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Journaling Justified
by Sylvia Baker
06/07/04
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JOURNALING JUSTIFIED

NKJ Isaiah 30:8, "Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll that it may be for time to come, forever and ever." The word "write" is recorded in my Bible 89 times, demonstrating the importance of recording life's events. Journaling offers many benefits to the writer, while creating posterity for the interest and pleasure of others, many yet unborn.

The practice of journaling demands a quiet time, a time alone for reflection and contemplation of life-events. Often our busy schedules prevent us this necessary and self-healing process of filtering through glad or sad occasions shared by family, friends, and sometimes our enemies. While journaling, our surroundings are often quiet and hopefully uninterrupted. This permits us to view life as through a prism, seeing the many colors of situations and relationships, rather than holding onto a misperception or overlooking a subtlety that may change the intent that once seemed apparent.

My favorite places to journal are out on my porch swing in the back yard or on a hiking trail. My husband, Dan and I, hike Gunpowder Falls, Rocks State Park, Falling Branch, and other favorite Maryland trails until we find that perfect setting for reflection. There, we unpack our chairs and water bottles, books, tablets, and pens, and settle in to enjoy a simply idyllic and timeless experience of clear thinking and praise giving; and then the ideas begin to surface. I am forever amazed that when my spirit is quiet, the "deep calls unto the deep at the noise of your waterfalls," NKJ Psalm 42:7a.

At this point in my journaling I find myself often making peace with someone in my heart, understanding God's boundless mercy more fully or simply marveling in the pleasure of His creation. Journaling is a magnificent way to share experiences with others while establishing them more lucidly and joyfully in one's own soul.

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Marcell Billinghurst 10 Jun 2004
What a wonderful way to record the journey God takes you on each day. Also a good way to remember how and when he answered your prayers. Keeping a journal is something I have not done, but our Pastor suggested we do it last Sunday in Church. I can see enormous benefits in doing this, for our own reference and for future inspiration. Very well written.




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