When I sit down for my quiet time, two essentials come with me: my Bible and my journal. I read the passage and write out what it means to me. I even list practical ways that I can apply the passage to my life. Then, I journal my prayers. Several things occur during those precious times. God confronts me about areas where I need to grow, I see the blessings that He’s given me and I learn to trust Him in deeper ways.
I’ve filled several notebooks over the years. I can go back and see how God has worked. I can also find article ideas.
These are the most obvious type of articles to write from your journal entries. The Scripture already accompanies your notes. And if your journal is personal enough, you have a ready-made anecdote for the devotional.
What challenges were you facing when God spoke to you through that passage? What chord did it strike in your heart? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? How can you make the Scripture passage come alive for your readers?
Personal Experience Articles
While devotionals focus on the Scripture, personal experience pieces focus on the story. How has God used what you learned in a quiet time to help you deal with something in your life? How did you use the Scripture passage to grow through the experience? What did you learn?
Tell those stories to help your readers see God at work in a new way.
How-to articles go beyond the story to the process of solving a problem or dealing with an issue. What practical insights from a quiet time did you apply to an experience? What process did God use to get you from one point to another?
Broaden the lessons you learned to a variety of experiences. How can your readers apply those lessons to their marriage? Family? Work? Friendships? A significant loss?
Other Writing Opportunities
How can you use what you learned in your quiet time to teach children about God? How can you incorporate your lessons into a theme for fiction, either a short story or novel? How can you use the insights in poetry?
Other Journaling Fields
Do you take notes during sermons? What about at conferences and classes? These, too, offer a wealth of article ideas. Take advantage of what you learn from your pastor to help others.
What sermons have touched you in a significant way? What conference workshops inspire you? How did you make different choices because of what you heard? How can your readers apply those lessons to their own life?
Use your quiet time journal to harvest article ideas. What inspires you will inspire others.
© Deborah Christensen