Faith Journals For Kids

When Paul the Apostle wrote to his fellow believers 2, cialis generic unhealthy 000 years ago, buy viagra pharmacy his words could be summarized as a journal of reflective prayers, God created beliefs, and practical faith experiences.   As we all know, Paul’s journals (Epistles) were recorded in the New Testament.    They have served as a spiritual guide for millions of Christians for two centuries.   But journaling a life of faith as Paul did was never meant to be limited to him or his fellow New Testament writers (James, John, Peter, etc.).   Journaling can be a tool for all Christians to use; especially parents who desire their children to remember the faithful workings of God.

I began journaling my faith walk in 7th grade.   It was a God inspired activity, totally led by the Spirit.  In 1962, there were no models of journaling to inspire such an effort.   Since that time I have authored dozens of faith journals which have helped me understand God’s will and plan for my life.  As an example, the rereading of past journals proves to me why God said “no” to me on different issues at different times.  During my journal time the other day, I reviewed some requests from 1980.   In recording my thoughts, I stated to the Lord how disappointed I was with His delays and silence.   Yet as I read it, I wanted to say, “No, Kent, you don’t know what is ahead, just wait it out.”  In retrospect, I can now see what came my way, and it was far greater than what I had asked.   This example helps me understand God’s will and trust God in my present circumstances, even if there is a repeated delay or silence from God.  In a way I am experiencing the foreknowledge of God as described in Romans 8:29.

A faith journal is not a diary, which is usually a record of one’s daily thoughts, activities, and hopes.   A faith journal focuses more on God’s input into the heart of a journalist.  That is why a faith journal includes prayers, spiritual goals, Bible verses, and helpful counsel from other Christians.   It records a transparent faith walk of a Christian through both victory and defeat.  A faith journal highlights the spiritual victories of life, as well as the personal struggles with sin, faith, doubt, and frustration.   Along with Paul, the Psalmists were also faith journalists.  Note how defeat and joy come from adjoining passages.  “For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.  Then I acknowledged my sin to you…and you forgave my sin.  (Ps. 32:4-5).  “Sing joyfully to the Lord, For the Lord is right and true, He is faithful in all He does.”  (Psalm 33).

Teachable Moment

If you are interested in building a faith journal with your children, here are some things to consider:

  • Pick a small spiral notebook for a journal that is easy to handle.
  • On the outside cover of the journal put a beginning date and later an ending date.
  • Put a picture on the front; make it interesting.  Continue adding pictures here and there.
  • Title each journal with a theme.   You will not be able to establish the theme until the journal is finished.  At that point, you will know what period of time you went through with the Lord.
  • On the first page, list the spiritual goals you hope to attain during this time period.
  • On the last page, record the progress you made toward the spiritual goals you set.
  • Everyday that you write, post the date and give it a heading.  This will help you if you want to locate something you recorded later on.
  • Your individual writings will vary, but try to always include prayer requests and praises to answered prayers.
  • Feel free to paste in helpful sayings, Scriptures, or comments from other Christians.   Sometimes I have put in an entire birthday card because the thoughts were so encouraging.
  • Journal as consistently as possible.  If you pick once a week, try and keep that appointment with God

God’s Word

 Here are some Scriptural suggestions for issues you may write about in your journals.

Temptation

Luke 22:40 And when He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Stress

Luke 22:41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and {began} to pray,
Luke 22:42 saying, “Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.”

Concern for others

Eph. 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saint.

Courage

Eph. 6:19 and {pray} on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

Discernment and wisdom

Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Phil. 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.
James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Hurts

James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Praise

1 Thess. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises.

Forgiveness

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Miracles

James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
James 5:18 And he prayed again, and the sky poured rain, and the earth produced its fruit.