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RENEW YOUR MIND by JOURNALING


 
 

Romans 8:6


6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.


Romans 12:1-2


12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


2 Corinthians 10:5


5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


Philippians 4:8


8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


Colossians 3:2


2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

 
Whatever you think about grows. Don’t focus on what you are going through. Focus on what you are going to do! — Dr. Caroline Leaf
 

Renew Your Mind by Journaling

 

Yesterday, our focus was on a way to rest by meditating on God’s Word so that our actions will line up with His truths. There are many ways to let Scripture saturate our spirits. God’s truth will literally pour over our minds, and we will begin to see things differently. As we meditate on God’s Word, our minds will recover, refresh and renew, and we will find the experience of rest that we didn’t think was possible.


In order to get the most out of our time in God’s Word, we can integrate journaling, or as Counselors call it Writing Therapy, as part of our daily practice. I will be very honest I have not been able to be disciplined enough to reap the benefits of this practice, however, I do know that many have found this practice to be extremely beneficial. For a little twist on this I found that recording my thoughts with my phone to be a helpful practice that has similar outcomes. Journaling doesn’t have to be in depth or in great detail if this isn’t something we are acquainted with. It can be as simple as writing a few lines from any insight we received while reading the Bible. There are so many ways to journal. We can write down our thoughts or prayers; some people even do artwork during their journaling time. There is no right way to do it. To help you get started, here is a simple outline to follow:


Choose a verse (or multiple verses) and read it.

Read it again, slowly.

Write it down.

Ask God for insight and write that down.


For example, let us say you decide to journal about Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” After reading through it two to three times, we write it down. We might even choose to write it down in different Bible versions. (Hint: What I sometimes do is go to biblegateway.com and type the verse in the search and then select a Bible Version like NIV, BibleGateway gives an option to select other versions and displays them side by side.) We finish off our time journaling by asking God for insight about what we have just read.


As we pore over Scripture using the plan outlined above, we can internalize it through the day. Another important aspect of Journaling daily is that the practice provides a timeline that we can look back on to see the spiritual progress we have made and the fresh ways that God has spoken to us in the past.


These kinds of practices help us to see things clearly and have a newfound perspective about how God’s Word applies to our lives and restores us from the inside out. And with our minds being renewed, we are receiving a rest that cannot be acquired by any earthly pleasure.

 

PRAYER


God, I pray that you would grant me a heart that seeks you above all else. Amen

 

TAKE AWAY REFLECTION


Have you ever made journaling a part of your daily time with God?


Choose one verse and journal about it using the outline above.


Write down any revelation that God speaks to you through today’s Bible reading or devotional.


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