I am all about seeing the parallels in life through peeking into the past in my writing! Typically, I have never been the type to journal my feelings, but instead, I would write stories with common plot and conflict to what was happening in my life.
Now, I found a better way to talk about my feelings in a healthy way and combine my love for Jesus and growing my relationship with Him.
I write letters.
That may sound silly for a grown woman to do, but think about it. We are having conversations with God when we pray similar to a letter because we pray and wait for his answer. Sometimes it’s quick, other times it’s a lesson in patience. God remembers every word of every one of our prayers. Being human, I do not that that luxury and I forget the majority of what I have prayed so passionately about. When I write letters, it doesn’t have to be formal and stiff. I imagine I am writing to the same God that I talk to all the time. He loves me more than I could ever imagine!
So, relax, Baby Girl! That’s your heavenly Daddy!
When I can look back at the letters I have written, I can see how specifically God answered my prayers down to all the little details. To me, that is such a form of praise to be able to physically look and read something you wrote and how God heard, listened, and answered! His answers vary, of course, because I do not know what is in store for God’s divine plan for me. Sometimes, when I look back, I can see how God majorly saved me from heartache and tough situations by shutting doors and telling me, “no!” He knew that I was settling for what was NOT God’s best in life, school, friendships, relationships, and my outlook in life. He had to show me that I am worthy of so much more before I could accept the blessings that He had set aside for me. What a great lesson on trusting God’s judgement over my own!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Another great technique is to take bible study or devotional notes in that same journal! When writing your letter, you can look back at your sermon notes and pray about all the content you forgot about or shoved to the back of your mind because you were busy. I feel like this is a much better way to remember what I learned, so I can actually apply it to my life instead of hoping it seeps into my subconscious and suddenly changes my life. Hah!
Does anyone else just suddenly think of a word, a feeling, or a verse? It kinda just hits you and you’re not at all sure why. For me, I know that is God whispering something crucial to me. I write those down too because it ties in with life and God’s plan somehow! Why would I pass that up?
MOST IMPORTANTLY, I write all of this in chronological order with dates. If you feel like getting fancy, you can make a table of contents at the front with themes of your prayers, dates, feelings, and more! This is your journal and your relationship with Jesus! This is just what works for me and may work for you too!