SPIRITUAL JOURNALING (JOURNALIZING)



Posted on February 15, 2019





What is Spiritual Journaling?

  1. It is simply keeping a spiritual diary of your spiritual growth over a period of time.
  2. Normally one’s journal is a very private thing where subjects of personal prayer are written about—prayer requests you would make to the Father as well as answers you believe you receive are recorded.
  3. Set aside a specific notebook or a pad of paper in which to record your journal.

What Should Be Recorded?

  1. It is important that the person journaling takes time to write out his/her feelings concerning the struggles being experienced.
  2. Things such as intercessory requests for others can be recorded.
  3. Thoughts and impressions that you believe the Lord may be speaking to you during a quiet time should be written down.
  4. Entries may vary in length from a paragraph to several pages each time you write in it whether it is one day, one week, two weeks time, or a year—you need to write in it daily.
  5. However, this type of journal should not be a daily log of your activities but rather a place where you record ideas, observations, memories, and feelings.

The Purpose for Writing These Things Down in A Special Book are Several:

  1. First and foremost, it prevents you from forgetting things you have prayed for and past directions you may have felt during your prayer times.
  2. To have recorded some of your own spiritual growth history is important for reviewing your own growth patterns. Over a period of time you might see certain repetitive cycles you are going through. If they are destructive cycles, having written them down allows you to review them and gain new insights and ways to pray that the Lord will help you overcome them.
  3. If you are seeking direction for a major life decision, journaling is helpful in that it allows you to look back over a long period of time and see if you feel God is giving the direction you need. If not, then it will enable you to better pray for that direction.
  4. Finally, holding our thoughts within may stay inside us as “muddy waters.” Disciplining yourself to express yourself through writing helps to clarify things in your heart. It takes practice but the act of journaling helps you to organize your spiritual experiences and be more aware of your growth over a time period.

Blessings!!!

Pastor Ike Ozuome

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TIPS ON HOW TO READ A BOOK



Posted on February 20, 2019





Check Your Reading Techniques:

  1. Are you whispering, or “sounding out” your words, or even thinking each word as you read it? These are poor habits which slow you down.
  2. If there are many words with which you are unfamiliar, make a list of vocabulary to review.
  3. Try to look at the words in blocks or thought units instead of individually—this will help you increase your speed in reading.
  4. Read for ideas and details, but don’t read so fast that you have to constantly reread each passage.

Look At The Overview As Well As Details:

  1. Look through the entire book.
  2. Check the table of contents and note any helpful materials which may be included (glossary, appendix, bibliography, etc.).
  3. Survey each chapter before you read it.
  4. Headings and subheadings provide a good introductory outline.
  5. If there are graphs or pictures or diagrams, look at them—they will provide a quick summary of concepts and relationships.
  6. Check the introduction and conclusion of each chapter.

Then Read Each Chapter Carefully:

  1. Ask Yourself Questions As You Go Along:
    a) What is the author saying?
    b) What is the author’s attitude toward the subject?
    c) What are his conclusions? Do you agree?
    d) How does he or she support his or her main points?
    e) And how can you use the material he or she presents?
  2. Analyze What You Read:
    a) Highlight or underline what is important, and take it easy!
    b) Too much underlining clutters the page.
    c) Use margins to summarize key ideas or note your questions or comments.
  3. Review As You Go Along:
    a) Reviewing the material immediately will help you fix it in your memory.
    b) Speak aloud the points you want to commit to memory.

Blessings!!!

Pastor Ike Ozuome

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TIPS FOR TAKING THE ESSAY EXAM



Posted on March 12, 2019





In a writing assignment, you may be asked to write a letter of a persuasive nature. Before beginning the assignment, do some brainstorming and write a brief outline. There is not enough time during the actual exam to write a rough draft. Proofread as you go. Check for logic, readability and grammar. Say the words to yourself as you proofread again.

Remember--A Passing Exam:

  1. Takes a position,
  2. Has good supporting material,
  3. Is well-organized,
  4. Has substantial development,
  5. Doesn’t have grammatical mistakes that interfere with the reader’s understanding.

Introduction:

  1. Briefly describe the situation before you state your position.
  2. State your position clearly.
  3. You may want to include a striking fact or provocative question.

Body Paragraphs:

  1. Your essay should be persuasive it is not a compare and contrast assignment.
  2. You may or may not explore the opposing argument.
  3. If you do explore the opposing argument, keep your position on the subject very clear. Don’t confuse the reader.
  4. The other body paragraphs should directly support your position.
  5. Explain each idea fully. Use supporting material to prove your points.
  6. Good supporting material will be rewarded.
  7. Vocabulary is important, as is sophisticated sentence structure.
  8. Use transitions between thoughts.
  9. Do not repeat ideas.
  10. Readers look for in-depth essays that are well organized and well-developed.

Conclusion:

  1. You will need to restate your position.
  2. It’s a good idea to add some insight or a proposal.
  3. Do not repeat the introduction.

Blessings!!!


Pastor Ike Ozuome
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TIPS ON WRITING COLLEGE RESEARCH PAPER



Posted on March 30, 2019





As a college or university student, you are to plan, research, organize, write, cite, and evaluate your papers. Here are some tips or information that will help you evaluate your research paper before submission.


Introduction:

  1. Is there a clear thesis statement?
  2. Does the introduction provide a clear overview of the paper’s contents?

Structure:

  1. Does the structure reflect a careful treatment of the topic at hand?
  2. Are the transitions between paragraphs and sections clear?
  3. Is there a table of contents?
  4. Are proper headings used?
  5. Is the treatment of the topic logically oriented?

Conclusion:

  1. Does the conclusion offer a good summary of issues treated in the paper?
  2. Does it offer some concrete possibilities for understanding the topic at hand?
  3. Does the conclusion offer suggestions for further study?

Content:

  1. Are the issues raised by this topic properly treated?
  2. Are issues related to the significance of the topic clearly presented?
  3. Are the relevant parts described and explained clearly?
  4. Is the material covered accurate?
  5. Does the student utilize scholarly materials where needed?
  6. Is the analysis of the topic thorough?

Materials/Sources:

  1. Does the bibliography contain the recommended scholarly sources?
  2. Are materials properly cited and quoted?
  3. Are quotes relevant to the study at hand?
  4. Is current scholarship used?
  5. Does the paper contain the proper number of citations for a research paper?

Style:

  1. Is the paper properly formatted?
  2. Is there a table of contents?
  3. Is the paper without spelling and grammatical errors?
  4. Is the paper without syntax errors?
  5. Are footnotes and bibliography properly formatted?
  6. Does the paper reflect a graduate level of vocabulary?

Note:

  1. Proper citation and use of sources is expected.
  2. You may be graded on style and content.
  3. Be sure to read the guidelines before doing the assignment.

Blessings!!!


Pastor Ike Ozuome
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