I designed this template for my Blessings Journal and I am working with it in my upcoming book “Above the Circumstances” (c) . There is no right way or wrong way to journal- and your journal may be different from one day to the next. I choose to journal in the morning- the quietest time of my day, but you may choose to journal throughout the day or before bed- there is no right or wrong time. I journal right after reading my devotionals and before putting the blog together.
I write very candidly and openly in the daily summary of life events. It is my open communication with God. I share it all- disappointments, frustrations, fears, anger, vulnerability- the good, the bad, and the ugly. And there are many days that my writing does not fit on three lines- sometimes it takes up the whole backside of the paper!
Journaling keeps me grounded. I try to focus on recognizing the blessings that God showers on me each day- and I think that if I wasn’t actively journaling, they might glide right by unnoticed and under-appreciated. I might journal about a special event, time with a special friend or loved one, spotting an angel, a time when I felt peace that would have rattled me to the core if I didn’t recognize that God is in control of my life, or even that plumeria plant that blossomed this year for the first time in four years.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises to us. I claim promises from God every day and I rely on God’s promises throughout the day. Today I claimed God’s promises of rest (Matthew 11:28), forgiveness (Psalm 103:12), hope (Psalm 31:24), peace (Romans 5:1) (Philippians 4:6), refuge (Psalm 118:8), patience while waiting (Proverbs 20:22), protection (2 Thessalonians 3:3), salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and strength (Isaiah 40:29). For help finding information about the blessings that you want to claim read more.
My journal becomes a prayer platform- as I write down my challenges I pray about them. When I turn the challenges over to God and check that box, that’s it- challenge surrendered. If I am tempted to pick that challenge up again and worry over it I can go back to the journal and see that I took the action, the deliberate action, to turn that challenge over- it isn’t mine any longer, and there is nothing to fear. God has delivered me from my fears (Psalm 34:4).
When I need encouragement I read over my past journal entries and see God’s action in my life. I make notes on past journal entries about how I have seen God use past circumstances and God’s answers to past prayers.
Again, this is how I journal. You might want to simply free write without any template, or you might want to combine approaches. Your blessing journal is your creation- but if my template helps you- that is a blessing in and of itself!