If you were to rumage through my drawers right now, you’d find too many journals to count. Needless to say, I’m a bit journal obsessed…
Recently, I was asked how I journal my Bible reading. It seemed like a lot to explain in one text, so I thought it would make a great blog post!
If you don’t journal, here are a few reasons why I think you should start!
1.) Journaling is a great way to communicate with God!
Although it isn’t the only way to communicate with God, journaling can be a helpful tool. Through journaling, you can express thoughts, questions and praises to God. Some people even write out their prayers! In short, journaling is yet another way to spend time and communicate with God.
2.) Journaling allows you to be creative!
If you love to exercise your creative freedom, journaling is for you. Journaling can add a creative flare to your reading. You can doodle, sketch and be as sloppy or as precise as you’d like!
Next are a few things you need to do BEFORE you start to journal…
1.) Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
First, remember what you’re doing. We need to remember that we are getting into the presence of the Most High. It’s beautiful and should be honored. Take the first few minutes to pray and ask Him to help you, clear distractions and ask the Holy Spirit for His understanding.
2.) Make sure you’re in a quiet place where you can concentrate.
Our time with the Lord, whether journaling or not, won’t be as fruitful if we’re distracted. Determine a time in your day where you can sit by yourself, in the quiet and seek the Lord with your everytihng.
NOW HERE ARE MY JOURNALING TIPS! GRAB YOUR JOURNAL!
Tip #1: Who, What, Where, When, Why
WHO: Write down who wrote the book and the main characters of the passage. WHAT: Write down the topic/theme of the passage. WHERE: Where does this pasage take place? WHEN: What time was this written? (Dates help with context.) WHY: Why did the author write this? Why did God think this was important? (You can find most of this info in a study Bible!)
Tip #2: Write down words/phrases that jump out to you.
If you see a word that sticks out you, write it down. Personally, I like to look for key words & phrases within a verse and I write those down. Once you write those words down, figure out which words you know and look up the ones you don’t. This can help you determine the overall meaning of a passage.
Tip #3: Draw visuals if that helps you.
Are you a visual learner? I am far from a great drawer, but I like to doodle while I journal. If there’s a word, phrase or location that sticks out to you — draw it! If you’re visual or artistic, this may help you remember and solidify the info.
Tip #4: Are there implications for my life within this verse/passage? If so, what are they and how can I apply them to my life?
This last tip may be the most important. We need to remember that reading the Bible just isn’t about us — it’s about learning more about GOD. So, when we read & journal, we need to ask the Holy Spirit illuminate our hearts and minds. Write down the implications/the things we are called to do from the verse you read. Once you’ve done your research, it’s important to realize what the verse has to say about who God is. Then, we need to realize what God is calling us to do!
Journaling gets so much easier if you’re consistent. Remember that everyone does it differently and it’s important to find a method that works for you. Most of all, the purpose of journaling is to help you study, know & apply the Word.
Again, I want to stress that journaling is a tool. It’s not vital to your salvation, nor should it be held higher than reading the Bible. It should always be dealt with carefully and made sure that the Bible isn’t misinterpreted.
If you try journaling out, tag me in a story or picture on Instagram (@miss_tara_sun)! I’d love to see it 💗
My prayer is that your adventure into journaling only increases your love for the Lord!