4 Things Truth Journaling Will Do For You

I’ve been a long time fan of SOAP Journaling. This summer, I learned of another great way to journal called Truth Journaling. I am very excited to share it with you.

Photo courtesy of Calvary Chapel Olympia 

4 Things Truth Journaling Will Do For You

1. Truth Journaling will help you take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5) stopping  any thoughts, dead in their tracks, that come into our mind which are contrary to:
            God’s promises  
            Who we are in Christ 
            God’s will for our thought life (Phil. 4:8) 

2. Truth Journaling will transform you by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) as you set your mind on the truth of God’s Word.

3. Truth Journaling will make it clear which feelings are not based on the truth of Scripture so you are not deceived and believing something contrary to the Bible.

4. Truth Journaling will enable you to build an arsenal of Bible verses to counter any thoughts that are contrary to Scripture, and turn your thoughts back to what is true.

How To Truth Journal

1.      Freely write out what’s weighing on your heart and mind 

2.      Number each sentence.

3.      Now starting at the first sentence, one by one, hold each sentence you journaled up to the truth of God’s Word and determine what is really true based on Scripture.

4.      Under each sentence, correct any wrong thinking and pair your statement with a correlating Bible verse. If your statement does line up with the truth of God’s Word, write under it a correlating Bible verse testifying to that truth.

Example:

"Ugh! I am not looking forward to today. I have so much to do, I’ll never get it all done! I feel so overwhelmed, I don’t even know where to start. I need a miracle!

1. Ugh! I am not looking forward to today.

Truth: Though today is going to be a very busy day, this is the day that the Lord has made I shall rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) God will surely help me. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10

2. I have so much to do; I’ll never get it all done!

Truth: I do have a lot to do, but as I am faithful to commit my work to the Lord and seek His help, He will be faithful to help me do the impossible. With me it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible. (Mathew 19:26) Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

3 I feel so overwhelmed. I don’t even know where to start.

Truth: I feel overwhelmed because my eyes are focused on the problems before me, rather than on the promises, faithfulness, and character of  my God. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  (Psalm 28:7) If I ask God for wisdom, He will surely show me the best way to order my day. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

4 I need a miracle! 

Truth: God is the God of miracles and nothing is too hard for Him! As I seek Him, I will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34: 10). He will be faithful to supply whatever I need, as I need it. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)

Truth Journaling When Your Short On Time

If I’m struggling with something and want to truth journal, but am short on time, I can simply use the list method. For instance, if I’m trying to discipline myself to eat healthier, and I’m feeling discouraged that it’s such a challenge, to quickly truth journal with the list method, I simply begin by asking myself, “Why am I finding it such a challenge to eat right?” Then I simply list why I believe I’m struggling to make good food choices. For instance:

1. It’s hard to say no to my favorite foods, because they are so tempting!  

2. Eating healthy will mean I will miss out on my favorite foods—especially during the holidays.

3. I’ll have to adopt a new way of eating, which will take time and commitment, and my life is already busy enough as it is.

4. It will take a very long time before I’d ever see any results.

5. I will have to learn a lot of low-fat cooking methods and recipes to become skilled at making yummy low-fat meals.

List the truth based on correlating Scripture

1. It’s hard, but not impossible! “No temptation has overtaken [me] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow [me] to be tempted beyond what [I am] able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that [I]may be able to bear it “ (1 Cor. 10:13)

2. Yes I may miss out on some unhealthy favorites, but just because I can eat them doesn’t make them beneficial to me. "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor. 6:12)

3. Adopting healthy eating habits will take hard work, but it is a guaranteed win. “All hard work brings a profit.” (Proverbs 14:23)

4. It will take a while before I see results, but it will inevitably come if I stick with it and don’t give up. I can do this through Christ (Phil. 4:13) because “His divine power has given [me] all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3) In Christ, I am fully equipped to run the race with endurance and reach the finish line. God is calling me to endure. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

5. It may be a challenge, to learn low-fat ways of preparing foods and building a collection of tasty low-fat meals, but it is not impossible. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) If ever I lack wisdom in preparing low-fat meals, I can ask God and He will be faithful to provide the information I need. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Whatever I may need to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle, the Lord will abundantly provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)

Questions for you: What do you think about truth journaling? Have you done it before?


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25 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of this; it's very interesting.
    I'm visiting from Winsome Wednesdays.

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    1. Glad you liked it. God bless you richly!

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  2. What a great strategy! This reminds me of something I've read in one of Elisabeth Elliot's books, when she said she is very careful what she writes down in her journal as a way of guarding her heart.

    I found your blog yesterday when Christian Mommy Blogger shared your post about S.O.A.P. Journaling. I loved that post too and shared it on my Facebook page. :D I talk a bit about prayer journaling on my blog, so I think we have a very similar niche. Glad I found your blog and am looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks, Jane! Yes I am very mindful too, what I journal. If I wouldn't want anyone to find it and read it, I don't write it. That's neat we have similar blogs. Thanks for sharing! God bless you immensely!

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  3. I love the SOAP method. And Truth Journaling sounds very interesting!

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! Join us again next week. God bless!

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    1. Thanks, Jenifer! God bless you tremendously!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this alternative journaling method, Brooke. One way doesn't work for everyone at all times. Personally, I haven't settled on a standard yet. Be blessed.

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    1. I agree, Julie. Those who do like to journal all have their own journaling preferences. God bless you massively!

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  5. Wow! The Truth method goes right along with what Joyce Meyer's teaches in her "Battle for the Mind" series. I may consider myself a "veteran Christian", but in so many ways I still have so very very much to learn!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Esther! I've been a Christian for over 20 years now and I know I still have lots to learn, so you're in good company. We'll never learn all there is to know about God, His Word, and living a godly life on this side of heaven. But one day we will, when we are called to glory...

      Yes, I love truth journaling as a tool for taking every thought captive and bringing those thoughts into obedience to Christ. Such a simple method, but oh so powerful. God bless you richly!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! So glad this blessed you! God bless you enormously!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this post. I started a 30 day meatless challenge last week, and I have had every opportunity to stray from my goal. However, I've learned that discipline is required to accomplish any desired goal, and our bible teaches us to yield not to temptation. Thanks again - I'm bookmarking this one!

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    1. Thanks, Trinity! I completely agree, "discipline is required to accomplish any desired goal, and our bible teaches us to yield not to temptation." Here's a post by Michael Hyatt that I love that I think will really help you stay disciplined and successfully finish your 30 day meatless challenge: http://michaelhyatt.com/5-steps-to-developing-more-discipline.html God bless you considerably!

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  8. That's really neat. Often when I'm feeling in a "sorry for myself" mood I just try and talk myself out of it, but I like how Truth Journaling allows you to put all of your feelings down on paper and rationalize through them, one by one. Thank you for sharing!
    Nikki

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! Yes, I like that too about Truth Journaling, "how Truth Journaling allows you to put all of your feelings down on paper and rationalize through them, one by one." For me, if I'm worried, discouraged, or frustrated about something long enough those feelings left unchecked can snowball into irrational thoughts that pull me away from remembering Who God is in my life, what He's done, and what He promises to do. Like you noted, Truth Journaling helps a person with those feelings to slow down and be rational rather than remain emotional. God bless you greatly!

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  9. Thank you for the reminder to watch our words and keep them lined up with God's word. Awesome post!

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    1. Thanks, Hazel! Glad this blessed you! God bless you abundantly!

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  10. I love this idea of truth journalling - such a gorgeous notion and a great way to put negative thoughts into perspective :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I love how you summed up Truth Journaling, "a great way to put negative thoughts into perspective." Isn't that the truth! I always feel so much better after I see my problems through the perspective of God's Word and His promises. God bless you tremendously!

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  11. Glad I stopped by from Laura's. This is such a strong way to journal for it truly does build, edify, and admonish. We are all students in God's classroom and I, for one, need to remember that. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm glad you stopped by and was blessed. God bless you extraordinarily!

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  12. This is great, Brooke! It keeps our focus where it belongs and keeps our thoughts in line with God's word. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! That's the goal. God bless you massively!

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