If you’ve never journaled before, you might like to try prompted journaling to get you going. This means you can have a fixed starting point that will take just a few minutes each day. Here is a suggested recipe you might like to use for beginning journaling. This post is something like a recipe to get you started with journaling. It focuses on prompted journaling, but you can modify it to suit your purposes.
Begin with the heart
Start by checking your heartHere is the question that gets me started each day.
- Today I feel like/do not feel (cross one out) like praying because________
- Do I desire the Lord the way He is worthy to be desired?
In everything give thanksWhy should we give thanks? Because “this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess 5:18). God wants us to become and be thankful people. We live in a rights-oriented, self-entitled world. Thankfulness doesn’t come easy, so we need to be deliberate. I was convicted for a long time that I was not a thankful person, but didn’t do anything about it, this is why I began to prompt myself every day to record:
- 3 Things I’m thankful for today
We live in a rights-oriented, self-entitled world. Thankfulness doesn’t come easy, so we need to be deliberate.
Think about your prioritiesDo you have a list of your main priorities? If not, you probably have a list that you could rattle down fairly easily. My current life priorities are:
- My walk with the Lord
- My wife
- My children
- My studies
- One thing I’m going to do to delight my spouse today is…
Think about your dayMost of us find ourselves distracted in some way during the day. If you’re like me, you might be distracted in a bunch of ways. Often when I start my day, I think about all the things I have to do and pick just one or two that I want to get done that day and focus on achieving them. To do this, I have a prompt to record:
- What can I do to make today a great day?
The entire scope of our life belongs to the Lord and fits in our quiet time.
ReflectingReflection can also be a useful tool to help us evaluate how we can improve our living for the Lord. For example prompts like these help us to look back on the day:
- What could I have made better today? or
- Three amazing things that happened today are…
- One thing I’ll do tomorrow is…
SummaryHere’s how my journal works.
- Today I feel/don’t feel like praying because
- 3 things I’m thankful for today
- 3 things I can do to make today great
- What I read today
- Reflection on my reading and how to apply it to my life.