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As the school year winds down, one mental health practice I want to get back into is daily journaling. Writing, and more specifically, therapeutic journaling has been proven to improve emotional and psychological well-being. The power of a pen or pencil to paper is not only healing but a gift God’s given each of us. 

In Joshua 1:8 Scripture notes that God’s word should be written on our hearts. That is, the way we conduct our lives should show that Christ is within us. Journaling is an excellent form of verbally processing and meditating on our thoughts and the things we experience. 

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8, ESV). 

One simple way to implement this practice is to schedule time each day when you can sit down, unwind, and pour out your thoughts. Then, make those words a prayer to God. They don’t need to say anything fancy, but simply expressing how I feel reminds me He hears and sees me. 

Below, I’ve listed 5 therapeutic journal prompts you can use to connect with our Creator. Each prompt includes a description and additional questions for reflection. Feel free to pick and choose ones that stand out to you, or use them to create your own.