Journaling: Not just for adolescent girls!

I have been journaling lately. (That sounds manlier than writing, “I have been keeping a diary lately.”)

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I probably average 3 entries per week. Sometimes I take up 2 full pages but more often about a ½ page will do me fine. I do not remember where I learned this model but I number the page 1 through 5 and briefly scribble about the following:

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1.?YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS – as I reflect upon yesterday’s events I am reminded of God’s blessings, things I need to follow-up on or something funny that happened. Sometimes I notice that I forgot to say thanks to someone, I accomplished a lot more than I thought I could or that I am starting to neglect my family or my own health. What I actually jot down though are the highlights.

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2.?CLEARING MY CONSCIENCE – Maybe I was impatient with a friend, maybe I experienced a little road rage…If nothing readily comes to mind then I pause and ask God to point out any sins I committed recently that have gone unconfessed. See Psalm 139:23-24.

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3.?SAYING THANKS – Expressing thankfulness is so important; my list ranges from the nice weather to my awesome co-workers at ACC to a Bears victory over the Cowboys!!!

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4.?LORD, I NEED YOUR HELP WITH… – Dependence upon God for all things is important but what are the things on my “TO Do “ list that seem particularly in need of his assistance?

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5.?LORD, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY TO ME? – Usually my journaling is following time spent in His Word and in prayer. I now stop to sit and quietly listen. Am I sensing his leading? Do I feel impressed to be obedient in some specific way? Some days this 5th line is blank – if I don’t hear his voice then I don’t just make up something to write down.

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I find this helpful in my walk with Christ. In a busy and stressful world journaling forces me to slow down for a few minutes and be introspective. Go out and buy a little notebook, grab a pen and try it for a few weeks. This might just be a spiritual discipline that would be just what you need to get growing!

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Peace,
?Dave

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