Having gone through the 12 steps of recovery through a few different recovery programs, I have discovered the power of journaling. In fact, it was through journaling when I was an active member of the Alanon family, that opened the door to the concept of my book, Three Weeks to Forgiveness: God’s Redemption in the Dark Places of Addiction, coming out April 2018. When I journaled through Steps 8 and 9, I discovered exactly what book the Lord had placed on my heart to write.
If you are a writer like me, you find it cathartic to get your thoughts and prayers on paper, journaling is the perfect thing to do. I love going back and reading things I have written in my prayer journal so I can visibly see how God moved in different situations. Reflecting on my journal gives me such a clear picture of God.
If you are not naturally a writer or if you are stuck when it comes to what to write about, you have landed in the right place!
Sometimes we have a difficult time seeing how God is with us or is moving when we are in the middle of the storm, but God doesn’t leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that is a promise. By journaling, while we are in the midst of life when the clouds have cleared and the turmoil has stopped, we are able to see the rainbow from God through our words.
These are the journaling prompts I used as I journeyed through recovery with the Lord that have been adapted to conform to a Christ-centered recovery program at my church called re:generation. Use these prompts to complete the sentences, but really take it to the next level and write out your thoughts and feelings surrounding each one. Rather have a PDF copy of this post? Visit the Resource Center to find out how.