I have been journaling for many (many) years now. I have quite a row of journals lined up on my bookshelf. My journaling practices have evolved and morphed over the years. About two months ago, I realized my journaling practices were a bit "stale" and I needed to make some changes. I won't go into what was stale or the changes I made - but suffice to say - change I did, and journaling feels quite fresh again. I enjoy it. I have insights and discernment every time I journal.

For many MEN - especially, they don't know how to journal... what to journal about... and they need some accountability. So... when I read this post on the blog site (The Art of Manliness) I knew it would be a winner for men who want to learn how to journal.

Journaling As a Prayer


Journaling has been something I have done most of my life.  I found one of my old journals from 30 years ago and unfortunately it was more of a chronological arrangement of my day and not a reflection upon my soul.  If that would have been my style then it would have been very interesting to see if there has been much change in my soul in those 30 years but there is not much to gather from that old tattered book. The concept of reflecting on what God has done dates back to Moses where God commanded him to write out the journeys in Numbers 33:2.  They build altars to remember what God had done for them, a physical reminder of the blessings of God. 

Writing as a Way to learn

I am a writer. I write all the time. This goes as far back as the time when I began to be a "serious learner." No one told me to write. I just started doing it. And I found that writing was a CORE pathway, a technique for me to:

  • learn,
  • to process,
  • to reflect in a way that produced forward movement.
  • to advance my understanding,
  • to refine my ability to communicate the ideas to others.

Later I became an avid (Raving) fan of journaling. I journal (almost) every day. My journals are a wonderful mixture of prayers, reflections, drafts of posts, articles, essays, lessons... they reveal my thinking, my affections, my struggles, my journey... they are a record to which i return and from which I move on.

So I was intrigued with the quote from John Calvin that comes from his Institutes. 

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