Journal is a Verb

5 Things to journal, quiet time journaling
When did the word “journal” become a verb? 

It used to be a noun: a record of “occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis.”(1) 

But journaling, like googling, is now a verb. And journaling is a great tool for spiritual growth. 

We can journal our:

    1. Prayers—to remember requests and record answers. Philippians 4:6,7
    2. Bible study—writing out verses, insights and applications. 2 Timothy 2:15
    3. Personal psalms—pouring our hearts out to God in sorrow and joy. Psalm 62:8
    4. Love letters—praising God’s character and thanking Him for our salvation. Psalm 103:1; 77:12
    5. Blessings—regularly recording our many blessings. This is especially important when going through difficulty or depression. Psalm 103:2
    Don't miss the great comments on this post (below). 
    And please share your insights with readers...
    How has journaling helped you in your walk with the Lord? Do you have any tips to share? Please make a comment and share what you've learned with others. Thanks, Gail



    This week, I’m also sharing a post that features several ways to make inexpensive composition books into "Pretty Journals."

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    26 comments:

    1. I am a writer and journaling has always been the way God allowed me to express what I was feeling (without being as self-conscious as I am when I write my stories). I have been journaling for 6 or 7 years now and I love going back and looking at who I was back then and then seeing the transformation God has made in me. It's amazing!
      Many blessings to you!

      visiting from Here to Find Him

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      1. Thanks for sharing these insights from your personal journaling experience, Megan.

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    2. I too have found journaling to be an excellent outlet. It's a cathartic form of prayer and often spares loved ones from becoming my dumping ground! It's also helpful to read past entries when I am feeling sorry for myself. My journal is my own "voice" reminding me how truly faithful the Lord is - past, present, and future.

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      1. I also find it helpful for these reasons, Erin. Thanks for sharing.

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    3. I love journaling-you're so right it is totally a verb Gail! I have enjoyed recording prayer requests, events, and thoughts for God over the years and being able to look back to see how He showed up. Journaling has only enriched my walk with Him.

      Checking out your other post now too :)

      Carly @ ryandcar.blogspot.com

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    4. I journal on my devotional journal and via blogging. It's nice to meet you, Gail! Thanks for visiting my blog, "Living for God." Hope you'll come back and visit again sometime :)!

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      1. Good point--our personal journaling can be a source of things we share on our blogs. For me, that is often the case. If I'm struggling with discouragement, I journal about it and often end up writing a devotion about the things I've learned from journaling,Scripture and prayer.

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    5. It is difficult to fully describe the value of journaling - for me, it has become a way of communicating deeply with God, where what He teaches me becomes real as I write about it, and where I share my heart with Him. Things make more sense to me after I have journaled about them. It is a way of slowing down to listen and to learn. And often what I have journaled about then becomes the starting point of a blog post.

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      1. I can so identify with what you've written here, Cherry. Thanks for sharing.

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    6. Hi Gail - I don't really have any tips re journaling except to say it means so much to me, it concretes my thoughts, it puts in front of my eyes problems and solutions and God's answers. Journaling may now be a verb but to me it is also a life saver :)
      God bless
      Tracy

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      1. Thanks for sharing, Tracy. I agree. Journaling keeps my thoughts "concrete" as you say, as I share them with the Lord and process them myself.

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    7. Great post. You have great suggestion and scriptures to aid in journal-ling. (Used as a verb!)
      Blessings,
      Susie

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      1. Thanks, Susie, and I have another journaling post coming tomorrow with some interesting facts about journaling and physical health.

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    8. Gail,
      I'm so glad you came to visit my blog. I love, love your blog. Looking forward to reading your post and what the Lord is showing you.
      Blessings,
      Lisa

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      1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the kind comments, Lisa. Bless you, Gail

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    9. I wish I could link up here but I have never been a journal-er. My blog, which began less than 1 1/2 years ago, is the closest thing I have ever done to journal ling. However, I will enjoy reading the posts linked.

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    10. Gail,
      Good post, as always! Journaling is a source of great joy, encouragement, and frustration. I think better when I write. I "hear" better when I write. Reflecting on previous entries inevitably brings encouragement at just the right time. Just a few months ago I opened to a page, not even sure if there was a tangible event that prompted me to do so, and it was exactly what I needed to hear for what I was going through. I read a post on someone's blog just this week and she said that she had written this post two years previously but had scheduled it to post on this day. She said it was as if she had written it just for herself, just for this day it posted. She received news that he granddaughter had an intestinal blockage, she said "It was not what we wanted to hear." The title of the post was nearly identical. God's gracious that way.
      But, I'm detailed. Summarizing is painful. I'm an all-or-nothing personality. It's difficult for me to write only a portion. So with four kids, finding time to journal in the sense of documenting my days is a frustrating endeavor. I do keep a journal with my Bible and devotional and keep "notes" during my quiet time.
      Thanks for the opportunity to dialogue on this topic!

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      1. Thanks for taking the time to share so thoroughly, Janey. It's interesting that you talk about God using a past entry to speak to you later. I recently experienced something similar with a passage I marked in a book years earlier.

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    11. I used to journal..... and I need to again. I used to have prayer journals, but then stopped. I could tell a difference. Looking forward to tomorrow's post.

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    12. I journal off and on. I get motivated when things crop up in my life that seem overwhelming and it seems a good outlet to let out fear, frustration and prayer requests. More interesting to me has been my 92 year old mother who is battling to keep her memory alive. She began journaling as a suggestion from the staff at the assisted living apartment where she lives. At the time she began, her memory was very good. Now however, when the daily activities leave her memory quickly, she goes to her "book" and then can remember what she did yesterday, or Easter Sunday, even though it may only be hours or a few days ago. I know that in years to come, I will treasure her writings. She has beautiful handwriting even at her advanced age - her hands are very steady. My point in all of this is, journaling is a good habit regardless of our age and may prove to be helpful in many ways.

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      1. WOW! I love this story about your mom, Carol. How neat that journaling can be used to help our failing memory. And I so identify with journaling when life throws us off guard. Thanks for sharing, dear friend.

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    13. Great! I love journaling! IF only I could find a quilt for journals as I tend to journal in one and then another and have bits and pieces scattered like squares of stories all over my house.

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    14. This is a wonderful post. I usually journal my quiet times and it varies as to what I include. I like to write down what I actually read for accountability's sake. My favorite is copying out the verses that spoke to me. I love how you outlined 5 areas to include in journaling our quiet times.

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    15. GAIL,
      Have tried different times to journal also. I'm a bad writer (penmanship) and get discouraged. Been reading lots of W.PHILLIPS KELLER BOOKS. Don't want to write in the books so Journaling would be better. Will start tomorrow. Love your site. I click on everything. Like a sponge, want to learn so much more.
      Donna

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