What Is Journaling for Faith?

Like journaling in the counseling setting, journaling to grow in faith allows you to examine and record your thoughts. Yet journaling for faith goes a step further. You process those thoughts not only to gain clarity but also to grow in a deeper relationship with God and experience His healing.

In other words, journaling is a tool that God uses to help you grow in faith … hence the name of this site, journaling4faith.

Just  as capturing an image on your cell phone allows you to study it by taking a closer look at its details, journaling for faith helps you capture your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in words … take a closer look as you bring them to God … and then listen as He shows you what to do next.

journalJournaling to Grow in Faith is Not New

Habakkuk, a courageous Old Testament prophet, grieved at both the Hebrews’ rebellion and God’s plan to judge them. He served as God’s mouthpiece of conviction and encouragement to the people. Habakkuk dialogued back and forth with God, seeking to understand the Lord’s justice while rejoicing in His grace. 

God’s poignant instructions to the prophet offer us a beautiful journaling blueprint we can use today:

“Write the revelation, make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”
(Habakkuk 2:2)

A 3-Step Blueprint to Journaling For Faith

1. Write it

“Write the revelation.”

God commanded that Habakkuk write down the revelation he received from God to the people, including both words of judgment and words of grace. In journaling, you capture and write down what God reveals to you about your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and conflicts.

2. Make it plain

“Make it plain.”

“Make it plain” means to explain clearly. It may be tempting to censor your thoughts as your journal. Yet recording ideas freely, without personal editing, allows you to unmask truths in your soul. It is at that point which you can ask God to give you clarity and to show you the next step. You needn’t make entire sense of your words immediately. In fact, clarity often comes in re-reading a journal entry after days, weeks, or even months.

3. Be open to the next step

“So he may run who reads it.”

God’s revelation to Habakkuk foretold good news of Judah’s coming deliverance from its enemy. That good news encouraged and equipped the people as they moved forward. Likewise, God uses your journal entries to speak His wisdom into your life. As you write, re-read, listen, and pray, let God be your partner in determining your next steps.