Journaling Our Heart
Journaling our heart in communion with Holy Spirit creates a deep spiritual experience, a journey into the depths of Love. It is a place where we write down our deepest desires, hopes, dreams, hurts and disappointments, sharing them with the lover of our soul, expecting a response. It is a place where nothing is off-limits. God already knows everything about us anyway. When you write your questions, concerns or words of adoration to Him, expect Him to answer. Don’t be too eager to leave these moments of communication. Always remember, communion is a two-sided conversation. God is always talking but we are not always listening. Holy Spirit is waiting with great anticipation to reveal Jesus, waiting to reveal the Father’s heart
Journaling His Heart
Journaling His heart is a place of intimate communion where He shares His thoughts, feelings, impressions and words. Yes He longs to share words with us, words of encouragement, instruction and even correction. Sometimes we expect some mysterious voice, but for the most part Holy Spirit speaks to us in our own voice. Many times the thoughts of God, especially when positive, are dismissed as simply our own imaginings, while the lies of the enemy of our soul are accepted as fact. Despite any negative aspects of our past with all its hurts and wounds we must determine to separate the goodness and mercy of our heavenly Father’s character from all we have experienced at the hands of others. Journaling God’s heart to us will free us from the chains of the past. In His word He tells the truth sets us free. When we journal His heart, His words of love and affirmation will set us free. We must choose this day not only who we will serve but who we will believe.
Journaling Basics No Need To Be An Expert
There is no need to be an expert writer, no need to know proper grammar, and no need to feel inadequate in any way. Don’t pause to fix punctuation or grammar mistakes. This is a time for free writing. Let your thoughts stream from your heart, from His heart. God is waiting to hear and speak. He longs to fill the blank pages held within the tablet of your heart. You can respond back and forth to the things He says to you or wait and end with a prayer of confession, proclamation and declaration, agreeing with what He has said about your life. Maybe He will speak to you in a poem. There is no right or wrong way. Trust Him
Give It A Try
First write a few sentences of gratitude, expressing your love to the Lord. This opens the door, breaks down barriers, freeing you to express yourself. Let the thoughts and emotions come to the surface. Don’t try and push anything down into a place of denial. Express your fears, your failures and your successes to Him. He has answers and encouragement for everything. If you have any negative beliefs about yourself, write them down and ask Holy Spirit what Father is saying. If you have trouble hearing an answer, I encourage you to look up some scripture relating to what you feel or think. Find out what God says on the matter, agree with Him and then write it down by personalizing it using your name and directing the scripture at YOU.
You might suffer from low self-esteem or fear and this would be a good start. Your name, ______________ you are My beloved and the apple of My eye. I have not given you a spirit of fear but love power and a sound mind. Continue on with what ever thought from Holy Spirit you hear, such as: I am here to change the way you think about yourself and set you free from all the words others have said to you. Give Me every negative word or judgment spoken to you by others. Let me replace them today with My words, My words of love and grace.
I have found that a time of quiet worship and meditative prayer opens my heart up to hear the still, small voice of God as He speaks to me in gentle whispers. For example, try the song I Exalt Thee. Tell Him all the reasons you exalt Him and He will tell you all the ways He loves you During these times when you enter into your quiet place of worship keep a journal, a bible and pen handy. As a matter of fact, it is best to keep a journal of some type with you at all times. He may give you thoughts which need to be explored later.
Journal Using Scripture Verses
Times of Bible reading are also fertile ground to hear His thoughts and instructions. Alone time with God creates a sea of opportunity. Pick a verse or daily devotion, mediate on it, pray and listen for Holy Spirit to speak. This is separate from the above mentioned scripture search. We need not wait or feel we should only journal when in a place of trouble or emotional need. Holy Spirit is always there desiring to give instruction. Take advantage.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians KJV). 1. I am Your new creation and the old things of My life have passed away. I choose to give up, to lay my old ways of thinking at Your alter. After continuing with more self-proclamation about what say it would be good to listen for a response. Feel free to incorporate as many scriptures into this process as you like. The more you include the more encouraged you will be. 2. Write your name. __________ are My new creation and I have removed the old man that you were. Right now by the power of Holy Spirit I am touching the deep places of your heart, renewing your mind to think like Me. Once you have completed your entry it is an opportune time to take the things Holy Spirit has said and write them back as a prayer or declaration of agreement according to what He has spoken to you.
Journal to Minister Healing to Your Inner Child
As you spend time in worship, the Lord may remind you of a time in your childhood. Whether you remember a painful or joyful experience, listen and write down the words Holy Spirit speaks to you. Let the Spirit of the Lord speak gentle healing words to any painful situation that wounded you when you were young. Write as if He is speaking to a child. As these words are written and you read them out loud healing will take place, freeing you in your present. Maybe you were made fun of on the playground or picked last for teams. Maybe you were told all your life you would never amount to anything or told you were stupid, lazy etc. The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated by the enemy. Life and death are in the power of the tongue so words have the ability to encourage or destroy (Proverbs 18:20-22). Just a side thought, remember this when you speak to others.
Imagine the situation and the feelings you still harbor over it. Consciously give it to the Lord and ask Him to speak to you about how He felt when the circumstance took place? Write your name. ____________ I was there and I saw it all. It was never My heart toward you. I always choose you first. You are My favorite one. I formed you in your mother’s womb. No matter who forsakes you, I will never forsake you and take care of you. I have always known you. I planned a destiny for you before the worlds were formed. It was My will for those who nurtured you to help you discover just how special you are, but they like you, have free will and chose to walk a different way in this matter. I am here to day to rectify the situation, remove the sting and fill you with My love and acceptance. Open your heart and let My shepherding heart speak to you.
Journal by Writing Your Concerns in Question Form
Write your concerns in question form, then stop close your eyes and listen. If you still struggle, imagine the Lord telling you how much He loves you. Write down His words of love which you know are based on Scripture. For example: I love you with an everlasting love. You are My heart’s desire. I just want you to know I am for you and not against you. Open up and let Me pour My goodness into your life today√Ę‚ā¨¬¶ Other ways to start are: written prayers, a Bible verse or a favorite worship song. Once you start with what the Word says He says and feels about you, the rest will come. Don’t be afraid and trust Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth. He will speak to you with scriptures stored up in your heart. This is why it is so important to read and know the word. The more you know, the more He can use to speak back to your heart.
Journal Conclusions and Results
Conclude your journal entry with some questions for further reflection based on what He has said to you, or with specific points of instruction He wishes for you to walk out in your everyday life. You may want to come back later and enter your journal on the computer, adding relevant scripture verses and thoughts. I have found when I do this the Holy Spirit speaks even more to me, blessing me with the Father’s love. Your Journal has the potential to become the catalyst, the jumping off point, catapulting you into the greatest transformations of your life. It becomes an altar of remembrance, a collection of God’s heart, and yes, an expression of the greatest love story ever told to the one He loves the most-YOU
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