Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life? Do you ever feel like a failure when the day is through and you haven’t accomplished everything you set out to do? Are you ever tempted to become a workaholic so you can finish all those things?
I often feel all of these things. So today I’d like to share some truth journal entries on those subjects. These are entries from my own journal, but I’d love to post some entries from your journals if I can!
What I’m hoping to do is post examples of truth journal entries for different problems – insecurity, anger, worry, breaking habits, working on goals, or anything else you might think of. If you have one you wouldn’t mind me including in a post, please email me! My email address is under the about tab above.
Since I have so many of my own entries on work through the years, I thought I’d post entries on that subject today. Here goes:
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Thoughts: 1. I have so much I have to get done today. 2. I have to get up right away this very minute and get it done. 3. Besides, it’s 4:00 am and I’ve had 5 1/2 hours of sleep – that’s enough. 4. I will never get all my stuff done today. 5. If I get up early, I’ll have a better chance of doing it.
- This isn’t true. Everything I have to do is self-imposed. Nothing has to get done. Remember Jesus? He would leave all He had to get done and go off and spend hours alone with God. I need to do this! Aside from quiet times, I should also have regular prayer days so I’m not tempted to make life about work.
- No. I need to be careful. I need to guard against becoming a workaholic. I need boundaries for work.
- According to experts, it’s not. But I could get in the habit of a nap I suppose.
- If I don’t get everything done, it won’t be sleep that keeps me from doing it. It’s never that I sleep too long. It’s procrastination. So it’s not “I need to get up so I can get that super long list done.” It’s “I need to learn how to keep working on the list without procrastination.”
- If I learn to follow my list without procrastination, I will also have a better chance of doing it.
Feeling like a failure:
Thoughts: 1. I got nothing done today. 2. I’m so bad. 3. I never get anything done. 4. I’ll never be able to do anything. 5. I’m doomed to failure.
- I got a blog post perfected, another one outlined, and I sat with a dying man (through hospice) for 2 hours. That’s enough. But I will need to put boundaries on how much time I can spend on a blog post. I spent too much time today.
- Goodness and badness is not determined by how much I get done – God hates that standard! I am a beloved child of God whether I get a lot done or a little done. Everyone has days when they don’t get a lot done. Plus sitting with (the man on hospice) was far more important than getting things done.
- Not true. I have almost finished my book. That’s amazing! I also got the indulgence section figured out. That’s an accomplishment.
- I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. God will set me free, but it takes time. Don’t get discouraged! I have come SO FAR in the last year in overcoming procrastination.
- Father, I give up my “rights” to finish this book and get it out. You are in control. No one else. I put my hands in yours and say, “Whatever you want!”
Dreading my list for the day:
Thoughts: 1. This is so hard. 2. I can’t write this Donut book. 3. And even if I do come up with something to say, I won’t be able to get it in e-book format. 4. And even if that happens, it will mess up when I send it. 5. This is all too hard for me. 6. I can’t do it.
Truths: 1. It’s hard, but I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 2. I can’t write it perfectly or even greatly, but I can write it. And besides, the questions are already written! That’s 90% of the book! 3. I can hire someone to do this. 4. This is all doable. If others can do it, I can do it. I’ll have to check into how to do this. 5. It’s not too hard. I just need a little more prayer and fellowship of the Spirit. Why am I doing this? To help others. Father, help me to love! 6. See #2
Truth Journaling Tip for the Day: Try to make your truth entry much longer than your original thoughts entry. Since it’s the truth that will set us free, it’s better to have a longer truth!