If you already include journaling as a part of your life, you’re probably well aware of the benefits. If you’ve never tried it or it’s been a while, maybe as we begin a new year, this could be a good time to have another go?
Journaling brings perspective. It can help me hear my own thought bubbles and get in touch with my heart.
Have you ever considered that the Psalms are like King David’s journal? I’m so thankful we have insight into the thoughts, the “interior life,” of the one the scriptures describe as being a “man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22) I love the emotional honesty of the Psalms.
Here are a few reminders I find helpful in journaling:
- Write freely, without editing. It’s not for publication. Write some days. Don’t write some days.
- Express the full range of emotion.
- Keep a journal and Bible together.
- Journal after Bible reading. What one thing from time in the Scriptures stood out most? Any new insights?
- Write out God’s promises from the Scriptures. Personalize them. Pray them repeatedly over time.
- Pray and write. Write out prayers.
- Reflect on experiences. Ask, “What am I learning?”
- Identify occasions or patterns when God steps into day-to-day life.
- Write out questions for God. Listen for what I sense in prayer are whispers from heaven.
Have you ever considered that God keeps a journal on your life? Check out Psalm 56:8: “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” Some pretty high-powered journaling there…
William Wordsworth, England’s poet laureate nearly two centuries ago, said, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” Great journaling advice.
Happy New Year!
Dave Brooks, WCIC Station Manager