Do you cringe at the idea of writing in a journal regularly? Are you quick to say, “Not me. I couldn’t do that.”
Journaling doesn’t have to be elaborate pages of writing. There are treasured opportunities in journaling that come in small ways.
One of my friends keeps a hospitality journal. She records the menus she served, who attended her luncheons and dinners, and a few thoughts about the event and the recipes. (She often tried new recipes and some were a hit, and others never saw her oven againJ) Her journal reminds her of friends who have crossed her paths over the years and how she lives out her gift of practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
Years ago, a speaker challenged us to keep a journal of contentment, moving us away from complaints and negativity. The apostle Paul reminds us that “godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6 NIV) A few sentences recording moments of contentment in challenging situations and struggles, is a way of changing our perspective and building our faith.
I keep journals about my grandchildren and the sweet times I spend with them. I may write a prayer for their first day of school, a funny comment they used when I talked with them by phone, or how one of them is now taller than I am. Each time I write, Proverbs 17:6a (NIV) “children’s children are a crown to the aged…” speaks to my heart.
I received a five-year gratitude journal as a gift. There are just a few lines for each year and I am now in my third year recording thankfulness. When I record each day, I look at the previous years. The journal serves as a reminder of what I may have forgotten. At the sight of a beautiful red cardinal on my deck, or a sunrise each morning, my sentences of gratitude point to the faithfulness of God in small things which are really big things. Give thanks to the God of heaven…(Psalm 136:26a AMP)
Do any of these speak to your interests and needs? Perhaps today marks your inspiration to begin in a small way.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…
Zechariah 4:10a NLT
Please share your comments. I’d love to hear from you—how and what you journal, how it is an extraordinary treasure to you, or if you began journaling today.