Have you ever thought about living aboard a sailboat and sailing off to far off places? I did it. There is excitement waking up to different scenery each morning; there is a lightness of not having a bulging pocket of keys in your pocket, and there is definitely freedom not owning a lot of “stuff.” Couple that with the fun of meeting new friends and seeing exotic places; it is a good life. There is also, though, hardship and emotional strain involved in selling your house and most all of your personal belongings. Leaving family and friends behind to pursue that wonderful life adds another level of stress. And when you absolutely know nothing about sailing before taking off, a little fright kicks in. This is my story. I hope you enjoy.
Journey In Prayer is taken from a prayer journal that I kept during the time after my divorce and before meeting my husband, Bob. A few years back I sat down and re-read the journal. I was amazed at how much I had forgotten about that period of time and how God had answered every prayer. (Remember, sometimes those “unanswered prayers” are our greatest blessings!) I also was struck how I was able to remember the journey I had taken through the progression of the pages. I decided to type them up. Just as I had finished typing the journal, my neighbor next door was in her yard crying. Not meaning to pry as she was a very private person, I felt compelled to approach her. Normally a very shy person, she was grateful and shared her sorrows. It seemed she had been pregnant and when she told her boyfriend, he left her. It was a sad story and I had no words for comfort. All of a sudden I thought of my prayer journal. I told her about it and that I had kept it during a particularly lonely time in my life. I told her I would leave it on her doorstep and she could read it if she wanted.
A few days later she appeared at my door with tears in her eyes again. But this time the tears were because she had felt so comforted by the journal that she wanted to thank me. She said she had shared it with her pastor as it touched her heart in so many ways.
That’s my inspiration to share this journal. There just might be another Lisa out there that needs to know that life is a journey and if lived through prayer, a blessing.