In my ministry as a Life on Life Coach I often ask those I coach to begin journaling about the things they are processing. Somehow, the act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to computer keys for that matter) cause the things we discuss to become a cognitive learning experience. Journalers use memory, perception, judgment and reason not just emotional, volitional responses to coaching. Journalers think, write, see, read, decide, think some more, write some more and good stuff happens.
Below are some suggestions for journaling if you haven’t done it before. Or maybe you haven’t journaled in a long time and want to pick it up again.
First, here are a few tips:
- Buy a small journal with about 30 pages.
- Date each page.
- Write no more than a page a day.
- Skip a page if you can’t get to it one day, you can return to it later.
- Have fun.
- This one is a suggestion – Journal with a buddy or with a group.
Journal ideas to try:
- Romance Journal – Obviously, you could write something romantic about the love of your life in your Romance Journal. This is always fun and keeps you thinking good thoughts. But here is another idea – If you are struggling with your prayer life or quiet time, begin journaling daily love letters to Jesus. Tell Him all the reasons why you think He is wonderful. The fact that He is the Lover of your soul will become more and more real to you. Watch your love for Him increase and your prayer life grow.
- Gratitude Journal – If depression or sorrow has come into your life, don’t waste any time in beginning a daily Gratitude Journal. Everyday list something you are grateful for and why you are grateful for it. Try to write about something different each day. Your difficulties sort of move to the back as you focus on what God has done for you.
- Joy Journal – This is the funnest of all journaling. Everyday write something that brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face. Since I have adorable grandchildren, the cute things they say do more than make me smile. They crack me up. Animals are funny, so are some blogs. Heard any funny jokes lately? Watch that joyless mood of yours lift. What a great treasure you will have one day for someone who might need some joy.
- Will of God Journal – Wouldn’t if be fun to write a book about the will of God? People always say they wish they knew what the will of God is for their life. You can help them out. All you need is a Bible, a journal and a pen. As you read the Bible, journal something you learned from it that is clearly God’s will for the lives of His people. It is easier than you think. Try it.
What are your experiences or ideas for journaling?