Finding God through Spiritual Journaling
Article written by Alisa E. Clark
On the road to Emmaus the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus. Jesus spoke with them, asking them questions about everything that had happened to Him. Jesus then opened their eyes to the scriptures and later to His identity. After Jesus left their sight, the disciples reflected on their Emmaus experience saying, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
How often are we on our own road to Emmaus, missing God when He is right there with us? How frequently do we forget to really listen to what our heart is telling us? When our heart is burning we don’t often stop long enough to feel what it’s telling us. Most of us sense that we could definitely do better in this department. The good news is that Jesus didn’t leave the disciples sight never to return. Instead, He returned for ALWAYS. The Holy Spirit became God in them and then God in us: right now and for all tomorrows. Today our heart burns within us without ceasing whether we attend to it or not. God couldn’t bring Himself any closer to us than He already has.
Does your heart burn within you? Are you missing God’s presence while He’s right there with you? Consider igniting your experience of God’s presence through spiritual journaling. Many have experienced God’s presence in a new and deeper way by making journal keeping part of their spiritual life. Spiritual journals are an opportunity to travel a new road of encouragement on your journey.
Take another step on your road to knowing God by exploring the practice of spiritual journal writing. There are many resources you can use that are full of spiritual journaling suggestions and encouragements for those who are interested in deepening their relationship with God: people who want to get a little closer to the force that causes our hearts to burn within us. If you’ve never kept a spiritual journal before, the internet is a great place for you to consider keeping one. Spiritual journaling prompts and suggestions for the novice, as well as the more advanced spiritual journal keeper, are available with a click of the mouse. Search the internet using the words “spiritual journaling,” “spiritual journal,” “keeping a spiritual journal” and “spiritual journal writing.” Be prepared to spend some time considering the possibilities, because you will find that they are endless.
For those of you who prefer a more traditional approach to learning about journal keeping, there are many good books on the topic. “Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir” by Elizabeth Andrew is a wonderful resource for those who want to reflect on the spirituality of their lives. Within this resource book, you will find chapters for getting started on writing, developing the habit of journal writing and organizing your memories to tell your story. This resource is designed to support spiritual autobiographers and spiritual memoirists: those who want to document, and possibly share, their spiritual story.
You may also want to explore the book titled “How to Keep a Spiritual Journal” by Ron Klug. This book is designed to help journal writers who want to keep a spiritual journal as a way of exploring the spirituality of their past, present and future. Learn the basics of journaling including suggestions for getting started, keeping a daily record, going deeper, and writing for healing through this resource. This author chooses to title his last chapter “For Further Reading” so you don’t have to worry about where to go next to learn more once you finish reading “How to Keep a Spiritual Journal.”
If you’ve been keeping a spiritual journal for decades, or have just begun keeping one, you have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with God through spiritual journaling. Your desire for God can be ignited by using this spiritual practice. Discover the truth that your heart burns more deeply for the things of God and find out what God is saying just to you. Find God through spiritual journaling.
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