Happy New Month my lovelies!
We are officially in JULY! & I WELCOME this month with open arms because not only has God kept me by His safe and by His side to see the middle of 2020 but He has given me the grace to see my 27th birthday month!
I decided to do something different this month of July. Each week this month, I will be discussing all things relating to Journaling specifically Prayer Journaling.
It has been such a blessing in my life & by God’s grace, it will give you some great ideas if you are in a journaling rut or want to incorporate journaling into your own faith journey!
I mentioned how you can incorporate journaling into one’s week in a previous post. Check it out here.
Three reasons I find journaling helpful:
Journaling Helps Think It Out
There are some days where I just need process what I am thinking properly, get it all OUT of my head and put them somewhere else. Sometimes I talk it out loud, go on my prayer walks but I have really found that writing it down is more helpful for me.
My journal is a sacred space where I can get all the good, bad, and the ugly down on paper and sort it out with God. I try not to filter myself when writing and let my mind go where it needs to. And sometimes writing it down, helps me see that my feelings actually do not align with what I want or with reality even. And sometimes, I realise they do not make sense and something about that feels freeing at the moment. Other times, as I write things down, I am able to uncover lies I am believing, which is a starting point for turning things around.
As I am writing, God often brings scripture to mind that helps me take all the things I feel and think and process them through the perspective of His truth.
This is important because my feelings can go all over the map, but to process them through truth on paper makes sure I land in a place with less of my human perspective of more of a God perspective.
Journaling Helps Me Have A Record Of What God Is Teaching Me
I am often so encouraged when I look back in my journal and I am reminded of what God was teaching me at particular times. When I am on the other side of specific prayers and can see his faithfulness, it encourages me to trust Him more. Also, I am reminded He is working even when I think He is not!
Through my journals, I have a record of His faithfulness to refer back to when the present feels difficult or when I lack hope. I also use it to write down scripture I am reading through or how certain verses are specifically impacting me at that time.
I mentioned in my first ever Honey Luxe post (3 Ways To Give Your Prayer Life A Boost) how journaling can support one’s prayer life.
It brings me joy just simply writing out scripture – just picking a verse and then writing it down in my journal. I have found that when I am really struggling to focus, it is helpful for me to write a bit of scripture down. As I slow down enough to write it out, I am able to focus on it more and really let it sink in.
Journaling Helps Me Remember
When you were a child you probably could not tell if you were getting taller from one day to the next because growing is a slow process, but from one year to the next you could see a big difference! It can be the same in our spiritual life.
I do not see what God is doing from one day to the next all the time because spiritually maturing can also be a slow process, but when I look back at a journal from a year ago I am honestly blown away! I have a reference point through my journal to see all that God has done and how I have matured in my faith and in my relationship with Him.
It reminds me that He is producing character and good fruit in me when day to day faithfulness feels like I am trudging through mud. I need that reminder that growing little by little each day will eventually yield noticeable growth in my life and I love having a record of the process in my journal.
Well, there are definitely more benefits to share, but those are the major reasons why I find journaling helpful in my faith!
Do you journal?
If so, how has prayer journaling helped you in your relationship with God?
Stay tuned for my next post in this series that will give you some different ideas on WHAT you can journal when you spend time with God!
Let me know your thoughts!