Journaling is something I used to do all the time. I used to love having a place to jot down all my thoughts, feelings, fears and even the things God showed me in the Bible. I stopped a few years back because I had a friend who read my journal and made fun of me based on some of the stuff they found.
A few months ago, I was given a new journal and began to realize how powerful journaling is. So I came up with a list of three reasons why you should start journaling if you haven’t.
- It’s Biblical. Yep, you read that right, journaling something that the Bible talks about, well sort of.
The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it. – Habakkuk 2:2 (Holman)
The Bible talks in this verse about writing it down. If God is speaking something to your heart, write it down. If you like writing songs about what God has done for you, write it down. If you have God inspired plans and goals, write them down. There’s power in writing things down, that’s why we’re challenged in the Bible to write them down.
- It Marks Your Progress. Many times in the Bible, after God did something big in a person’s life, they would create a memorial to remember where they had been. They did this because it’s so easy to forget where you came out of. We get caught up in what’s going on right now in our lives and forget the progress we’ve made.
People might think you were a little crazy if you started creating a giant monument made of stones in your backyard, but journaling can be a monument of sorts for you. You can look back in your journal and realize the progress you’ve made to this point.
- It makes goal setting more effective. It’s easy to make goals and forget about them. You might want to practice your guitar 20 minutes a day. But three weeks from now, will you have forgotten about the goal you created? Journaling helps with this.
When you see what you’ve written down weeks before, it reminds you
Whether you’ve never thought about journaling, or if you’re a journaling expert, it’s good to be reminded of how powerful journaling can be. Begin to record your thoughts, feelings, and the stuff God shows you from His word. You’ll be encouraged with how powerful journaling can be!
What are some benefits you’ve found from journaling?