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Writing in a journal is not required to be a Christian, but it really can enhance the study of the Bible. Not only can it help in Bible Study, but it can be a reminder of what you’ve journeyed through in your Christian walk. Better than that, it can help you remember what God has done for you.
You can write your thoughts. You can write a scripture that inspires you. You can write a “Sermon” or teaching that the Lord lays on your heart. You can take notes from what you hear in church in your journal.
A journal is not necessarily a fancy book, although it certainly can be. Some journals are just a notebook that never gets the pages torn out. Sometimes having a nice looking book can help encourage you to journal. Fancy or plain, a record of what you’ve studied or thought or experienced is sometimes more valuable than money to you in the future. It could carry you through a rough time in your life.
Sometimes a dream that God gave you is very important to write down. If you have a peculiar dream, it is important to write it down as soon as you get a chance. If you later realize it is from God, the details will be important as you find its interpretation. The fact that Pharoah dreamed of fat and skinny cows really made a big difference when it came to interpretation. Cows just eating cows could mean that there is just cannibalism in the land.
Sometimes, if you learned what a word means, you might write down every verse you find with that word in it. It can enhance the things you already know and it gives you a bigger picture of God. Also, you can draw pictures or doodles in a journal. You can do a combination of words and pictures. You can write song lyrics in your journal that have meant a lot to you. Clip articles from newspapers or magazines and paste them in your journal. Possibilities are vast.
In today's world, keeping a digital journal may be easier for some people. It is certainly more compact. One can journal using any word processor and save it to his or her device or computer. This can be private or print and share experiences. Some people journal on social networking sites as notes. If you tweet, all that you tweet is public and you can reflect on your life from various status updates and tweets. Some people blog as a journal and others do photo journals. What ever form of digital journal you choose, first decide if it is public or private, then look at the possibilities of where to journal. I have actually used the voice recorder on my phone to capture thoughts or even songs that I have written so that I can go back and find them again. This is private, but can be considered a journal.
Jeremiah 30:1 CEV
1 The LORD God of Israel said, "Jeremiah, get a scroll and write down everything I have told you."
Worksheet Lesson 5.0
T/F Writing in a journal is every Christian’s duty.
T/F Writing in a journal may enhance your Bible study time.
T/F There is no wrong way to journal.
T/F Digital journaling is always public.
Purchase a notebook or journal or revive an old one this week and write in it with your Bible reading 3 times this week. Do not limit yourself. If you find that you enjoy journaling, do it daily. Look into some preprinted journals if you prefer to journal that way.