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Journal the Journey

Day 10 of 31 days of depression.

We’ve made it to day ten and here’s where some work is going to come into play!

Get yourself a journal of some sort and a pen and pencil. The dollar store has lots of them. A notebook will work or grab some paper and staple them together. No need for fancy, unless that is what you want.

For the next 21 days you’re going to be given a writing prompt. Please pray for the Lord to reveal to you what is going on in your heart and at the root of your depression.

Journal Day One:

  • Write the date so you can look back at when you started this journey.
  • In a few short sentences tell why you are starting this journal and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Write down today’s memory verse listed below in blue. Psalm 40:2
  • Write your prayer to the Lord for today.

Do today:

  • Memorize this scripture: He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2
  • Pray: Lord, please help me reveal what is the root of my depression. Help me to use your word as my sword and shield to fight back. Show me the truth and surround my heart with it. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Today’s Music:

To purchase this song: Hide My Soul

 

The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based 0n my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion.

6 Comments

  1. Lost and Found Lady

    Hello Mel, and hello everyone!
    There is great value in a journal except in one situation. I’ve been in domestic violence situation where my journal became a weapon used against me. Since then, I’ve had great difficulty ‘relaxing’ and allowing the journal to do the good that is inherently in it. There are online options where your journal is password protected and not physically available for someone else to pick up.
    Some people do not respect the privacy of a other people’s journals. We’ve all seen TV plotlines that hinge on someone reading another person’s diary. It’s possible to benefit from seeing your own thoughts written out AND protect your right to privacy with a little creativity. Don’t necessarily rule this exercise out because it’s not worked out for you in the past.

    • Great advice!

    • Lost and found lady you arent alone. My journal I thought was private as well, when my x used them against me in court. I was so hurt and violated. It has been hard for me to actually express my feelings again and instead have turned them into stories with the names changed so others wont connect them to me. Stay strong you aren’t alone.
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  2. I have 9 years worth of journels starting with the very day my husband told me he was leaving. What I found so helpful then was I was getting out my feelings in a positive way, venting, and praying. Now what I find helpful? That when I have gone back and re read what was going on then I am so relieved to see I am not THERE anymore! Writing our words down is powerful and helpful.

    • Exactly! What I really love is going back through old prayer requests and knowing now how God resolved them and answered them. You’d think that would motivate me to be more proactive in writing them down 🙂 LOL

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