Day 2 of my 7 day devotional journey
I find that journaling is such a therapeutic activity… actually using a pen and paper and writing things down. I personally think writing is a lost art in many ways because we use our phones/tablets/ipads/computers as a replacement for it. But there is something about being quiet and writing your thoughts down where you can refer back to them at a later stage.
According to the website ‘Positive Psychology Program’ writing can:
Boost your mood/affect
Enhance your sense of well-being
Reduce symptoms of depression before an important event (like an exam)
Reduce intrusion and avoidance symptoms post-trauma
Improve your working memory (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005)
In step 1 of the devotional method that I’m following, reflecting is an important part. It’s good to have a self-awareness so that you can address how you are feeling before God. Have you ever been in a conversation where you ask a person how they feel and their answer is ‘fine’ and yet you know they are not fine? Maybe they don’t know what else to say because they haven’t really thought about it or analysed what they are feeling at that time. Well, it’s the same with God. He really does want to know what we are thinking and feeling. Very often He wants us to tell Him because it’s more helpful to us than it is to Him (He is, after all, all-knowing).
So I want to encourage you to incorporate journalling into your devotional life. Write down what you are thinking at that very moment and then take that to God in prayer. You will be amazed with the results.