I happened to get serious about journaling around the same time I was seeking a clearer understanding of God’s purpose for my life. I was able to document my thought processes as I listened and interacted with God through his word and prayer.
Habakkuk reminds us of the importance of writing down what God is saying to us.
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry”.
As you begin to seek more knowledge about your purpose, journaling will give you the opportunity to write down your thoughts in the moment. God is always talking to us and during this time, keen listening is important. You can document what you are learning about God’s purpose as he reveals more to you during your time with him.
You can use your journal to write down the scriptures that minister to your heart at any particular moment
Take this as an opportunity to listen to what God is saying to you through the examples or situations of those in the Bible. Seek to understand what you can gain from the principles presented in the scriptures. You can use your journal to document areas in your life where you need to apply the word.
Journaling is a great outlet for processing all that you are learning
Write your thoughts and revisit them as needed. Note anything you do not understand as you seek to know God’s purpose. Use the opportunity to wrestle with your thoughts on paper.
I have seen how journaling has helped me process my thoughts. I might start out with a problem or concern and as soon as I start to write, I start to gain more clarity. I often end up with a solution based on the word of God.
Use your journal to document and evaluate your growth
When you have your thoughts written down, reflect on where you have made progress or not. Assess your thought process and make better life and spiritual decisions based on them. Observe your weak areas and take steps towards improvement.
It’s always fascinating to reflect on our journey and see where God has brought us from. We see the mistakes we made and all the times God was there for us when we didn’t know.
Options for journaling are endless
It can be a simple as using a regular store bought notebook, to using a fancy journal with accessories. What I currently use is quite similar to this. What is most important is that there are enough pages to write all your thoughts. When journaling, date each entry because it is helpful to be able to revisit your thoughts at certain times and see how you have changed.
Do your journaling at the most convenient time to you
At the end of a day or beginning might be best. Journaling can help with clearing your thoughts and set the tone for your day. A similar strategy works for evening time too. When your workday has ended you spend time with God, reflect on the day and prepare yourself for the next day. The most important thing is that you remember to get it done.
• What are my most pressing questions about my purpose?
• What has become clearer or more confusing to me now that I am spending more time with God?
• What instructions am I finding about what God desires of me in the word?
• What instructions am I finding about what God instructs believers to do in the word?
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