Life Journal / Notebook

Why should I journal?
To develop a genuine growing relationship with God
 
When should I journal?
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.

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.

 
Let's Get Started
You'll need three items: a Bible, a pen/pencil and a journal/notebook.
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2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB) 
16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As we read God's words, we begin to see how God responds to things. 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 and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.

S - for Scripture
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.

O - for Observation
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.

A - for Application
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.

P - for Prayer
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.

S - for Sharing
Now this step can effect all the above! I encourage you to be transparent and allow God’s word to read you.  Responding or writing your observation out of a desire to develop a genuine growing relationship with Him and others.  This final step maybe challenging for some; however, in the long term this step is eternally rewarding.