The Discipline of Journaling Part #3

Posted on February 17, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters

Good morning, brothers (and sisters). Thanks for joining us on our Freedom Fighter blogs each day. We appreciate you.

For the past two weeks, I have been sharing with you what I am learning about journaling. Here is Part #3:

What do I write about in my journal?

  1. Write about what you are experiencing in your life. I love to read Psalms every day in addition to Proverbs. In many of David’s Psalms, he records the good, the bad, and the ugly. He writes about the highs and the lows of life. He journals his fears, his disappointment, his anger, his questions. Write about your doubts, your fears, your disappointments, your victories.
  2. Write about what God is teaching you as you read His Word. I love reading through a passage on YouVersion, but I gain so much more when I have the hard copy in my hands. As you are reading a verse or a couple of verses, what jumped on the page into your heart today? Record that insight. Maybe you read something you question. Write out your question and ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand the text. Journal the verse in your own words. You can do the same with whatever daily devotional you use.

 

When I record in a journal my meditations on a passage of Scripture, I can follow more closely the still small voice of God as He speaks through the text. Don Whitney

 

  1. Write out your prayers. I have a short attention span, so for me, writing out my prayers has helped me to stay focused and has kept me on track. Writing your prayers will help you see how you will grow in your prayer life. You will be more intentional in your praying rather than just saying, “Lord, please bless the missionaries.” Writing out your prayers, you can go back and write down the answers to your prayers and how God answered your prayers, or if it was a “no,” what was God’s better, yes?
  2. Write out quotes from books you are reading. Write the book and the page number that you are quoting from. This will help when you are looking for a reference in the future. I will often cut a paste something from a book I am reading on my Kindle and paste that right into my journal. But there is something very therapeutic about handwriting out a passage. Don Whitney quotes the old adage that says thoughts disentangle themselves when passed through the lips and across fingertips.

Next week I will share some final thoughts. I trust you will join me in journaling.

Set apart for more,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.


Think About This: “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” From the journal of John Wesley

The Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13-17 | You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. –Psalm 9:10

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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