I have recently been working though the weekly Bible study, Experiencing Spiritual Revival by Margaret Feinberg. The study covers various gifts of the Spirit, and this last week it covered the gift of journaling. Journaling has truly been a gift in my own life, being one of the best ways for me to communicate with the Lord. It has also allowed me to witness the changes and answers to prayer that God has provided me. I have a trusty journal, made from beautiful cloth and handmade paper that has literally travelled with me to the other side of the Earth. The first date in this journal is July 28th, 2013, and I have only a few pages left to pour my soul out onto.
My journal is filled with verses that spoke to me, words laid on my heart by the Lord, prayers, song lyrics, doodles, sermon notes, written out studies to be shared in Africa, and outlines for blog posts just like this one. There are also holes from writing so hard and fast and smudges from crying onto the pages. I have found in my personal life that my journal is a raw outpouring of my thoughts and emotions to God. I find it easier to pour my prayers and supplications to him on a page, than to speak them aloud. When I turn through my journal I see praises of immense joy written to the Lord, and I see pages filled with questions and fears. I also see the ways the God has answered me.
Ever since I began keeping a journal, I have found my walk with the Lord to be much stronger and much closer. I would suggest trying to journal for a month or so, and see how it affects your walk with the Lord. A passage that I first delved into in my journal and fell in love with is Ephesians 1: 3-10. I urge you to dwell on these words and try and journal what God is telling you with this passage.
“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons though Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:3-10 (ESV)
I hope this process blesses you, and finds you closer to our beautiful Creator.
About the Author
Kailey is a senior biology major at Oklahoma Baptist University. Her parents live in Edmond, Oklahoma with her three younger sisters. She will be attending Oklahoma State University Center for Health Science medical school in the fall. She hopes to be a pediatrician and use medicine as a witnessing tool to reach under-served populations.