When I say I “journal” you may get an image in your mind of a grown man sitting on his bed writing to his “dear diary” but that’s not what I mean by journaling.

Did you know that successful, manly men, all throughout history have kept a journal? George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Gen. Patin, are just a few of the men who have realized the power of taking the time to write down their thoughts.

I started journaling about 2 years ago, and it has changed my spiritual life. Let me give you 3 reasons why you should start journaling today.

1. To remember the important things

Have you ever had a great idea, only to not be able to recall it when you needed it later? Our minds are always running a 100mph and by writing things done we can make sure the important things aren’t forgotten. I’m not talking about grocery lists or phone numbers even though writing those things down isn’t a bad idea; I’m talking about deeper things we shouldn’t forget. Thoughts and ideas after spending time in devotion with God, or spending an important day with your family. How incredible would it be at your kids wedding to be able to pull out what you were thinking the day they were born or the day they started kindergarten?

2. To find your inner voice

You’re not going to believe me, but underneath your surface level is an intelligent, thoughtful, author. I don’t mean that you will write a book one day, but I mean that you have the ability to write words that will surprise even you. Something happens when we write instead of talk. We have perfected our “speaking” language, so we tend to use the same words over and over again. But magically when you begin to write you express yourself in ways you would never express yourself verbally. You can’t help it, it’s the power of pen and paper.

3. To record God speaking

I believe that God is constantly speaking to you and me, the question is, are we listening? I’m not implying that you will hear the audible voice of God like Darth Vadar through your ceiling, but I will make you a promise. Write down prayers or thoughts you have after reading the Bible or listening to a sermon, and when you go back and read them later, you will be amazed at how spiritual your words are. It’s true! Most of the time when I’m writing I don’t think I’m writing anything extra special or spiritual but 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years later when I go back and read what I wrote I see God was moving the pen in my hand. I can’t tell you how many times I wrote down something I was thinking or feeling having no clue what was going to happen in my life 48 hours later. When I look back now, I can see how God was speaking to me before I even knew I needed him to.

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