September 08, 2022 Alan Daws

To Journal or Not To Journal

To Journal or Not To Journal

Yesterday, I was at a coffee shop drinking iced tea waiting to meet up with some friends. As I sat there, I began reading my daily journal. Yes, I have a journal.

Early in my life as a Christian, I was encouraged to keep a daily journal of what God was teaching me. I tried many times to start, but it was something I just didn't think would work for me. As a result, I would start writing and then after a few weeks I gave up.

However, a few years ago, I got serious and started once again to journal. I spent time reading God's Word and then jotted down insights revealed to me. Before long, the entries in the journal began to follow a pattern or a theme. Often that theme was just what I needed to hear from God concerning issues in my life.

Looking back on the entries, I can see that God was, and still is, teaching me many things from His Word. Often, I was encouraged when I was feeling low. There were times I needed wisdom and lo and behold I received it in my daily readings.

As I read the journal yesterday, I was amazed at how much the Lord has taught me just this year. If you don't journal, let me encourage you to begin. Just record the date, the scripture passage you read, and then write about how that passage touched you. After six months or so, look back at the entries and discover how God has taught and led you through His Word.

Onward and Upward!