Day 5 / Write it Down (pages 37-41)
My ah-ha from today’s reading:
“Journaling is one of the most overlooked and undervalued spiritual disciplines.”
Here’s the deal – I’m doing 3 types of journaling currently (mainly because I’m weird):
#1 – Writing in a normal journal book. This is where I write down “conversations” with God. Kinda like I’m writing Him a letter. I don’t necessarily do this everyday.
#2 – Index card journaling. I have always done this. Even before the War Room movie. I just love me some index cards!! I keep them in my purse, in my car, on my night stand. Now that I’ve created my war room, I’m taping them to the wall.
Recently, I decided to find a verse I want to pray over each person in our family and the main areas of our lives. I wrote them down on cards and taped them to the wall so I see them every day.
There was no special formula. I just kept flipping the Bible. I like to do that. Just see where I land. I did keep searching until I found what I wanted for each one of us.
I plan to keep each of these for a year. For the people – I’ll change those out on everyone’s birthday. For the others, I’ll change them out in the New Year.
Won’t it be cool to give my kids a collection of verses I prayed over them when they grow up??
I also included verses for our church and for my writing.
I pulled out my prayer journal from the last time we did this 40 Day Challenge and found a list I made of what I want God to do in my life (If you’ve read the Circle Maker, Mark talks about doing this).
My list is still very relevant. I tore it out of my journal and added it to the wall. Note – I like to write dates on entries. It’s cool to go back and know when you wrote something.
#3 – Bullets in a daily planner. This is new for me and I just started last week. I had a planner I bought that I’m not crazy about carrying around each day – it’s kind of bulky. Instead of letting it sit and be wasted, I decided to start making bullet points on each day’s entry of what God brings to mind, specific people that have asked me to pray, etc. More than anything, I feel like I’m using this planner as an accountability tool to record my time with God. I don’t want to let a day go by with a blank space. This helps me stay on track.
You could do this with any old planner – the dates don’t even have to be correct. Just mark out the date and write over it 🙂
How about you? Have you ever kept a journal? What do you write? Any ideas or suggestions you can share with our group to encourage others?
You can always respond directly to the daily text message/email and your message will go to my inbox (not everyone in the group).