This is another “notebook” post, I suppose. Only that it’s more important and different. I’m pretty much sure I already mentioned this twice (first time here, the next one here) that I have this habit of buying notebooks without having anything in mind what to use them for. I know it’s kinda weird, but other girls have this attitude towards shopping and make-up (which I clearly don’t have) and I’m stuck with this notebook addiction.
While I was in Manila last month, I was starting to buy things to make my 2014 productive. I took the opportunity to look around there since different stores have a whole lot of options compared here in Legazpi. I was looking for a notebook for my devotions and another notebook for no reason at all (believe me, this habit comes in very useful when I need to start something and I can’t go out to buy a blank notebook). Well anyway, I spotted this brown Venzi Copelle notebook and it stood out among the “sea of notebooks” I was eyeing in that store. I told myself it’s enough for a whole year’s entry of my morning devotions (since I have a different notebook on night devotions and it still has a lot of pages left) and it’s pretty handy. So I bought it.
A few days after, my parents and I went to the Philippine Christian Bookstore branch in Farmers Cubao and I bought a copy of Our Daily Bread (ODB) 2014 in diary form since I wanted to give it a try. I forgot I already bought a journal for my morning devo reflections and remembered it only when we got home. So the journal has no specific use as of that moment.
On the last day devotion of the ODB 2013, Dennis Fisher put emphasis on how keeping a journal has helped him grow as a Christian. What amazed me was that he was so diligent in keeping a journal every year for 20 years now. As for me, I’ve been wanting to keep a spiritual journal. Not that I don’t have any experience of keeping a journal before, but I haven’t really had a spiritual journal before. Donald Whitney and Joshua Harris, in their books How to Simplify your Spiritual Life and Dug Down Deep respectively, pointed out the benefits of keeping a spiritual journal. Those are just two really good books I read last year that really helped me gain more insight on living the Christian life. So I figured it out: I’m going to start one this 2014.
I asked my sister, who is one great artist, to personalize the dull cover for me and voila. Here’s what happened:
|Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of my favorite verses and it’s a good reminder to always entrust God with everything I have to do with my life.|
Aside from the cover, I tried to put in a pocket envelope (which I also did with my planner) so that I could keep my prayer lists here (one for each day of the week) so that I won’t have a hard time just in case it gets lost.
|Pocket envelope at the back|
So what exactly do I write in it? Well, pretty much whatever floats my boat. An in-depth reflection of my morning and night devotions, and lists of Answered Prayers (AP), Things To Be Thankful For (TTBF) and Things To Pray For (TTPF) which I diligently write everyday. Aside from that, lyrics from hymns, songs and quotes from the books I read are written in here especially when they’re stuck in my mind as an LSS. I also clip in my memory verse for the day. Whatever comes into my mind – a thought, a prayer request, a testimony, a desire to commit something – I write it down.
|Here’s a sample page. I’m sorry I had to blur the other page because the entry there is a but confidential 😉|
I can say that I’m really having a good time writing in this spiritual journal. I have this feeling of wanting to get up every morning and proceed to having my morning devo and reflect on what God’s message is for me for the day. I don’t even know if there’s a rule or guide for making one or keeping a journal. All I know is that any thought, no matter how short or lengthy, as long as it’s a reflection on what God is doing in my life or what He is telling me through His Word, needs to be written here. I believe I started 2014 right with this journal and I pray for diligence I need to finish it and that I’ll be able to grow in grace in the knowledge of God.
Start your own journal! And may the Lord walk ever so closely with you! x