I just have to tell you about this before I leave for camp! Several weeks ago, I came across Jewels' blog, Eyes of Wonder. I was enchanted with her journal style and have been wanting to try it for myself. She said she uses a blank, hardbound journal from the stationery section of Wal Mart. Well, the WM here didn't have anything like that for a price I was willing to pay, so I was almost to the point of getting a paperback sketch book from the dollar store and covering it with some decorative papers that I use in cardmaking. A fairly good compromise, I felt, but I just kept holding back on it. I figured I'd look when we take our vacation in August.
Yesterday, I was rummaging through my cardmaking stuff for some old Christmas cards to use in a decorating theme at camp this week. I was moving a bag of "stuff" when something caught my eye: some corrugated paper. A vague memory stirred as I reached for it, and when I pulled it out, I remembered getting a bunch of cardmaking odds and ends through Freecycle months and months ago. This particular bag I had stuffed into a drawer to take out later and organize. Inside this bag was a book, and not just any book. It's made of kraft paper, about 1/2 inch thick and bound with some twine. It even has a ribbon on front.
Y'all, it's perfect for a journal like the ones Jewels has shown us! My heart was warmed as I realized that the Lord had known all along that that journal was tucked away in that drawer; all I had to do was find it. I had never felt easy about buying anything, even that $1.00 sketch pad at the dollar store . . . because God knew that book was here waiting for me!
I gratefully thanked Him for my book, and now it's on my desk waiting for me to get home from camp and begin my own little picture journal of my days. Finding this journal is precious to me because it reminds me that God is my Heavenly Father, who cares about even my tiny little desire to make a journal - something that isn't important in the whole scheme of things - but it was important to me. He gave me a hug yesterday, and I felt like He loved me like I was His only child! Are you looking out for a hug from your Father today?