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The Gift of Journaling

A tool you can use to serve God in a greater way.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 12:11

God kept laying an old promise He gave me long ago on my heart.  At first it confused me why it would be on my mind at this time so I ignored it.  Before long, I couldn’t stand it anymore and decided to grab an old journal that would most likely have the promise written in it.  I never found what I was looking for but I did find a lot of laughter and encouragement.

I spent over an hour reading entries that I had completely forgotten about.  I was encouraged by some of them because of what God had taught me since then.  I laughed at how ignorant and immature I was.  It was an hour worth having.

Every once in awhile I will grab an old prayer or bible journal and read entries in those.  I am usually encouraged to trust God even more because of things God had done in my past.  One thing I’ve learned is that these pages where actually my testimony. 

They were my past. 

I then realized that testimonies are one of the greatest tools to combat fear and distrust because they caused me to look to Christ in my current struggles because of what He had done in my life already.

Journaling has become a new goal of mine no matter how short or long the writing takes.  I want to capture these moments so that down the road I can look back and see what God has done.  When I found out a friend of mine wanted to do the same thing, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to get some accountability.  She agreed and it has been a big motivation to make sure it gets done at least once a week.

For me personally, journaling has become a tool I can use to serve God in a greater way because it helps me trust Him with my future.  It helps me to rest in His love and obey Him with a more willing heart.

Journaling doesn’t have to be done at night.  You can do it whenever you have the free time and feel like writing. Doing this at night could help you lay down your burdens before God and pray about what happened that day.  If you don’t want to make the commitment to write every night, perhaps once a week would work better for you; whichever you choose, make it your own and have fun with it.

Do you have a journal of your own?  I’d love to know how it has blessed you! 

Listen to episode #35 on the Be Still and Run by Alli Anne podcast using your favorite platform.

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