I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore at LSU and it was a beautiful spring day. After class, I left my sorority house and took a walk around the lake that was right along sorority row. But I didn’t get far; I ended up sitting by a tree.
It was there that I placed my faith in Christ.
After that big moment, I walked back to my sorority house and pulled out a yellow steno notepad. On it, I described what had just happened in a letter to God. For me, that moment instilled a life-long habit.
This year, I celebrated my 19th “Jesus Birthday” on March 15 – the day when I surrendered my life to Christ and placed my faith in Him to rescue me from my sins.
One of my traditions each year is to write in a special journal that I only write in on that day. By having a book of “snapshots,” it allows me to look back over my walk with the Lord in a unique way.
It helps me see the ways that God’s Spirit in me is producing growth over time.
Journaling has become one of the ways that I best connect with God. Journaling helps me to persevere in the journey I’m on with Christ and it also helps me to open up to God. It helps me to be more honest with God and with myself.
Here are a few benefits to journaling:
Here are a few tips when journaling:
If you haven’t tried journaling, give it a try today. Maybe it will help your heart connect more deeply with the God who loves you far more than you realize. I certainly didn’t realize that spring day when I wrote my thoughts to God that writing to Him would be one of the ways my heart best connects with my Savior.
God doesn’t fear your doubt or reject you because of your doubt. We invite you to journey with a God who embraces you as you doubt.
As the mother of small children, I nursed a familiar feeling of dread each morning. I found time early in the morning to be alone with God. Somehow, my discipline became an exercise in making myself worthy of entering God’s presence. One day, God interrupted my efforts.
Christians tend to fear doubt because they believe doubt is a road-block to deep faith. The truth is that doubt often leads to faith.
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