September 3, 2016

Psalm 42

I love the Psalms. I love the way they tell the story of days when God feels close and days when the psalmist feels distant. They tell stories of days full of praise and adoration for our God, and days when the only words are uttered through tears. I believe David was a “journaler.” That’s probably not a word, but that’s what I call people who like to journal. Some love to write their thoughts and their prayers, while others are completely intimidated or turned off by the concept. Journaling has been an integral part of my spiritual journey. I love to go back and read thoughts and prayers and see how God has moved. Often we are unaware of how God answers prayers because we do not document our pleas. Journaling also helps me stay focused during my time with God. Documenting thoughts and questions helps my mind to sit with concepts. It helps me meditate on Scripture. Journaling has been a great outlet for me.

Today’s App
I encourage you to give journaling a try in your time alone with God. Here are some ways you can use it:

· write out your prayers like a letter
· make lists of prayer requests
· use the journal alongside your Bible to write down questions, thoughts, and observations of Scripture
· draw pictures to interpret Scripture
· take your journal to church to take notes in during the sermon (Our preacher gives us an outline in the worship guide so we can follow along easily! You retain more of what you hear if you write it down.)

There are journals everywhere—the Dollar Spot at Target, Barnes and Noble (which has great Moleskine journals I love), Christian bookstores, and Hobby Lobby. A cheap spiral or composition notebook will also do the trick. Give it a try for 6 months and see what you think.