repentance and
thankfulness and I wrote in utter honesty with my heart
bared. Nobody else would read them, they were like the
little stones to be kept in my bag (Hinds Feet for High
Places), I would keep them as a remembrance. As I wrote I
can't say I always felt God's presence with me in those
season of the early years. No, the writing then seemed a
catharsis and a record. Yet later I would re-read the
entries of twelve months previous and be amazed to recognise
the presence of Father God with me in those difficult days.
That got my attention. It highlighted to me how I couldn't
judge a circumstance through the lens of my emotions and
natural reasoning but I had to weigh the circumstance in the
light of the Word of God. That was quite a revelation for me
which might have taken ages to sink in if it hadn't been for
Another thing struck me. In the journaling I could see the
history of God's faithfulness. Journalling allows us to see
the beginning of a matter and then view the end. Like the
people of Israel escaping from Egypt. When that generation
read later of the account of that time, each one would have
remembered the events going on in his life at that time and
how he felt and how over whelmed and how over awed he was.
He would remember his heart thumping as they left their
dwellings and how his mind raced and the doubts flooded in.
Then he would remember the Red Sea and seeing Moses lift his
staff and the waters parting. He would remember the
provision of God. The cloud the the fire and the food. He
would see the faithful history of God and how it unfolded
for him in his own life as he trusted the revelation God
provided and followed the Godly men like Moses and Aaron and
Joshua. I think that is why the Holy Spirit created the
Bible, for that reason. Our journals become to some degree
our own personal record of the faithfulness of God and His
Of late, since coming across the Quickened Word, I began to
also record my dreams and visions. I find I need to do this
now as much as I need to record the encounters and the
trials because the dreams from God seem to prepare for what
is ahead and how to approach what is coming and what is
God's Word, the truth about this new season to navigate by
and to hold on to.
I've had some false starts here and there as I have been
learning to understand God's language. I find it easier to
understand what the dreams meant in hindsight rather than
interpret them to help with the season ahead but I believe
this is a growing process.
My question about journaling today is what to share with
others and what not to share. I've think I've asked this
before and I still don't really know the answer. I think I
do and then I realise I don't.
Is it because I've heard God wrong or interpreted it wrong?
Is it because I've heard God right but needed to pray it and
not talk about it? Is it a matter of timing? Is the enemy
trying to steal?
I really don't know but I've made some errors of judgement I
suspect which has led me to earnestly, earnestly ask the
Lord to be a guard over my lips. I am so grateful to Him for
this. It's tough at times though. I've tried to write this
assignment a number of times and been unable to complete.
This time might be different. I have two important letters
to write and I just can't find the words.
But I can still journal freely. Bless the Lord. I recommend
journalling to all that he may run that reads it.
Hab. 2:2 - 3
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and
make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Your question about what to share is a common one that we
all walk through one time or another. I truely believe that
our walk in the Lord should be super and natural. We simply
walk through our lives and relationships and simply share as
1 Sam 10:7-8
Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you
will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And
let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the
occasion demands; for God is with you.
If the Lord opens a door with what you just heard and it
is natural to share it in context, then that is your clue.
When we walk in the SPirit, it is like flowing in His
river. It naturally flows from one thing to the next and we
just simply participate as the flow takes us. If it is
something forced, then it is probably not His river.
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor
with God and men.
When the Lord wants to "send" you with the idea of
gaining an audience, He will generate the gift and the favor.
So the level of giftedness and favor in receiving the gift
is also a good clue as when to share vs when to pray.