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Why Journal?

There are plenty of good reasons not to journal. Maybe you feel you don’t have the words to describe what’s going through your mind … you may be afraid to put pen to paper because it may sound “dumb” or “stupid” … you may be concerned your journal won’t remain private and someone might read what you’ve written …

Or worse, you mistakenly believe there’s no good reason to journal.

It’s easy to not journal when we mistake what journaling is – and what it isn’t.

What Journaling Is … and Isn’t

Journaling is not about writing. It’s not about words.

Journaling is what happens to you as you write the words. It is a result of the process.

Words are simply a tool – the means – in that process.

Do this quick experiment: take a few minutes to think about the stream of chatter in your mind. You may even write down a few words for each thought that passes through. You can call this experiment, “Why I can’t journal.” It may go something like this:

Journaling: I can’t. I tried it before [that leads you to think …]
I’ve tried other things before, too [that leads you to think …]
I tried tennis once [that leads you to think …]
I fell and split my knee; I got my first stitches [that leads you to think …]
That was really embarrassing [that leads you to think …]
I got over the embarrassment when [fill in the blank] …

Don’t look now … you just journaled about your <gasp!> feelings of shame and embarrassment. You did it by capturing your thoughts, one by one, in short, simple phrases.

The words themselves were fairly simple. More meaningful was the process of tracing what happened to you

Why Journal? To Capture Your Thoughts

You’ve heard the expression, “You can’t see the forest for the trees” – meaning it’s easy to get hung up on details that you miss the main point.

Words are the trees. We get hung up on them. You want to see the forest. Lots of times all we can see are trees. Journaling helps you get the “trees” recorded on paper so you can stand back and look at the “forest.

What Happens When You Capture Your Thoughts

There are a few among us who can grab a pen and notebook and pour out thoughts right away.  But most of us need a little help from a friend along the way.

That’s where this site – Journaling4Faith – comes in. We give you a series of fun, simple activities. You use these activities to help you capture your thoughts, feelings, and ideas on paper.

These activities are called “prompts” because they prompt you, inspire you, encourage you, or urge you forward. They are appropriate for any life situation. You can use them during a struggle, challenge, victory, celebration – even during a desert experience or when you’re marking time in a period of status quo.

These prompts meet you where you are and help you capture your thoughts, no matter what your season of life or where you find yourself.

As you capture your thoughts on paper, a few things happen.

  • You get clarity. Rather than your thoughts continuing to swirl around in your mind, journaling helps you bring them into focus. You’ll record reactions, perceptions and internal experiences. Processing releases tension, too.
  • You learn. Information you learn from journaling leads to discovery, whether it’s about yourself, your relationships, your life situation, or about boundaries to set to be healthy.
  • You gain depth. As you review your journal entries you’ll discover similar themes. That kind of self-awareness builds a hunger for more understanding. You’ll find you push yourself to move forward another step.

The Key Is in the Prompts

Prompts take away our greatest hindrances in journaling: fear of writing and fear of eating up too much time. Use a prompt once a day or a few times a week. You’ll see how easy it is. You won’t get bored. And these prompts will guide you to capture your thoughts so you can study them and then act on them.

Plus, our prompts are fun.

Why journal? It’s not to write. It’s to capture your thoughts so you can use them.

Get started today. And let us know how you’re doing!