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Journaling

A journal can be an important part of our faith walk.  On its pages we can write whatever is on our heart.  It is a safe place where we can talk to God. 

When we journal it helps us to focus on what we are thinking and feeling, sometimes when we don’t even know we are thinking or feeling it! When we look back on our writing, it serves as a record of answered prayer.  In its pages we are reminded of God’s presence and faithfulness in our lives.  We see how we have grown in faith, and where our faith still needs to grow.

Following are some journaling tips you may find helpful.

  • Set a time aside specifically to journal.  It can be helpful to encorporate journaling into your daily Time With God. 
  • In addition, or instead, journal when you are feeling overwhelmed: with joy or with challenging circumstances.  
  • Write as little or as much as you like.  Don’t put conditions on yourself as to how much you are expected to write.  It will vary from entry to entry.
  • Date your journal entries so that when you look back you know when they were written.
  • Conisder making your journal between just God and you.  Then you won’t have to be concerned with what someone else might think if they read it.  Keep it in a place where that won’t happen unless you want it to! 
  • If it is comfortable, write in your journal as if you are talking directly to God. 
  • Tell Him about your hopes, dreams, disappointments and triumphs.  
  • Give Him thanks for something good that has happened that day.
  • Find a scripture and reflect on what it means in your life.
  • When you are done talking to God, be still and write down what you think He might be saying to you.

Remember, our God is a good God, with a never ending supply of love and patience.  We don’t have to worry about what we say to Him, nor do we need to be afraid to hear what He might say to us. Your journaling time is a time where you can rest, speaking with the one who dearly loves you.  One who can’t wait to hear what it is you have to say.  One who will also speak to you.

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (NIV)

Zephania 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Jeremiah 31:3 . . . . . Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

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