Random Journal Day #52 with Featured Journal Keeper Christine Miranda

Christine Pic for Blog (1)


Happy 4th of July Weekend! This is the first Friday of the month which means it is time for Random Journal Day which is happening all weekend through Monday! Maybe we should re-name it Random Journal Weekend. Today, I am very happy to have a friend who is from my own Home State, although currently residing in Texas. Our own RJD Co-Hostess Susie (Recovering Church Lady) is also in The Lone Star State, so technically they are neighbors. Heck, here in the USA I think we are ALL neighbors! So, let’s start this RJD weekend off by welcoming our Featured Journal Keeper Christine Miranda. Christine and I have become friends through our mutual love for planners and journals…and planning and journaling. She helps my with a page I have for my Planner Bootcampers and is one of a team of girls I call my Plannerteers! I am so grateful to have her here today. Christine doesn’t have a blog (at the moment BUT is working on it) so be sure and join in with her here this weekend with your comments and encouragement.

If you all would like I can keep that link open until Tuesday if anyone is super busy! I think I will go ahead and just do it. So, enjoy your weekend. Share your journals, journal love and remember you don’t have to share a GIANT piece of your journal. A snippet, a paragraph, an image. Just DO IT…as you wish.

Now, get ready for some wonderful words- here’s our sweet journal girl of the month…


Warning: Dangerous Waters for Christians

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photo credit: pic_0643 via photopin (license)

I stood at the deli counter awaiting my number to be called, when I noticed a vaguely familiar face. After mutual recognition set in the conversation flowed easily around the obvious subject.

“How’s your Summer going so far?”

“Good, good-Great weather, huh?”

“Looking forward to the beachy days ahead.” and “The tourists are taking over, but that’s the price we pay for living in such a beautiful town.”

I then, smiling, said “So, see you at church, next time!”

Awkward silence.

“No, we’re taking the Summer off.”



The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

Today, I sought a word to help shape my focus and week. We returned home from our Maine vacation aware of all the latest news despite having no TV or internet service for a week. Let me tell you the peace of mind that accompanies this lack is worth the effort. I know news is important, I know we can’t stick our heads in the sand, but the appetite for news feeds and soundbites will leave you malnourished and depleted of optimism toward your fellow man. Devouring words from the world’s outlets will create a soulless, superficial, bitterness that will be hard to displace. I’m learning to be very careful where I place my focus and what I invest my time attending to… More

Journaling Your Journey [with Jesus] all Summer


How does Summer Bible Study strike you? Have you ever read your Bible on the beach? In the pool? During Shark Week? I have had a number of questions about Journaling Your Journey [with Jesus] and I am grateful you have reached out with your questions, comments, and the desire for MORE.

Some of you have picked up with journaling again, or for the first time.

Some are taking a deep breath and seeking Scripture with renewed hope.

Many of you are overcoming obstacles, stumbling blocks…or pain and daring to take a step of faith; daring to consider trusting the unseen possibilities.

Even the possibility of trusting (anew) and reaching out for the unseen One who makes all things possible.


Convenient Christianity

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photo credit: trio via photopin (license)

Convenient Christianity

Grace knows not convenience…



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