Random Journal Day #42 with Dawn Maurice

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Well here we are for another Random Journal Day and it is a very special CELEBRATORY event this month since the first Friday of July 2014 happens to be the 4th of July! So, dig into your old journal bins or choose one of the journal prompts from 21 Days of Journaling and share your post with us anytime this week and through next weekend depending on your party schedule. How about sharing and old fourth of July post from 10 years ago? Or maybe last year, the wonderful thing when we look back at those pages is seeing all the the little things we often forget. Be sure and check out our little Summer Giveaway via Rafflecopter as well.

Our Featured Journal Keeper this month is someone who has become near and dear to my heart and the first fellow blogger I have had the opportunity to meet in real life! . Dawn Maurice blogs her journey of love, art and faith over at Heart Du Jour. Her beautiful and creative journal doodles are a delectable feast for word lovers and art journal keepers alike. I have received some of her creations via snail mail and they have come at just the right time. Please welcome our fellow journal girl, New Englander, pet lover and more – the very creative Dawn MauriceMore

Summer Devotional Giveaway (RJD Celebration Week!)

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It’s hard to believe that June is almost over and July is about to make it’s annual appearance. Summer is really here. I can hear the sighs. Whether your Summer is relaxed, busy, jam-packed with activities and commitments or leaned back and lazy, I know you could use a sweet word of encouragement and a few breezy mornings when you press pause on L-I-F-E to ponder that which is not fleeting.

An extra copy of one of my very favorite devotional books made it’s way into my hands and I am giving you the chance to enjoy it for yourself! 

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Oh, The Places We’ll Go! (Prompt 21)

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Here we are at the end of our 21 day journey. As I write this post (fresh for you tonight!), my family is preparing to leave for vacation first thing in the morning! Of course I will be taking my current  journal along, as always. It is pictured here on a recent excursion to the beach. Therein lies your hint for today’s prompt…

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace (Book Review)

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Every once in awhile a book comes along with the capacity to change you, touch you, breathe new life into what you thought you already knew. It messes with your preconceived ideas about who you are and what you are doing. It slowly seeps into your soul the way tea disperses itself  in all of it’s magnificence into hot water. You find yourself awakening to the beauty of the truths that speak out from the pages.

Every once in awhile a book comes along that has the power to convey truth in a way that it takes hold of you in personal ways in which there is no escape, unless of course you close the book and determine to remain unchanged, unscathed, bound tight in the bud.

Beauty unawakened.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace is this kind of book. It is a book that will draw you into places you may not have wanted to go. But, if you go, the way may be initially unclear, the territory uncharted, and the outcome unsure but the one thing certain is that you will not remain the same.

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So You Want to Keep a Journal? (@5MFF)

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“Because God is a writer, it is only natural that we, created in His image, are writers also.”

Lynn D. Morrissey

I hear it often when the conversation turns to writing or journal keeping. “I wish I had more time to write.” or, “I’ve tried keeping a journal before but stopped.” Another common concern is privacy. Revealing your heart’s condition and committing it to paper can be a scary proposition. The possibility that someone else might see something that you did not want to share can hinder the beautiful freedom that journal keeping can offer. More

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