What's up Butterfly Fam! As you know, I've put out some unlined journals for the creatives at heart, so check out the Shop Page on the website to purchase your new journal. There's 4 to choose from. In the wake of all the designing I was thinking to myself, I wish more people knew how good it feels to journal. I took a break and got on Facebook and one of my friends, Carmen Smalls, said some things in her post that made a light bulb go off in my head. This is what inspired this post.
Here's what she said:
"Luke was a doctor, that not only wrote the book of Luke but also ACTS.
I keep forgetting their intention was never to write the Bible it was to share with others the sequence of events that took place so they would not be forgotten.
What testimonies are you writing down that are happening in your life that you want your generations to remember?
If you don't write, they'll never know. The Bible doesn't end with these books, what will your book say?"
When I read this I was legit mind blown because this has so much to dissect. So, I went to the word to get some more insight. I personally have tons of journals. So, after reading her post and really taking in the points and answering the questions that she asked, I am becoming more intentional with my journaling and the time that I spend just talking to God through writing.
#1 We have to finish the story!
We all have a story. We have stories that highlight our stumbling and sin, and our reaching for the savior to find forgiveness and strength. Our stories help to convey and validate God's goodness. Imagine if you wrote every one of your testimonies down. It would be very easy to jump back into an attitude of gratitude. It would also be very difficult to forget God's greatness and all that he has down for you when you've kept a ledger of accounts.
Esther 6: 1-2 (MSG) reads, "That night the king couldn’t sleep. He ordered the record book, the day-by-day journal of events, to be brought and read to him. They came across the story there about the time that Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh—the two royal eunuchs who guarded the entrance and who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes."
It's not new to keep records or journals. A KING couldn't sleep and found solace in having his journal of events read to him. If you keep reading the chapter, you'll see that this inspired him to honor someone who he otherwise would have not. Think about it this way. You may be up reading your journal late one night and read across a time where God literally delivered you from the hand of the enemy and you may not have given him appropriate thanks. Do you know how refreshing it would be for both you and God in that moment of remembrance?
#2 Keeping a Journal Provides Encouragement
I remember how God specifically worked in my life
I can see answers to prayer
Measurable growth is evident
I recall how God has given me direction
I remember what I learned from my failures
I EXPERIENCE God’s love for ME!
#3 Keeping a Journal Helps You Pay Attention to God
God instructed Jeremiah in 30:2 to write in a book of all of the words that he had spoken to him (Jeremiah). What if God want's that same thing for us. Keeping a journal slows your mind down. It helps you to process your thoughts and hear and respond to God. I know that I personally am a very detailed and analytical person, so journaling helps me to de-clutter and slow down. Many times I've been writing and God has revealed to me something about the situation or moment that I was writing about and I felt a supernatural peace. The Dear God journal came about because I wanted my prayers and writing to be intentional. I wanted to tell God how I was really feeling. The added Answered Prayer Log just made me more excited to witness God's promises. I often go back and read my prayers and make notes of things that are recurring. It helps me to see where I'm weak and where I need to invite God into.
I hope that this blesses you and encourages you to take up journaling and be more intentional in your quiet tome with God so that you can receive His word.