Girl, Get A Journal

“Encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worth of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

– 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV)

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”

– Anne Frank

I used to dislike writing. Writing papers, writing for fun, any type of writing, I disliked it. But sometime my freshman year of college, I really started to enjoy it; it became an easy expression for me. I started off journalling and talking to God. I would spend a few minutes a day just talking to God and telling him what had been happening in my life. He obviously knew what was going on, but it was refreshing to talk to Him. Journalling became an escape where I could get things off my chest, write down my hopes and dreams, scribble things that caused me pain and anger, and more. As time would go on, it was nice to look back at my journals and realize that God had been working in my life, even when I didn’t see it. The things I once asked God for were here. I was living in my prayer requests! He had answered those prayers. Not all of the answered prayers were answered as a yes, I might add. As Christians we know that the Lord always answers our prayers with one of three responses – ‘Yes’, ‘Not yet’, and ‘I have something better planned’. But even the ‘Not yet’ and the ‘I have something better planned’, those are answered prayers, too. And when he answers prayers how he wants, not how we want, those are the biggest blessings. Being able to look back at all my past prayers, I was able to praise Him and thank Him more than I could have had I not documented my daily prayers and occurrences.

You don’t have to use a journal to pray though. You can use a journal for anything and everything – grocery lists, to-do lists, class notes, a sketch book, travel itinerary, recipes, and more! Lately, I’ve found myself jotting down lots of to-do lists as school has started back; I’ve also been using it to write down lessons the Lord is teaching me. Ironically, on one page I have a completely planned out day from the moment I wake up until the time I get into my bed at night, while on the next page is the current lesson I’m focusing on – quit planning and controlling. If someone were to look through my journals they would be uberly confused at the irony! It’s one day and one lesson at a time here people. Like Anne Frank’s quote, writing helps me shake off heavy things while I write. If there’s something weighing me down, writing is the quickest solution to taking the weight off. Writing helps me see things clearly, or in using words from Anne’s quote, it helps my sorrows disappear. Day to day life can jumble a brain, I know it does mine, and this jumble can cause things to blur instead of being clear. If this is ever the case, writing seriously helps me see what’s going on and what the truth of the matter is. Between the prayers and the to-do lists and the sporadic notes, I seriously think I’d be lost without a journal and pen.

Another way I’ve been using my journal lately is for thought doodles. If you’re anything like me, your brain runs at a bajillion miles a minute and you can’t keep up. Sometimes I tell myself, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember that later.” No, that’s the devil talking. You most definitely need to write it down or you will most definitely forget it! Whether that be quotes I hear that I want to use in my blog, something I need to buy from the store, or a homework assignment, one minute I think of it, the next minute, that train of thought is G O N E gone. I’m telling you, a journal is one of the best investments you can make. Yes, I know our phones have notepads, but there’s something about using a pen to write down your hopes, prayers, lists, notes, dreams, that really hits the spot. Taking notes on your phone just isn’t the same; it’s not quite as satisfying. I’m a big fan of a physical note taking apparatus. Hint, why I’m telling you that you should invest in a journal, too!

If you already have a journal, great!! But if you don’t already have a journal, I recommend you get one! So, to make it easy for people to get one, I’ve designed a lined notebook paper journal for your everyday needs. I’ve been using one of my own journals for a little over a month now, and I love the message it sends. Whenever I pull the journal out, whether it’s at the grocery store, class, church, or just in my apartment, it reminds me to ‘Do the Thing’. Whatever the Lord calls me to do, I should do it! I should ‘Do the Thing’. I also put 1 Thessalonians 2:12 on the journals. This verse just really makes me smile. Why you might ask? Well for context, in the book of 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to the Church at Thessalonica. Starting in verse 9, Paul is telling the church how he proclaimed the gospel to the Thessalonians. Then in verse 12 he goes on to say how he encouraged, comforted, and urged them to live lives worthy of God, who calls them into His kingdom and glory. And that’s what I want from this blog. I hope that this blog is a big arrow pointing straight to the Lord. I don’t even care if you know my name, I care if you know the Lord’s name. I dream that this blog will do exactly what Paul did when he preached to the church at Thessalonica. I want it to encourage, comfort, and urge all of my readers to live lives worthy of God! So that’s the tea, sis. That’s the reason I put that specific verse on the journals. I want it to be a reminder to the journal owners, myself included, to live lives worthy of God. It’s also a great reminder that we can encourage, comfort, and urge others around us to do the same! When I really think about what it means to live my life worthy of God, I think about encouraging others to live lives worthy of God, too. As humans, our main goal is to glorify the Lord and point others to him through our actions and words. So when Paul encouraged, comforted, and urged the church to live lives worthy of God, he was, in a way, telling them they should be encouraging, comforting, and urging others to live lives worthy of God, too. It’s a cycle! And it’s an amazing one to be apart of. Whether you use your journal to take notes in church, or just to simply write your to do list, I pray you live lives worthy of God. And if my journals can help you accomplish that goal, then they have done their part.

So, if you’re interested in a ‘Girl, Do the Thing’ journal, here’s a link that will help you purchase one!

PSA – I do want to clarify that I’m not using these journals to make a quick buck or profit. I created these journals simply to encourage, comfort, and urge those around me the way Paul encouraged, comforted, and urged the church of Thessalonica. It’s all for the enhancement of the Kingdom of God!

‘Girl, Do the Thing’ Gray Journal

Lined notebook paper journal useful for everyday to do lists, prayers, recipes, grocery lists, song writing, doodling, and more!

$8.00

‘Girl, Do the Thing’ Blue Journal

Lined notebook paper journal useful for everyday to do lists, prayers, recipes, grocery lists, song writing, doodling, and more!

$8.00

So girl, get a journal! Start organizing your thoughts, dreams, prayers, to-do lists, etc. It’ll give you some peace knowing you can keep track of all the things you need to keep track of. The more you write, the more your sorrows will disappear. Life is crazy, make sure you have a journal to help organize the crazy.

XOXO,

Anna

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