The disciplines of the faith are not meant to be dogmatic or legalistic; they are simply a testament of our faithfulness and devotion to the Lord.
Journaling will undoubtedly be more random than some of the other disciplines of the faith such as bible reading and prayer because the pressures on our time are relentless. However, some do and will journal daily.
I can testify to the validity and veracity of journaling. I do not journal daily, but I have in the past.
Four compelling reasons to journal:
Journaling facilitates encountering God
Journaling is a written testimony of the work the Lord is doing in our lives. Journaling always follows bible reading and begins with a response to what you have read. We respond to whatever He has revealed to us in our reading for the day. It may be a few verses, a phrase, or a powerful conviction that spoke to you. Respond to it by pouring your heart out to Him.
Journaling gives us freedom to be who we are
Journaling is where we can be as honest and raw as we want. It is a place to lay out the secret grudges, fears, and pain that we are bearing. He is a very big God who can handle it all and wash it clean. He will give us His perspective when we submit it to His lordship. We will find answers and a line of attack for dealing with the darkest parts of our soul.
Journaling is a healing conversation with God
Journaling is a place of receiving. We spill our fears, concerns, and burdens which we might never share with another human being and find healing in the release.
Journaling creates stones of remembrance
Stones of remembrance are seen throughout the Old Testament. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan to take the land God promised to them, they set up stones of remembrance that they could return to and remember the mighty work of God on their behalf.
Your journal is something you can go back to from time to time and witness the growth and transformation that has taken place.
Those fears, burdens, confessions, etc. will seem trivial in light of the work He has wrought in the process of journaling and prayer. You will recall where you were at the time and how you were feeling and know that the spilling of it on paper – to the Lord – marked a moment of healing, cleansing and transformational growth.
Examples of Journaling
I found a few images of art journaling, prayer journaling, and bible journaling which I thought might prompt some creativity in your journaling. Not all of us are artists, but as I look at these images I see the amount of time that was put into them – time that was invested in glorifying the Lord and impacting the journalist’s soul.
Enjoy journaling for the glory of the Lord and the cleansing of your soul and spirit!
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