Journaling for Growth!
What is journaling? Journaling is the
practice of keeping a record of your
journey with God. This can be either
handwritten or kept digitally
on a computer or tablet.
Why journal? Journaling is a
“For as the rain and the snow come down from
heaven and do not return there but water the
earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving
seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so
shall my word be that goes out from my
mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it
shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall
succeed in the thing for which I sent it."
discipline that has benefited
through the centuries. Consider the
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
"I have been journaling for years and
the benefits are more than most would
believe. A journal is a splendid way to
spend time alone remembering and
recording God’s dealings in my
life.” (Radio pastor, Chuck Swindoll)
“The main value of a journal is as a
tool for listening to the quiet Voice
that comes out of the garden of the
private world. Journal keeping
serves as a wonderful tool for
withdrawing and communing with
the Father.” (Author Gordon
MacDonald in Ordering Your
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, that the man
of God may be complete, equipped for every
(2 Timothy 2:16-17)
Seize the Day!
Living God’s Word
Carpe Diem begins January 1st!
Carpe Diem, Seize the Day!
Knowing and Living God’s Word
How is God calling you to grow this
upcoming year? To know Him better and
experience His love
more deeply? To
take a stand for Him
at school or at work?
To disciple your
children for Christ?
Make 2014 the year
that you seize the
day for Jesus Christ
at home, at work, at
school, at play as you strive to grow more
deeply in love with God.
Carpe Diem is a spiritual growth initiative
for 2014 which is being offered to help all
of us here at Grace to do just that: grow
in our love for God and seize the day for
Jesus Christ! Since it is God’s Word that
must guide our steps as we move forward
in our journey, it is imperative that we
intentionally set aside a DAILY time to
interact with the Bible. As we learn God's
truth and put it into practice, God will be
glorified and our faith will grow stronger
(Matthew 7:24-27). So let's together
determine to SEIZE THE DAY in 2014 as
we live God’s TRUTH!
How Do I Get Involved?
You will need a Bible (print
or digital) and a Life Journal.
This journal has been
designed to help you track
your progress, reflect on the
Scripture you read and then
apply it to YOUR life (the
cup of coffee is optional!)
How does it work?
Obtain a Life Journal from the Journal Cart
after either morning service (cost is $5.00).
Read through the instructions on how to use
the Life Journal (p. 8).
Choose one of the following Bible reading
plans to begin reading January 1st:
1. Enjoy the view from 10,000 feet: Read
through the Bible in a year (using plan on pp.
14-17 of the journal). Get a big picture view
of the historical timeline and begin to see
how important themes in Scripture are
woven throughout the Old and New
The Chronological Bible; www.biblestudytools.com;
Watch for info on Carpe Diem Blog … coming in January 2014!
2. Drop down to ground level and watch
the Gospel unfold: Read through the
New Testament and book of Psalms in a
year (using plan on pp. 14-17 of the
Journal and read the New Testament
and Psalms readings for each day. Note
that every day will include a reading
from the NT, but there will not be a
reading from Psalms assigned on each
The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
3. Zoom in on a few books or a section of
the Bible (Pentateuch, Major/Minor
Prophets, the Gospels, The Pauline
Epistles, or some other section): Dig
deeper into the history and culture of
the time. Read using a plan of your own
choosing (but you MUST have a plan);
minimum plan requirement of one
chapter per day (which is about 30% of
the Bible). Teens who are using the On
Track Devotions from CE National can
continue following that plan.
Resource for reading plans: