I have great friends who journal.
Some journal as prayer, some as a way to put in writing all that God is teaching them.
They can actually go back in their journals and witness again where God's been and what God's done.
I want to be the journaling type.
I have a stack of cool notebooks journals sitting on my desk. Each one has something written on the first few pages. But then I forget. I make a mistake. I miss a few days. The journal disappears and I am off the bandwagon!
I want to be the journaling type. Consistently.
Why? you might ask...
Someday, I'd love for my kids to be able to read them…
Prayers I prayed
Answers to prayer
What God was teaching me during a particular season of life
How I felt about what God was teaching me
I think God is pro-journaling.
He wants us to remember where we've been and what we've done.
Correction: He wants us to remember where He's been and what He's done.
Check out Deuteronomy 6:4-23
In this passage, God is giving Moses instructions. Instructions to ensure that the Israelites for generations to come will know His mighty deeds!
how the LORD brought them out from the land of slavery into a land flowing with milk and honey;
how it was their God who parted the Red Sea;
how their God guided them in a cloud by day and by fire at night.
Because they've been told. Because it's been written down.
These short 19 verses help us see where God's been and what God's done.
If Moses had not written this down, how could we possible know all that we can know about where God has been and what God has done?
If Moses had not written all this down, how could we possible see any way for God to work in our own lives - in whatever situation we find ourselves.
I have a feeling that when we write things down; when we chronicle the work of God in our lives, it helps us
see His faithfulness in the past,
trust His faithfulness for today and
put our hope in His faithfulness for tomorrow.
When we write things down it aids us in our journey of faith.
When we write things down, when we're vulnerable and honest about our weaknesses and our needs; generations to come after us will know where God has been and what God has done.
All of this to say, I think I'd like to start journaling.
But I have to give myself permission (otherwise I'll just give up):
It might not be daily, it might not even be weekly; but I will chronicle the work of God in my life.
It might not be perfect and it might have scribbles and misspelled words, but it will be honest.
It might not reflect the best of me, but it will reflect the best of Him.
The Lord has done great things for us. It's time to write them down so that when my kids ask me, "mom, why do you…?" I'll be able to tell them about where God's been and what God's done.
How about you?
Got any tips for journaling? I'd love to hear them!