reasons to journal your faith
I've gone through sketchbook and sketchbook and filled all the pages, but when it comes to journals I've never gotten all the way through one. Or really even close. Maybe I would fill up 10 pages, but quickly lose interest and move on to another one a few months down the road because the past one was gathering dust in some forgotten place.
Over spring break in 2014 I bought a journal @ an art museum in Chattanooga and I decided I wanted to go all the way through. Write through the whole thing, and finish it.
Well, I'm officially done, and the back cover fell off (if you can tell from the pictures...oops), the pages are messy, but I have poured my heart & a whole lot of ink into the pages.
It started out as a doodling and random writing kind of thing. I have entries from my trip to Chicago, when I was still saving for my camera, the first night I went to youth group I currently go to, inspiration cut-outs, quotes from books I've read in the past two years, New Years resolutions, notes from a retreat, a meaningful card taped in the back cover, notes on me wanting to start a blog. Oh, the memories.
My journal (and bible) quickly became so much more as soon as I was encouraged to take notes. I had never taken notes at youth before, so at first it surprised me and I didn't think much of it. I mean, it helped me pay attention and I could look back at it throughout the week.
Now, I can retrace the lessons, prayer requests, and thoughts that I had over the past year simply by flipping through the pages. I'm reminded of so many amazing lessons I've had where leaders have poured into me the Good News and ways to improve my relationship with Christ. And, I can see all the ways that praying has done so much for the requests of all the girls in my small group and me.
And even more, I love being able to retrace through the pages the lessons that have influenced my faith so much. I can see as I turn the pages the steps in my faith I took and how my faith has been formed more strongly through lessons and memories.
The thing is, it's really not the journal that's changed my life or faith. It's not the writing, the pages, the book, but there's one thing for sure. These pages show me how it was Jesus and a relationship with him that changed me. But filling my journal has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I couldn't encourage you more to try it and see if once you get all the way through you can look back on how your faith changed!