The Importance of Keeping a Spiritual Journal
Journaling will literally keep you sane when your life sometimes seems out of control and you don’t know who to talk to about your struggles. You will be able to see how angry you are by the size and irregularity of your penmanship. You will be able to tell when you have made progress by how long you go without mentioning the battle.
You do not have to journal everyday and some days it could only be a few lines. Other days it could be pages and pages.
David Jeremiah says there is no right way to journal, but that the unexamined life is not worth living. Journaling is a book of personal records, a discovery of life in the making. It is important that spiritual leaders keep a spiritual journal.
Here’s some benefits of journaling:
Keeps you focused during your prayer and devotional time.
Creates a record of your struggles, defeats and victories.
Helps you recognize your honest feelings. (If you don’t include your feelings, you are not journaling, just writing a diary.)
Aids in registering your spiritual progress, then you can see how you have advanced.
Following are some of the things I include in my journal.
Revelations I feel the Lord is giving me.
Scriptures that speak specifically to me.
Questions with which I am wrestling.
Poems, songs and statements from materials I’m reading that impact me. (I often copy, cut and staple.)
Prayers and petitions for my family, friends, and the ministry.
6. Praises and answers to prayers.
7. Struggles and emotions that torment my mind.
8. Significant developments in my family and the ministry.
9. Words of praise to my God.
If you have yet to begin, here are some suggestions:
List 10 words that describe your feelings at the time of your writing.
Write a letter to someone as an entry.
Paste in photographs and add captions.
If artistic, enter sketches and drawings.
Remember, this is YOUR treasure, there is no right or wrong way to do it.
JUST DO IT!