WHY EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KEEP A JOURNAL
Usually after putting the boys to sleep for their midday nap, I’d go into my room to spend a little time with God. In that time, I’d get a chance to read my devotion, read my bible, write in my journal and really just connect and talk to God. Sometimes I’d even just go on youtube and look up different sermons based on my current mood. On September 24th, I stumbled on Sarah Jakes youtube channel and was immediately drawn to a sermon called ” Secrets.” In this sermon, she shared the importance of asking God to reveal what secrets he has about you; asking him to reveal your purpose. She referred to Daniel’s story in the bible and how blessed he was to enter and live with a King. She continued to share how one day the King had asked all of the wise men to interpret a dream and no one knew how to so the King ordered to kill all of them including Daniel. Daniel became bold and asked the King for a little time to figure it out; figure out what the dream was about. Later that night God spoke to him through a vision and assured him that he would not die.
The story resonated with me. In that moment I felt God speaking to me. He asked me to begin writing about this new life I’m experiencing in a journal. The crazy thing is I remember one day praying and asking God to talk to me; I wanted to hear from this God that I’ve been praying to for decades. I wanted to hear from this God my parents forced me to get to know. I’d always hear people giving testimonies on how they encountered God and how God speaks to them and I’m like what God talking to y’all because I’m not getting a word outta him. But the reality is I had no idea how to communicate with God. I mean prayer was a way to communicate but felt I was the only one talking until I started going to Chapel Hill Church, Douglasville; but I’ll save that for another post. I hurried to the dollar store to purchase a notebook and began to write in it that same day. Writing in a journal was never a thing for me, in fact I used to hate writing. I didn’t believe I was good at it. Plus, nothing was ever interesting enough to make me keep a record of it. But I began to write, an hour later I was still writing; boy did I have a lot to talk about lol I’ve been hooked ever since and have even shared it on IG stories. I find there are several benefits to having a journal as a Christian and I’d like to share some of those with you if you don’t mind.
Here are a few benefits to journaling:
- Journaling helps put your emotions into words. I often times have a hard time expressing myself towards God through prayer so writing in a journal helps to write what I feel.
- Journaling helps you to speak/hear God. When I write, I’m able to ask God specific questions, make requests, etc. For example; I asked him to reveal my purpose and he communicated back to me through scriptures and through people .. One of my favorite scriptures to date is “Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you.” because when God revealed my purpose, I became more confident in him. To believe that God exist is one thing but to believe in God wholeheartedly is another… whew!!!! my GOD
- Journaling helps you to grow in God. Keeping a record of what you write helps you to trust God even more because you’re able to go back to see how faithful he’s been to you.
I can’t tell you how much writing in my journal has changed my life. I’ve come to understand who God is and who I am in Jesus Christ. My prayer is for you to get to know who God really is for yourself. Don’t just take my word for it, try him for yourself! Begin to write to him as if you were writing a letter to a friend. He’ll be so glad you did it.
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