Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Presenter: Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

In this session, Dr. Graves introduces the class to the spiritual discipline of journaling. A journal is a written record of personal thoughts, experiences, and observations. A spiritual journal helps us to reflect upon our daily lives so that we can clearly discern God’s presence, guidance, and dealings with us. Keeping a journal is a wonderful companion activity to other spiritual disciplines such as listening prayer, intercession, and meditating on Scripture.

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Video Presentation on Spiritual Journaling
In this video, Dr. Graves introduces the topic of spiritual journaling. If you like this video, please subscribe to his YouTube channel by clicking on the red button at the bottom right of the video (while playing).

“The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling” with Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

Conversation on Journaling
The following video contains a conversation on the topic of journaling by the Three Bible Teachers.

“Conversation on Journaling” with the Three Bible Teachers

Session 27 of “Healthy Habits of the Christian Life”
The video links for the Zoom session are below. Please follow these links to choose the section of the class that you wish to view. Some links will become available on Friday, November 20, 2020.

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2. Video Presentation on Confession (same as above)
3. A Conversation on Confession by the Three Bible Teachers (same as above)
4. Zoom Class Discussion, Homework, and Final Remarks (see embedded video below)

“Class Discussion, Homework, and Final Remarks” (11-19-20)

Homework on Journaling
The homework assignment from Dr. Graves can be found below. If you are especially blessed by this assignment, or any other assignment from the class, please send an email describing your experience to Also, feel free to email us at any time with your testimonies.

  1. Sometimes it is good simply to remind ourselves of who God is. In your journal, create a list of true statements about God to declare throughout the week. (examples: God is good; God is a very present help in trouble; God is a provider; etc.) How do these statements make you feel?
  2. Create a gratitude journal.  Each day, for the next 7 days, list several things in your journal for which you are thankful. You may want to share your list with your loved ones and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday.
  3. Consider some of the prayer journal suggestions in the video by Dr. Graves and implement them this week. Keeping a list of prayer requests (and answers to prayer), impactful Scriptures, and reflections on life are great ways to apply the spiritual discipline of journaling.

Quick Links:
Link to: Chart of 52 Spiritual Disciplines
Link to: Website for Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.

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