Welcome back to our Journal Learning Journey: To Know Him More!
No doubt that you have already had this fear in your heart about journaling. What if someone finds my journal, what if someone READS my journal, what if someone judges my heart and motives that I journal about.
I think we can all say that we have a fear of our privacy being invaded in the journal learning journey!
I can’t say…aww who cares, because I know how scary it can be to lay yourself out there for just you and God and then have someone come along with no boundaries, only to mock or question you.
What I can do is share my experience with you, and hopefully it will give you peace and strength to continue this journey with God…I promise you will be blessed!
Here are 11 ideas on how to conquer your fear of privacy being invaded while starting this journal learning journey.
Well first of all…do you have a nosey husband? I do. Bless his heart. He wants to know every little thing about me…every. little. thing! LOL The good about that…he cares for me deeply. The bad about that…he can be nosey! I wondered many many years ago when I first started journaling…would he find my journal? Would he read it? What would he think?
However, I was determined not to let my fear of my privacy being invaded overcome my desire for a closer walk and deeper intimacy with the Lord.
Here are some of the things I’ve done/did.
- You can just start by being honest with your family/husband. Let them know you are starting this new journey with God and if they happened to find your journal laying around, that you would appreciate them not reading it and that it is personal.
- You can always hide your journal. I don’t really suggest this idea unless your family will simply not honor your personal boundaries.
- Test your family…yep test. If you are new to journaling…start out by saying very generic things in it to God. Then leave it laying on a counter or somewhere (not too conspicuous) see if it gets read or moved.
- Teach your family about personal boundaries and intimacy with God.
- If your family knows that your journal is private and a very intimate way to hear and speak to God, most will honor your privacy!
- Remember that it is good for your children to know that you are taking time for God. That its deep and loving.
- Let God work on your families hearts as they learn to respect your privacy.
- Have your kids start a journal for themselves. It could be a picture journal if they are too young to write. This way you can connect with their hearts.
- Don’t worry about if you die suddenly and your journal is found. You will be in heaven…rejoicing.
- Although I write deep things about my parenting, family, hurts etc. I try to not think or write in terms of “I HATE this person” or things like that. We want to be REAL with our feelings, as God already knows our hearts, but IF someone were to read our journal..we don’t want them hurt. So I tend to say “my feelings were so hurt by…” or “I feel so angry that this person…” Get what I mean. Yes I use names in my journal…but never things like “hate” or evil things. Its hard to connect with God when you have hate in your heart. Try to get a little deeper than hate…
- Talk to God about your own feelings and your own hurts, joys..etc. Journaling is not about gossiping about others..it’s about your own personal growth. It’s ok to mention names, just be sure it’s in an honoring way…even if you are totally ticked off or hurt by them.
These days I leave my journaling all over the house. To my knowledge, nobody is too interested in it! LOL Too bad for them!
My family has learned that the pages are deep with God. My husband will sometimes ask what God is showing me and I share with him. Other than that…my family has learned..stay out of the deep.
What are your deepest fears about someone finding your journal?
Pray about them! Journal about your fears!
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