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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


If you have read much of this blog you know that I have mentioned journaling more than a few times.  I just checked, 31 times in the last year.  Here we go again.  Why, is this important?  Psalm 143:5 – 6, gives us a good reason.  Look at the verbs that deal with what my response to God is to be:

  • Remember
  • Meditate
  • Muse
Journaling helps us to slow down and remember what God has done for us.
The problem is, I forget.  If I do not write it down it is gone, even the big stuff.  Why is that?  We are daily inundated with a tsunami of information, mental and sensual stimulation.  We are told what we should think, what we should eat or shouldn’t eat, how we should look, and how people should respond to us.  The noise is deafening.  It takes effort to remember.  It takes time to meditate.  One does not muse in minutes.

Journaling does at least two things that help here.  First, it helps us capture what God is doing in our lives.  Second, it gives us a place to go to remember, meditate, and muse on that history.  It is not easy.  It goes against the grain the frenetic pace of our culture.  It requires quiet, which is hard to come by.  It is worth the effort.  It assists us to do that which is demanded if we are to know God more fully.