Journaling Through The Word

 

Gods jounaling

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

Devotional journaling, also known as spiritual journaling, is an exciting way to enhance your spirituality. In devotional journaling you write to God. Spiritual journaling is more than keeping a diary where you log the events of your life. It’s a place where you share your innermost thoughts with God. As you become more comfortable and skilled in doing that, you will sense God’s direction for your life as he leads you in his ways. He wants to give you understanding about the circumstances in your life. So when you journal, don’t be afraid to explore what comes to your mind. Don’t push it away. Write down all your feelings and tell the Lord things you would never tell anyone else. Don’t hold back anything, because God already knows what’s in your heart.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalms 119:11

Journaling isn’t exact and everyone has their own unique way of doing it. The important thing is to do it regularly. When we write things down, it helps us to remember them better and it gives us a place to go back to if we forget. Keeping a devotional journal is an excellent spiritual discipline. When you are facing challenging times, you can leaf through your entries and see how God has blessed you and carried you through trouble. When things are going well, your journal can gently remind you about your need to rely upon God and to be thankful for all he has done.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;” Colossians 3:16

Journaling can also be a form of worship. In solitude, we can explore the blessing of writing our hearts to God. Consider keeping a prayer journal. Grab a pen and a notebook and get started! I suggest beginning by reading Proverbs during your quiet time. As you read, meditate and pray and write down the verses that stir your heart. Journaling is a tool that allows you to work through all your emotions that you could never find a safe place to put them. There is more to explore in your devotional journal than you could ever cover in a lifetime. God’s power and majesty are infinite, and he wants to be a part of every area of your life.

Precious Father, I ask that you give us all a heart to journal so that we may have a deeper and more profound relationship with you. Help us to commit to journaling and open our hearts and minds to receive all of your many blessings in your word. I ask this in your wonderful name. Amen

Sweet Blessings

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Grumbling, Part II

by Sis. Kim McDougal

This is a part II devotional God inspired me to write this morning. The part I came from “Moment in the Word Devotional” which I love to visit everyday. His post got me thinking about how we use our mouths. We can choose to complain, we can choose to uplift and encourage, we can choose to lie and backbite, we can choose to laugh or cry with someone, but all those goes back to the scripture in Proverbs 18:21.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs 18:21

What does this scripture really mean? It’s simple. There’s power in the words that you and I speak. And, it goes both ways whether it’s an encouraging word or slanderous word. Is there a particular phrase that’s stuck with you all your life? Mine would be my spiritual Godmother telling me, “I believe in giving people flowers WHEN they can smell them!” Powerful because she was saying life is short and you may never get another opportunity to compliment or love on a person.

Just as she spoke enlightening words, I also remember words spoken to me as a child, “You’ll never amount to anything, you easily get brainwashed by other people, you can’t stand up for yourself!” See how these words to a child can adversely affect them? These stayed with me through my teen years and it would not be until I gave my life to Jesus that He would heal me of this and now I know those words aren’t true.

You and I have people all around us daily that we can affect. We can either affirm them or denounce them with our words. It’s important to choose to uplift. If you find it hard to talk to a person in a positive way, then ask God to help you speak and let Him give your mouth the right words. Remember, what you speak can be with that person for the rest of their lives. What do you want them to remember about your words of influence, life or death?