The next thing I do is to journal. As I am studying God's Word, many things come to my mind. Maybe it is something I am not trusting Him with. Or a frustration I am experiencing. I turn to my empty journal pages and write a letter to Jesus. I usually start it "Dear Jesus,". I write it just like a letter to Him. This is a personal, honest letter to Jesus. I pour out my heart and am completely honest with Him! He already knows every thought in my heart - He is not surprised! My time with Jesus is all about my relationship with Him. This is a time with the dearest friend I have - the One who asks me to sit at His feet and be with Him. It is not a duty or a task - it is a relationship. He knows me better than anyone else, He loves me more than anyone else could and He knows what is best for me.
I write out my frustrations, worries, concerns, things I am excited about or things I need to trust Him with. I write out the dreams and desires that I am entrusting to Him. Usually by the end, I am thanking Him for all He has done already and realizing areas where I am not trusting Him. I have done this for countless years - and now have a record of all He has brought me through.
I usually end my time with Jesus by......