I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who always had a hard time journaling. I can’t even tell you how many journals over the years I have started – with good intentions and high aspirations – only to give up a couple of weeks later. So if you had told me that eventually I would be a consistent at journaling, I would have said, “Yeah write.” (Like what I did there!? 😉 ).
But over the years it has been a habit that I have developed. I believe that journaling is important for a couple of reasons:
- It helps you recall what God has done in your life.
- You can capture memories that you might be likely to forget or that you would have forgotten the details of.
- It is a place to keep track of prayer requests.
- It can be filled with quotes and passages of Scripture that you want to remember.
- It is an excellent way to expand your devotion time beyond just reading Scripture. You can write out your meditations on Scripture or your prayers.
I encourage you to use a journal to remember things and to enhance your walk with the Lord. Here are some tips that will, Lord willing, help you journal:
- Start small – If you start off with huge goals of journaling every day or journaling two pages at a time, you probably won’t keep that. Start off by committing to writing a line a day or a page a week. Once you get it down, you can expand that. It is like excerising – we don’t start off with running a marathon. We have to work up to that.
- Don’t be discouraged – Who says that you have to do it every day? Journal when you can. If you miss a couple of days, it doesn’t matter! There are no rules. It’s your journal!
- Make it a part of your routine – Usually it is easier to do something when it fits in your schedule. Do it as a part of your devotions in the morning or keep it by your bed and write a few lines at night.
- Keep it visible – The old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” can apply to journaling. If you keep it on your nightstand or with you Bible where you will see it everyday, I promise you will be more likely to pick it up and write in it.
- Use a real journal – There is just something about writing by hand and being able to flip through the pages. If you use a real journal, you can easily tape in ticket stubs or other memorabilia. You can also sketch or personalize your journal. Writing by hand allows you more creativity, helps you remember more, and helps you connect more with what you are writing.
Many a blog post have come directly from the pages of my journal. I have a theory that a lot of bloggers are also journalers. Try journaling. I think you will like it!