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Journaling Formats

Each button has a link to a helpful resource. I use all the formats at various times. 


This kind of journaling is written much like a letter. It is wonderful, but can take a bit longer to get the words flowing. The letters with circles around them are only there to teach, to visually show how areas of prayer in conversation with God fall in no particular order.  Writers tend to like this way of journaling. 

Dear God, I need your help with this big decision. You have always helped guide my path. I am afraid my wants might be getting in the way of your will. Can you please clearly guide me?.....

LONGHAND JOURNALING


This kind of journaling is done in the margins of your Bible Study or devotional and written in shorthand because the letter signifies what area of prayer is being addressed. (Click Sidebar Journaling button for link to this beautiful and deep devotional I love called Gracelaced.)


SIDEBAR JOURNALING


This kind of journaling is done with bullet points in 9 designated prayer areas/prayer circles.  With 4 talking circles and 5 listening/noticing circles, there is not a big white page to fill up that might intimidate those who are not writers. You can use colored pens and stickers to jazz it up, but a plain black pen works great too. Kids like to get creative in the kids version on the blank white page above the "circles,"

The format of the same placement of prayer area makes for faster journaling and the ability to jump in and out of circles if you are ADD or journaling time is interrupted. It also helps you connect the dots of what God is doing, focuses your time with God, and leads to action. The blank white page above the circles allows for overflow if the writing juices get flowing and you need more space or for Spiritual Art Journaling. The structure of the circles is meant to get you journaling easily, and the freedom of the blank white page gives you room to go where the Spirit leads. 

SPIRITUAL CIRCLE JOURNALING


This kind of journaling is done with a verse, pictures, words, stickers, markers, paints, colored pencils, washi tape, and clipped pictures. The images have significance that solidify the message and helps us remember and retain the learning just by having the visual come to mind. Any blank white paper works, just make sure it is thicker. Gluing two pieces of paper with a glue stick in your journal works too. This image is my custom cover to my journal, and that page is heavy stock for this reason. Search "spiritual art journaling images" or "Bible journaling" online for tons of inspiration.

EX: The washboard represents things being hard. Blessings can still be found even if we are walking through a valley. The marbles are the good things (although they might be small) we can find in each day if we look for them. The  fog in the valley can make the path feel dark, unknown, and scary, but we must keep walking forward. We will be ok with Jesus beside us. God doesn't want us to worry, but to lean on Him in the dark. He will make everything beautiful in its time. 

SPIRITUAL ART JOURNALING


This kind of journaling is done with fun craft supplies too, but it is more simple in nature because it's just a pretty list of important things around a topic, teaching, or sermon vs. overly personal content like the previous example.  It makes it easy to go back and get those main points. The repetition of writing it again drives the main messages home. I use the white blank page above the circles in my Spiritual Circle Journal for times I want to do this kind of journaling.

EX: This is list of things learned during a mentoring session to help overcome worry. When afraid, or if worry tries to grip me, I go back and reread this topical page and it helps so much.  

TOPICAL JOURNALING (with a flair)