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6 Different Journals I Keep and Why

Do you keep a journal?

I love life, and I love writing, so hey! Why not combine the two?

There are so many experiences, pieces of advice, and memories I treasure, and writing them down is a great way to save them for later.

Journaling has become such a normal habit that I can hardly process anything without scribbling down my thoughts. Just getting my heart and events of the week on paper gives closure and helps me gear up for a new week.

That being said, you may be able to understand why I keep 6 journals at once 😉

Maybe I’m obsessive. Or maybe I have way too much time to write. Either way, I wanted to share with you the six different journals I keep, and why.

So, let’s take a look into my drawer of notebooks…

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1) Worry Journal.

Yeah, this one doesn’t sound so welcoming. And it’s not.

Do you ever just want to scream in frustration, but can’t even put your finger on the reason for your angst?

Often we let ourselves get so lost in the grind of life, that we struggle to function. Every day is a chore, leaving us stressed and exhausted. And, with it all, comes worry.

Worry chokes.

Why?

Because, though we don’t realize it, worry is sin. We’re told not to be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:6), and by letting fear  rule our lives, we live in disobedience.

Sin complicates everything. It makes life tough to deal with, and if we don’t crush that sin, it’ll crush us.

How this journal works:

A) I ask myself, “What am I worried about? What is driving me to react in the negative ways that I do?” As one answer pops into my head, I begin writing…and more answers flood in. Soon a list of worries crowds the page.

B) I “show” my list to Jesus, and lay it at His feet.

C) I ask Him to lift my burdens, forgive the worry, and help me start again—With joy.

You would be surprised at how many troubles are caused by your own anxiety—a sin that may not be obvious on the outside, but strangles within.

The process of thinking through and jotting each worry—even other sins you struggle with—down can be strenuous, but so freeing in the end.

—> If you want a little more help and guidance with anxiety, check out this post by Miss Natalie over at Milk and Honey Faith

 

2) Devotions and Sermon Notes Journal.

I’m not always successful, but I try my best to read the Bible every morning.

Personally, it’s hard for me to absorb Scripture just by reading it, so I like to write down verses that stick out to me or teach important lessons.

Underneath each verse, I’ll jot down thoughts or applications. Sometimes I even use those verses as a prayer guide, and scrawl down prayers under the verse.

Journaling through my devotions has helped me absorb so much more of Scripture, and taught me to read with intention.

I love reading back on things that have ministered to or taught me valuable lessons.

[I also use this journal for sermon notes from church or conferences]

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3) Personal Life Journal. 

“Be brutally honest with your writing.” (Philippians 4:8)

My dad shared this advice that was once given to him, and it helps so much.

Though not always easy or fun, this rule is so therapeutic when it comes to processing my feelings or various events of my life, and the closure gained is incredible.

Journaling “brutally” not only teaches accountability to myself, but it’s also enabled me to be more honest with others.

Really, who wants to look back on exaggerated or downplayed entries, and wonder how things really happened? I know I’ve done that before, and it drove me crazy not knowing how I truly felt or acted during various times.

“Voice” all those roller-coaster emotions, memories (happy or sad) and stupid decisions!

When you read those entries later, you’ll not only get to laugh at yourself, smile at the good memories, and recall the hard lessons, but you’ll see how far God has brought you…And trace the evidence of His hand through it all.

4) “Mr. Right” Journal.

My Mr. Right Journal is a (future) wedding gift for my future husband.

It’s a black leather notebook full of letters, dreams, and prayers for him and our future together.

I’m not gonna lie: this is one of my favorites. Call me sappy, but, I can’t tell you how special it is to write in this journal. I feel so connected to my future husband, and the more I write, the more I grow to love him and the deeper my passion to pray for him grows.

I talk about the journal more in this post, and I plan on making another post on this concept, so you can keep your eyes open for that. (I would suggest subscribing 😉 )

 

5) Prayer Journal.

Did you see that coming? 😉

My prayer journal probably isn’t like anything Pinterest advertises. It’s not organized with color and bullet points and stickers, and I don’t write in it all that often.

It’s just where I go when the the pain is too deep to voice.

The pages contain frazzled, confused, and fractured thoughts–pieces of my heart that I’ve asked Jesus to glue back together.

This journal is my place to organize the questions in my heart. My place to confess and ask forgiveness. My place of surrender (Philippians 4:6, 7).

It’s the deepest journal I write, and, so very precious to me. I’ve experienced countless intimate moments with my Savior by scrawling out chapter-long prayers in the silence of my room.

Sometimes the words are brutal and chaotic, yet He understands each prayer written, and answers all of them. That’s my favorite part 🙂

I definitely recommend starting a prayer journal if you haven’t already.

 

6) Blessings Journal.

A grateful heart is the healthiest kind!

On the lines of these pages, I scribble down specific gifts—blessings—of each day. The more time I spend looking for things to be thankful for, the more I realize how incredibly abundant my blessings are.

This journal helps me maintain a positive outlook, even on the hard days. Writing down all my blessings–forcing myself to FIND the good in every day–has increased my joy and gratitude to the Giver of every perfect gift (James 1:17).

I’m truly humbled by His lavishing goodness. This notebook is just a reminder of how good He really is.

It’s a little box of treasures ❤

 

And there you have it!
Now it’s your turn!  Do you keep a journal? Maybe one I’ve mentioned? Maybe writing has never been your strong point, and you can’t manage to get into a journaling routine–that’s okay! Writing isn’t for everyone, though I highly recommend it 🙂

In my next post, I’ll share some tips on how you can get started on journaling—and stick with it!  I hope you’ll stick around 🙂

Now, let’s chat in the comments!

 

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10 thoughts on “6 Different Journals I Keep and Why

  1. I have taken up the habit of journaling lately, actually. I usually write in my daily journal, where I can write what has happened to me lately during the week.
    I really like of number 4! That seems like such a neat idea. 🙂

    ~Lydia~ ❤

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    1. Hi sweet lady love your suggestions on journaling. I’m not doing it at this time but you have encouraged me to start. Thank you this is a brilliant theory. Love it. Looking forward to the next blog. Keep on keeping on. God bless you. 😍☝️

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  2. I’ve never heard of a worry journal before! I really like that idea!
    And I totally understand having so many journals going at once! I have a sermon journal, a life journal, a prayer journal (that I’m just starting) and I write my future husband letters too! Whew! I’m glad I’m not the only one with multiple journals 😉
    Blessings,
    Kara Beth

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    1. A friend of my mom’s told her about it, so I decided to start one a few years ago! I love it because I can look back and see all the different fears I’ve overcome 🙂
      Oh wow! Haha, glad to know I’m not the only one! That’s so sweet 🙂

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  3. Good for you for journaling!! I have 10+ personal life journals and I’m so glad I can look back at them, even though they are FILLED with emotions and are a bit hilarious and embarrassing 😉 I stopped journaling when Pablo and I got together because instead I just told him everything! I wish I had journaled more about our time dating though. =/ Now I do a five year gratitude journal.

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    1. That’s so great! Haha, yeah I know what you mean. I cringe a little at some of my old entries 😉 It’s fun to learn from the past experiences though.
      Aww how sweet! I’m sure that’s much better 😉
      Oh that’s awesome. Gratitude journals are the best!

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  4. I like your ideas and I guess I do most of the above in one journal. I journal nearly every day. I started journaling over 20 years ago when a friend gave me a journal as a moving away gift. I have never regretted it and enjoy reading back posts at times. When I started journaling we had four children still living at home. They are now all married and we now have 19 grandchildren. A lot can happen in 20 years. We’ve seen a lot of prayers answered and I also record a lot of prayers for my family and grandchildren as well as what the Lord teaches me from His Word daily. I tell my kids/grandkids often that I hope someone will read these when I die. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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