Quick Journaling Tips

Do you know someone who has always wanted to journal but just couldn’t quite figure out where to start or exactly what to write?

There are great articles out there on the power of journaling, so we won’t get into that today, but we’ve got two quick ideas that can get you and your kids started.

First (and this is the fun part), head to the store and pick out a new, fresh journal. Get one you really LOVE! Then find a good home for it in your house – maybe on your night stand, on the coffee table, kitchen counter – where ever you think you’ll take a few minutes to write everyday. Help your kids find a place to put theirs too. And don’t forget to have a pen close by. I’ve got two – one in a basket next to my bed, and one in my purse.

Idea #1 – Dream Journal    When you wake up in the morning (or maybe even in the middle of the night), take a few minutes to remember and write down your dreams. Ask God to reveal what they mean.

Idea #2 – Prayer Journal     Spend a few minutes every day writing down your prayers. Thank God for all the great things happening in your life, and write down all of your petitions.

Here’s a key to valuable journaling – every few months, go back and read the pages carefully. You might want to sit at the computer and type out any observations (another form of journaling).

Hindsight is journaling’s great appraiser. All the value becomes evident over time, when you can see how God may have been speaking to you in dreams, and when you understand why certain prayers may have gone unanswered. In time, you and your kids will also have something of a record of what was happening in your life and how you responded to it.

Happy journaling!

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.