Truth journaling is a practice that sprang out of a little self-improvement project I started ten years ago. I was trying to get over a nasty habit I had of dwelling on my husband’s faults and, true to form, I was trying to change myself in my own strength.
My idea was to think positive. Every time I had a negative thought about him, I would write it down and replace it with a positive thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that many of my negative thoughts were actually lies.
I switched to replacing lies with truth, and I called it truth journaling.
God has used this discipline to transform me in more ways than I can name. Not just in habits and negative emotions, but also in my feelings towards Him. Truth journaling is what got me excited about spending time with God and delving into His Word. I’m hoping it will do as much for you as it did for me.
How to Truth Journal
In a nutshell, this is how you truth journal:
- Write out your thoughts. Don’t take time to think, just spill them out.
- Go back and number each sentence.
- Then look at each sentence – one at a time – to see if it’s a lie or truth.
- If it’s true, write true. If it’s false or only half-true, rewrite it so it’s all the way true.
Here’s an example of what this looks like in real life with eating: Alone in the House with Ice Cream and Rhubarb Bars. With writing: Getting Back on Track. And with relationships: What if you Can’t “Just Get Over It”?
If you want to see more examples, I have all kinds of examples at my old blog under the truth journaling category.
Truth journaling is the practical application of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 which talks about taking each thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Each sentence is a thought and when you look at that sentence to see whether or not it’s true, you’re actually taking that thought captive to Christ.
It’s a physical taking off of the lies and putting on of the truth just like we talked about in the Renovation of the Mind post. And the interesting thing is that it actually changes our desires. More on that in another post.
If you’re already familiar with truth journaling and want to get started right away, you can either do it in your journal or print out a Truth Lie Chart (click on Truth Lie Chart) to use.
P.S. Here are a few other article on truth journaling:
Click here for Truth Journaling: the List Method (a different way to truth journal).
Click here for How to Truth Journal.
Click here for a video on truth journaling.