Last summer, I ordered myself a Write the Word journal.
I’ve always been a believer and I’ve had periods of great faith in my life.
But I’ve also had periods where I was not close to God and my faith was lacking.
One of my main goals in 2019 was to cultivate my faith again. I’d spent too many years distant from God or just going through the motions. I really wanted to try. I really wanted to strengthen my faith.
Then, as I said, last summer I bought my first Write the Word journal.
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How does the Write the Word journal work?
In the Cultivate shop you can pick from a variety of journals, I’m currently using ‘Cultivate Hope’. Every day I get to write something I’m grateful for, then I write out the verse that’s at the top of the page.
I generally write out the verse and then go back and read it so I can really take in what the scripture is saying.
Then there’s a full page for you to write out things that are on your mind and heart. Sometimes I write about the verse I read, and sometimes I write about my day. Other days I record a spiritual experience I’ve had in the past or something that happened recently, really, anything goes!
How my WTW has helped me this year.
When I got my journal, I did this practice a few times a week. Then my husband lost his job and a lot of things got pushed to the side, including my good faith building habits and this new little journal I was starting to love.
Then came 2020. In January I was pumped for the new year. I was (am) going back to school to finish my degree. I’m working on my book and having so much fun blogging. Family life is good and things were going well. Until February when my anxiety was the worst it’s been in years.
I had sort of started to find my footing again, when the pandemic hit and my anxiety soared, again. In the past, God has been the last place I wanted to turn to when my mental health was bad, but in March, the only thing that kept me calm was when I turned to Him.
I started reading the Bible from the beginning and the Book of Mormon. Searching BOTH for examples of when God has delivered His people. And then I pulled out my half-filled Write the Word Journal and I started every day with it.
The result has been amazing.
My faith has been stronger than it’s been in years, and I get to spend quiet time with God every morning, studying, reflecting, and recording.
To some, it might just be a simple journal, but for me, it started a change that I’d been so desperately searching for. In the quiet, as I wrote out scripture, I came back to God.
Yeah, I still have days when my faith is shaky. There are moments when I do forget to pray and to turn to Him first. But He’s on my mind more and He’s in my heart.
The best is yet to come
Amid the trials and the heartache, there are good things coming.
God is a God who delivers, and that’s something I’ve experienced for myself over the past two months. Maybe my Write the Word journal had nothing to do with it, or maybe it did.
Either way, I’m grateful for this small bit of structure I have in my mornings, and for a space to reflect on the things that God has been teaching me, instead of letting those truths go unrecorded.
I’m a firm believer in writing things down and recording our spiritual experiences (especially after studying this talk last week). If you’ve been struggling at all with your faith or wondering where you can find peace, I recommend starting small. Pick up the scriptures, grab a pen and paper (or your own Write the Word journal) and see how God changes your heart.