Personal journaling for Christians…

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Glory of the New Born Christ

In my search for how to explain this journal I was reminded of the fact that this is not my work, but His work that I am trying to allow to work through me. I have found great strength in not only reading God’s word daily, but also journaling on how I hear God speaking to me. The vision that I have is for every one of our brothers and sisters in Christ to be journaling about how the Word is speaking to them through the daily readings, but it doesn’t mean that the actual posting of mine or your thoughts would necessarily happen after the initial reading of the daily readings, and I have recently added the Divine Office of Readings to my morning reading before Mass.

I believe we are all called to take part in the daily experience of the Mass, when it is possible.  Also, I believe that the Word is talking directly to us all in a different way that respects the gifts that we have been given. It may not be possible for us to participate in the Mass every day, so this can be a very real way to experience the Word even when we cannot take part in the Mass and even more when we can.  If the vision that I have for all of us to be journaling is realized, imagine the fountain of truth that will be available for anyone who wants to plug-in to it…(especially if everyone who is able to, is posting their journal online!)  I have learned that sometimes it may be better to wait until after I have heard the readings at Mass before I post my journal, but I imagine this discipline would be different for every different person, and there may be times that the scripture that moves me comes from the Office of Readings for that day or even the Morning Prayer.

Format for journaling…

- Find the date for the daily readings that are posted here:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/- I use my journaling exercise daily to try to discern how God is speaking to me through the readings…Of course, I submit my understanding of scripture for general consumption, in order so that others can see how the Word is impacting me at this present moment, and by no means feel that my interpretation supersedes that of the church…I will try to point this out during my journal posts, and hopefully someone will bring it to my attention if I have erroneously considered some aspect of scripture…God bless you!

My blog has evolved.  Thanks to the video posting that is available through WordPress now.  It has become very clear to me that very few people will take the time to read through my rambling posts.  I am, however, glad that I posted them, but I know that to reach more people, the blog had to evolve into something that was more concise and to the point.   I pray that God will continue to do good work through me and through this blog.

12 thoughts on “Personal journaling for Christians…

  1. A very good read and tips for sharpening our fellowship with God. Like our relationship with our partner and family we lose some degree of closeness when we don’t communicate. Journaling or writing down our praise, thanksgiving and prayers is one way of communicating with the Lord and keep the warmth of our relationship with HIM. Once He’s always with us, nothing can go wrong with our lives and none can be against us.

    I also linked this to my fb page. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks for the link on facebook, and more for the encouraging words about this project…I hope it can be a blessing to everyone who gets a chance to participate in it in some way,even if it is just reading how God is speaking to me through the Word!

      God bless you,

      Jason

  2. Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!

    • You are welcome…If you notice my most recent post, I have gone away from any specific format for my post. However, I still maintain that the original format for my journaling project is an effective way to open a line of communication using the Word of God and our response to it as the means to have a deeper conversation with God! God bless you!

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