By: Kristen Pettaway, MA Student at Liberty University; Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC
When times get complicated for me I have often found relief in writing down my thoughts and feelings. Often times it brings out many emotions that I have been unable to share with anyone else. Journaling is personal yet profound. Journaling it is a form of expressing oneself on paper that can be easier than talking face to face with someone. The paper does not care who you are or where you come from. The paper is there simply to be a tool used to obtain mindfulness. To release built up feelings and emotions.
Journaling is powerful. Journaling can take just a few minutes or as much time as it takes to complete a thought. There are no rules. No judgement. No obligation to journaling. The only thing needed is writing material, a quiet place, and a desire to express yourself.
(Start at 60 writers, 2017)
Journaling is a way to:
- Express your Fears
- Express your Emotions
- Express your Dreams and Desires
- Acknowledge your failures
- Document your prayers
- Document your Goals
- Document your Decisions
- Record your thoughts
Some people use alcohol, drugs, sex, even religion as a way to escape from feeling. Some use all of these in combination in order not to feel. Journaling is a way to find relief without causing self-harm or causing harm to others. Through Journaling you can commune with God by pouring out and calling out to Him. Through journaling burdens and yolks are lifted.
A Spiritual journey through journaling happens when you look back over your life and realize how far you have come. Your Spiritual journey can be both rewarding and daunting at the same time. By keeping a journal you can revisit it at any time to survey where you are currently, your accomplishments and goals yet to accomplish.
Revisit your journal often to track:
- How you concurred your fears
- How you managed your emotions
- How you accomplished your Dreams and Desires
- How you regrouped and moved past your failures
- When God Answered your Prayers
- When you accomplished that Goal
- If the decisions you made were helpful
- how your thinking and behavior have changed
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
(Christianbook.com, LLC, 2017)
Journaling helps identify areas in which to focus your attention. Journaling helps put your thoughts, feelings, behavior, and spirituality in alignment with the will of God. Your Spiritual journey through journaling is a powerful tool of self-awareness and future endeavors.
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