The Power of Journaling

How to Grow Closer to God Through Journaling

Do you want to learn about God and grow? When you learn and begin to use the power of journaling to grow closer to God you realize its power to heal and transform.

 

When Delaney was a teenager, she longed to get to know God. She’d grown up in church, but she didn’t feel a personal connection to God and prayer just made her feel awkward.

 

A mentor noticed Delany’s passion for writing and advised the young teenager to write God letters. She encouraged her to do it every day for a month.

 

“I can do that?” Delaney asked, growing excited. “I can just write God a letter and He won’t mind that I haven’t spoken my prayers?”

 

“God hears all of our prayers,” Her mentor assured her. “It’s why the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit intercedes, sometimes even without words on our behalf. Think about David. The whole book of Psalms is basically one man’s prayer journal.”

Growing closer to God through journaling can be a wonderful adventure. It will nurture a deeper relationship, give you insight into God’s character, and teach you how to truly bring your burdens to Him.

 

But getting started can be difficult if you’ve never tried creating a spiritual journal. Here are a few tips to help you along the way…

 

Start by Choosing a Time

 

Many people enjoy spending time with Jesus first thing in the morning. This can be a wonderful habit but it isn’t ideal for everyone. Maybe you work odd hours, have a newborn baby, or a medical condition that makes morning rituals difficult.

Don’t beat yourself up over it. God delights in meeting with you – whether that’s at 6am or 6pm or any time in between! Just pick a time when you can show up and give God your full attention.

 

Pick a Location

 

Besides choosing a time, it can also be helpful to pick a location. When Dan started journaling, he was a work-at-home dad. The noise of his children made it difficult to concentrate so he would often go onto the back porch to read his Bible and pray. His kids knew not to disturb Dad when he was spending time with Jesus.

 

You can pick any location that’s comfortable and enjoyable to you. You could start your journaling practice at your local library, a coffee shop, or even from your favorite chair in your living room.

Remember David prayed to God in many locations – in caves, on mountains, during battle, in the Temple, and in his palace. God showed no preference over the location. He just cared that David came to Him.

 

Use a Guided Journal

 

When you’re new to journaling, it’s hard to know what to write. That’s why it can be helpful to grab a guided journal. A guided journal typically includes prompts or questions (usually faith-based) to help you get started.

 

Of course, you don’t have to use one. There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a blank journal and starting your letters to God. But if you’re having difficulty with the practice, you might benefit from a guided journal.

 

Show Up Consistently

You can’t grow a deep relationship with someone if you only see them once or twice a year and never speak the rest of the time. If you want true intimacy, you have to cultivate it. In our human relationships that means phone calls, text messages, Skype sessions, Facetime, silly videos, and even exchanging GIFs.

 

In our relationship with our Heavenly Father that means stopping in to pray, read our Bibles, or journal. Of course, you may not journal every day, especially not at first. But if you keep working to make it a habit, you will get there eventually.

 

Don’t Focus on Your Emotions

 

When you feel the presence of God during your journaling sessions, it’s amazing. It feels like you’re sitting down with the Holy Spirit and sharing special secrets. Like you have a unique relationship no one else can see (and you do!).

 

But not every journal entry will be fascinating. Not every journal session will feel like you’re standing on the mountain. In fact, those may be on the rare side. Most people just feel rather ho-hum about their journaling, especially when they’re first starting out. Don’t let this discourage you.

Instead, focus on meeting with God and spending time with Him. The more you do, the more you’ll learn to recognize His voice and feel His presence.

 

Remember, your journals don’t have to be filled with perfect grammar and punctuation. God isn’t grading your penmanship. He’s listening to your heart. He’s delighted that you’ve made the decision to spend more time with Him and He can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Want to start a journaling habit? Download “Journaling Time with Jesus” for free!

women studying the bible with notebooks

Guided by Faith: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose with Christian Mentorship

Embarking on a spiritual journey often involves seeking clarity and understanding about our life’s purpose. In the Christian faith, many find that mentorship plays a pivotal role in illuminating the pathway to fulfilling God’s intent for our lives. The wisdom imparted by a mentor grounded in biblical truth can profoundly influence our personal and spiritual growth. Let’s…
Read More
Grow in your faith in one month

Grow in Faith in Just One Month!

5 Essential Ways She Blooms Christian Growth Membership Helps You Flourish You can grow in Faith in Just One Month! Learn 5 tips to enhance your growth. You’ll love She Blooms Christian Growth Membership. Are you a Christian woman looking to deepen your relationship with God and grow in your faith? Do you crave a…
Read More

Navigating Life Transitions with Faith

Navigating life transitions can be challenging and often overwhelming. Exploring how faith serves as a guide in times of significant life changes.  Discovering stories and obtaining advice to harness spiritual power during life’s unpredictable transitions. As we face the unpredictability of changing circumstances, faith stands as an unwavering pillar that not only helps us to…
Read More

Empowering Christian Women: Growing Spiritually and Ministering to Each Other

Today, we are diving into a topic close to my heart – the journey of Christian women who are yearning to grow spiritually, to be taught, and to be given opportunities to minister to each other. This path is one of self-discovery, empowerment, and endless blessings. Sisters, let’s embark on this transformative journey together! So,…
Read More

Operating As One

Learning to operate as one, coworking with Holy Spirit. This idea goes so against who we are as Americans. Our individualism hinders us. His desire is that we operate as one. The Holy Spirit: Our Divine Co-Worker The Bible introduces us to the Holy Spirit-the third person of the Trinity. Unlike a distant force, the…
Read More

Get Your Ministry Started Online

My Go To Trusted Source for Tools, Tips and Training MyNams short for Novice to Advanced Marketing Systems is a company that I trust. I purchase from them and more importantly I am part of their online membership.  It is my first go-to when I need something online. If you are an entrepreneur or want…
Read More