Journaling is Just Good For You

I am such a supporter of journaling.  You can ask my husband.  I’m constantly encouraging him to get his thoughts down on paper.

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It started when I was a teenager.  Whenever I would feel overwhelmed, or worried about a lot of concerns I would write them down.  I would make a list of my worries and then once they were on paper I could go through them and think about why they weren’t that big of a deal.   I pretty much do the same today.

However, now I do most of my journaling right after I read the Bible and have prayer time with God.  I usually start each journal entry with what I heard God tell me.  If you have prayer time with God daily, I would highly suggest doing this.  It is so interesting and faith affirming when you go back and read all the different words you’ve heard God tell you during different times in your life.  You can see more clearly where he was leading you in the past and where he is leading you today.

I can’t say enough about what journaling has done for me.  If you’ve never done it, give it a try.  You don’t have to write anything profound, just start writing and see what comes out.   Write about all the things you are thinking about, worrying about, happy about, thankful about…etc.  You get the picture.

Journaling helps you place your thoughts onto paper.  It helps give you clarity if nothing else.  Once you have all of those thoughts that are swirling around in your head down on paper, they are much less intimidating or overwhelming.

Try it today, and if you are like my husband and do not like to hand write anything then start a digital journal on your computer.  It is the same idea and will have the same result.   It’s just plain good for you.

Also, in honor of Thankful Thursday today:  I am thankful for my mother-in-law, Margaret.  Today is her birthday.  Happy Birthday Margaret!  She encourages me, inspires me and she sends me some great recipes!  She is also an excellent editor(she is currently helping me write an article) and a good friend.  I feel so lucky to have her as my mother-in-law.

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Our Thoughts

Over the summer I took a Bible Study called “Me, Myself and Lies” by Jennifer Rothschild. It was a study focused on our thoughts and how easily they can become negative about ourselves. We tend to be our toughest critics.

Through the study she reminds us of how God sees us, and references many places in the Bible to support this. She has us write our negative thoughts and then compare that to what God thinks of us.

It was a great study, it tought me to stop the negative thoughts before they start and to remind myself of how God sees me.

I think this goes along with fear. Whe we let fear and doubt about ourselves get in the way, we are keeping ourselves from growing. We are blocking God from all the wonderful things he has in store for us!

Start today by paying more attention to what you say to yourself…is it what God would say to you?