What Happened to My Picket Fence? or #Truth

Crazy.  Just absolutely crazy.

Your life is a composite of so many things -- it could include kids, a job, aging parents, health issues, husband issues, your own wants, dreams of vacations, and, oh, by the way, E is the letter of the day because it starts the word early, which is when  you need to leave because that's where the gas gauge needle is pointing to. Crazy.

Aaaahhhhhh!  Really?  Is this what it is?  Somehow this is not the perfect life I envisioned as a 20 year old!  I thought that I would get married, have kids, have a cute house, and live a life like I saw in a lifetime of Southern Living magazines.
Well, I'm here to tell you that marriage is not a magic key to happiness, kids grow up and want to have their own lives, and food stylists do not come to your house every day.
The truth is that God is here and He has a plan.  The truth is that we are called to deny ourselves (what?  deny?  I'm more about the getting....) and take up the cross of Christ

So in the path of my life, I have developed a close relationship with God that is such a joy.  I enjoy praise and worship so much, just because I love talking about the names of Jesus and the cross and the blood and how God cares for us.  It's because I have walked paths of faith completely blind that I know the character of God, and when you truly know what God is like, when you have seen that glimmer of "I AM," then you can't help but praise His name.

However, "perfect" is not a part of my life.  In no way, shape, form, or manner is anything perfect.  In fact, I am given to emotional rollercoasters that are not fun.  To counteract this, God gave me a thing that I want to share with you.  It's a truth journal.  It's got two columns. When I get all bent out of shape because my thoughts are beating me up, I write down in one column how I feel.  That is the "how I feel" column.  The other column is labeled "the truth is..." and it is usually the exact opposite of the feelings column.

So, for example, if I am having a down day because I am single with absolutely no prospects, I may write something like, "I am never getting married and all my friends are getting engaged or dating great guys."  Then I could write in the truth column, "Sharon got engaged and Friend X has a date for Valentines.  That is far from 'all my friends.'  And never is a bad word to use because I can't know what God has for me." Maybe I'll throw in a verse like "Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act." – Psalm 37:7a

I would highly recommend starting a truth journal.  God didn't create us to be a maelstrom of emotion that constantly keeps us in a state of non-peace.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised!


  1. Terri - I love the Truth Journal. Remembering what God HAS done for us and hoping for what He WILL and CAN do... that is the Joy. I pray God continues to bless your obedience!
    :) Missy (OBS Blog Hop Team)

  2. I so enjoyed your blog today Terri. The picket fence stopped me in my tracks, because I wanted to find out if he gave my perfect life I dreamed of growing up to someone else. lol! Just so thankful for what he does in my life. Thank you for sharing about a truth journal.. Blessing sister. Lori (OBS Small Group Leader)

  3. Thanks for sharing a great idea and excellent way to record what Lysa T talks about in Made to Crave chapter 11. You are heading north on that journey to inner peace! :) Mary Bankert M2C -OBS leadership team

  4. Wow... It is so comforting to realize that I am not the only one who lost the white picket fence... And I really like your idea of a truth journal... It amazes me at how much truth is distorted.

  5. Terri, love your inspiration to start a truth journal - what a great idea! Thanks for sharing your heart with your OBS sisters. Have a great night, Kim

  6. I think we all dreamed of that white picket fence...thanks for sharing..Jaime Group 50


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