Journaling – heals human relationships
My dear mother-in-law wrote several journals for each of her children, recording the good, bad, the ugly and the wonderful. When Patrick and I got married, she copied every page and bound them for me. Patrick deployed two months after our wedding, so I opened those spirals and got to know my husband in a deeper way than I might have if we had simply carried on daily conversations.
I have come to know myself in my journals. Crawling out of the dregs of an eating disorder, I credit my recovery to journaling as much as to any counselor. I go back and read about the pain that I survived before – I find strength to face today’s battle.
Journaling has proved God’s word to me.
“And we know that all things work together for good, for those that love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Some of my journals are from the months that I spent at Remuda Ranch. I wrote angrily about being forced to eat foods that I hadn’t touched in years. I fussed about not being allowed to simply walk down the path to my counselor’s office – exercise restriction. In my journal, I cursed the dietician who refused to let me see the hideous numbers on the condemning scale. Now when I read those entries, I see that I not only survived, but that I am happier and healthier. Surely, I can face today’s obstacles and trust that ultimately they are from a loving God for my good.
An excellent journaling resource that I stumbled upon is Create Write Now.