Christmas Inquiry (RJD December 2012)

It was fun (and sometimes painful) looking back through my journals at Christmas past! I loved coming across this entry which was written before my hubby and I became a couple but were BFF’s. I had completely forgotten about this particular Christmas, or at least the details and stuff going on beneath the surface. Isn’t that the great thing about keeping a journal, capture of time that we would otherwise forget or miss altogether?
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Well! Here I am! This is Christmas day!
Praise you Father!
Thank you for your Son.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
Thank you for revealing truth and being the source.
 Well I just got done cleaning dishes for Angelo.
We had Christmas Eve here at his apartment. It was anticlimactic.
Lord, you showed me things, as usual.
Too much to get into now but I pray that I have quiet time to write later.
Already I am feeling the pressure of the urgent.
What needs to be done, oh Lord, don’t let me buy into it.
Lord, give me contentment; joy and your peace.
Last night, as I lay on Angelo’s couch,
I realized that again I had been trying to “make” Christmas special and the Holy Spirit
revealed to me, gently, that it is special
I can’t make it that way.
There’s nothing else or no way to make it more special.
It sounds so simple but how quickly I am to try to add to such an awesome mystery.
How quickly I try, once more, to replace what I’ve lost, or worse,
create what only God’s Spirit can create on Earth-family.
I only realized after the fact, I had been doing it again.
It was just amazing.
All the plans don’t matter; nothing really went as planned. 
What was pictured and envisioned for the evening was obscured by reality.
 How quickly I return to idealistic notions.
Then the reality of my life hit me-I stood naked in His sight amidst my own “creation”.
How easily I am deceived.
There it is again…and here it is a new day- will I ever learn to abide?
Will I ever learn to stop trying to make a life for myself and trust
 my Father in Heaven to create, manifest everything He desires in my life?
I know I am complete in Him; will I ever be totally submitted to Him?
I stumble back into my own strength and ideas and understanding until
He chooses to reveal the foolishness and reality of my ways.
Am I nothing more than a puppet?
Yet, I am grateful still knowing that He makes everything beautiful in His time.

It’s Random Journal Day and we are sharing our hearts in whatever way we express them on the pages of our journals! Please join us and share from your own journal for Random Journal Day!
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Random Journal Day Link Up – December 2012

Random Journal Day is now the first Friday of the month!

Well our final little gathering for the year has arrived. Thanks to all who have participated both regularly and sporadically this past year! Your portion has been delectable and I would not wanted to have missed a single bite! Thanks for sharing your hearts here! Well, this month I stumbled upon something called
The 1000 Journals Project as well as 1001 Journals. There are thousands of journals that have been scanned and shared in an effort to bring healing, community and creative expression together (sound familiar) through journal sharing! Check it out. Maybe I will put the book on my Christmas list. Let me know what you all think after you visit!

As for my current journal writing, I am challenged because, as some of you know, I do my yearly Christmas Advent journal which is typed on the computer. Challenging because I am the girl who always has her journal in  hand or purse and rarely leaves home without it and a pen or two (or twenty) as the case may be. I already have my next journal ready for the New Year. I always have a few on the ready!
I am still keeping the 1000 Gifts Gratitude Journal I started at the beginning of the 2012 prompted by Ann Voskamp however I do not follow her prompts. I am just too spastic to be prompted!

I look forward to reading your journals this month-
Would we like to find dig through our journals share holiday entries?
It’s up to you! Hmmm…

Greetings of the season and see you in the Blogospere!

Next Random Journal Day is: 
January 4th, 2013!

If you have a any questions contact us (Dawn and Susie) through e-mail:
dawn.paoletta@gmail.com
 bsusieklein@gmail.com

Rules, Schmules…but here they are : 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. 

Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry 

that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 

We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!


2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- 
so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog Hop yet, 
but if you just link back to this in your post that will work.  
(Random Journal Day Link Up) 
*You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo (above) if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the

 person before you in the link up.

You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.

 Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up

 as that just would make it nice for all.

We look forward to peeking in your journals!


* This is a link for Journals of all kinds.
However, in all fairness to those who are creating posts, 
this is not a link-up for general blog posts.  

There are plenty of places to link up those in the Blogosphere. 

 Merriam-Webster states that the definition of a journal is: 
a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use.

This community is a place for private journal writers to share their hearts and thoughts, bravely and safely, as they feel comfortable in doing so, by choice. The entries probably were not originally intended to be shared, nor were they written for that specific purpose. 
Creative journals and art journals are welcome as well! Writers and Artists can inspire one another onto greater creativity and inspiration! 

Use your own discretion as you move about our community, enjoy the fellowship of a trusted community! 
The Link remains open for the month!
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