Writing consistently in a journal is a powerful way to grow your faith and draw closer to God. Maybe you’ve kept a journal for a while but could use a little direction on how to go even deeper. If this is you, here are 25 Inspiring and Fun Writing Prompts to Grow Your Faith and draw closer to Him. I pray they bless you.
Growing closer to God is an exceptional opportunity. Each day I am in awe that the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe cares about me and wants to be in relationship with me.
I am not worthy yet so immensely grateful.
Spending time with God should be something we yearn and long for each day. It should make us as giddy as curling up to watch our favorite Netflix show.
But sometimes we get too busy or distracted and we lose site of this important part of our lives. I’ve regrettably been guilty of putting other things ahead of Him. Thank God for His immense mercy and patience.
If you’re busy or can’t seem to focus during prayer, writing in a journal is a great alternative. It’s similar to praying out loud but instead you are writing your thoughts.
HOW JOURNAL WRITING CAN HELP
Call me old fashion but I can’t help but smile when I get a brand new journal.
There is just so much hope on those blank pages. So much life to live and stories to fill that empty space.
This must be why I have about 5 journals that are all half full next to my bed. I’m great at writing in them for the first month and a half and then I slack off.
Unfortunately, I get bored or too busy until I am browsing the aisles at Target and spot a sparkly or pink journal that I can’t just say no to getting.
I rush home, full of hope. “I am going to write in you everyday“, I promised my new friend.
But in a few weeks this too has lost it’s luster and lay untouched on my bedside lamp stand.
This is a cycle I am trying to change. But it’s hard to just start writing sometimes. It’s like we need a reason to start writing after a long absence.
Yet I know how important it is.
Just the other day, I read some of my journal entries from a year ago and was amazed by all the things I had already forgotten about.
Like the time my car wouldn’t start in the driveway with all 3 kids already buckled in and excited for the craft fair we talked about attending all week.
I remembered how two of our neighbors notice my trouble, stopped what they were working on and came over to help us.
As I re-read that story, all the feelings of immense gratitude flooded me again. God answers prayers!
That’s the power of a journal.
If it wasn’t for my journal note about that day, I would not have even remembered it. Heck, I don’t even remember what I had for dinner last night. (some sort of chicken or was it pasta? See. .:))
Today, I want to encourage you to start keeping a journal as well.
There are numerous studies on the physical benefits of keeping a journal which includes an increase sense of well being and lower blood pressure to name a few.
The number one reason I keep one though, is because journals are a powerful reminder of not only the big things that happens in our lives but also an amazing instrument for seeing God at work.
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TYPES OF JOURNAL
There are so many kind of journals but my favorite two that I keep are:
1. Gratitude Journal – This is a journal you keep and write things you are thankful for each day. I try to include gratitude in every entry in my journal. This is helpful especially when things are not going so great to remind ourselves of the many blessings we have in our lives.
2. Prayer Journal – Similar to having a designated war room, you can have a prayer journal where you write your prayers. You can include prayers that you promise to say for someone else and prayers for your family. I love this idea and as God answers each prayer you can write an ‘A’ next it. Imagine looking through your prayer journal and seeing a bunch of A’s next to prayers? I think that might be one of the single most powerful evidence of God’s incomprehensible love and mercy.
25 WRITING PROMPTS TO GROW YOUR FAITH
If you’re planning to start a journal or have run out of ideas on what to write, here are 25 Writing Prompts to get you started.
I’ve created a beautiful download with these prompts if you prefer to print them out.
Actually, to make it more fun, why not print them, cut each one out and put them in an empty tissue box. You can keep it next to your bed or wherever you keep your journal.
Then at the end or beginning of each day, you can pick a prompt and start writing. Sometimes you pick the prompt and other times the prompt might be exactly what you need that day.
Which one will you start with?
1. Write about a time when you really felt God’s presence in your life.
2. Commit to making time for God. Think of all the ways you can make time for God.
3. “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). What does this verse mean to you?
4. My favorite scripture passage is? If you don’t have one, spend a few minutes looking in the Bible for one.
5. Right now do you feel close to or far away from God? Why do you feel this way?
6. I really want God to……
7. Think back on your day. When did you see God today?
8. List all the things you believe about God. Pick one to be your mantra for today.
9. In His perfect timing, God will…..
10. Picture God sitting across from you or next to you. He is looking right at you. What does He say to you?
11. I define prayer as……… I pray because………
12. God is in the business of changing hearts. I pray that God changes the heart of…….
13. Oh God, I praise you! Make a list of all the names you can call God. For example, You are my provider. You are my healer. You are my joy etc. Spend the next few minutes praising God.
14. Imagine God is sitting next to you or across from you. He looks you in the eyes. What do you say to Him?
15. I would be more happy today if…….
16. My prayer for my child or children is…..
17. My prayer for my spouse is ……….
18. Today resolve to forgive. Write a letter to someone you need to forgive offering forgiveness to them.
19. She who knees before God, can stand before anyone. What does this mean to you?
20. What do you see when you pray? How do you imagine God? Write a vivid picture of what you think God looks or feel like. Where are you? What do you smell, feel, taste, see?
21. Imagine you are in the crowd and Jesus is passing by. You cry out “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.” He stops, finds you in the crowd and say “What would you have me do?” What do you say to him?
22. List 5 things you are truly grateful for. Under those 5 write down what it is about them that makes them stand out.
23. Write down 3 things you can start doing today to draw closer to God.
24. Think of a time God answered your prayers. Write about it.
25. One gift that I truly want right now is the gift of ……………
26. Bonus. With God all things are possible. What things are possible for you with God by your side?
25 DAYS FROM NOW
Be sure to grab your download and get started today. I truly believe that this daily exercise will help you to recognize God more fully in your life.
Just think, 25 days from today, what will you be like? I’m guessing that everyone will notice a more content, more joyful you. Just in time for the holidays too. 🙂
Remember that what you seek is seeking you (Rumi). God is waiting patiently to spend time with you.
I pray you are blessed with peace, love and abundant joy!
Do you keep a journal? When do you usually write and why do you keep one?