Write it Down: 5 Powerful Persuasions for Pen and Paper

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 5 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, you won’t go out of your mind!

Then you’ll be able to better 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!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Great idea Rose….I’m getting a journaling book this weekend and I’m going to apply the Five powerful persuasions you have outlined. I believe this to be a good start on getting my inner thoughts,feelings outside of my self to help declutter my brain as well as when I write down my thoughts it makes it concrete and a usable for future use. Prayerfully To draw closer to God and renew my mind as well .. Which would be refreshing and most of all praying for spiritual growth . Thanks, for your great blogs, Sarah

  2. Cheryl

    This is such an awesome idea…. So just be careful about your journal and guard it with your life. There were some awful things I wrote in there about anyone and everyone and everything that hurt me…and it has caused a total upheaval in my life. But on the bright side I am healing and I know God is going to work it all out in His time, His way. So it’s a great idea but guard it with your life if you have honest conversations with God in your journal. Thank you Rose for all your work. I have enjoyed the articles I’ve read. I can’t remember right now how I happened to find your blog but I’m grateful for it and the hard work you have put into it.

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