“Journal The Journey” is a phrase I’ve heard mentioned many times over the years by several different leaders, in various settings like: personal growth and development seminars, psychology and counseling classes, Pastor’s Sunday morning sermon, health and wellness coaches, physical therapists, mentors and life coaches, etc.
In the moment, you may not think it to be all that important to document your life events, especially in a handwritten format. But, I challenge you to give it a try for at least 6 weeks and see if you still feel the same at the end. Just one entry a day for the next 160 days will change your life, in a really great way.
- To Remember things in the current week/month
- To Remind yourself of past events weeks/months later
- In Remembrance after months/years have passed
- To Serve as an ‘Altar of Remembrance’ for yourself, as well as for others after you are no longer here
Written reminders are no doubt very useful today, so much so that an entire company is dedicated to creating various shapes, sizes and colors of note size pieces of paper for your convenience. Trust me, the older you get, the harder it gets to remember things, so start now, if you’re not already doing so. You won’t regret it!
Journals are great because they create a story-line of where you have been, what you have done, and especially where you are heading, with all of the good and even the not-so-good stuff in between.
Handwritten Memories of life events that you may one day want to share with your beloved children, grandchildren, and all the great-grands that follow. Treasures they will surely cherish no doubt.
It’s the very reason why Our Father in Heaven had His own Timeline of Events handwritten. The Bible was handwritten by over 40 different Inspired Writers, over a span of 1,500 years, to serve as a Memorial of All That Had Been Done since the very beginning til Now. It also includes all that is still yet to come and All That He Is Still Yet To Do!
It’s also the reason why He commanded the Children of Israel to set up ‘Altars of Remembrance’, in different locations, marking different important events in time, because He knew they would soon forget all the Great Things He had done and of His Faithfulness.
We no longer build altars in the same way they did in the past, but journaling and writing can definitely be a way of remembering all of the Blessings and even the Struggles, as well as all of the periods of Battling while Waiting on the Miracles.
I began my own journaling journey many years ago, when I was just 10 years old. I’m 50+ now, so 40+ years of purposefully writing things down. I wish I could say I still had all of those journals in my possession, but due to divorce, natural disasters, and other unfortunate circumstances, I only have about half of those years stored away on many journal pages and even some in digital format on flash drives. It’s always a treat to go back years later to re-read and reflect on how far I have traveled, how much has changed and especially how much I have grown over the years.
It’s the reason I prefer to gift others with this very simple, very affordable, and very valuable tool, because each one is truly a Unique & Priceless Gift, especially after they are filled with the Handwritten Timelines of someone’s Life Experiences!