Journaling has been one of the most therapeutic outlets I have encountered. You don’t have to be a writer to journal but you must be transparent and real. If you have feelings and something to say, journaling is for you. Journaling is unlimited and exploratory. When you can’t form the words, writing them out helps to paint the picture.
Did you notice journal and journey start with the same root word? A journal is the capture of moments on your journey. I journal everything. I journal when I am upset. I journal when I am happy. I journal when God speaks to me. I journal my alone time with God. I journal when I can’t figure out the words to say. I journal my dreams. I journal my secrets. I journal about others. I journal about how people have hurt me. I journal about how I have hurt others. I journal about myself. I journal about my shortcomings. I journal about my successes. I journal about what I do not understand. I journal about my future. I journal about my past. I journal my prayers. I journal about all I have learned. All these moments are part of the journey.
Journaling is freeing. Journaling helps you to let go of the things you cannot control. Journaling is a way to give to God what you can no longer carry. God told us to cast our cares on him and he will take them because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Our minds are so cluttered with thoughts, ideas, fears and history and it is crowding our minds. A journal is a safe space to let those things go. In order to receive more, we must declutter our mind and try to organize our thoughts. That is another way journaling helps. It helps to organize our thoughts. Journaling allows us to make room in our mind for more God given ideas and lessons. Journaling allows us to make room in our mind for more of what he has to say.
When I first came back to God, it was so hard to hear him and to know for sure if it was him speaking. I was always a writer but for so long I kept a lot buried inside or I verbalized it. However, at that time I was taking in more than my mind spacial capacity. Everything in my mind was being choked out by the spirit of confusion. I was so confused about everything. At that time, a friend shared with me that I needed to stop listening to so many people and declutter my mind. I had way too many voices in my head of pastors and leaders I would listen too and I was listening to the sound of too many voices.
Then I began to write because I needed my mind to be free. I needed a mental break and my mind needed rest. I wanted my mind to breathe. It is important to journal because it brings clarity. Journaling helps you access the presence of God and wherever the presence of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17) and wherever God is there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Whenever you are journaling, as you write you will sense freedom and joy coming into your heart as you make the exchange of your heaviness for his rest. Jesus said, come unto me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28). Weary is tired from your own problems and heavy laden from what others put on you to carry. You don’t have to carry it any longer because in Christ and in journaling is rest for your racing soul. Rest for your mind. Rest for your will. Rest for your emotions.
Do you need some rest? Do you need your soul to be reeled back in before falling off the edge of the cliff? Does it feel like God will not come to your rescue? The bible says be anxious for nothing but with prayer and asking with THANKSGIVING (Philippians 4:6-7)…If there is no thanksgiving, there can be no peace that passes all understanding. The thanksgiving helps to level you. But in the midst of going through, we can forget the wonderful things God has done before and because we cannot recall, it is hard to locate the peace. Journaling can be used as your locator. Journaling has been my book of praises, a chronicle of the goodness of God. It will be useful for the times when you think you cannot progress or move forward. It will be helpful and encouraging when you find yourself in positions that you feel there is no way out. The chronicle will remind you how God did it before and if he did it before, he can do it again.
Journaling keeps you in the perfect perspective to live out the scripture of Philippians 4:8, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” When your mind is fixed on these things, you will remain in perfect peace.
I journaled to God what I wanted in a career, I laid my heart out before God and I also implemented scriptures. Journaling was so helpful to me. It is my personal journal that I keep safe and I allow no one to read. You can journal in the notes on your phone or on paper. But whatever you choose to use, keep your mind free. I journaled my way into the life I have now. Journal your journey so you can have many stories to share with your children or those God will set you over. God’s plan from the beginning was for each generation to know about him by passing on the stories from generation to generation. You have so much to share, start today.
WRITE FOR YOUR LIFE!!
Te’Aire Griffin, Founder/Visionary Restore Mon
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