Your Soul On Paper

Keeping a journal or diary was part of almost every man’s life for centuries.

Many of the historical accounts we have of major events are taken from journals and diaries of the individuals involved.  Their journals give us a glimpse into their mind and allow us to travel back in time. 

We’ve gotten away from this habit in modern society. 

Journaling helps to focus your thoughts and process what is going through your mind.  The act of writing requires you to think and be able to express what you’re feeling.

Your journal is your soul on paper.

I recommend taking time each night before you go to bed to write down your thoughts.  Make it part of your evening routine; or morning routine if that suits you. Record whether it was a good day or a tough one.  Write out what was going through your mind if you were tempted that day. 

There is no right or wrong way to journal.  Some people have a set format that they use to record their thoughts each night.  Others just sit down with pen and paper and let it flow. 

Keeping a journal of your progress is also an excellent way to stay on track in your battle with pornography addiction.

You can track your good days and bad days to find patterns.  Jot down all the thoughts that were going through your mind when you were tempted or found yourself in a relapse.  Note any triggers that led you to act out. Examine your emotions and what you might have been feeling before things went bad. 

When you have a victory, record that in your journal too.  Building on small victories creates momentum in your battle.

Journaling keeps me focused and attentive to triggers and other attacks that could cause me to falter.  Journaling keeps my guard up. It keeps my goals and the tools I use to avoid temptation at the forefront of my mind.

It’s possible to keep a journal on a computer or device, but I strongly recommend using an old-fashioned handwritten journal.  The act of writing your thoughts out by hand forces you to think through what you are writing. It makes you think in linear terms and put your thoughts in proper order. 

I would encourage you to combine your journaling with your daily scripture and prayer and meditation. 

Write out your prayers to God.  Write down what you want to pray for.  Then go through them one by one as you pray.

If there’s a particular passage of Scripture you’re working through, write out the passage or a portion of it by hand.  It will help you analyze the verse and consider it more deeply. I often re-write the verse in my own words to gain a better understanding of the message God is trying to give to me.

Keeping a journal is an effective tool clearing your mind, focusing your thoughts, and staying on track with your goals.  Pick up a journal at your local store. Use a notebook or even loose paper. 

Take the time to record your thoughts and what is happening in your life on a daily basis.

Start journaling.  You won’t regret it.  


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I’m Timothy Reigle, the founder of Into The Wilderness Ministries. After overcoming a fifteen year addiction to porn and sex, I have made it my life’s mission to help other men break free from the bonds of addiction. As an author, coach, and chaplain, I work with men to transform their lives by renewing their faith, re-energizing their families, and restoring their masculinity.

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