It’s time for #firstfridayfinds
It’s simple: On the first Friday of each month – we open our Bibles, read ONE verse, and write about it for 15 minutes flat – unedited, raw emotion all about the Word!
“Write down the revelation.” – Habakkuk 2:2
There’s this awesome little book called Habakkuk, it’s even fun to say out loud HUBAAACKUK! See, super fun, right? You’ll probably have to thumb over to your Table of Contents to find this hidden little gem in the Old Testament.
I’m gonna take you back to my first experience with Habakkuk – it was 1999. Picture me on the top bunk of a super old, super crowded, freshman dorm room. It was lovely.
Good times, good times.
I learned so much from this year of my life – about me, about Amanda, about learning to get along when you are a selfish only child that has been spoiled rotten, about finding yourself in God and making decisions on your own.
Thankfully, I started getting in the Word. One night I found this verse that literally popped off the page and I have never been able to forget it. You might even say it became a life verse for me. It is the very next verse following the one we are talking about today:
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3 NLT
I’m oh so sure I was more than likely stressed about a boyfriend or a class or something random that doesn’t seem all that important anymore. But those words rang true in my heart. It’s like God was saying: Wait for it. It won’t be delayed. I’m doing something in you. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be wonderful. But it is for the future. And just be still, my child. Don’t rush life away.
Habakkuk is very special to me, indeed.
So when I stumbled across this other verse in Habakkuk earlier this week, you can imagine my excitement! And it talks about writing. Oh, writing.
If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember that 3 weeks ago TODAY was a milestone for me. I drew a line in the sand and started writing (read that post here). And I have written. Every. Single. Day. For 3 whole weeks!!!!
I haven’t published all of those daily thoughts here on my blog, but I have been busy writing in a different place related to prayer and seeking God like never before. You can journey over to our fun little 40 Day Prayer Challenge community if you want to read more about that! (Note: start at the bottom of the circles and work your way up)
At the beginning of Chapter 2 in Habakkuk it talks about doing something specific: climb to the top of the watchtower and stand at the guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says.
Then it gives God’s response: Write it down!
There is so much power in writing things down. I even read recently about a study proving you remember more when you write things down than you do typing on a keyboard. Genius!
So, what should we write?
I’m writing prayers. I’m writing lists of dreams. I’m brainstorming ideas of what I can do to grow in my dreams. I’m writing a to-do list for the week in my journal so that I don’t leave out important tasks related to my goals.
I keep my little journal and red pen in my purse at all times. I find myself grabbing it throughout the day to jot down a quick note. Or to tell a friend about how God is working in the midst of our prayer journey. Or to just read over what I’ve been praying about.
Have you ever written things down that are important in your life? Give it a try. There is power in writing it down 🙂
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