journal-writingThe shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory. ~ Mark Batterson

I have a tendency to forget things if I don’t write them down … and that’s just the simple things like geting milk at the grocery store or needing to order a pair of basketball shoes for my son. As a result, I’m never far from a notebook (paper or virtual on my iPad) to capture those errant thoughts and reminders.

But what about the bigger pieces of my life’s journey like marriage, parenting, finances, health goals, or pursuing a dream? In the everyday chaos and mundane tasks, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. One often discounted tool for the journey is to keep a journal on a semi-regular basis.

A journal doesn’t have to be fancy since a designated spiral notebook works just as well. The important thing is to write something down daily or weekly. What are you struggling with? What are your plans for the next step of the journey? What answers to prayer have you seen? What made you smile today? What frustrates you?

Some people keep a weight-loss journal or exercise journal to track their progress, miles run, weight lost, and/or food eaten. Others keep a separate prayer journal to record what they’re praying about, promises from the Bible, and answers to prayer. I have kept a separate writing journal to record my dreams, achievements, progress, set-backs, encouragement, and goals.

By flipping back through the pages of a journal, you can see how far the journey has taken you and remember God’s faithfulness. How many prayers have been answered? How have you grown? Who supported you along the way? Have your dreams shifted focus? Have you forgotten about something that used to matter?

While it’s important to have a road-map of goals for the journey ahead, a journal provides the accountability and reflection necessary to motivate and encourage you to keep putting one foot in front of another.

What about you? Do you keep a journal? Have you ever? How often do/did you write in it? What types of things do/did you record?

Tools For The Journey – Keep A Journal
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