Few things excite me more in life than journaling. 

I know that sounds a bit odd, but just ask anyone I've ever lived with (family, roomies) and they know that waking up and writing down my prayers to God is something I can't live without.

When I moved to Japan a year ago, I brought two journals with me. One was a big beautiful lime green one with a fat zipper all around the side. It was from Anthropologie and I went through it in 8 months. The second journal was from my friend Kelcie and it was a beautiful brown one with two buttons on the front. I went through that one in 6 months. So last week I was coming to the end of my second journal and bought a brand new one from the bookstore. It's all white, simple, and doesn't have lines (my favorite. doodle freedom).

Today I wrote on the first page some lyrics from the song Hidden by United Pursuit Band. My good friend Colton, who lives in Haiti, recently reminded me of the beautiful lyrics to that song and this part felt very fitting...

"I want to seek you first
I want to love you more
I want to give you the honor your deserve"


Ending one journal and starting the next feels like a very real end of one chapter and beginning of another. The timing is no coincidence and as I begin filling these blank pages, I want the words of this song to echo true throughout. I want to seek God first. I want to love Him more. I want to give Him the honor He deserves. Japan is not necessarily 'new' to me anymore so now that I've been here over a year I pray this journal would be filled with deeper reflection and pure intent in my pursuit of honoring God in all that I do. 

And for those of you who have never tried to daily journal...I highly suggest you do! It has been one of the biggest blessings in my life and one way I stay closest to God.