I really like a blank page. The possibilities are endless and there is freedom to hear God anew and respond to how He’s leading me. It’s not jumbled with mind dumps and ramblings.
Here are 5 prompts you can use for your own journal:
1. Faith Over Fear
Write a list of all the things you are fearful of. Don’t edit out. No one reads your journal but God and you. Write every single thing. Then, write a statement of faith opposite it.
Mine would look like this –
FEAR: “I am afraid I won’t have enough finances to last me until I am able to find a job or launch my side hustle.”
FAITH: “My God is the Almighty. I have faith in Him. He said even lions grow weak and hungry but those that seek the Lord lack no good thing. My God is a Provider, my help in times of trouble. I will seek Him.” Psalm 34:10
This is to acknowledge my emotions of fear so don’t keep pestering me and bringing God’s Word into the areas of fear helps strengthen my faith. I serve a powerful God and having faith in Him means nothing is impossible.
2. More of – Less of
Write about what you want more of in your life and less of what you do not want to have. In identifying more of what you want, ask yourself what is life-giving to you. In identifying less of what you want, ask yourself what it is that’s energy-draining.
Think hobbies, habits, routines, relationships, meetings, connections, etc.
As an example, mine would look like this –
MORE OF SITTING IN WITH JESUS; LESS OF SCROLLING INSTAGRAM
3. Lies vs. Truth
Make a list of all the lies you are believing. The accusations and self-sabotage thoughts you are telling yourself, the ways you see you are not measuring up, thoughts of comparison – not as good as so and so, the thoughts that make you stuck or depressed. Don’t edit yourself. Write every lie.
Now, pause. Then, search the Scriptures for the truth that replace those lies and write those truths next to it or below it.
You can do this in two ways:
- Start by looking up the antonym of the lies you’ve written down. When done, find a Bible concordance and find corresponding Bible verses that replace those lies.
Example: LIE: I am unloved. TRUTH: I am loved by God He gave Jesus for me so that I don’t perish but have eternal life with Him. John 3:16
- Once you’ve written down all the lies you can think of that you’ve been believing, first, allow Jesus to sit in it with you. Then, pray for whom you can process those lies. Who is your safe place? Who are your safe people? Find your tribe. Allow them into your pain. Give them the opportunity to help. If you don’t, try to find a counselor or a spiritual director. Invest in yourself.
Replacing the lies with truth is something I unintentionally end up doing once a month or every other week simply because I constantly find myself needing to renew my mind. The enemy is always trying to sneak into my thought life, the battle for my mind.
I need to put on the armor of God and defeat him with the truth in the Bible. If the devil can succeed in making me believe a lie about yourself then he can get you to question your worth, and get you to believe you have no authority in Christ. And lemme tell yah, you absolutely DO have authority.
Make a list of every single thing you want to see God grow in you, prune away, heal, or overcome, then pray over them. I really love doing this. At first glance, it may look like a list of all the flaws I see in myself, but to me, it’s fresh soil for growth to spring out of. If we are in denial that we have pride, anger, jealousy, or whatever it may be, then how can we ever heal from that? So, the first step is actually recognizing it and giving it to God. From here I like to sometimes do studies or dive deeper into Scripture in the areas I feel are really slowing me down.
Write down a list of all the blessings, good, and praiseworthy things in your life. We all have a ton of them, but they can so easily get swept away with the mundane day to day tasks of just surviving. So, take some time to actively see the good in your life. We often overlook what a blessing it is to simply have a place to lay our head, a meal on our table, a jacket, a car, and eyes to see it all. So jot down all of the blessings big and small sprinkled throughout your life.
There you have it! A few ideas to get your pen to paper.