Building a Strong Faith - Part 5

 

Journaling

 

Icebreaker: What discipline did you sometimes resent as a child but you appreciate now?

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Proverbs 7:2-3 Keep my commands…guard my teachings…write them on the tablet of your heart 

Psalm 77:11-12 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds 

Psalm 46:10  "Be still, and know that I am God” 

Jude 20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith 

“More than almost any other discipline, journaling has a fascinating appeal to nearly all who hear about it. One  reason is the way journaling blends biblical doctrine and daily living, like the confluence of two great rivers into one. Although journaling is not commanded in Scripture, it is modeled there. And God has blessed the use of journals since biblical times.” Donald Whitney

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Why Journal?

1. Helps you meditate on God’s Word.

2. Helps you express thoughts and feelings to the Lord.

3. Helps you clarify and articulate insights and impressions.

4. Helps you remember the Lord’s works in your life.

5. Helps in self-understanding and evaluation.

 

Questions:

  1. What is your initial gut reaction to journaling? Does it sound like work?
  2. Why is it important to record the works and words of God in your life? Have you ever gone back and read old journal entries – give an example.
  3. If you sometimes lose your focus while praying, how can journaling help resolve that problem?
  4. Why is journaling important even when you don’t feel like doing it?
  5. Donald Whitney says that, “journaling blends biblical doctrine and daily living, like the confluence of two great rivers into one.” What do think he means?
  6. How does journaling help us think and feel more deeply and biblically about God?

 

Please bring your journals to every Mens / Womens times prepared to share one entry. 

Prayer requests: