Somehow, it became what seemed like a trendy fad that all the “Cool Christians” did.
I’d scroll on Instagram and see pictures of an open Bible with a journal. The journal would usual have neat calligraphic lettering filled with scriptures, bright colors, and bold drawings.
Aesthetically, these photo is very pleasing to the eye. I’d simply click the heart to show my appreciation of the artistic designs. But I couldn’t help think, “Hmm…is this how people journal the Bible now?”
I do keep a journal for other things. However, I never considered keeping one for my prayers or the Bible even, until a few months ago. Honestly, it’s one of the BEST things I’ve ever done to enhance my faith and I’m wondering WHY I didn’t do this sooner.
I guess, one of the reasons it took me so long was the mindset and questions that I had. Some thoughts do sound ridiculous, I know. Yet, I realize that this was mainly out of laziness, my flesh, and fear of being called out for my lack of quality time and intimacy with God.
What exactly does one write in a Bible journal? Is there a specific structure or way on how to journal? This all seems like extra work just to get close to God. Who has time for that? Do I really have to draw and color? I’m NOT visually artistic like the people on Instagram!
Yet, I gave it a chance and started one anyway.
The Journal Journey
My journey to prayer journaling was birthed out a growing desperate and painful season where God went radio silent on me again and life didn’t make sense. I had questions. Lots of them. Only one scripture that I could hold on to gave me courage to lay out my feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, and confusion.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalms 62:8)
Grabbing the closest journal I can find, I started writing. Page after page started to turn into a deep, heartfelt plea to God. Almost like a letter.
Words on paper gave my spirit a voice where my mouth failed.
My cold, hurting heart melted with each word penned. Who, what, when, how, and why of everything in my life spilled onto the page.
This wasn’t the time for cutesy colorful flowers and fancy fonts. We’re talking raw, real emotions starving for more words of comfort, context, and revelation beyond one scripture.
Overtime, journaling became a form of excellent therapy for me. Borders of trust in my relationship with God expanded greatly. Journaling is my safe space. Jesus is my safe space. Spelling, punctuation, and even penmanship didn’t even matter. It was my heart and my intense desire to seek Him that did.
Thoroughly enjoying it, I knew this would quickly become a daily thing and I haven’t stopped since.
Why I Love It
One of the beautiful things I learn and see in this journal journey is being able to trace God’s hand. I get to see a track record of answered prayers. And the one’s waiting for an answer. I also get insight on God’s character and who He TRULY is.
Any distortions about His nature and the context of His word is cleared up. He even lets in me on little secrets that not everyone knows about.
I find it to be a mirror as well. Journaling God’s word and my prayer shows me who I truly am in all my sinfulness. He points out my sinful nature and cleanly convicts me without condemnation. Can’t lie, it’s painful at times to write and read.
Love bonds of trust are forging between us. My journal may not be cute and artistic inside. It may be plain with illegible words even but the connection between me and the Lord is REAL. And I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.
It’s been 3 months and I’ve already used just about all my pages in my journal.
For my wordy journal writers, if you haven’t thought about getting a prayer/Bible journal, I HIGHLY recommend you do. What can possibly be better than doing what you love while connecting with our Lord in the most freeing, intimate way?
Get one and watch how your writing and relationship with God change in the most powerful way.