Read a summary of Journaling or go directly to any of the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Challenge
  3. Meditating on the Word
  4. Overview of Journaling
  5. The Journals of Jim Elliot
  6. Creating a Word Journal
  7. Leaving a Legacy
  8. Sample Journal Entries
  9. Bibliography

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The Challenge

"I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways..."
—Psalm 119:11

Who among us does not experience a busy schedule?

Constant activities and pressing obligations make each day a challenge to read God's Word. Jobs, child care, homemaking, friends, family, and school impact our schedules in such a way that finding time to read the Word becomes a significant challenge. Because so many of us live in the "fast lane" these days, it's difficult for us to find time even to read God's Word, much less find the necessary time to reflect and meditate on it.

Yet, reading and meditating on God's Word on a regular basis is exactly what He wants us to do. No matter how hard it seems, God wants us to rearrange our schedules and prioritize our lives in such a way that we find the time necessary to receive a blessing from His Word.

King David carried the weight of a nation on his shoulders. When he was not out fighting battles with Philistines he was in his Jerusalem headquarters making strategic plans for his country and his people. Yet, in spite of his busy schedule, he set aside time for the Word of God. Not only did he read and study God's Word, he meditated on it:

"My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word."
—Psalm 119:148

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