7 Reasons to Keep a Diary

Sipping my coffee, I turned over to a new page in my book Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory reading the sentence, “Keep a diary…”

That little idea sparked fresh vision for writing. When I read Pearce’s encouragement to “Keep a diary. Once a week at furthest, call yourself to an account.” I wanted to pull out a pen right away.  
 
I’m sure you can think of more, but here are seven benefits of keeping a journal.
 
1) Journaling is a way to document God’s faithfulness. Many of the early puritans thought of diary-keeping as a spiritual discipline. I love the idea of writing as a way to remember all that God has done. I know that it can be so easy to forget the way God has specifically moved, but wouldn’t it be so encouraging to pull out a record in times of discouragement.  
 
2) Journaling is a way to call yourself to account. Michael Haykin, wrote that Pearce encouraged one to ask, “What advances you have made in your different studies, in divinity, history, language, natural philosophy, style, arrangement; and amidst all, do not forget to inquire, ‘Am I more fit to serve and to enjoy God than I was last week?’” (172) 
 
3) Journaling is one way in which you can see yourself grow over time. As we are being sanctified, ”renewed day by day,” and ”transformed… from one degree of glory to another” it is helpful to write down the fresh insight God is giving.  
 
4) Journals are a great place to keep your favorite quotes, scriptures, book titles, and other things you are learning. I have a whole journal dedicated to lists, goals, book titles, etc… It is fun to keep everything in one spot.   
 
5) Journaling can help record your thanksgiving, praise, and prayers back to God as you process life. One of my favorite journals to keep is my 1000 gifts diary. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book, I simply record what I am thankful for. I started at the beginning of the year and right now I am on number 69. It is amazing how transforming this exercise is.
  
6) A journal is a great place to list ideas. I love making lists. Lists of words, ideas, stories, imagery, etc…Then whenever I feel uninspired I can read over my list and I can usually find fresh inspiration.  
 
7) Journaling aids the writing craft. In college, for a solid month, the first thing I did when I woke up was write for half an hour. It was one of my favorite assignments for my creative writing class. I watched journaling improve my craft.

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