Because journaling clarifies my thoughts

Because journaling lessens the need to discuss hurts with other people

Because journaling can encourage the saints (think Oswald Chambers and Jim Elliot)

Because journaling will be an “omer of manna” for future generations (Exodus 16:32-33)

Because journaling reveals my motives

Because journaling collects my prayers

Because journaling shows my growth and how I have changed over time

Because journaling allows me to express myself, mistakes and all, with no expectations, no condemnation, no time expiration

Because journaling requires me to slow down in the midst of a chaotic world

Because journaling is an esoteric society – when I see someone with a journal I smile because they are “in” and my heart automatically warms toward them

Because journaling is therapeutic for my soul

Because journaling reveals my areas of failure and re-reading past journals reminds me to tread carefully

Because journaling synthesizes my life – my thoughts, my feelings, my prayers, my devotions, my favorite songs and verses all in the same place

Because journaling allows me to express the things I share with no one

Because journaling means lists of prayers and praises

Because journaling focuses my prayers

Because journaling is a private endeavor in the midst of a very public society (like Facebook)

Because journaling is so utterly different than homework (my grammar and spelling don’t count, nor does my penmanship!)

Because journaling is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and a reminder when I begin to doubt
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