Intentional Journaling // The Words Journal Nov27

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Intentional Journaling // The Words Journal

Guest blog post by Kimberly McLeod

In 2010, I had the privilege of being mentored by Regina Williams, founder of Titus2.  Part of my Titus2 year with Regina included a lesson on journaling. I was already a lover of journaling and Regina loved to journal too. She shared her method of organized journaling with our mentor group. She had a 3 ring binder with labeled tabs and notebook paper. Her precious thoughts and prayers were written in black ink and God’s responses were written in red ink. This system allowed her to find those entries again and see what God had done. Seeing all the red ink entries was so inspiring. I was also drawn in because it was very organized and the entries were easily accessible. I immediately went out and bought my binder, tabs, and notebook paper and began to fill my pages. It was exciting to know exactly where to record things, and I could easily find entries because I knew what tab they would be under.

I journaled this way for several years; however, the binder was too large to put in my purse, night side table, or bring to church. As a result, I began to just use a traditional journal again. In 2016, I was trying to find a journal entry - a promise God had given me for one of my boys. I went through several journals, read hundreds of pages, and couldn’t find it. I had no way of knowing where this precious promise was. I began to wish I had continued journaling in the tabbed binder. If I had, all I would need to do would be to find the tab with my son’s name on it! How wise Regina was!

I began a search to purchase a smaller version of Regina’s model but couldn’t find one. Soon the Holy Spirit began to whisper, “Why don’t you make one?” This was another one of Regina’s lessons – how to listen to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit became so loud over time, I knew I had to obey. I am sure Regina was sitting next to Him during this conversation!

A year later, after much prayer and listening, I created the Words Journal! It is an organized journal for you to record your thoughts, prayers and God’s answers and easily find them again. Topical stickers in the back allow you to categorize 5 tabs for your personal journey. A folder inside helps you keep up with special notes or items.

I am so thankful for Regina’s investment in me through Titus2. I am also so thankful for journal entries that remind me of God’s faithfulness. In Joshua 3, God parts the Jordan River for the Israelites in response to their pleas for deliverance. After this miracle, in Joshua 4, God commands Joshua to gather 12 stones from the river bed and make a memorial. This was to serve as a sign of God’s miracle, to help them remember what God had done when they cried out to him. Joshua listened and heard God’s voice. God commanded him to make note of His miracle, so His people would not forget His faithfulness.

My journal entries are my 12 stones - a reminder and a sign that God has heard and answered my prayers and thoughts. He sees me and knows me and responds to me. Because I use organized journaling, I can go back and find all these prayers, thoughts, and God’s answers - all these red ink entries! These are my 12 stones! I want to encourage you to listen to the Holy Spirit, record what he’s speaking to you and rejoice!

You can check out the Words Journal at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wordsjournal or email me at wordsjournal429@gmail.com.

Intentional Journaling // The Words Journal Nov27

il_570xN.1369142321_iu1y

Intentional Journaling // The Words Journal

Guest blog post by Kimberly McLeod

In 2010, I had the privilege of being mentored by Regina Williams, founder of Titus2.  Part of my Titus2 year with Regina included a lesson on journaling. I was already a lover of journaling and Regina loved to journal too. She shared her method of organized journaling with our mentor group. She had a 3 ring binder with labeled tabs and notebook paper. Her precious thoughts and prayers were written in black ink and God’s responses were written in red ink. This system allowed her to find those entries again and see what God had done. Seeing all the red ink entries was so inspiring. I was also drawn in because it was very organized and the entries were easily accessible. I immediately went out and bought my binder, tabs, and notebook paper and began to fill my pages. It was exciting to know exactly where to record things, and I could easily find entries because I knew what tab they would be under.

I journaled this way for several years; however, the binder was too large to put in my purse, night side table, or bring to church. As a result, I began to just use a traditional journal again. In 2016, I was trying to find a journal entry - a promise God had given me for one of my boys. I went through several journals, read hundreds of pages, and couldn’t find it. I had no way of knowing where this precious promise was. I began to wish I had continued journaling in the tabbed binder. If I had, all I would need to do would be to find the tab with my son’s name on it! How wise Regina was!

I began a search to purchase a smaller version of Regina’s model but couldn’t find one. Soon the Holy Spirit began to whisper, “Why don’t you make one?” This was another one of Regina’s lessons – how to listen to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit became so loud over time, I knew I had to obey. I am sure Regina was sitting next to Him during this conversation!

A year later, after much prayer and listening, I created the Words Journal! It is an organized journal for you to record your thoughts, prayers and God’s answers and easily find them again. Topical stickers in the back allow you to categorize 5 tabs for your personal journey. A folder inside helps you keep up with special notes or items.

I am so thankful for Regina’s investment in me through Titus2. I am also so thankful for journal entries that remind me of God’s faithfulness. In Joshua 3, God parts the Jordan River for the Israelites in response to their pleas for deliverance. After this miracle, in Joshua 4, God commands Joshua to gather 12 stones from the river bed and make a memorial. This was to serve as a sign of God’s miracle, to help them remember what God had done when they cried out to him. Joshua listened and heard God’s voice. God commanded him to make note of His miracle, so His people would not forget His faithfulness.

My journal entries are my 12 stones - a reminder and a sign that God has heard and answered my prayers and thoughts. He sees me and knows me and responds to me. Because I use organized journaling, I can go back and find all these prayers, thoughts, and God’s answers - all these red ink entries! These are my 12 stones! I want to encourage you to listen to the Holy Spirit, record what he’s speaking to you and rejoice!

You can check out the Words Journal at http://www.etsy.com/shop/wordsjournal or email me at wordsjournal429@gmail.com.

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