Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bible Study Tool: Journaling

Over the past few years, I have grown so much in my relationship with God, and a lot of that has to do with intentionally setting out time every day to read his word and talk with Him. My favorite mornings include a cup of coffee and a candle burning while I read God's word and journal through it.


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?


20 comments:

  1. Love your heart. Journaling is something I seem to always want to be better at doing! xx

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  2. You have the best heart out of anyone I know.

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  3. I am sitting here in amazement. You have such a sweet heart and I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog. I think I'll head over and order me a cute notebook too. I love my devotional times, but mine are all messed up. I think I need to start getting up earlier in the mornings to just spend time like this. What an encouragement. Thanks girl.

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  4. this is so great!!! i LOVE journaling & it is something i haven't been doing in the past year or so. i really need to get back into it because it helps so much to just process life & scripture through writing. i also used to write prayers down & think it's so neat to be able to go back & read through it and see how God has been working. this is great! :)

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    1. p.s. i also ordered the wife after God devotional you posted about a few weeks ago.... and i'm excited to start it! :)

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  5. These are all great tips! I love to write my prayers down and see how the Lord answered them. Seeing notebooks on my shelf FULL of the Lord’s hand all over my life just fires me up. Thank you for sharing and encouraging us!

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  6. I love this post, and I feel like we would be just great real life friends! Praise the lord for you using this space to push women to our Father, that is a wonderful and refreshing thing! My mom has always loved journaling so I picked it up early on and still love to look back and see the Lord's good hand through the pages of my journals. So sweet! xo

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  7. I do the same things! I used to find myself struggling with how to pray to God, I found that writing my prayers out like a letter helps me so much! I love your little journal from Tiny Prints!!

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  8. I can never have enough journals! I had no idea you could order them from tiny prints and love how cute & personalized that one is!

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  9. Love journaling! And I love to go back and read the heaviness that was on my heart and it reminds me to pray more for what I'm thankful for!

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  10. I loved this! I am ahuge fan of journaling, as I feel I can really get my prayers to the Lord without getting all scatter brained! I also write down scriptures that I feel the Lord has led me to during my quiet time with Him. Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. I have always wanted to be good at writing my prayers down. Just to have those to go back and look at to see how they were answered or transformed over time. Because I realize that God doesn't work inside my box of expectations or requests and sometimes the answers surprise me. I am good at note taking and journaling through my bible study because it's usually going back through those that drum up unexpected inspiration in me.

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  12. I love this--you've inspired me to start actually writing my prayers down!

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  13. I love the idea of writing down the names/needs when you tell people you'll pray for them. It's SO easy to tell people "I'll pray for you" and you legitimately have every intention of doing so, but we forget! If it's written down, we won't. great idea - and great post!

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  14. I used to be so good about journaling and got out of it. I think I really want to get back into it!

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  15. I like to try different things. Variety keeps things fresh. So I will often stick with a practice for a number of months or years, then switch it up. Some methods I have used: Daily examen (review of the day, noticing feelings and what they say about my spiritual condition, prayer about whatever is revealed through the examination). Recording how I see God at work around me. Taking notes on inductive Bible study. Recording prayers (both written out and drawn--Praying in Color is in interesting book on this topic. Zentangle books also provide inspiration for drawing prayers.)

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  16. I've completely found that writing really helps me with paying attention and remembering what I read and hear from God during quiet times of study. I didn't do it for quite a while, but the minute I started back to bringing my notebook and pen along with my Bible, I found it so much easier to remember what I was reading from one day to the next.

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  17. This is such a great post. I write out my prayers too b/c I tend to stay on track that way. I also love to write prayers as well. I love that verse on your journal.

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  18. I love that notebook! Journalling is by far the most effective and fulfilling method I've ever used while reading the Bible and praying. I have a sketch book that I try to fill one page a day in. Sometimes I fill it with doodles as I think or lists of things/people I'm praying for/about and some times I just re-write scripture or lyrics to worship songs/hymns.

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