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Write it Down: 5 Powerful Persuasions for Pen and Paper

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I’m a writer. It’s natural for me to write down ideas, new biblical insights, what I’m feeling—now. I didn’t use to be that way. In fact, I hated English and writing in school.

I resisted the idea of journaling for many years, thinking it was just a day to day account of events or a schoolgirl’s love-struck inner thoughts. I suppose a diary is a type of journaling. But that’s NOT what I am referring to here.

I tried many times to journal consistently, but it felt forced and I wasn’t motivated to stick with it. It didn’t work for me. What did work was just jotting down ideas and insights occasionally as I read the Bible and communed with my Lord.

I didn’t want to forget what He told me.

As time went on, I began crying out to the Lord on paper when I was in anguish. Releasing my pent-up feelings to my heavenly Counselor gave me so much relief that I now go to Him sooner and more often with my struggles. Once I experienced some of the benefits, I became motivated to keep journaling.

Think of journaling more as a way to get your inner thoughts and feelings outside of yourself.

If you’re not good at expressing yourself don’t let that be a hindrance. Just start; you’ll become better in time. Grammar doesn’t matter either.

To incentivize you, here are a few more good reasons to take up that pen and paper:

1. Improves mental and physical health.[1]

People who write down their thoughts and feelings have greater success in dealing with problems—especially those overwhelming ones. Releasing stress improves our physical health.

2. Declutters the mind.

I am not naturally a logical and organized person. Too many thoughts intermingled with emotions keep me in a frazzled state.

But writing it down makes it concrete.

No longer is it just in your mind and heart, but on a tangible piece of paper (or computer). Scripting sorts, itemizes, reveals, and provides a written record. As you look at each point, which has now been isolated, you can evaluate and think things through more clearly. You can address each item separately, asking:

  • Is this a fact, a feeling, or my perception?
  • What does God say about this and how should I handle it?
  • Do I need to change it and how?

3. Helps in getting to the root of an issue/Gives guidance

Once you have it out of your mind, so you won’t go out of your mind,

you’ll more easily recognize the core problem, or what your next step might be.

4. Helps renew your mind.

If you are doing this together with God and His Word, the Holy Spirit will reveal wrong thought patterns and enable you to replace them with His truth.

5. Increases your intimacy with God

As you humbly express yourself to God, you will be more aware of who you truly are and who He is. Your ability to discern His leading and experience His joy and peace will rise incredibly.  There are many other reasons to journal, but this is the BEST one!

There’s no right or wrong way to journal. Let God guide your pen. You’ll be surprised at your spiritual growth as you record your journey with God. Plus it’ll make reminiscing with your Savior a lot easier!

7 Steps From a Defeated Mindset to One of Victory: Part 4 (Last 4 Steps)

So far we’ve covered the first 3 steps of living a victorious life: Get serious about changing, believe it is possible, and change our thinking pattern. Next:

Step 4 Make the effort

Revamping our deeply entrenched belief system is no easy task! You may be thinking, “But I did try and failed. I just couldn’t do it!” Let me ask you:

  • How long did you try? 1 day, 1 week, 1 month? Do you really expect to overcome a pattern of stinking thinking of 20+ (or whatever) years overnight?!
  • Did you really put out the effort? Or did you expect God was going to step in and just zap your issue away?  He doesn’t work that way. He could. However, God wants to increase your intimacy with Him. Besides, you probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much if it was just handed to you on a silver platter. God desires mature children, not spoiled brats.

Accept the fact: It’s going to take time and effort!

The Bible tells us to pursue righteousness. That implies lots of effort and perseverance. Don’t give up! Review the reasons why you want to change (see Step #1).

Step 5 Do it God’s way and in His strength, i.e. Surrender

If we try changing our pattern of thinking without God, we are going to fail. Period. Your Maker knows everything about you. Everything (see Ps 139). He knows which truths you need now and how to communicate them to you in a way that makes sense to you.

He also has the power to change your thinking as well as your heart. God Himself will do it in you. Listen to what Nancy DeMoss says in her book Surrender:

“Once I came to that point of surrender, God began to ignite faith in my heart—faith that He would enable me to do whatever He called me to do, in spite of my personal limitations and inadequacies.”*

That’s not faith in ourselves, but faith in Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:1).

Surrender your pride and be willing to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Let God have His perfect way in you. Trust me –you won’t be disappointed!

Step 6 Apply the Truth

Knowing the truth is only the beginning and, alone, is not enough . We must apply it to our lives. What truths of God can you apply to your wrong thinking today?

Step 7 Praise Him for every single victory and for what He is going to do

I think this is one of the main reasons we aren’t seeing quicker and lasting results in changing our perspective. Giving God the glory will keep you faithful, motivated, and persistent. God loves the praises of His children and will bless you greatly for attributing any success to Him alone.

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God has given me victory in many areas of my life by using these principles. These truths work! They will work for you if you apply them.

Cooperate with God and do your part. Then watch how the King of kings and lover of your soul gives you the mind of Christ in increasing measure!

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)

 

 

*Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Surrender (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2005), 234.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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