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Writing allows us to communicate many thoughts and ideas. And certainly we gain much wisdom by reading and digesting the written words of others. But the power of writing applies to our own lives as well. We discover more of ourselves and of what we think and believe when we write.

And this is why writing is such a regular feature in education.

While reading and listening is helpful, there’s something in writing that forces us to engage material in a different way. Putting concepts into our own words allows us to own and understand them at a much deeper level.

And this is all the more true when it comes to our own inner heart and soul.

We go through the motions of life. And it might not seem like there’s any more to know when we get a front row seat to everything we say and do.

But we soon discover there’s much more beneath the waterline once we sit down to write.

Writing gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect – giving voice to the deeper parts of our soul easy to overlook.

Of course, this doesn’t immediately solve anything. But, like good communication with others, this is like turning on a light in a dark room.

No longer do hidden thoughts and desires have to operate blindly. Writing allows us to name them and bring them to the light.

Obviously, journaling is one way to do this. But writing letters or notes to our wife, kids, and friends are also ways to express more of our heart toward them.

There’s power in the written word.

This is not to minimize the power of our verbal expressions and other acts of love. But writing is still a way to discover more of ourselves to offer more of ourselves in these other ways.

Let the power of writing help you to discover and get in touch with your own soul. This not only blesses you, but those throughout your life and relationships as well.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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