Can I share a secret with you? Sometimes (well, a lot of the time) I take something that should be really simple and make it the most complicated thing in the universe.
I get so many emails and comments from ladies like you, asking me how they can grow spiritually.
They have new babies and are struggling to take a shower, let alone do an entire Bible study.
They want to pray but they have a hard time focusing or they fall asleep because they are exhausted from the day.
They intend to pray for people but by the time they get back home they just can’t remember the need.
They really want to have a deeper relationship with God but they aren’t sure how or they aren’t sure what God may be trying to tell them.
Can you relate to any of these?
I’m going to let you in on my secret. There is one tool that helps me be consistent and see growth in my faith life.
Journals have been key to my spiritual growth for many years. Journaling is the one thing that I’ve been able to stick with no matter how bad things have gotten.
I’m a writer by nature so the simple act of writing things down really helps me process my thoughts and experiences. But journaling as a spiritual discipline is really more than that.
Today I want to share some of the ways that journaling can help you grow spiritually.
4 Ways Journaling Can be a Tool for Spiritual Growth
One thing that is key to getting through hard times is learning to count your blessings. It’s not just one of my favorite hymns or a fad started by the beautiful Ann Voskamp. Scripture tells us over and over again to be thankful in all things and to praise the Lord for His mercies and goodness.
I used to keep my lists on my computer but I really love putting pen to paper and writing down all the blessings in my life. It’s also great to have on hand to look back and remember all that God has done.
I know that I’m not the only one who forgets when I promise to pray for someone. I’ve learned the hard way that writing down requests is the only way I can be sure to pray for them. If you’ve ever emailed me a prayer request, then you have a page in my prayer journal! My favorite part about writing down prayer requests is getting to go back and write down the praise reports as they come in.
DaySpring actually has a Prayer and Answer journal that is perfect for keeping track of requests!
On Sunday mornings you will find me trying to scribble down all the godly wisdom and scripture references my pastor mentions during his sermon. Sometimes I’m trying to write down something he said that really struck a chord with me. Most times I’m writing down verses to check out when I get home because I can’t follow along during service (training littles and not-so-littles to sit still in church means I miss things occasionally).
I also like to write down the names of songs we sing in church that I don’t know so I can listen during the week.
Journaling for Spiritual Growth
This is my favorite thing about journaling. I write down my conversations with God. I ask a question and then He answers. And I like to have a record of these talks. I have lists of verses and songs that God brings to mind during my prayer and devotion time. I write down words from prophets and dreams.
I write down the things I’m struggling with and things I just don’t understand. Having a record of my struggles and questions (and God’s answers) is a great way for me to see growth. I see the things I struggled with and how I learned to handle those things God’s way. I can go back and read a message from God or a verse that gives me wisdom for my current situation. The possibilities are endless when it comes to journaling this way.