All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 1 Timothy 3:16
Want to Get Started Reading God’s Word?
Life Journaling is an everyday practice by the members of New Life. It is simply reading the Word of God, and asking yourself, “How will I be different because of what I just read?” Then, journal your response so that you can remember what the Lord has done in your life, and have a personal tool you can use to witness to your friends. Purchase a LIFE JOURNAL at our church resource center for $10.
Want to Journal God’s Word?
As we read God’s Word, we begin to see how God responds to things, His heart and His love for us. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and transforms the spirit of the mind. Then when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on what God has spoken to you. Without writing those things down, you may forget some very important lessons! Journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, but you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your 2 or More Group Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.
It is a good idea to set aside a certain time in your schedule each day and find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted. You’ll need three items: a Bible, a pen/pencil, and a journal.
It’s not important when you do your devotions, but that you make it a very important part of your day. For morning people, it’s a great way to start your day. For others, it’s 20-minute lunchtime appointments with Jesus. For the night owls, it’s the final act of the day, the time to quiet their hearts and hear God’s voice.
In our Life Journals we use SOAP
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out..
If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. No matter how you decide to do your devotions, the important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!