There are many ways to keep a ‘spiritual journal.’ Each has its own merit; recently I have had the joy of exploring a particular method with a small group of ladies. I am overjoyed with the potential. I have kept prayer journals, Scripture insight journals, diary journals, photo journals—and various combinations of all those. This
Would you like to explore the tool of spiritual journaling for yourself?
You don’t have to be a writer! You simply have to want to hear from God!
This style of journaling offers a powerful tool for becoming aware of the presence of God. It doesn’t ‘bring’ God to your life—He is already there! It opens your eyes that you can exclaim like Jacob:
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” Genesis 28:15
The type of journaling we will explore is ‘real people telling stories of real life.’ It has several powerful potential outcomes:
- Helps us viewing weaknesses, flaws and failures as a necessary part of growing.
- Aids us in taking the details of life and connecting them to beautiful—but abstract—principles of faith like: love and truth, sin and salvation, atonement and holiness.
- Exposes and eliminates the pretentious habit of using ‘laws’ as a spiritual girdle to create god-shaped lives.
- Allows us to celebrate the powerful uniqueness of individual lives…lives that are scarred, blemished and sometimes even embarrassing. Lives that tell a story of redemption by a loving heavenly Father.
Journaling takes us beyond our perceptions to God’s view of our lives. We know at the core of our being that we are not always correct with what we think…but we live as if we are always on target. Journaling helps us pause so we can recognize wrong thinking, because it is vital that you:
DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK!
Journaling helps us hit the pause button and truly evaluate our perceptions. Not everything we think is correct. Not everything we believe is correct.
Beliefs can be TRUE or FALSE! Much of the time, we don’t stop long enough to figure out what our actions actually reveal about our beliefs!
BELIEFS ⇒ THOUGHTS ⇒ EMOTIONS ⇒ ACTIONS
The Word of God is the only source of Truth. Journaling helps us quiet the noise of the world and ourselves and expose the lies that threaten to destroy us!
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