Spiritual Discipline of Writing

— Tom Sine —

(re-purposed from Jan. 2013)

In my last post I asked “Are you ready to embrace the new discipline of daily time in word and prayer as the first step in Living on Purpose in 2015?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA On January 1 I asked: “Are you ready to embrace new disciplines to follow Jesus in living on purpose in 2015?”

I invited you to begin the New Year by spending 30 days developing the new discipline of spending 15 minutes a day with scripture and prayer. This week I am asking “are you ready to embrace the new discipline of weekly journal writing in 2013?”

Remember for those of us that have difficulty developing new disciplines “… a new study offers hope, revealing that you are three times more likely to achieve your resolution if you do one thing: stick with it for the first 30 days. I would be interested in learning if you have taken the initiative to develop a new 15 minute a day discipline with word and prayer.

For those that find a daily spiritual discipline a bit daunting I want to offer you the opportunity to develop a new weekly spiritual discipline….Journaling. Essentially this is simply initiating the discipline of keeping a diary of your spiritual journey with Christ. I still prefer keeping my journals in notebooks you can buy at a stationary store. Many younger people prefer to keep a journal on their lap top or tablet.

There are some Christians who journal every day but I find most people are better able to do weekly journaling. I find that most people journal about the week past. Christine uses the headings from the Prayer of Exam of “consolations” and “devastations.” I tend to focus more on what God is teaching me about my many shortcomings or showing me all that I have to be grateful for. Occasionally I also capture a new insight about life, faith or calling which I immediately enter in my journal.

You need to find what time works best for you.

So here are my proposed steps in developing the new spiritual discipline of weekly journaling:

  • Purchase a notebook, diary or open a file on your tablet or lap top that you use exclusively for spiritual journaling.
  • Find a regular time to do your weekly journaling. Christine and I find that Sunday morning before church is usually the best for us to journal and share our journaling with each other.
  • Find a journaling companion to share your weekly journey with Christ as it relates to the important areas of your life. Christine and I always pray after we share and discuss our journaling.
  • Finally, remember if you can journal once a week for a month you have a very good possibility of developing this new discipline as a permanent part of your life.

Write me today and let me know… “Are you ready to embrace the new discipline of weekly journal writing in 2015?”