When I was a young troubled teen, journaling became the outlet I needed to process larger-than-life feelings and issues I struggled with. I quickly realized that writing was a way I could form the words my lips so often refused to speak for my heart. The surprising benefits of journaling had me hooked and coming back to write more and more. I wrote to express, heal, process, inspire and create. Journaling was the judgement-free zone that allowed me to safely share what was inside of my heart, mind and soul. Later, when I gave my heart to the Lord, I could put into words things God was placing in my spirit.
Keeping journals has helped me to problem-solve, brainstorm, plan, organize and beyond. My lists with notes, bible study and prayers– so many prayers have lept off the pages and ascended to my God. Poetic, artistic and lyrical expression have made their way into journals of mine. Journaling has provided me with a tangible record that I can come back to when I am wanting to understand more, examine patterns in my life and remind myself of many lessons learned. I’ve often gone through confusing seasons, not understanding the circumstances and and feelings swirling around me, but one look at past journal entries clues me in to the ‘big picture’ of what God was doing in my life at that time.
The Surprising Benefits of Journaling
Those who journal are found to have greater mindfulness, self-discipline, creativity, memory, comprehension, and overall communications skills. When you journal, you actually BUILD your IQ and emotional intelligence. Writing daily in a journal during crisis can also aid in healing, and lend self-confidence. Journaling a specific way can help you plan and achieve your goals.
Just what more can journaling do for you?? Check out this great list and consider starting a journal today!
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