Christian Journaling 101
Daily journals will reap great benefits in your relationship with God.
There are many ways to communicate and spend time with the Lord. One of the most effective and useful tools you can use to draw closer to God is Christian journaling. Every Christian should read and pray everyday. It is a wonderful way to grow spiritually. However, through journaling, a Christian can grow even more because it takes more thought and motivation. Christian journaling combines prayer, scripture reading, and deeper analysis of God's teachings all into one. It is an excellent way to spend time with God and truly draw closer to him.
Christian Journaling: It's a piece of cake.
There are various ways to go about journaling, but always remember to first of all pray!
A quick note: It is preferable to journal in the morning. By journaling in the morning, you can digest what the Lord has revealed to you throughout the day. If God taught you something new, you can be intentional about what he taught you throughout the day.
Pray, Pray, Pray! Pray before you start journaling. Ask God to reveal his presence and to speak to you. Pray in your journal. Write down prayer requests, answered prayer requests, praises and confessions. Tell God how amazing he is. Tell God what you are struggling with and how you need him. By writing these things down, you can come back to it in the future and see how God has worked in your life. It also allows you to simply be more aware of God's works in your life. Pray after you're done journaling. Thank God for what he has taught you through journaling, and ask God to continue to teach you throughout the day.
Read Your Bible!
Read it, study it, and know it. Prepare yourself against the threat that the world poses.
Read, read, read! Read the Bible. It is what God has physically left us to communicate with us. It has his teachings and commandments. It is one way God reveals his will for us.
As II Timothy 3:16-17 says,
"16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."
God speaks to us in many shapes and forms, and one of the greatest ways God speaks to us is through scripture. It also contains amazing stories of God-fearing people which can encourage us in our everyday walk with the Lord. At the same time, it contains details of people who were not God-fearing which can act as a warning to all of us.By reading the scripture, you can have a better understanding of God's character, of God's love and wrath.
Write it Down
Writing things down for Christian Journaling helps you think deeper and clearer.
Write, write, write! Write your prayer requests. Write your praises. Write your confessions. Write your goals. Write your current life situation. Write the reference of the passages that you've read. Jot down a short summary of it and then start writing your response to it. If you have questions, write it down. If you don't understand, make a point of it and write it down. If you like a particular section, jot that down too. This is your chance to make some in-depth thinking and document your thoughts. Really take in what you've read, think about it and pray about it, and then write on it. This will help you come up with things you've never thought of before. God will truly use this time to speak to you and teach new things to you. Another tip when writing is to write in different colors. Separate the colors that you use for prayer requests, praises, confessions, notes and thoughts. This will help organize your thoughts and will turnout to be very beneficial when you go back to read past entries.
Other Resources - There are many resources out there for you if you want to become an expert at journaling.
These three sites listed below are resources to enhance your journaling experience. Check them all out, and see if you find anything that can be beneficial to you!
- http://leadercast.com This site will be offering a free, downloadable Spiritual Growth Software that will have a journaling component to it. You will be able to categorize your entries by date and the best thing about this is that there is no paper or ink needed! Other components to this Spiritual Growth Software includes a Bible Reading Plan to help you read the whole Bible in a year, a Prayer Request section where you can jot down your prayers and your answered prayers, a Bible Memory section that helps you memorize scripture, and a Bible Reading section to help keep count of the passages that you've read. The Spiritual Growth Software will be coming out soon, so sign up to the LeaderCast mailing list to be the first one to download this amazing software!
- http://www.hem-of-his-garment-bible-study.org/Christian-prayer-journal.html This website offers Christian prayer journal pages for free! The site has a few points on why you should journal, and offers four different types of journaling pages.
- . http://store.dayspring-store.com/books-journals.html This link lists many well designed journals that you can purchase online. It features classic, prayer journals to Christian diary/journal for children.
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