As I walked around Barnes and Noble, picking out my 2024 journals, I noticed vacant spaces on the shelves and a small selection. It seems the New Year is a popular time to begin a journaling practice.
I love to journal, and my journaling practice has come up quite a bit lately in conversation. So, I thought it would be the right time to add to and repost a past blog called “Dear God…” from 2015. Since I wrote this piece, my journals have become even more dear to me and have served as therapeutic tools as I have navigated the trials, traumas, and joys of these almost eight years.
As a child, I loved my diary. I used it to record the day’s events (which I still do), my secret crushes, happy times with friends, and girlhood sorrows. There were times I propped it next to my mom’s bed so she could see on paper the struggles of my heart, emotions I found too difficult to express verbally. These diaries are like written pictures, and I am grateful for the insight into who I was once upon a time.
In my adult life, journaling has been a beautiful vehicle – aiding my spiritual growth, contributing to emotional healing, and drawing me to God in prayer.
Whether or not you are a “natural journaler,” it is never too late to become one. This discipline has spiritual benefits, and I’d like to share some with you. Continue Reading