Monday, 21 August 2017

Do You Even Journal?

When was the last time you wrote down your honest thoughts? Silent prayers? Too-big-to-discuss-dreams? Frustrations? etc. When last did you put pen to paper to document happenings in your life? When last did you see life as a miracle? I don't know but there is just something about reading old journals and laughing over things you wrote, or seeing prayers you penned to God answered, or even that last heart-break you fought day by day to keep your head over water that is now a laughable memory. I've come to understand that writing has tremendous power.

Research claims that there is a strong connection between mindfulness and happiness. The more you write, the more you learn and experience yourself differently, increase your emotional intelligence and gain a deeper understanding of God. Journaling also brings you into a space of mental organisation, with improved communication skills too (because you use words when you write. See?!) I haven't been a consistent "journaler" for many reasons. One reason I can think of is I have this IRRATIONAL fear of dying, and someone reading vulnerable moments in my life I never vocalised. When I journaled seriously, I would write very vaguely and abstractly that only I as the writer could tell you the meaning behind it LOL. Maybe I need to get back there. On the flip side, I understand that just maybe when this appointment with death comes, and I have my dreams and visions and plans written down, there just be that person that will turn these written down plans to living memorials in my honor.

Anyone who reads Psalms can see David's honest and vulnerable "journal" to God that we keep on reading today. Maybe my daughter can just learn a thing or two about the healthy pattern of journaling and not putting all her business on social media?! (Because the way this technological age is set up....Whatever the case, I'm just getting to a place where I need to have things written down for organisation and memory. I want to actively be able to "count my blessings" day by day come December 31st. I want to measurably take stock of my progress. I want to know that my dreams indeed came to life. I want to remember.

Jeremiah 30:2 "This is what the Lord, the God if Israel says: write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah."

Psalm 102:18 "Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD."

Journaling isn't the same as keeping a diary, in the sense that diaries just chronicle the activities of the day. Journaling documents LESSONS learned along the day, prayers in your heart and things God is placing in you. Journaling is the art of pulling away for some time during the day to share a moment between you and the Father. Journaling is discipline. I dare you to begin. I dare you to dust your abandoned journal and continue. I dare you.

Join me as we elevate to the level of journaling.
I love you--Mean it.

Favor O. A