Journaling is a practice I highly recommend to anyone wanting a deeper relationship with Christ. The word can be overwhelming, though. You might think of notebooks full of deep, meaningful words. Or images of colorfully crafted verses in Bibles may come to mind. Journaling can be anything you want it to be, though. I love to pull out my old journals and flip through them. I’ve recalled prayers made years ago that were answered, and add notations to these old journals. I’ve remembered difficult days previously forgotten. I’ve also realized that not much has changed! My journaling habits are the same as they were back in 2013 when I started. You won’t find me starting a Pinterest board with my entries because they are definitely not pin-worthy.
If you’ve considered journaling but felt overwhelmed, allow me encourage you to reconsider with these tips.
- Start with a simple notebook and pen/s.
I have a few small, pretty journals but the majority of my writing happens in the regular ol’ notebooks you buy for school. I love to get them on sale in late August when they are $0.17! I love colorful pens now, but when I first started I used whatever basic black or blue pen I could find lying around. If you like colorful, I highly recommend the Penmate Flair pens! My daughter got me hooked.
- Record the date and passage of Scripture you are reading.
This just helps you get in writing mode. The dates are fun to reflect on when you come back to your journal years later. I didn’t always record Scripture, but I wish I would have. Now, I do.
- Open your Bible and record what stands out.
My first journals are full of verses and nothing else. If something seemed important or meaningful, I wrote it down. This helped me memorize Scripture, as well. Over time the same verses would be recorded and I would start to recognize that piece of Scripture if I heard it elsewhere (a song, sermon, conversation, etc.). There are very few verses I can rattle off verbatim, but pieces of a verse come to mind often now and I’m able to google it if I want to read the whole thing.
- Record your thoughts.
Move on to this step as you feel moved. Maybe you write down a verse and don’t have a reason, and that’s okay! But other times a particular word, phrase, or verse will stand out to you for other reasons. Record them here. Ask questions of God. Ask questions of yourself!
- Continue, even when you don’t want to.
Journaling is a habit. It may not come naturally at first. You may need to set aside time daily or a few times a week to work on it. Don’t get frustrated if your journal entry is simply one re-written verse. It’s a start! The Lord rejoices in the beginnings of things that will lead you closer to Him!
If you have other tips, I’d love to hear them! Drop me a message or respond in the comments to help other readers who may be starting their journaling journey!
I pray the Lord will bless you as you take these simple steps toward Him.