I think more people journal now than every before – whether they admit to it or not. I, for one, have been doing it since I was a child. I remember my first diary. It had a lock on it to make sure my eyes were the only ones that saw the treasured pages held within. Although I don’t think anyone, at the time, cared one way or another what I wrote.
As a child, I wrote what happened during the day. Sometimes I might actually have actual thoughts and feelings I wanted to record. But most of the time the entries consisted of a “went to school and met my friend on the playground during recess.” Can you relate?
Then as I got older, and had more to record, I would relish those times when I sat on my bed and wrote pages and pages about my crush of the month. Looking back now I wonder what in the world I could actually think to write about. But during my teenage years, I learned something about writing and journaling. It was more than just listing my activities. It was about adding emotion to my thoughts. It was during this time I began to start writing a bit a prose and “my” kind of poetry.
My journaling lulled when I got married and had children. I probably SHOULD have continued it, but it didn’t seem important at the time. But it was during this time I began a new “kind” of journaling. It was done in my Bible. There has been a surge, the last seven years or so, in the “Journaling Bible.” It is one that has extra-wide side margins for whatever you want to do – writing, drawing, etc. I have been writing in the margins of my Bible for YEARS. I write sermon notes, dates when I read some verses, cross-references, short prayers, applications, etc. I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon of painting and coloring in it. I really don’t want to cover up the words. But you know what? I love it just the same. Writing is my creative outlet, so it works for me.
Blogging is journaling as well. I have been blogging for over five years and it is a way of getting my thoughts written. The advantage of blogging is that I have met several ladies that share some of the same thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I find kindred spirits in my writing. How fun is that? There is a whole “new” phenomenon of bullet journaling where one combines planning with journaling. I have LOVED doing that as well.
Writing is my life-line. It is my way of connecting to the Lord, my deeper feelings and thoughts, my old friends, and many new ones. And in journaling, I find that I have so much more to explore in this world. Why? Because nobody sees this world quite the way I do. And the more I write, the more I have to write about. Thus my writing takes on a whole new flavor and has become fiction. One of theses days all of those thoughts will be put together in a logical way and I will be able to share it with the world.
Until then, I hope you keep writing, even if it is just a few lines a day. You never know how the Lord will use it on your life and for His glory!