Journaling

16 January 2018
‘Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.’

There are lots of times in the Bible where God tells people to write things down. He said to Moses: ‘Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel’ (Exodus 34:27 NIV). And to Habakkuk he said: ‘Write down the vision; write it clearly on clay tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others’ (Habakkuk 2:2 NCV). Writing down things that God tells us helps us to remember them and helps us to see how faithful He is. He always brings about what He promises, in His timing. It can also help us clarify our own thoughts. By writing down our thoughts and feelings, we can process them better and begin to understand them. And sometimes we might find it easier to express our thoughts to God in writing rather than talking to Him. God wants us to be honest with Him about how we feel, and we need to be honest with ourselves too. One way we can do this is by starting a regular journal. Journalling is like a spiritual discipline. It can show us how our relationship with God is going. We can look back and see how far we’ve come, see where God’s answered our prayers and remind ourselves of the things God’s promised in our future. Writing things down helps us to understand where we’re at. Whether we write down what we hear from God, Bible verses we feel drawn to, worship song lyrics that have caught our attention or just write down our thoughts and feelings, journalling is a useful thing to be doing, and a great habit for us to develop. 

What Now?

Whether you journal already, or have never tried it, set some time aside today to write down what you feel God’s saying to you, Bible verses you’re drawn to and your current thoughts and feelings.

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