I started my Doctoring, Mothering and Faith blog in November 2012 having developed a compulsion to write. It’s been a very satisfying intellectual, emotional and spiritual outlet. This post by David Mathis on DesiringGod.org states quite well the reasons many “journal” or write, and articulates its many benefits.
Journal As a Pathway to Joy
“Journaling is a way of slowing life down for just a few moments, and trying to process at least a sliver of it for the glory of God, our own growth and development, and our enjoyment of the details.”
“A deep joy and satisfaction can come from getting our complicated and confusing thoughts and feelings into words on the page. Our heads and hearts carry around so many unfinished thoughts and emotions we’re only able to finish as we write them down. As praise is not just the expression of joy, but the consummation of it, so is writing to the soul. Writing doesn’t merely capture what’s already inside us, but in the very act of writing, we enable our heads and hearts to take the next step, then two, then ten. It has a crystalizing effect. Good writing is not just the expression of what we’re already experiencing, but the deepening of it.