A research study in APA Journal of Experimental Psychology found that journaling reduces thoughts about negative events, freeing up our minds for other mental activities such as coping more effectively with stress. For Christians, a journaling habit is a way to intentionally set aside time for God and share thoughts with him while being open to his leading.
There are no set rules to journaling but there are benefits for people who try it. Just a few minutes a day can help you focus and help you remember what’s important. Yet many are hesitant to get started with journaling because it feels like yet another task, they don’t know where to start, or they put pressure on themselves to commit to writing a long entry every day.
Since the toughest part of journaling is getting started, Elevated Faith wants to help you with some journaling prompts about hope.
- How would you define hope? Is there a scripture verse that supports your definition? Note it in the front of your journal and consider memorizing it. (One suggestion is Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”)
- What do you usually look to as your source of hope? Why is that your source?
- What is one way you can live out the hope of the Gospel today?
- Think back to past scripture reading. What are some images of hope in scripture for the people of God?
- What does the idea of biblical hope mean to you?
- How does faith play a role in maintaining hope?
- How can you live out Hebrews 10:23 which says “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful?”
You might spend 10 minutes answering one of these questions a day over the course of a week. Once you get started, you may find yourself journaling for a longer period of time but there’s no pressure to do so. Start with a short prompt each day and see where it takes you.
Elevated Faith has a collection of journals that can remind you about a specific message and are easy for you to take on the go. The Hold on to Hope Journal reminds you of the theme of hope which has been especially relevant during this past year.
Their sticker collections are a fun addition to the journal. You can add them to the inside of your journal cover or use them on journaling days to remind you of hopeful messages. They can also serve as journaling prompts by providing a word or phrase to help you focus.
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