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I can tell pretty quickly if someone is serious about investing in their personal and spiritual growth.
Lots of people say they want to grow. Perhaps they do. Maybe they desire a better life. They’re finally ready to get into recovery or wish for a stronger relationship with God. Maybe they had an incredible experience at a retreat or camp that filled them with motivation to see real change happen.
When folks talk with me about next steps in spiritual growth, I always ask the same question.
I ask them if they journal.
Most don’t. I ask if they are willing to start. Most say something like, “I’m just not into that diary thing,” Or “I’ve tried journaling, but it didn’t work for me.” Or most often “Oh, I don’t have time for that.”
That’s a bit like saying I really wanted to have fresh tomatoes in the garden, but that whole weeding and the fertilizing thing just didn’t work for me. If that’s how you feel, you don’t really want your own fresh tomatoes. You want someone else to grow tomatoes for you.
Fortunately, you can get decent tomatoes at the store, but there’s no store where you can pick up some spiritual growth. Nobody else can do it for you.
There are lots of tools that can be a part of a healthy, growing spiritual life. Reading and meditating on Scripture. Prayer. Worship. Service. The classical spiritual disciplines. So many options. But in twenty years of helping people pursue spiritual growth, the one thing that has consistently proven to contribute to spiritual maturity is journaling.
I’m not talking about keeping a diary or writing deep spiritual thoughts. I’m not talking about keeping a prayer list, or creative writing, or sitting in a coffee shop looking thoughtful.
Journaling for spiritual growth is a process where you reflect on your heart, your life, and what God is doing in your journey. Journaling, because of its very nature, helps you do this most effectively.
Have you tried it?
When I invite people to start journaling, I get a few common responses.
- Some say, “Nope, that’s not for me. I’m not a writer.” I hear you. But journaling isn’t about being a writer. It’s about learning to listen to God’s work in your life.
- Other say, “I tried that once. It didn’t really work for me.” I hear you. There are a thousand ways to journal. Prayer journals. Gratitude journals. Diaries. All of these have their place and purpose. But Journaling for Spiritual Growth is a specific kind of practice, and it’s something I’ve found that most people haven’t experienced.
Journaling has been the most consistently life-changing spiritual practice I’ve experienced in 45 years. It has become a place in my life where I regularly hear from God, where I’m challenged and encouraged, where I learn the things I need to learn in order to grow. The people I know who have followed this same path have, almost all of them, experienced the same thing.
Introducing a new course: Journaling for Spiritual Growth.
I didn’t plan on writing material about journaling at all. It’s just something I do, and something I recommend, but not something I’ve ever considered myself an expert in. I still don’t.
But this past year, during a series of sermons, I mentioned the impact journaling has had on my life, and I started getting requests. “How is this different from…” “What’s the best way for me to do this?” “Do you have anything I can use to help me get started?” And that led to this new six-week course.
I am so excited to get this into your hands. It distills the best of what I’ve learned into an easy-to-follow process that will get you started on the right track.
You read my blog here because you want a deeper spiritual life. Well, this material is one of the best gifts I can give you. In six weeks, I’ll help you get started on building a long-term habit that will be profoundly impacting in your relationship with God, and personal growth.
This course was just want I needed in many ways. It took away all my own restrictions that I had put on myself [and having] grace for myself when I wasn’t doing it perfectly every day…I feel closer to God in our relationship!Bernice H.
- In Week 1, we’ll talk about what journaling isn’t, and some of the reasons it might not have worked for you in the past.
- In Week 2, we’re going to talk about the secret ingredient of journaling that practically guarantees spiritual and personal growth. (It has to do with how we learn, and how journaling taps into that.)
- In Week 3, we’ll cover the essential tools and mindsets you need to make this work.
- In Week 4, we’ll talk about the core of journaling for spiritual growth. There are lots of ways to journal, but this core represents the vital elements that turn journaling into a spiritual practice for growth.
- In week 5, I’m going to give you three simple templates you can use to get started.
- In week 6, we’ll wrap things up talking about how to build a habit of journaling, and what to do when you miss a day.
In just six weeks, you’re going to have everything you need to get started. Journaling has been a life-changing exercise for me. Many people I’ve worked with tell the same story.
This practice has given me a stronger sense of personal identity. It’s led me into a deeper understanding of God’s heart. It’s been vital in helping me experience more emotional stability and a sense of peace.
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that building this habit may be the best thing you ever do for your spiritual life. It was for me.
Are you ready to get started?