Hoping to Avoid Journal Jinx

I have tried to journal in the past, but I haven’t had a lot of success with this discipline.  I’m hoping this is changing, and I’m hoping that by posting this on my blog it will not jinx the pattern that I’ve had for the past week.  Since last Friday, I’ve kept a journal by my bedside.  Each night before I shut the light off, I write a couple of pages reflecting on the day that has just past.  (My wife is awesome at this.  She has kept a journal for years.)

I have found this new discipline to be quite refreshing.  Some of the things that I’ve written may make it to my blog, and many things will not make it here.  It has been freeing to release my thoughts from the day onto the blank pages of my journal and to know that I can begin a new day with a new blank page.

In my journal, I’ve written about Isaac turning 11 last week, my thoughts on Apollo 13 (the movie), finding God in the mundane things of life, the joys of a weekend with my family, and my thoughts on temporary versus permanent.  I’ve also used my journal to express my thanks to God along with bringing Him my burdens.

I hope this is something that will continue.  In a small way, I’m hoping that blogging about it will help keep me accountable to this new discipline.

So ask me how I’m doing with my journal when you run into me in person or on the information highway.

Do you journal?  If so, how long have you kept a journal?  What has helped you to stay consistent with your journal?  Does consistency matter?  If you do not journal?  Why not?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!