Life Journal Reading
You'll need three items: a Bible, a pen/pencil and a journal.
When Should I Journal?
It is a good idea to set aside a certain time in your schedule each day and find a quiet place where you won't be distracted. It's not important when you do your devotions, but that you make it a very important part of your day.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time, to reflect on and review some of the 'gems' that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! And while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your small group or mentors. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.
Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date in your LIFE JOURNAL, or take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple. The important thing is to show up for your daily appointment, because God is always waiting for you!