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Start A Journal: Encourage Yourself

About a year and a half ago I started keeping a journal-and boy did it change my life! I must admit, I always thought journals/diaries were sort of childish and I was a bit reluctant to start one. But as I began to study the word of God more, I would come across so many scriptures that just stood out to me! It was hard for me to quickly remember these scriptures when I needed some extra strength; so I decided to start a journal to keep track of these scriptures.

Soon after, I also began writing prayers in my journal-I don’t know about you but sometimes I can pray for thirty minutes to an hour! Don’t be alarmed-I’ve got a lot to say to God! In the midst of crying out to God for myself, my family, my church, and the world, I may stumble over my words or leave something out. So, writing it down just helps me to get it out better.

I also began to write short summaries of sermons that my pastor would preach. I’m sure everyone has had those Sundays when it seemed like the sermon preached was just for you! I didn’t want to lose the message that had gone forth; so writing a quick summary helped me to have a quick reference to it.

When I go back and read something that I wrote weeks or months ago, I get so encouraged; and I can see so much growth in my faith and way of thinking! I Samuel 30:6 (NKJV) talks about how David was greatly distressed because his enemies were coming against him. And do you know what David did?….The scripture says that he strengthened or encouraged HIMSELF in the Lord!  As believers, we have got to learn to start encouraging ourselves in the Lord too! Your best friend, your pastor, or whoever you lean on for support will not always be there every single time you need encouragement.

So I encourage you, MEN and WOMEN, to start a journal. You don’t have to write in it every day but write in it when you learn something new, something “ground breaking” or “life changing,” something that you surely don’t want to forget! And to the men-I know the thought of a journal may seem feminine but keeping a spiritual journal is a good way to commune with God! And a real man is indeed a man that knows how to talk or commune with God on a daily basis. As always I pray these words have blessed. Please leave comments on this post. I really want to know how you guys feel about journaling!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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