Consider your options when choosing a journal. You may wish to write directly in the margins of your Bible, on a blank sketchpad, or in a lined or unlined journal. You could even use a three-ring binder. If you use a binder, carry a few sheets of loose-leaf paper wherever you go so you can jot down any thoughts or insights you gain throughout your day and then put in the binder later.
Choose a time and place for journaling that is comfortable and free of distractions. Your physical space and posture can greatly affect your ability to learn and focus! Simple things like a comfortable chair, sitting up straight, and good lighting can all make a difference in your journaling experience.
Use your journal to clear your mind of distracting thoughts before diving into Scripture. Write down any worries or distractions, perhaps as a prayer, as a way of giving them over to God before you begin reading.
Express your heart to God and interact with his Word in whatever way best suits you. Journaling is not just about writing! Perhaps you are a visual learner who responds to colors and pictures. Try writing with different colored pens and markers, doodling, or creating your own drawings to depict a Scripture passage to better understand the story.
Make sure you are free to be totally honest with yourself and God in your journaling. Also, be sure that others around you are willing to respect the privacy of your journal. Hide your journal in a safe place if you need to. It is important that you are able to write without worrying about who else might read it.
Don’t become overly dependent on your journal. Sometimes you need to simply enjoy being with God in his Word and allow him to speak to you without the aid of pen and paper. If you are prone to over-journaling, set a time limit for yourself before you begin.
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