As a journal writing Practitioner, I am constantly sharing tips on the many styles of journal writing and how this thought-provoking practice serves as a tool for self reflection, personal growth and healing.
One of the most rewarding styles of journal writing is called “REFLECTIVE JOURNALING”. When helping people to uncover the value in this style of journal writing and what it can do for them, I saddle them with a daily journal writing exercise where they expound on the answer to the question, “What Did I Learn Today”.
Here is just an example, from my own journal entry, of what one can learn and how one can apply this lesson to their everyday lives:
October 12, 2011
What Did I Learn Today?
Reading “Do it Afraid”, by Joyce Meyer, has taught me that I have to walk back through the doors of pain in order to get through it. The more we run away from it, the more doors we shut and collect that take us further into the jail cell of fear where the enemy wants us to stay.
Every time we allow fear to stop us from doing something, we take ourselves deeper into the prison walls.
The key that locks the cell is in your hands.
You can get yourself out.
You can free yourself from this prison by using the key in your hand to unlock the door, open it and walk toward freedom.
Every step you take will lead you to another locked door, but your key opens every door that you encounter.
That key is the Word, God’s Word.
His Word is the key to unlocking every door that stands between you and your freedom from fear. The steps you take to unlock these doors are the realization that you have to walk in the direction of the locked door in order to get out and to be set free.
This means walking into the fear–
and not trying to deny it, or allowing it to hold you captive, especially when…get this….
YOU HOLD THE KEY!!
Is it the fear of talking to someone,
the fear of letting go,
the fear of making a much-needed change?
- Whatever that fear may be, identify it and give it a name. If you haven’t listened to Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear” in a while, it’s time to listen to it again, and again, and again. He provides a wonderful example of developing a dialog with your fears.
- Begin to dialog with the fear. Typically fear originates from the unknown or misunderstood. Your ability to give it a name and converse with it allows you to gain a new perspective on the fear, its origin and its ill-perceived power over you.
- As you begin to dialog with this fear, God will begin to lead you to an understanding of that fear. This is where you start to understand that the key that you hold can unlock the door and move you away from the invisible shackles that have kept you in bondage for far too long. That key is feeling pretty good right about now isn’t it?!
Fearful? Yes. BUT, when you truly believe that God is with you, you know that you can then begin to say and BELIEVE that
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Please take a moment to answer this polling question to begin identifying your fears:
Pamela Byrd (Wilderness Journeys) is a Spiritual Life Coach and Journaling Practitioner.
She is a staunch advocate for human potential and partners with individuals in learning how to develop the discipline of personal journaling as a tool for personal growth .
She has been journaling since she was 11 years old and conducts highly interactive journaling workshops both live and virtually for groups, churches and a variety of organizations.