Why Should I Journal?

6 Reasons to Develop a Journaling Habit

By In Touch Ministries Staff
  • March 02, 2018
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Developing a consistent writing habit has many benefits.

  1. Journaling provides a safe space to express yourself honestly to the Lord.

“Pour out your heart before Him”  (Ps. 62:8)

We all need trustworthy confidants—relationships that can hold the weight of our full selves. And no one is a more secure confidant than God Himself. But sometimes trying to connect with an invisible, all-knowing being feels too abstract a concept to grasp in a meaningful way. That’s where journaling can help. Writing down your most vulnerable experiences and emotions as a letter to God can help you approach your relationship with Him in a more concrete and tangible way.

  1. Journaling tracks God’s faithfulness to you.

“I shall remember the deeds of the lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds!” (Ps. 77:11-12).

God’s faithfulness may never fail, but human memory sure does. Getting in the habit of writing down what God is doing in your life benefits you not just in the present but also in the future. When the going gets tough as it inevitably does, your journal can serve as a vital source of encouragement where you can look back on how God’s come through for you in the past.

  1. Journaling brings self-awareness and facilitates self-evaluation.

“Let us examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the lord” (Lam. 3:40).

Regular check-ins with yourself can help you spot patterns of behavior and recognize the connection between what you believe, how you feel, and what you do. Consistently reflecting on your life through writing translates into greater self-awareness, and the more present you are with yourself, the more present you can be with God.

  1. Journaling increases your comprehension and retention of Scripture.

“This book of law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:8).

The simple act of putting pen to paper and copying down a verse can significantly improve your memory of it. And because it’s almost impossible to write one thing while thinking about another, journaling focuses your attention not only on the words of the Scripture but on what God is personally saying to you through the Holy Spirit.

  1. Journaling is a way to intentionally grow in your faith.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

What is the result of lifting weights? Improved muscle tone and strength. Likewise, when you consistently invest in journaling as a spiritual exercise—expressing your innermost being to God and meditating on Scripture through writing—the result is a stronger, more disciplined faith.

  1. Journaling creates a record of your personal spiritual journey.

“This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord” (Ps. 102:18).

All throughout the Bible, God commands His people to memorialize their history with Him. The good news is you don’t have to build a monument to document your own relationship with God—over time, journal entries serve as a visible record of your spiritual growth, reminding you of all that you’ve overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

Journaling provides a way to draw closer to the Lord and root yourself more deeply in His Word. So grab a pen, your Bible, and a journal and start setting aside time to invest in your relationship with Him—you won’t regret it.

Draw closer to God with The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Journal. Build a written record of your spiritual journey and a timeless reminder of how God’s truth has transformed you.

Related Topics:  Growth of a Believer  |  Reading Bible  |  Intimacy with God

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8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.

11 I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12 I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

40 Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.

8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

18 This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

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