Last month we talked about the basics of getting started with the practice of spiritual journaling. This month we’re going to ponder the desires of our hearts.
The definition of desire is “to long or hope for, or to express a wish for” something.
When is the last time you paused to consider the desires – the longings, the wishes – of your heart?
What brings you joy?
I love getting out of town and going on little adventures. Traveling – even if it’s just a short little day trip – makes my heart happy. Give me an open road, a vehicle with a full tank of gas and some good podcasts, and I’m a happy girl.
Unfortunately, I’m terrible at making those adventures actually happen. There’s usually something else I should be doing, or something else I should be earmarking money toward.
Sometimes desires feel selfish. Unobtainable. Impossible. Silly.
When I really stop and ponder the desires of my heart, feelings of guilt often pop up. There are so many more important things in the world – who am I to think my desires should be a priority?
Why Our Desires Are Important
What if today we acknowledge the dreams and desires that God has given us? Instead of stomping them down, ignoring them, belittling them, maybe it’s time we embrace them and see where God takes us?
Desires aren’t silly. They make us who we are. They motivate us to move beyond the mundane, and reach for something that may seem unobtainable, all the while knowing that God doesn’t put dreams in our hearts to tease us or mock us. Our passions are God-given and God-breathed. I don’t ever want to forget that.
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:20-21 Amplified Bible
God designed me with a heart that loves adventures. Ignoring that corner of my heart isn’t healthy for me or honoring to Him. The One who designed every inch of my personality knows me intimately.
When we’re fully engaged in doing things that fulfill the desires of our hearts, we get a glimpse of his love for us, and the way that He’s intricately designed each of us to have different strengths and passions.
February Journaling Prompts
As you ponder the desires of your heart this month, be honest with yourself. Think big. Speak them aloud, write them down, pray about them. Honor the things that are important to you. Make space for them in your days.
Here are a few spiritual journaling prompts for Febraury. Feel free to pick out a couple that resonate with you to ponder and journal about during the month.
- What are real, deep desires of my heart?
- How am I working to care for myself so that I can better care for others?
- What are some ways I can better care for myself this month?
- Am I cruising through my days on auto-pilot? What interruptions are distracting me from being fully engaged in life?
- Am I so busy that I’ve lost sight of what is important?
- Am I living my life based on someone else’s expectations?
- Am I seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I move through my days, or am I drowning Him out with distractions??