Ever feel like you just have to get your feelings out on paper? Like you just need to get your thoughts together?
I know exactly what that’s like! I love writing, so keeping a journal has been super exciting for me. However, it’s not always as easy as it seems at first.
There are two main problems that most people face when keeping a journal.
1. They can’t seem to keep up with it.
2. It sounds like a drama-filled soap-opera.
Keeping a record of your thoughts, feelings, and lessons learned can be very beneficial, but if your journal becomes a place of negativity and secrets, it can lead you to focus only on all of the drama in your life.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s fine to write down personal things. In fact, for many people, writing is their ‘safe place’. However, it can become discouraging and distracting if your entries are filled with negative elements, your latest crush, or how much you dislike someone.
On the other hand, writing can be very encouraging and beneficial, if done in an uplifting way.
I personally keep a journal that I write in every evening and it has been a way for me to relax and organize my thoughts, as well as an encouragement when I realize that God is working in my life, even through tough situations.
So, here’s how to keep a fun and faith-filled journal!
1. Pick out a cute notebook/journal.
This is important for y’all!
How are you ever going to enjoy writing if you don’t like the notebook you have? I suggest picking one that goes along with your personality and would make you want to write in it.
I like color, so my journal is a mixture of colors. Plus, I use colorful pens to keep my entries cheery and encouraging.
Picking out a cute journal is super fun! Maybe you could get some of your friends together and pick them out together!
2. Set a certain time to write.
It can be hard to keep up with writing if you just can’t find the time (I know from the many journaling experiences I’ve tried to start). That’s why I finally decided to make a certain time my journaling time.
I’ve personally found that the evening works best for me. My day has just ended and I’ve had a lot to think about. That’s when I can sit down, take out my notebook and pens, and start writing about my life.
Because I’ve set a certain time to write and have disciplined myself to stick with it, I haven’t missed a day since I started writing earlier this year!
For you it might be mornings, the middle of the day, evening, or maybe just certain days a week, but I encourage you to pick out a good time to reflect on what’s going on and write about it.
3. Decide what to write about.
Okay, here’s where it gets a little tricky. What you write determines what you fill your mind with and what you choose to focus on.
Keeping your journal faith-filled when your mind goes straight to all the drama can be difficult sometimes. No fear! You can still write about your life and things that are going on in a God-honoring way!
I don’t just write about random things. I write about what God is teaching through everything that goes on. That is what made the difference for me.
Usually I start out with a Bible verse at the beginning of my entry to get my focus on what God says. Then I just start writing about what’s going on in my life and how God is working in me.
Sometimes my entries are about what God taught me through a certain experience that day and others are about trusting God when I don’t understand why something is happening.
You don’t have to know all the right, Christian words to write. Just write about what you’re going through and focus on how God is working it all out.
You’re not always going to understand why things are happening, but you can remind yourself that God sees the ‘big picture’. He has your best interest at heart.
Keeping a faith-filled journal has been an amazing encouragement to me.
At the end of each entry, I write out a prayer. I know that, whatever happens, God is faithful and strong and He is always here for me.
I hope you find the same encouragement that I’ve found by keeping God at the center of what you write about.
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!
Do you keep a journal?
What has helped you keep your entries faith-filled, yet still fun?