To write your heart is to reveal your inner-most feelings to yourself. Emotionally, spiritually and mentally, your heart is telling you something. Sometimes, your fear, anger and regret stay hidden, and eat away at your faith and resolve. Writing your feelings out helps to bring you back to yourself, and bring you back to the faith that you had in Christ Jesus.
But there are practical reasons to write your journey in a journal as well.
WRITE A JOURNAL TO KEEP A RECORD
Strength for your Body
Your journal may even be a way to keep a record of your progress. Perhaps you need to try a change of diet and record what is happening as you do. You may need to make note on what foods affect you during your treatment and what you want to change at treatment’s completion. Making notes from health news that you’ve read and comparing the articles to others may be a way to confirm their authenticity. Write how that makes you feel. Charting goals for physical activity can be helpful as well.
You may want to keep track of any health changes, meds, or treatments. Make a list of doctor’s visits that have been added to your annual routine. Write notes about, or to medical professionals who have been helpful to you. If you notice changes in reactions to meds, be sure to write clearly about them. When chemo and after chemo drugs cause lasting effects, it’s important to for you and your doctor to know that. Write about your 5 year cancerversary and celebrate!
Recording your physical disability, cancer, or illness may be a great resource for your children, grandchildren and beyond. Knowing a particular kind of cancer or illness could be in their history may help in their own lives. Writing personal notes along the way can help them see how you handled the situation, how you overcame, and what medical changes have occurred in their future.
The words you write can be offered to God for His purpose.
Perhaps you will want to keep memories of those health care providers who were especially kind or helpful. Did you meet new friends, or gain a valuable mentor? Did you learn a lesson from God’s Word? Write your feelings about what it means to live another moment, another day, a week. Perhaps small moments have become reasons to celebrate. Write what your heart tells you to.
Here are some convincing reasons to write a journal.
Julia Cameron: http://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/ “There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only.”
https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-journaling.html “Some may write accounts of particularly meaningful encounters with God. Psalms 77 and 143 talk specifically about remembering God’s works in times of hardship. Journals can be one way to remind us of what God has done in our personal histories.”
Kathy Howard: http://www.kathyhoward.org/journaling-left-brained-christian“Fosters spiritual growth by helping me stay purposeful, Aids in overall spiritual self-discipline, Helps maintain concentration and focus during Bible reading, meditation, and prayer, Serves as a permanent reminder of God’s activity and faithfulness in your life.”
http://www.allaboutgod.com/journaling.htm “Journaling can be a form of worship. In solitude, we can explore the blessing of writing our hearts to God. We don’t have to be professional writers, or even good writers – it’s all about the passion for God in our hearts. Journals and letters are powerful tools for recording thoughts, prayers, fears and miracles in our lives. Writing our hearts to God is a fantastic compliment to our daily devotionals with Him.”
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http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/tips.html (see link) “My journals also serve as a spiritual autobiography. I don’t remember some of the things I prayed about as a fifteen-year-old, but reading through my childhood journals, I see a young girl who earnestly sought God. I can also look back on some of my darkest seasons and see how God was with me, even when I had stopped seeking Him.” http://www.biblestudymagazine.com.
Eric McKay: “http://www.embracinghome.com/keep-christian-prayer-journal/ What do we do when bad things happen? Even if you are a firm believer in the Lord Jesus, you might find your thought life derailed if too many rocks fall on you at once. The best advice I can give you is to always spend time with Jesus. Keeping a prayer journal is a wonderful way to have devotionals.”
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Lamentations 3: 21-23 “This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never ceases, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
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