Welcome to the Random Journal Day Link Up for June! I am overflowing with enthusiasm (naturally) in excess tonight as I tap out these words to share all the good stuff going on here this weekend. Big breaths…OK. So, as you all know we link up and share from our journals the first Friday of each month. All Journal Keepers (and planner addicts?) are welcome. Please jump in as you are and hang out with us. We are an easy-going bunch, and open to all sorts of nonsense!
This month is THREE times as special because not only do we have an extremely wonderful Featured Journal Keeper but we also have a Giveaway from her very generous heart and soul! All of this coinciding with our 21 Days of Journaling in June journey. Phew. Awesomeness abounds.
Our Guest and featured journal girl, Kel Rolfe is an inspiration and creative spirit, and I am grateful to have her with us. She really has a way with words and shares her creative gifts and talents graciously through her Writing /Blogging (Nourishment for the Soul) and Art Journaling (SoulDare). Grab a cup of something good and let’s soak in our sister’s words! Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway (Kel will explain how) and Link Up (Automatic Entry)! Happy RJD, Friends!
My name is Kel Rohlf! And I love words and playing with them in my journals.
I am honored to be the RJD guest host this month. Dawn graciously invited me to share about my passion for keeping journals. My earliest memory of personal journaling is tied to a small green diary with a golden latch lock and a key. It’s long gone now, but I do recall writing down my first fight with a friend, where I swore at her. Oh my!
The earliest journal that I have on my shelf is from the autumn of 1985, when I was still single. I am not sure why I decided to keep a personal journal. But I am glad that I started the journey, because it is so fun to go back and see how my life has changed, but most of all to see God’s faithfulness.
Reading the entries from the mid 80s and my early married life cause me to smile. What a young naïve girl, I was back then. My journals have evolved over the years. My taste in the type of journal and the contents have changed with my growing need to express myself and discover who I am in light of God’s love and presence in my life.
I used to buy various journals based on their covers. Over the past few years, I have decided that the best fit for me is an unlined, spiral bound art journal, because the contents of my journals keep changing.
A journal is more than a blank book to me; I maintain a relationship with my journal. It is my personal space to dialogue with God, doodle my dreams, ask myself hard questions, to take notes, to sketch ideas and to just express myself in a variety of ways. Lately, I have been including magazine collage and other art media.
Journaling is mostly a private experience. However, my life has been enriched by two journaling mentors. Mary Ann offers a journaling group at our church. We started out taking a class from her, based on the book Spiritual Journaling by Richard Peace. After the class completed, we formed a monthly accountability group. Each month, Mary Ann brings us a journaling prompt. We each write silently for about 20 minutes. Then she invites us to read our response to one another, if we want. Every time, we are amazed at how our written words minister to each other. Amazingly, her chosen topic is just what our hearts needed that afternoon.
My other journaling mentor and dear friend is Lynn Morrissey. Her book, Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer reveals Lynn’s passion for writing to God as personal devotion. Her experience encourages me to be more real with God, especially in my journal. She has taught me a variety of approaches to journaling. As a certified Journal to the Self facilitator, she leads participants through a multifaceted workshop to deepen our experience with journaling. Through her workshops, I learned how to write acrostics, use springboard questions, write character sketches and utilize list making for self-discovery to name just a few techniques.
Journaling offers me space to improve and cultivate my writing skills. I began blogging in 2008 as a way to share devotions, which I first pondered in my journals. Then in 2011, I edited and compiled several blog posts into a self-published devotional called Defining Moments: Overflowing with Living Words. I continue to use my journal to meet with God and to write the words that He impresses on my heart at Nourishment for the Soul. (http://kelrohlf.wordpress.com)
I’d like to offer a giveaway to celebrate the joy of journaling and the fruit it bears in our lives.
To participate in the giveaway for a free copy of my book and a blank mixed-media art journal, leave a comment here or link-up for Random Journal Day or do both. I will pick a winner randomly on Monday, June 9th!
“Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.’ (Jeremiah 30:6 NKJV)
Let’s Get This Party Started!