While the Wellness Wheel and the Spiritual Compass provide excellent journaling prompts, there are several other Spiritual Journaling techniques I have found useful. Some of these methods have a specific Christian focus (this week’s post), while others are a bit more generic (next week’s topic). Hopefully these ideas will help you in your journaling practice.
- Prayer Journal. I am more comfortable writing my prayers than speaking them aloud. I prefer to maintain this journal by hand because it forces me to slow down and focus on my conversation with the Lord. As I write my prayer requests, I am also listening for His still small voice, providing me with daily insight and direction. Once a week I take time to review my entries – noting in the margins any answers to prayer. It is a record of God’s faithfulness through the years, which provides a source of great comfort, especially in difficult times.
- Family of Faith Journal. How often does the Bible tells us to write down the faithfulness of the Lord and pass it down through the generations? I will speak more of leaving a legacy in later weeks, but for now… I would encourage you to begin a journal that records such moments in your life. What miracles have you experienced – Divine inspirations – Divine interruptions? When have you entertained angels in your midst? How often did you experience victory in the midst of overwhelming obstacles? All of this is worthy of journaling and should be recorded for prosperity.
- Creation Journal. I love to take long walks – especially in the spring when nature awakens from a long winter’s nap. The evidence of the Lord’s sovereignty is evident all around. Take the time to go for a walk. Listen to the sounds of nature – notice the beautiful colors – smell the fragrant aromas – feel the various textures. Or put on some worship music and enjoy singing praises while on your stroll. Your body will benefit from the exercise – your soul will benefit from nature’s fellowship – and the journal will record it all for years to come.
- Names of God / Names of Jesus. This is my next journaling project. I remember reading a quote by Dale Carnegie that rings true: Using a person’s name is crucial… Respect and acceptance stem from simple acts such as remembering a person’s name and using it whenever appropriate. I believe my prayer life will be enriched if I can learn to call upon the Lord using His appropriate name. I plan to use the devotions by Ann Spangler to help me in this process.
- Scripture Journaling. Some may cringe at the idea of writing in your Bible, and if so, then please continue using a separate notebook. But I enjoy writing notes in my Bible…underlying key verses and connecting them with personal insight that I write in the margins. Often I add the date so that I have a chronological record of these Divine conversations. While this kind of scripture journaling is mostly for personal benefit, it also has far-reaching benefits for our descendants. This kind of spiritual legacy brings hope and healing to the next generation. For those with an artistic bent… consider adding a touch of creativity to your entries. For inspiration, check out Shanna Noel‘s Illustrated Faith community on Facebook and instagram.