Journaling Workshop 2. June 10, 2017
A few days after we completed Journaling Workshop 1, I heard rumors that Dr. David Jeremiah was giving a talk on journaling on his radio show Turning Point. Curious, I found the podcast online and listed to episodes 1 and 2. I couldn’t find a transcript of the episodes online, but here is the link if you’d like to listen yourself:
Here are my notes from listening to the Turning Point broadcast about Journaling (link above) by Dr. David Jeremiah on May 30, 2017:
“What is a journal? Well, a journal is a lot more than a diary. It is a daily account of your walk with God. It can include a list of prayers God has answered. Sometimes, it involves interaction with the scriptures. It can become one of the best methods for charting your spiritual growth. Somebody has defined a journal like this: A journal is a book in which your keep a personal record of events in your life, of your different relationships, of your responses to things, of your feelings about things, of your search to find out who you are and what the meaning of your life might be. It is a book in which you carry out the greatest of life’s adventures; The discovery of yourself. I like Donald Whitney’s definition because it sees journaling from the Christians perspective. Here is what he wrote; ‘A journal is a book in which a person writes down various things. As a Christian, your journal is a place to record works and ways of God in your life. Your journal can also include an account of daily events, a diary of personal relationships, a notebook of insight into the scriptures, and a list of prayer requests and how God responds to them. A journal is where spontaneous devotional thoughts or lengthy theological musings can be preserved. A journal is one of the best places for charting your progress and the other spiritual disciplines and for holding yourself accountable to your goals.’ ”
Dr. David Jeremiah lists the following benefits of keeping a journal,
- “Help you remember what God is doing in your life (we easily forget)
Make remembering a high priority.”
“We cannot see what God is doing in the present. Keep trusting Him- Remember the work of the Lord.”
- “Write down answers to prayer/ God’s works.”
- “Respond to life honestly; book by Ronald Klug How to Keep a Spiritual Journal.(Writing) can help us be more honest with ourselves.”
- “A personal communion- Search out your own heart.”
- “Writing in your journal-talking things out with God.”
- “Reflect on the meaning of your experiences”
From Part two of the Turning Point broadcast by Dr. David Jeremiah on May 31, 2017 “The Fine Art of Journaling.” Dr. Jeremiah asks us, “What exactly should you write about?” Here is what he suggested are things to get your started:
- “What God is Doing
- Respond Honestly
- Reflect on Meeting (with God)
- Record Progress
- Remember God (the wonderful things He has done)
- Regain Lost Momentum”
“Wonderful quotes, spiritual references, things I have heard on the radio. Choose a date and go back five our six years. Remember how good God is. Learning as you go.” Dr. Jeremiah recommends reading the book he wrote: Prayer the Great Adventure. “Keeping a journal implores you to see and improve on a day to day basis.” He states that he takes time every few months, or at the end of the year to go back and read what he has written and reflect upon his time with God during that time period. This can help you see “repeating patterns in your life as you reelect on past experiences. If we don’t keep track of our progress, we will never grow.”
Again, Dr. Jeremiah asks the question, “What do we write?” Here are some more of his suggestions:
- “Write out your prayers ad least 3-4 times a week. This helps with organization/staying on track.”
- “Insights from God’s word. Reading and responding from the Bible. What did God tell you from this?”
- “Write down quotes from books you are reading. “ He suggests reading the book by Andrew Murray With Christ in the School of Prayer.”
- “Write about your doubts and fears, and hurts, depressions, disappointments, and anxieties. From the book On the Other Side of Silence by Morton Kelsey, Dr. Jeremiah quotes, ‘I write about my angers, and fears, and hurts, my depressions, disappointments, and anxieties, my joys and thanksgivings in short I set down the feelings and events that mattered to me. High moments and low moments, my journal is like a little island of solid rock on which we can stand and see the waves and storms for what they really are.’ ”
- “How you learn from your journal. Harvesting: read over the key times of difficulty in writing.” Dr. Jeremiah speaks of how he was writing his prayer requests down and could later see himself asking God for the same things over and over. He read a book on journaling titled Personal and Spiritual Grown Through Journal Writing by Luci Shaw and the book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, which inspired his journaling.
Part 3. [This part was not inspired by Dr. Jeremiah]
Creating journals from found-recycled-old-used-repurposed and unwanted-books
- Acrylic Paint
- Watercolor Paint
- Acrylic Gesso
- Paint brush 1” Wide
- Cardboard (from a cereal box works well)
- Laundry Clips/ Clothes Pins
- Choose and old book, or page in your journal. We are going to cover all or part of this page with Acrylic Gesso.
- Place a piece of thin cardboard behind the page you are working on. Use clothes pins to hold in place if necessary. Apply a light, thin coat of gesso on your page over any words or pictures you would like to cover.
- The lighter weight the pages, the thinner your painted coat of gesso needs to be. You will need to allow the gesso to dry between coats. Either use a hair dryer on cool setting, allow it to air dry, or fan it with a piece of cardboard.
- If you paint the gesso on too thick, and your page wrinkles it could also stick to the page underneath it. See examples. This process sometimes takes days of work, painting layers, then setting it aside to let it dry, to get a good result.
- Once your page is dry, you will have a white foundation to paint, glue, journal, or whatever you would like on. See example (coming soon).