Spending time alone with your thoughts can be scary.
My brain was so full of randomness this morning that I could not form one coherent thought. It was like being tongue-tied in the head! One way to mediate all the conflicting thoughts in your mind is to simply put them on paper. I love journaling. I’ve been doing it for several years. Now, if you go through my house looking to find something juicy in my journal, you can forget it. That’s not the kind of stuff I like to record. I don’t write down what I ate for breakfast, or how I feel about ole what’s his name, or any of that. I journal to process and personalize my thoughts and to meditate on what God reveals to me throughout the day.
THE ART OF JOURNALING
Journaling is unique and personal – just like you! The science behind journaling says that while writing activates our left brain, the analytical and rational side, our right brain is free to feel, create, and discern our emotions. Journaling removes mental blocks and allows us to use our brains to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
God created each of us to feel. Journaling allows us to identify our emotions and then decide if they are in accordance with His Word. Writing down our frustrations and heartbreak often lessens their intensity. The act of writing helps soothe and calm like a warm mug of tea. It grounds us in reality.
THE BLESSING OF JOURNALING
Journaling is always a way to record our prayers, blessings, and reflections of God’s good will. It’s a privilege to be able to look back and track spiritual growth.
Imagine writing down your dreams and goals and then see them come to fruition! Simply the act of writing deems those dreams and goals more important to your brain.
THE BENEFITS OF JOURNALING
- Boosts memory
HOW TO START A JOURNAL
Here are 7 JOURNALING PROMPTS to help you get started today:
- Reflect on the happiest day of your life. Detail how you felt, how you looked, who you were with, where you were, what you were feeling, and why this day is so special to you. Let your heart guide your pen.
- Write out your bucket list. The sky is the limit. Let your imagination run free as you list everything you have ever dreamed of doing.
- What is your most treasured possession and why? Describe it in detail.
- What makes you YOU?
- What is a skill you have always wanted to learn? Why do you want to learn it?
- What is home?
- Write out your testimony.
I have included some of my favorite journaling materials, but you can always visit your local TJ Maxx or Target for super cute journals and notebooks to begin working with. Whatever makes you feel creative! This is for you and God. No one else. Enjoy your time alone with Him and your thoughts!