Journaling (Reasons and Resources)

reasons and resources for keeping a journal

I love journaling.  It’s not something I do every day or even every week.  However, I love having that special notebook I can reach for when something happens…. Whether that “something” is big or small, good or bad.  One of the best things is being able to read over old entries to see how my life has changed over the years – and to see how I have changed.

There are lots of benefits to keeping a journal… I’ve thought of several good reasons for us to consider.

Reasons to Keep a Journal

It clears our mind.  Personally, there are times when I feel like I can’t move forward, fall asleep, or continue through my day if my mind is cluttered.  Writing can help us clear our minds so we can focus on whatever comes next.

We can revisit the past.  Let me be quick to say something here…I would not encourage anyone to constantly revisit their past.  It’s pointless and often brings back unpleasant thoughts and feelings.  However,  sometimes a bit of reflection is helpful.   It’s nice to remember fond memories, and there can be a time and place to remember the hard times too… Only to see how far God has brought us and how amazing His grace really is.

We can use it as a prayer tool.  Prayer can be a struggle.   Especially when our minds just want to wander.  Journaling our prayers can help us stay focused on talking to God.  It’s also really neat to read over old prayers and see how God has answered.

Great men and women from history kept journals.  I love history and one thing I find interesting is at many people before us have kept journals.  It’s a way to preserve history.  We can learn so much from reading journals -they give us an in-depth and personal look into someone else’s life.  Many people who did great things for God and their country kept journals.  Why don’t we follow their lead? (Some examples: David Livingstone, George Muller, Amy Carmichael, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot)

Journaling Resources

Maybe you don’t think journaling is for you….and that’s okay.  However, I would encourage you to give some form of journaling a try (Bible journaling, smash books, art journals, or faith books to name a a few!).  I’ve gathered a few of my favorite journaling related resources to share with you here…

Q&A a Day: Five-Year Journal.  My parents gave me this little journal last year for Christmas.  Each day of the year has a different question to be answered. This is my first year going through this journal but I can’t wait to see how my answers change from year to year. This is a great journal for someone who doesn’t like lots of writing.  You can make the answers as short as you wish.

Q&A a Day for Creatives.  9780804186407If you like to draw or sketch this book is for you! There are 365 different drawing assignments to be repeated over four years.  Some are a continuation of the previous year’s assignment.  Unfortunately, there are some assignments that are a little questionable (e.g. Halloween related ones). Blogging for books provided me with a copy of this book.

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. This is an old fashioned book about a young girl who starts a diary and sporadically writes in it throughout her life, including during her marriage, homemaking, and child raising years.  She writes of her everyday life and struggles.  I learned a good bit from this book and hope to read it again, I would highly recommend it.

Journaling Tips from Life of Lovely  I found this journaling article through Pinterest and found it to be helpful.  It’s a short article with a few tips for those wanting to start a journal.

I also created a new journaling board on my Pinterest account.  It’s small for now but I made sure to check out each pin to make sure the link works and that the content is helpful relevant.  Be sure to check it out 🙂

{I would love to know} Do you write in a journal?  What kind of journaling is your favorite?  Share your thoughts (and your own journaling tips!) in the comments below.


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11 thoughts on “Journaling (Reasons and Resources)

  1. Ahhh I was so excited to see this post in my bloglovin’ feed. I’m obsessed with journalling! It’s so fun, refreshing, and relaxing. I use my journal mostly as a prayer journal but also to describe what’s going on in my life — I then turn those happenings into prayers. I’ve put that stepping heavenward book on my amazon wishlist 🙂

    1. Oh that’s so neat 🙂 thanks for sharing! I love it when others enjoy journaling too! Let me know when you get a chance to read Stepping Heavenward, it’s a really great read!

  2. I do keep a journal, though less consistently than I used to. It really helps me to process my thoughts when I write them down. I just started journalling again since I started my blog and find that journalling can give me new topic to write about (and then I have sort-of a rough draft!) Do you ever have overlap between your journalling and your blog topics?

    1. That’s awesome 🙂 A lot of my blog post ideas come from whatever I have been learning and reading. I often put down things I learn in my journal so I’m sure snippets in my journal entries are similar to my blog posts! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  3. Loooove this post!! I *love* journaling and these reason You share are my reasons for journaling too! I have a prayer journal, thankful journal, diary, and I’m working on two smash books. 😉
    Thanks for sharing resources. I’ll check them out!

  4. I totally agree! I started journaling a few years ago, and definitely recommend it! I have been going through a chronic illness for many years, and I can go back and read and see how far I’ve come with Christ! I can see how my focus has changed and my perspective. I would recommend for everyone to at least TRY it, even if you only write a couple of times a week 🙂

    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your illness… But it’s wonderful that you can see how God has helped you along! 🙂
      I agree 🙂 I think everyone should give it a try!

  5. I am one of those sporadic journal people. 🙂 Over the years, my approach has shifted from recording special events in painstaking detail to challenging myself to say a lot in a few words that still capture my thoughts. Occasionally I will work out a poem before going to sleep… it’s a different activity but has the same effect.

    Plain pen and paper is my preference, but (Little-Known Fact #1) I have at least four different journals in progress {divided by theme; does not include the filled ones!} and (Little-Known Fact #2) I love doing entries that, for lack of a better name, I teasingly refer to as “State of the Union” updates. Those feature random thoughts about what’s being going on, written rapidly in the attempt to capture a snapshot of life as it presently is. Always fun to look back on and see what the everyday looked like!

    1. That’s great that you sometimes write poetry. Do you write long or short poems? I like to read poetry occasionally but I haven’t tried writing any poems since I was in school! I would love to read one of yours sometime if you are willing to share 🙂

      It’s really nice to have different journals for different things. I have done that myself (like prayer journal, quote journal, etc.) but usually the only one I am consistent with is my actual journal. And I LOVE update entries too! That is such a clever and funny name you have for them 🙂 I always make mine into bullet lists with (like you said) random thoughts and things that have been happening. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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