Journaling can serve many purposes and has many benefits. Journaling can help you reduce your stress levels by reducing the intensity of your emotions as you release them on paper. Journaling helps to clarify your thoughts and feelings, helping with problem solving and identifying and understanding issues. It captures your story and as you reread entries, it may show patterns in your thoughts and behaviour, and hopefully change and growth in the long term

Self-care is both a purpose for journaling and a benefit of it.

Journaling promotes reflection- an important tool in ministry practice. It has additional benefits of Christians as a tool to for quiet reflection on and hearing from God. (Psalm 46:10)

Getting started

A blank page can be a daunting canvas on which you write your thoughts, struggles, questions, memories and answers on, but it is worth developing the habit.  Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • You can start by writing about your day: Dear diary, today I ……
  • Or start with your feelings: Right now I am feeling ……
  • You might read something in a newspaper, or a book, or hear a quote on TV or in a movie that stirs your thoughts and emotions. Write it down then write what it means to you.
  • You can write a letter to someone (alive or dead)
  • Praise/gratitude journal: I am grateful for…
  • Write a poem
  • Set and reflect on goals at the end of each year

No matter how you start, it can be good to always add something positive to what you are writing. It could be something you are grateful for (occasionally it might be just that the day is over and you made it through!) or write one thing you achieved for that day.

For my story on journaling at the end of marriage click here (I have been journaling since I was a teenager decades ago and have practiced many different forms).

Life Lines – a journaling workshop

This practical workshop builds from looking at the benefits of reflecting on life through journaling, to explore how to get into the zone, to practicing different types of journaling and finishes with strategies for building the routine. Types of journaling covered include:

  • Biographical
  • Writing your thoughts and feelings
  • Gratitude/Praise journal
  • Prompted thought
  • Poetry
  • Bible journaling- discussing and practicing different types (not in community workshops).

There is plenty of time to experiment with the different techniques before discussing tips for and then making a plan to develop a reflective life.

Workshops can be conducted at a time and venue to suit the organisation by negotiation. The usual duration is 3 hours.

For further information on the Life Lines Course, please Contact Us. Coming in 2017 On-line course

Journaling and writing

Why would a Christian writer want to journal? Apart from helping with writers block there are many benefits.

For Christians, journaling develops and records your conversation with God. Whether you are writing for the Christian or general market, across all genres, no matter the length; as writers of faith you want God to pervade your words and inspire you to influence others. In non-fiction genres such as autobiography, self-help and poetry journaling is a writing tool.

This workshop covers the benefits of journaling, getting in the zone, hearing the voice of God, and explores and pratices different types of journaling. It looks at the specifics of using journaling in the craft of writing such as defamation law.

Types of journaling covered include:

  • Biographical
  • Writing your thoughts and feelings
  • Gratitude/Praise journal
  • Prompted thought
  • Poetry
  • Bible journaling- discussing and practicing different types.

There is plenty of time to experiment with the different techniques before discussing tips for and then making a plan to develop a reflective life.

Workshops can be conducted at a time and venue to suit the organisation by negotiation. The usual duration is 4 hours.

For further information on the Life Lines Course, please Contact Us. Coming in 2017 On-line course

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