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. So, whether you have never kept a journal before or are an on again off again journaler, I want to offer a few tips to help you find the time to squeeze journaling in and  to keep journaling on. I also want to urge you to find the journal keeping endeavor that suits this season of your life and allows the habit to continue for the long-term, so that the benefits and blessings will be experienced in time, thus reaffirming the commitment to write for the simple, personal joy experienced by the journal keeper.

I am at 5 Minutes for Faith today and would love for you to venture over there as I share a bit about journal keeping!

Please feel free to share and comment, and I will be sure to respond when I return from vacation!  I am journaling my days away in Maine this week.

Happy Summer, Friends!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shortybear
    Jun 21, 2014 @ 15:50:19

    Enjoy your vacation.

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  2. lynndmorrissey
    Jun 22, 2014 @ 17:47:56

    Well, Dawn, what a delightful surprise to see myself quoted at the outset of your article! Honestly, it is a quote I really wanted in my book, b/c I think that sometimes people can feel intimidated by the blank page. But knowing that God is a writer, and that we are created in His image, and therefore have the inherent gift of writing, should not only help put us at ease, but encourage us in emulating our Creator through writing. We see over and over again in Scripture how God tells people to write and the many benefits that come through it. I love here how you are making it simple and accessible. That’s why I advocate writing what I call “love letters” to God so that what I write is conversational in tone and addressed to a real person, and in this case, the Person is God! But to think of journaling in this way really freed me, because I began to write in my own words and my own way and about anything that was on my mind. True love expresses all feelings, so my journals are not ooey-gooey sacchirine outpourings (though certainly I express love for God), but rather the honest and often emotionally raw feelings of my heart. Thank you for this twenty-one-day journal adventure that you have so capably, compassionately, and courageously led. It has been breathtaking!
    Joyful Journaling!
    Lynn

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  3. Joy Pedrow
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 11:27:05

    I love to journal. I also wrote a blog post about it!
    Here are 7 reasons why one should journal!

    http://joypedrow.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/why-journal/

    Reply

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