I have been journalling now for over 20 years. I think it has been a critical ingredient in my christian life. As I talk to people in leadership, I am surprised at how many DON'T journal.
1. It is like talking to another person. I find that sometimes talking to someone else helps to clarify issues & situations. If the issue is private & personal, then it is great to journal it. Also journalling about it over a few days or weeks can really help come to some clarification, answers & action points.
2. Journalling captures the issues, concerns, fears, attitudes & bad thinking patterns on the page! This is huge. Our minds can go round & round & round over a hurt, issue or wrong thinking that can be destructive. Remember that our emotions FOLLOW our thinking. In other words, from our thinking, come our emotions, which in turn causes actions. That's good if our thinking is good, but if it is negative or destructive in some way our emotions will be effected and this can lead to wrong actions. So to interrupt stinking thinking journalling is a key. There are times I write out whole prayers.
3. I often receive preaching messages, ideas & revelation while journalling. If we let the theater of our imagination run, where will it take you? While journaling I go to all sorts of wonderful places in God, dreaming, imagining & planning. I also capture those thoughts on a page. This enables me to process them - pray about them and see what God says in it all.
People often say as I did when I began, "What do you write". Sometimes you need to prime the pump to get it started. I began by asking questions,
"What did I do yesterday?
How did I feel yesterday went?
What am I enjoying today?
What can I give thanks for today?
What are my major concerns at this time?
What is God saying to me about these?"
-Disappointments are able to be de-cluttered.
-Untruths are brought out into the light.
-Truths are uncovered.
-Misbelieves are uncovered.
-Sadness is captured & held long enough to ask the appropriate questions.
-Gladness is celebrated.
-Difficulties, are able to be spoken about freely & easily.
-It gives counsel.
-Dreams are nurtured.
-Questions are answered.
-Revelation is recorded.
-It brings self-awareness.
-My thinking is checked.
-Prayers are recorded & re-prayed.
-It uncovers heartache & brings healing.
-Perspectives are clarified.
-Messages from God are saved.
-Insights are gained & captured.
-The future is discovered & imagined.
-God ideas come to the surface.
So why wouldn't you begin Journalling! Believe me if I can do it, anyone can...