Journaling as a spiritual discipline

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

One of my missionary heroes is Jim Elliott. Reading his biography in The Shadow of the Almighty both demonstrated the value of and challenged me in the practice of “daily” journaling.

Journaling is a spiritual discipline. It helps you shape your thoughts. It records your progress, or lack thereof. It visualizes the structure of what you are reading, thinking, doing, what events and people and Scripture impact your life. It is a chronicle of your life — however simply recorded in the journal. Without a journal it would be impossible for me to recount how and what God did and what I’ve learned through life. Much would be lost.

In recent years, my devotional journal has also become my “day book”; that is, I also record highlights of the day or days or week: work activities, contacts, phone call notes, etc. That, too, has proven to be an invaluable record for future reference.

As I fill up one journal book, I go back and read pretty much everything written in order to transfer to the new journal the most important highlights and significant information to which I may want in hand into the foreseeable future. So, that process or review and re-recording of highlights becomes a golden opportunity for reflection and thanksgiving upon God’s goodness and His inimitable Hand in my life.

Below I’ve condensed an article from somewhere (I don’t remember where I got it. A men’s ministry called “The Journey”, I think), written apparently by a Bryan Craig about journaling. Enjoy!


Journaling 101

On our Journey to Intimacy with Christ, one of the key components in helping men get to this place is Journaling. This is a foreign concept to most men. They either think this practice is something for women, who have kept diaries since they were little girls or [worse] …

How do I get started?