Life Journaling

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Life Journaling

  1. 1. Life Journaling made SIMPLE How to hear from the Lord on a regular basis and record what He says through His word
  2. 2. The Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  3. 3. A disciple is someone who practices the HABITS of a disciple.  Honors God with his/her daily lifestyle.  Attends to his/her daily communion with God.  Builds his/her knowledge of God through His word and works.  Involves himself/herself in the family of God.  Takes care of his/her own family as God does.  Serves God together with others.
  4. 4. Life Journaling made SIMPLE How to hear from the Lord on a regular basis and record what He says through His word A disciple is one who… • Attends to his/her daily communion with God. • Builds his/her knowledge of God through His word and works.
  5. 5. What you will need  Time (30 minutes to 1 hour)  Bible (understandable version)  Pen and Pencil/Highlighter  Journal Notebook  Your whole being (1 Pet 4:7)  A sacred place
  6. 6. SIMPLE Procedure  Silence your world  Invite the Holy Spirit  Memorize & meditate on a verse  Pray accordingly  Listen for the application  End with thanksgiving
  7. 7. Silence your world  Select the best time and place where you can be alone with God.  Remove common distractions (e.g. computer, telephone, etc.) or remove yourself from them.  Write down urgent tasks and then forget about them.  Command your soul to focus on God (Psalm 42:1-2,5).  Worship the Lord through singing, reading a psalm or just thanking God.
  8. 8. Invite the Holy Spirit  Ask the Holy Spirit to come and speak to you through His word.  Ask Him to guard your heart and your mind so that you can focus on listening to Him.  Ask Him to clarify His word to you so that you can understand it clearly and apply it personally.  Wait on His presence before you proceed.
  9. 9. Memorize and meditate on a verse  Read a book of Scripture from the beginning (e.g. Mark 1:1) or continue reading from your last reading.  Stop when you encounter a verse that speaks to you personally. Make a note of it or highlight it.  Continue reading until you finish a chapter.  Go back to the verse that spoke to you. Memorize it.  Meditate on the verse until you can understand what God may be saying to you.  Write down your thoughts on your journal. Write freely and spontaneously.
  10. 10. Example of a Meditation Text: Ephesians 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” God’s message to me: I must always be grateful to God for all that He has given me in Christ Jesus, because He has given me every spiritual blessing I would ever need. Praise God!
  11. 11. Pray accordingly  Write in your journal a prayer based on what you have heard from God’s word. ◦ Example: “Lord, thank you for all that you have given me in Christ Jesus. Help me to be always grateful to you and to never forget what you have done for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”  Pray the prayer. ◦ You can add more words in your actual prayer.
  12. 12. Listen for the application  Ask God to help you apply His message in a specific area of your life.  Think of a past, present or future situation. Ask yourself, “How does this message apply to MY situation?”  Write your application in your journal.  Example: “I will practice saying ‘thank you’ to the Lord for saving me every time I wake up and before I sleep for at least seven days or until it becomes a habit for me.”
  13. 13. End with thanksgiving  Thank God for speaking to you.  Thank God for helping you to understand and apply His message.  Thank God for allowing you to experience His presence, power and purpose.  Ask Him to use you so you can share this message with others. ◦ Example: with your family, friend, small group, mentor, etc.  Sing a song of praise if you want to.
  14. 14. Finalize your journal entry  Write the date, title, text and page number on top of the page. (You can decide on the order)  Write the date, text, title and page number also on the Table of Contents of your journal.
  15. 15. Sample of journal entry Date: Aug 22, 2009 Title: Being Grateful to God Text: Ephesians 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” God’s message to me: I must always be grateful to God for all that He has given me in Christ Jesus, because He has given me every spiritual blessing I would ever need. Praise God! My prayer: Lord, thank you for all that you have given me in Christ Jesus. Help me to be always grateful to you and to never forget what you have done for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen. My application: I will practice saying ‘thank you’ to the Lord for saving me every time I wake up and before I sleep for at least seven days or until it becomes a habit for me. Page 4
  16. 16. Sample of Table of Contents Date Text Title Page Aug 21, 2009 Eph 1:2 Where it all comes from 3 Aug 22, 2009 Eph 1:3 Being Grateful to God 4
  17. 17. Start na! Ngayon na!

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