I know, I know…it’s almost New Year’s Eve so it must be time for another one of my “journaling is so valuable” posts. Some of you will delete as soon as you see the word “journal”, just like me when I read “gluten-free” or “ab crunches”. Just not gonna go there.
If one of those is your jam, go for it, but you might also consider this: The Five Minute Journal. For those of you non-journalers, this might just be the ticket – it’s limited, and helps you focus on the good.
Even if you don’t use this specific journal, maybe adapting the idea would help. Write a verse or inspiring quote you’re thinking about, what your grateful for, and what would have made the day better. Kind of like the Examen.
Spiritual growth happens when we pay attention to the relationships, experiences, and practices God is using to form His character in us.
Journaling is one tool that helps us pay attention.
1. It is a place for you to be honest with God about your life – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s safe. It is a place to process with God and get perspective on the issues you’re dealing with.
2. It is a place to notice trends, blind spots, and spiritual growth as you re-read what you’ve written at the end of each year.
3. It’s a place to record God’s faithfulness – reminders of His goodness for times that are hard, and to record new truths you’ve learned about Him from His word.
What resources have you found helpful to pay attention to God’s work in your life? Do you hate journalling or love it? Again, the first time you comment you have to jump through some hoops with DISQUS, but after that commenting is a breeze and it will bless all of us!