2000-08-09 - Using A Spiritual Journal
Spiritual Disciplines Series, Part 5
Originally Published 1997-02-19
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate
on all your works and consider what your hands have done. 6 I spread out
my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
Once after cleaning out a cabinet in my study, I came upon a baby book of
my first child, Morgan. In this book there were lists of firsts for her.
Her first tooth, first Christmas, first crawl, first walk and even her first
haircut were included! Morgan and I sat down and went through the book, and
it was a thrill to reminisce about her early childhood. As we talked about
all the highlights of her life until now, she enjoyed seeing and hearing
about the journey of her life.
A spiritual journal is simply a place to write down the adventures in your
walk with God. This is a very effective discipline by which you can hold
yourself accountable for all the other disciplines, and helps you maintain
daily conversations with Jesus. There are no rules for journaling. If I had
one rule, it would be to be very honest in writing your thoughts down in
the journal. God wants your heart.
Now you are thinking, "Great David. How do I do this?" I have tried several
different ways to journal. What works for me is a simple diary, with the
days of the year and blank pages. What do I write? A very helpful resource,
"The Disciple's Journal" is published by Narrow Road Publishing. This book
is a great year-long bible study and journaling tool. Below are some Prompts
from the book:
See Jesus sitting across from you. What would you say to Him? Write this
Write out one thing you are afraid to tell Jesus. Then tell Him why you have
Meditate on a passage of Scripture, and write down questions -- things about
the passage that you do not understand.
Ask the Lord to tell you how you can know Him better; make this your purpose
during the day. At the end of the day, write down His response to you; describe
Write down prayers and requests. Review these often and see how God has responded
to your prayers.
Write down new insights you have gained from reading the Bible.
Write down anything you like, that is related to your walk with Christ.
I encourage you to start a journal. If you are nervous about writing, remember
that only you and God will ever see this. Just pray and start writing a little
bit from your heart. The more you write, the more natural it will become.
Dear Lord, increase in us a desire to write down our
journey with You so that our minds and hearts may be illuminated with Your
wisdom and Your plan for our life. Help us to grow in YOU. In Jesus' precious
name we pray, Amen.