Four Great Benefits Of Journaling
If you've never thought about the benefits of journaling before,
I'd like to give you a few advantages to consider that just might help
give you a "good enough" reason to get started with a Christian journal.
think the first benefit of journaling is fairly obvious, but I suppose
what seems obvious to some isn't quite as obvious to others. :)
For that reason, I'll give you my favorite benefits and then, hopefully, you'll share your own journaling benefits that I may have overlooked. Deal?
- Journaling For Self Discipline
- Most of us fall a bit short in the area of self discipline in certain
parts of our lives. For many of us, one of those areas is in the
matter of personal devotions.
Life just seems to get busier and
busier each and every year. Since God isn't loudly demanding our
attention like so many other things do in our life, it's quite easy to
let our time with Him fall by the wayside.
Or maybe you're a bit like me. I make sure I spend some time with the Lord each day, but I can't always claim that it's quality
time. Occasionally I find myself rushing through my Bible reading to
"get it done" which really defeats the whole purpose of reading God's
Word in the first place.
Having a Christian journal
is a good way to help you get some structure in your time spent in the
Word of God. One of the benefits of journaling is that it almost makes
you stop and think about what you are reading so that you can write the
application that the Lord has given to you each day. That leads me to
the second benefit of journaling.
- Journaling For Spiritual Meditation
- I've always believed that it's better to read through the Scriptures
without giving them much thought than not to read through them at all.
:) However, it's BEST to meditate on God's Word!
find the idea of meditation a bit scary because of all the negative
connotation that goes along with the new age movement, etc. That type
of meditation is dangerous and to be avoided.
that, don't let that put you off, because true meditation is a very God
honoring activity. Meditation is not emptying the mind of all thought,
but rather taking a thought and really thinking deeply about it.
When you read a verse, or chapter, or passage of Scripture, ask yourself questions like these...
~ Who is this talking to?
~ What were the circumstances surrounding this situation?
~ What lesson can be learned from this that I can apply to my own life?
~ Am I guilty of this behaviour?
~ Is this something I need to work on?
so forth. This will make your time in God's Word, so much more
precious and valuable to you. By writing down in a journal what God
teaches you about Him and about yourself on that day, you can go back
and read it again some time in the future and be reminded of that
fellowship and see how well you acted on what He showed you. (That
could actually be classified as another of the benefits of journaling!)
- Journaling For Stress Relief - As funny as it may sound, another one of the benefits of journaling is stress relief. How does journaling relieve stress?
suppose it's not really the journaling itself as much as it is the act
of sitting quietly for a long enough period of time to read the Bible,
meditate upon it, and write down your thoughts. This process brings a
calmness to your spirit and allows your mind to have a relief from all
the stresses that you may be dealing with.
Journaling for stress
relief can bring a peace in your heart and your life that is quite
unexpected. Do give it a try and see if I'm right. :)
- Journaling For Healing
- The last of the benefits of journaling that I want to mention is
journaling for healing. Yes, this could be physical healing in some
cases, but it's more than that. Let me give you an example.
the Lord took my mother and dearest friend to heaven in 2010, I was
devastated and full of grief. It was only through my close relationship
with the Lord and the comfort of my good husband that I felt able to
heal from this grief and continue on in joy.
It most certainly
didn't happen over night. It takes time to heal, whether it be in body
or in spirit. But the Lord is our Great Physician, and it can be very
helpful in the healing process to write down your thoughts and feelings
in a journal as you are going through each trial.
the Scriptures that are specific to your own situation - and there WILL
be some. Ask the Lord to bring you spiritual and physical health and
healing through His Word. I'd love to hear your story of how journaling
for healing has helped you.
I hope as you review these
four benefits of journaling, you will be encouraged to give spiritual
journaling a try. Pick up a pretty (or handsome) :) book to use and
carve out a little time each day to get alone with the Lord and begin
your journaling journey. I'm confident you won't regret it.
Share Your Christian Journal Ideas Or Experiences
Have you kept a Christian journal in the past or perhaps are journaling even now? How has the experience inspired you and helped you draw closer to the Lord? Tell us all about it and share your favorite journaling ideas.
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