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Lesson 6

Journaling
A Spiritual Path to
Encounter God

Bible textS
Psalm 119:9-16; 42; 51; 150,
Habakkuk 2:2-3

Memory versE
Psalm 119:11

INTRODUCTION?

What is a JOURNAL?
A daily written record of (usually personal)
experiences and observation.
A written account of personal or
(organisational) events and when they
happened, ordered by time.

INTRODUCTION?

What is a SPIRITUAL JOURNAL?


It is a written record of personal reactions on
spiritual matters (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
It is a way of paying attention to daily life,
looking at what we and others do in order to
understand what God may be saying to us and
asking of us.

nderstanding the
mportance of
ommunicating
With God

BENEFITS OF KEEPING A SPIRITUAL


JOURNAL.
Records spiritual (and everyday) events and
thoughts one has, so they are not forgotten.
Aids remembrance of ones spiritual history and
it creates an opportunity to record discoveries.
Makes it easy for one to track his/her spiritual
growth.
It clarifies ones understanding of the nature
and will of God.

Keeping a Spiritual Journal means recording


our experiences in Gods presence and in our
daily life.
Thereafter, we relate these experiences to
Gods desires/will/law/statutes for our
Christian lives.
HOW CAN WE EMBARK ON
SPIRITUAL JORNALING?

Journaling in response to
Scripture (ASK)
PAUSE at intervals to
REFLECT/MEDITATE.(Jos 1:8)
Suggested questions for reflection.
What lessons should I learn?
What habits/behavior should I avoid?
Any promises to claim? Prayer points
Etc

Suggested questions for reflection.


Where did I see God in the people I met and todays events?
How well did I represent God today?

Journaling in response to
daily life.

Suggested questions for reflection.


What will Jesus have done if faced with my experiences today?
What improvements am I to make towards tomorrow?
Any Prayers points?

Journaling in response to
daily life.

Develop the habits


and Practice of
Journaling

BEGIN
WITH
PRAYER

GET READYDecide when


and where
youll journal
Choose an appropriate time and
location where you can
concentrate.

GIVE YOURSELF
Your journal is personal so
FREEDOM
WRITE IT JUST AS IT
IS!
It doesnt have to follow a
formal pattern or have correct
grammar. See it as an informal
discussion with a friend.

CHECK
YOUR
MOTIVATION
Dont journal because you were
asked to, or because you want to
compete with your colleagues.
Do it because you want to have
a deeper encounter with God.

FACE
YOUR
Dont
beat about the
FEARS

bush, or try to avoid


confronting your
weaknesses, problems,
habits, fears etc.
Journaling is to make
us better people.

WITNESS
TO THE
List out
situations where God
TRUTH
is calling you to:
Defend the truth.
Witness to a lost soul.
Etc.