“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
In 8th grade, I received a journal from a dear friend of mine, Julianna. I remember, at the time, thinking that journaling was something for elderly people, and I was a bit confused as to how I would ever use a journal for myself. I really looked up to Julianna, though, and she said she loved writing in her journal, so I began the practice myself.
Little did I know that the practice of journaling would change my life. I began to pour out and talk to God about everything in my journal: my hopes, dreams, fears, worries, questions – you name it. I created an ongoing dialogue with God and, to this day, writing is one of the most powerful ways I have found to connect with God.
Practice: Start writing to God in your own life. Write your thoughts, your fears, your worries, everything you’re thankful for, and anything else on your mind. Pour out your heart and let God become your most intimate confidant, your deepest friend. You will be amazed, as you look back over the months and years, at God’s faithfulness and provision, His guiding hand, and His perfect plan.