This is a picture of previous journals I have used.
Girls, I was OVER. IT. when my “Super Awesome Ideas” Journal lost its back cover and the mere fact I was writing my deepest thoughts in anything that said “Super Awesome Ideas”…I couldn’t handle it and was determined to make a Journal that I would enjoy writing in and want as a keepsake for years to come!
I have used the journal over the past few months and LOVED it!
My thoughts are your Journal of Intentional Living will be similar to the latest photo album you made. In life we go through many seasons and we document them through pictures - so we never forget them. Your wedding day, child’s first day of school, parents retirement party, vacations, birthdays, family Christmas cards and so much more. Our photo albums display memories in pictures. Similarly, our journals record our most inner thoughts and deepest moments with God – memories we never want to forget!
Gordon MacDonald, pastor and author of “Ordering your private world” describes journaling in his book this way:
(1) "I began to realize that the journal was helping me come to grips with an enormous part of my inner person that I had never been fully honest about ... I became aware ... that God's Holy Spirit was directing many of the thoughts and insights as I wrote. On paper, the Lord and I were carrying on a personal communion ... this began to happen only when the journal was employed" (p 131).
(2) "twenty years of journal keeping [as of 1984] ... Hardly a morning passes that I do not open the journal and record the things I hear God saying through my reading, meditation, and daily experience. When the journal opens, so does the ear of my heart. If God is going to speak, I am ready to listen" (p 132).
(3) "a beautiful example of a man listening to God in his private world through the use of a journal ... as he perceived the divine whisper, he transformed into print the still, small voice of his Lord" (p. 133).
(4) "the main value of a journal is as a tool for listening to the quiet Voice that comes out of the garden of the private world. Journal keeping serves as a wonderful tool for withdrawing and communing with the Father. When I write, it is as if I am in direct conversation with Him. And there is that sense that in the words that you are led to write, God's Spirit is mysteriously active, and communion at the deepest level is happening" (p. 136).
Today, I am taking my niece and nephew to Disneyworld. I have packed my camera, Bible and Journal for sure. I do not want to miss taking pictures of them on the Tower of Terror and I don’t want to miss recording this sweet answered prayer in my Journal. What moments with God do you not want to forget?!
Lots of love and BIG hug to you sweet friend! God is so so good!!!