Each time I take my son to the doctor, he is weighed and measured to see how much he has grown. The doctor keeps a detailed record of his growth and every illness or check-up he has. In the same way, when we journal the ups and downs, the struggles and the victories, the questions and the answers, we can see the growth that is happening and appreciate all that God is doing.
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.” Psalm 143:5
2. Journaling Helps Us Process Our Thoughts and Experiences
John Piper once described his journal as going to a counselor’s office: “He lets me pour out my confusion, my feelings, and ideas about my problems. He listens very patiently. He’s totally silent. He waits for me, in silence, to pray. Then he leads me by the Spirit to passages of Scripture where I see Jesus more clearly and find hope and guidance.” I’ve found this to be true in my own walk with the Lord. Putting pen to paper helps me sift through thoughts, struggles, questions, and frustrations. As I write, pray, and study the Word, the Holy Spirit speaks truth, softens my heart, quiets my soul, and revives my mind.
We often don’t know what we truly think or believe until we say it or write it down. Jesus explained in Matthew 12:34, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” What we think, believe, and meditate upon will be made evident in our speech and actions. Through journaling, God often illuminates what is within us, weeds out sin, answers questions, and clears the clutter of our souls so we can more fully see and follow Christ.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13–15
3. Journaling Reminds Us of God's Faithfulness