Use Your Journal to Guide You Through Your Worry
Have you ever been faced with a decision and you just have no idea what to do? Maybe you ruminate over the issue, you talk about it aloud to yourself or to a close friend, you go to bed worried about this decision and you wake up thinking about it. The worry has literally exhausted you. 

That was exactly me a few weeks ago. I had such intense worry over a business decision I was faced with and I honestly felt so lost and confused about what to do. I played the worry in my mind over and over again. I spent time in prayer and reading my Bible. You know what I hadn't done though? I never journaled about it! 

When you are faced with a worrisome situation and you find yourself stressing over it or becoming so full of anxiety, stop and take a deep breathe, give it to God in prayer, and then get out your journal. Free write all of your thoughts out onto your pages. There's a good chance that things might not make sense right away. The more you journal out this situation or decision though, the more clear it becomes and as you read back over what you wrote, the answer really is right there in front of you. 

I discovered this approach by re-reading an old journal that I kept when I was in college. I was deeply stressed out about a relationship and I wrote out how difficult the situation was. I literally was telling myself in my journal what to do and that the relationship needed to end, but I was so consumed with my worry during that time that I didn't even see it clearly until many years later as I was reading it all over again. Read your journal entries back to yourself, you will be amazed at what you will discover and how clarity will eventually find its way in to your heart and mind. 

If you need additional support with your journaling, I invite you to take a look at the 30 Day Journaling Kickstart Guide. Inside is everything you need to create a consistent journaling habit with step-by-step instructions and 30 days of prompts. You can check that out here.


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