Journalling is such a great tool for really getting the most out of my time I spend in the word. I think I process things best by writing, which is why I love blogging! There are a lot of different ways to use your journal to help you with your bible study, and I am going to share how I use journals in my devotional time. You might use yours different, and everything I do might not work for you. These are just some ideas to get you started, but I hope you find what works best for you!
I ordered this adorable notebook from Tiny Prints. They have a huge selection of customizable notebooks. I included one of my favorite scripture verses on mine, "Let all that you do be done in love" as a reminder to myself. A reminder to showing the love of Christ with every word I speak, every thought I think, and through my actions. I love that this notebook is personalized to me, and there is just something great about writing in a really cute notebook that makes it writing more enjoyable. Or is that just me?
The first way I use journals is as a running prayer list. When I tell someone, "I'll pray for you," I want to actually pray for them. The easiest way for me to keep my word is to keep a list. I always pray for Ronnie, and our marriage, and then I add to this list things people in my life ask for prayer for and whatever else God lays on my heart to pray for. I use this list as a reminder. Somedays I will work through the list in my prayer time, other days I will just pick one or two things off it per day.
I also use this journal as an actual prayer journal. I write out my prayers to God. This is seriously SUCH a rewarding thing to look back on months, or even years later to see all the ways God has answered prayer. Sometimes, when I am stuck in fear or am anxious about something, I can look back and see just how faithful God is to me. I am reminded that God always comes through for me in ways I wouldn't be if I didn't have a tangible journal full of my prayers to look back on.
This is what the majority of my jounrals get filled up with. I write out my feelings, my thoughts, my fears all to God and then just lay them at His feet, knowing he is in control and has never made a promise He didn't keep.
Finally, I use this to jot down scripture and really process it. I posted last week my reflection/devotional on Psalm 130 and I started by just writing out the scripture, and then ended up breaking it down on verses that just stuck out to me. Sometimes this will send me off in a writing tangent, really breaking down what the verse means and how I can apply it to my life, and other times, just writing it in my journal helps me remember and reflect on that truth.
Those are just a few ways that I personally use journalling to help me while I am studying the bible and praying. If you use a journal for your quiet time with God, what do you fill it up with? Do you write your prayers, write down scripture, or answer devotional questions?