Why Journaling with God Isn't Just for Fun

Originally published Wednesday, 04 February 2015.

Think writing is just for fun? Writing is real soul food that refreshes our hearts, health & our stories!

Research shows writing heals our soul & increases happiness. even in just 15 minutes. When we intentionally journal our hearts with Jesus, we invite Jesus into the intimacy of our journey.

When we take the time to stop and journal with God, He touches and heals us with His voice -- as we confide in everything we feel & experience unguarded -- whether it's pure, unfiltered happiness for what others might think is insignificant, or voicing all the questions and fears and stories that no one else would understand. Except Jesus.

[#spiritualwhitespacechallenge ] Journal. Confide. Let God in.

[ DAILY WORD CROISSANT ] When you said, "Seek my face", my heart said to you, "Your face, O Lord, I shall seek." ps 27:8

[ WHY ENJOY THIS CUP OF REST?] Here are two reasons to inspire you!

1) Research shows the power of writing your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. When we journal our stories with God, we give Him space to re-write our stories with us. Don't you get ah-ha moments as you write?

Here's the NY times article with the research! http://bit.ly/writinghappiness

2) Just 15-20 minutes of journaling makes a difference! Research shows expressive writing just three or four times in the course of four months makes a difference in emotional & physical well-being (improving mood, lowering stress levels and depressive symptoms).

Here's a 2nd article on the health benefits to writing! http://bit.ly/writinghealthy

Featured image thanks to @abigail_613 from Tanzania who shared her #spiritualwhitespace with us.

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By Bonnie Gray. Bonnie is the soulful author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, which has garnered starred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly, named as the Top 6 notable new religion authors.  Bonnie blogs at Faith Barista, serving up shots of faith in the daily grindShe writes for DaySpring (in)courage and her work has been spotlighted by Christianity Today, Relevant, Catalyst Leadership and she's After graduating from UCLA, Bonnie served as a missionary, ministry entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley high-tech professional. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Eric, and their two sons.

For inspiration to create space in your life to breathe, order a copy of Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul To Rest, which has garnered starred review praise from Publisher’s Weekly.  This memoir-driven guidebook for rest will nurture your heart to draw closer to God. 

"Whitespace is soul grace. Bonnie Gray ushers weary women into the real possibility." - Ann Voskamp, NY Times bestsellng author of One Thousand Gifts

"If you want to hear Jesus speak more tenderly to your soul than ever befrore, this is the book for you." - Lysa TerKeurst, NY Times bestselling author of Unglued

"We live in a culture that brags and boasts about being busy. Into that reality steps Bonnie with a new idea.
Whitespace is an important concept and Bonnie has captured it perfectly. 
-Jon Acuff,NY  Times bestselling author of Start!

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