I love keeping a journal of my prayers, thoughts, prophetic words, scriptures, dreams and visions. In this method, I am able to return to any word, prophetic utterance, powerful scripture, vision, or dream in order to review, renew, my prayers on something, or even compare when I feel that some revelation and confirmation has come. Think about it: how many times do we keep unwanted papers, treasures that we value, or even old clothes because they bring back memories, old bills because we can’t seem to throw things away, etc? What are we doing with the treasured promises of the LORD? Are we tossing them into the air thinking, “Oh, I will remember this later?” Yet, when later comes we can’t seem to recall exactly what it was that the LORD was saying during that season. This is the reason that I journal. I want to be able to see exactly what was going on during that season of my life. What were the scriptures He was speaking to me? What was the LORD saying about my situation?
How Does This Apply To Dreams?
One of the things that I have learned throughout my years of dream study is that dreams are very fleeting and Words released over my life are susceptible to being recalled in error if they aren’t written down. Job 20: 8 reminds us, “He will fly away like a dream, and not be found. Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.” These things are fleeting, like a vapor, and to recall, to retain, is essential, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes life seems to bog down my mind. The only way to be certain of what was dreamt or said is to write it down. Habakkuk tells us to write the vision and make it plain “on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come . . .” (2-3). In other words, Habakkuk is reminding us that sometimes things don’t happen right away. Some Words, dreams, prayers take years to come to fruition. I don’t know about you, but I want to give God all the glory for my victories when they come. I want to be able to give testimony by saying, “Look what He said here, and look what has happened here. Praise God!”
How to Make Journaling Fun!
Habakkuk understood the importance of writing things down. Daniel is another man who took time to document his visions. Of course, I understand that not everyone enjoys journaling or even writing for that matter, but there are many different ways to keep account of what you are seeing or hearing from the LORD. My daughter, for example, doesn’t like to write things down, but she found a way to make it more interesting for her by keeping it plain and simple. She loves to do the circle method (well that’s what we call it 🙂 ). Where you draw circles that cover the whole page with connecting lines, or have circles with connecting squares, etc. The picture I uploaded is a close comparison. This can be used for dreams, scriotures, or whatever you need. Remember: make it your own, and make it fun!
Another method that I like to use is the short paragraph method. This way you can write down quick thoughts, summaries, and scripture references with the exact date without having to spend whole pages writing everything down in minute detail.
Below is another quick example of quick dream journaling with specific points of interest to keep your entry smooth and efficient.
What makes Journaling important? It’s certainly not the method, but it is what we put into it and get out of it that matters.
4 Ways of Wisdom Journaling.
- Maintain a good working knowledge of the Bible. Rhema (spoken) word is based on Logos (written word). It is important to remember that revelation never conflicts with the written Word of God. He never contradicts His Word.
- Maintain a teachable spirit. Much like David in the Bible, we should all strive to have a teachable spirit, and because he was moldable and teachable the word says that David was a man after God’s own heart. We should never become so set in our thinking that we believe that we know or have all the revelation and no one can tell us differently. Remember, revelation must be tested and confirmation should come.
- Maintain your weapon – the Bible -and warfare with the Word. The enemy will try to sidetrack you, or make you feel as if you didn’t hear God correctly. The enemy will whisper all kinds of lies to make you feel doubt and uncertainty. Until confirmation comes (and even after) be prepared to warfare with your word. Put on the complete armor of the word (Ephesians) and having done all, then stand secure. The Bible says to resist the devil, and he has to flee. Hold fast to the Word.
- Maintain your trust in the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct you. As you journal and write down your thoughts and words, remember that the LORD will give you revelation in areas that He has given responsibility and authority. Don’t be puffed up or vain in your thinking. Know that you will not always know all concerning revelation through words, dreams, scripture. Even the disciples that walked daily with Jesus did not know all until Jesus returned from the grave and “He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). For “we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away with” (I Cor. 13:9). Maintain a humble heart and complete surrender to the LORD.
A Perfect Example of the Importance of Journaling?
Many years ago (2005), I heard the LORD during my prayer time speak to me in a very personal word, and at the end HE called me by a new name. I kept hearing Him say the name Taliptha or Talitha. I couldn’t quite catch the sound specifically. So, I just wrote it down, and I thanked the LORD for speaking into my life and loving me so much. I put the journal away, and even though the definition of this word or new revelation never came, I trusted in His Word, and like Mary in Luke 2:19, I kept “all these things and pondered them” in my heart. Fast forward (2018), and just this morning I was writing down a dream from the night before in my journal, and I was also praying over several situations in my life. As I normally do, I began reading HIS Word and searching the scriptures to apply to my life and those I was praying over, and I came across a particular scripture in Mark. I had read this story numerous times over the years, but it had never popped off the page at me like it did this morning. My eyes hovered for a split second, and then I stared in amazement at the red letters on the page. The Bible says Jesus took the girl by the hand and said to her “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you arise” (Mark 5:41). Immediately, my heart leapt with recognition and acknowledgment! It was the word! It was the name Talitha that I heard thirteen years earlier during my personal prayer time! Then I began to question: “Lord, how had I missed it for so many years?” Literally, the answer had been right before me all along. The mystery name was within the very Word that I treasured and read every day. How many times had I read the Word and passed by this scripture without one ounce of recognition? Why, now, had it jumped out at me and brought new revelation and insight?
I, of course, began digging through my old journals until I found the spoken Word, and I felt the renewing, the same feeling of love and adoration that I had felt on that particular day so many years earlier. God amazes me every day! The scripture says that Jesus called to the girl and said “Talitha”. It then goes on to add the translation, and Talitha means “little girl.” How awesome, that the God of heaven had looked down upon me and called me “Talitha”! In the rough season I have been through in the last year, this word came at the perfect moment. I felt the love of the LORD pouring over me. I am His special treasure, and so are you. The same King of Majesty, the Great and Mighty Jesus, holds us with the same care and affection as He did the little girl in the Word. We are that important to Him. Sometimes we forget, but this morning I was reminded in such a loving, supernatural, vivid way. What if I had never journaled this miraculous word? Maybe I would have remembered it, but there’s a bigger possibility with all the things that surround us in our daily lives that after thirteen years I would never have been able to remember the word that was spoken over me. I wouldn’t have been able to go back and review that moment in my past and state with all revelation and clarity that I now hold the revelation, the understanding within my grasp. God answers prayers!
So How Does This Apply to This Workshop?
I encourage you to journal. Find a method that works for you – what you are most comfortable with. Set your heart, much like Habakkuk to hear the Rhema voice of the LORD. He said, “I will stand my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.” Set your mind to receive His revelation, and write the vision (whatever it may be, whatever you are praying for, believing for, having dreams about, seeing visions, hearing prophetic utterances, reading within the scripture) and make it plain so that he who reads it will see that though it tarries, it will still come. Have you had the LORD answer prayers for you that you were able to look back on and see the intricate workings of HIS hand on your situation? Do you enjoy journaling? What are some methods that have worked for you to keep journaling fun and easy? Has journaling your dreams helped you to recall and remember them more clearly? Share with us your ideas, and be encouraged that the LORD is always for you, on your side, and He promises never to leave us or forsake us. Be blessed!
Note: none of the enclosed pictures are my own. I copied them from the internet where there are many great journaling tips, tools, and templates to help you get started on your own journaling path.