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Topic: DIARY (05/16/19)
TITLE: Where Is Your Safe Spot?
By Mary Hood
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Dreams poured out on pages create space in a young girl's heart for more.
When I was about 8 years old my mother gave me a diary. It was a small, white book and had a lock. I remember the sense of mystery that lock held. My secrets would be safe there.
Instead of writing my dreams, I wrote my every day nightmares. I wrote of the times I was teased at school, how I couldn’t make friends, how I was clumsy in gym class, and how I had failed the test. My diary became a place for my hurts to mix with my ink and bleed. I didn't always use pen. Sometimes I used colored pencils. Maybe I thought color would ease the pain.
I gave up writing for years, for I couldn’t find any dreams to write. A dream without hope is a story without any ending, a continual taunt.
One day my ending found me. The Lord saved me in the middle of my nightmare and showed me He was the beginning and end of all things, good and bad. He was the hope I had never been able to see, let alone, meet.
Years later when my daughter was young I gave her a diary. What it did not have was a lock. I didn’t want her nightmares to have a place of their own. I wanted them to be exposed to the light for what they were, not kept hidden to deceive her every time she looked at them. But I knew by that time secrets can’t be locked in a book. They are tethered to the heart.
I checked her diary on occasion and found some secrets that needed exposure. I thank God every day I didn’t leave her in her own darkness.
I have been journaling now for a number of years. I have learned that you can write yourself into wisdom with the wisdom of God leading you. We all have secrets, but mine, I give to Him. Only in His hands are they really safe.
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