Why I Write

By Kristen Bourgeois

I’ve always been introspective, and I love to write. I’ve got journals dating back to high school. But somewhere along my conversion, I stopped writing about the circumstances of whatever drama was unfolding at the current moment and started writing down what God was doing in my life.

Mostly, I wrote down what God was doing in my life because I didn’t want to forget it!

Writing what God is doing in my life is good. But I’ve realized that if I’m not paying attention, if my eyes are closed, if my ears are closed, if my heart is closed, I am going to miss seeing, hearing and recognizing God in my life.

Saint Paul writes: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  But, this God has revealed to us through the Holy Spirit.

I always hear this Scripture out of context, like we will never see or hear until the day we die.  But Saint Paul said that prayer and the sacraments actually shows us a glimpse of heaven.

If we can find ways to recall and recognize how God is speaking to us, then we, too, can rejoice in the knowledge that God is doing a good thing in my life and revealing himself to me. In every trial, failure, joy and suffering, God is showing me something.

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