I used to be a journaling dropout.
I would get on a kick to write something every day or would take a challenge to journal during my quiet time every day.
Then life would happen and I would miss a day, and another… and frustration would set in as I tried to catch up. And then the notebook would get tucked away so it wasn’t sitting there reminding me how I had failed at journaling.
This was all before I discovered that journaling is not about rules and deadlines, but about discovery and learning and remembering.
Once I put aside the rigid guidelines I gave myself for journaling, I found myself connecting with God so intimately as I wrote whatever it was that He impressed upon my heart that day. If I missed a day, I missed those quiet moments with pen on paper, but I didn’t find myself feeling guilty or discouraged.
Our older two boys have their own private Bible time each morning. They both enjoy writing and drawing very much, so I bought them both notebooks this year to use as their quiet time journals. I had all these “rules” in mind about what they could and could not write in these notebooks, but the morning I was going to give them the journals, God brought to mind my own struggles with the rules of journaling.
So I gave them just two guidelines:
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