Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Journaling

Elizabeth at Study Quiet has been posting on a favorite of mine - journaling. For those of you who know me well, I love to journal. I can never get my hands on enough of them (I currently own 10).

I don't know about you, but I love to snuggle up on a cozy day, with a saucer of tea and write endlessly. Sometimes I digest the days events, write a not-so-mini-novel or start a blog post. My journals are the spaces I use to think. It's where I process everything. I am a visual learner - I have to see it to experience or understand something. For me, writing in a journal is essential for me to analyze and properly think through things in my mind.

Elizabeth also covered another important aspect in journaling. It's one thing to have a doodle journal for personal thoughts and musings. But there's another aspect of journaling I also enjoy - recording my walk with God. Elizabeth says,

Our minds are constantly being renewed into the image of Christ. We change over time. Priorities shift. A journal can capture this spiritual journey and show us where we still need to grow to become more like Jesus.

I have several spiritual journals including a prayer journal, a scripture verse journal and one that records what God has been teaching me lately (yes, you could call me a journal junkie). As I look over my spiritual journals over the years, I am constantly amazed at how much I've grown and how many prayers have been answered. I recently found a quote by Erica Jong that says,

"When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish. I think it's a wonderful way to spend one's life."

For me, the time seems to dissipate and when I write about what my Savior has done and my admiration and enthusiasim for serving Him grows as each word is penned into my journal.

Have you benefitted from journaling? Why or why not?

Related posts -Mrs. Early at Semicolon has a post on writing that I enjoyed. She talks about the different types of writing for journals.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Heidi said...

*smiles* yes, I love to journal as well, and it certainly has benefitted me. I tend to write all sorts of different things...the trivial as well as the very deep, and hte spiritual and quotes and verses and eveyrtrhing into one!

Journals also really help with my memory problems...=P

September 12, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger Hannahlee said...

Ooo yes, I love journaling! I think I have about 8 journals so far, not quite sure. But you're right, Kristin, writing in mine helps me remember, really understand my thoughts, laugh, *and* it improves my writing skills. :) I've never kept a prayer journal, but I should start one! As far as stories goes I'm afraid that after all these years I've only come up with one decent plot. ;) Maybe someday I'll write it down, though. Anywho... thanks for sharing your thoughts on journaling!

September 12, 2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Carey said...

I've been journaling since the age of thirteen and now have an entire shelf full of journals. It's incredible to see just how far the Lord has brought me. Chronicles of your spriritual journey with the Lord are priceless.

September 12, 2006 6:13 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Yes! Journaling has definitley helped me. I started before I was 10 -- mainly because my older sister did and I wanted to be just like her. But now I am on my 13 journal. Writing helps me think issues and things I am struggling with. And what a wonderful record to have of what the Lord has done in my life in the past years.

September 13, 2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger Carey said...

BTW, everyone, today is Hannah's 16th birthday!

September 14, 2006 5:08 PM  

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