Why Should You Journal? Consistently.
How to Become More Consistent in Your Daily Journaling
“The Lord gave me this answer, ‘Write down clearly…what I reveal to you…’” Habakkuk 2:2 (TEV)
Authentic Journaling is the pathway to joy!
Have you realized who is the greatest teacher outside of Jesus Christ? Life. Life is the greatest teacher. But we have to pay attention and take notes if we desire to be great students/disciples. My wife Denisse, helped me to understand the importance of journaling. Watching her grow by journaling her feelings, thoughts and ideas has been such a blessing to me.
I now make journaling a regular part of my morning ritual.
Journaling helps me clarify my thinking, process my feelings, and make better decisions. It’s also cheaper than hiring a therapist, and that's a plus! But like most people, I haven’t always been consistent.
In the past, I really wanted to journal. But I would just find something else to do. Sound familiar?
Thankfully, a few years ago I stumbled on something that solved the problem for me. Not one hundred percent of the time, but most of the time.
Here's a good way to journal:
What happened yesterday? I don’t pour out everything, of course. I just hit the highs and the lows— I pray and ask God, write through me Lord, and touch on pressing things in my heart. those activities or events I want to remember later and empty things I would like to get rid of.
What were my biggest victories from yesterday? This gives me a sense of momentum to start the day. Yay!
What lessons did I learn that I don’t want to forget? I try to compose my experience down into a couple of lessons I want to remember. It’s not what happens to us but what we learn from the experience.
What am I thankful for right now in this moment? This is one practical way I can begin my day - starting with praise reports and ask God to give me a sense of abundance and gratitude.
How am I feeling right now? Feelings aren’t the totality of our fate, but they are an important clue. In the past, I just ignored or suppressed them. This gives me an opportunity to check in on myself. And give them to God, and let go.
What did I read in the today? What did I learn at school or work? I record a list of anything I’ve read since I last journaled, including Bible passages, books, and blogs.
What stood out to me in my reading? I don’t want to lose what I learn, so I use my recorder to speak key lessons and insights so later I can go back to them.
What are my plans for today? I foretaste my schedule and identify the key tasks for the day. That helps me keep my priorities together.
Writing down what God reveals to us is the spiritual habit of journaling. This isn't just keeping a diary. I once heard a man say, A diary is, ‘Dear diary, this is what I did today.’ A journal is, ‘This is what I learned today.’ So it's not about what you did, it's about what you are learning, what you are praying, and what God is saying to you.
The Bible says, “Write these things down for the future so that people who are not yet born will praise the Lord.” (Psalm 102:18 NCV)
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