I will tell you a secret. I was not very good at it. In fact, I was quite bad.
I began journaling in 1999. I did it because I was taking a class for my doctoral studies on spiritual formation. One of our assignments was to journal our spiritual journey over a period of three months.
But I didn’t know how to journal. I didn’t know how to write about my spiritual journey. I was also in a pretty dark place, discouraged about my ministry, feeling disconnected from God, and who wants to look inside to see all that junk? So I just could not do the assignment. Still, the assignment was due.
So I faked it. I just sat down one day and tried to write about 20 reflections (three per week) and post-date them. I gave a half-hearted try at making them reasonably real.
Of course my teacher saw through that right away. He also helped me learn how to reflect and write about my experiences of God, my personal encounters of the beautiful truth of Scripture, my prayer life, and much more.
I have been using the spiritual discipline of journaling now for almost two decades. I have dozens and dozens of filled journals. I have written articles on journaling. I have taught journaling to hundreds of people over the years. I am a huge advocate of this practice.
Here is a recent article I read on journaling: The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling. This is a general article. It is not specifically spiritual or Christian. It simply presents a general explanation of the benefits of journaling. If you want an article on journaling from a spiritual perspective, here are two chapters from my workbook Conversations.
If you want to learn more about this practice, as well as other spiritual disciplines, contact Gordon Carpenter at email@example.com. Gordon is leading our spiritual formation ministry.
Blessings as you pay attention to the presence of God, the work of God, and the Word of God.
The image of the Bible, journal, and coffee is the perfect combination for me. You can find this image and many others at: Journaling: A Private Obsession. However, my cup of coffee is a LOT bigger.
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