Random Journal Day #48 with Featured Journal Keeper Joy Pedrow

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Hello, Journal Keepers! I am tapping away on my keys on this very snowy evening in Rhode Island and looking forward to our monthly gathering of sharing this mutual love for journal keeping. This month I have a very special guest and I am so glad she finally is joining us. Joy is a very enthusiastic (I love that about her, naturally) Journal Keeper who lives life like an open book, sharing her love for the Lord and heart for encouraging women faithfully at her blog Joy Pedrow Ministries. I stumbled upon an article about Journaling Joy had written awhile back and felt an immediate connection with her, the way we do when we find we are standing on common ground with another. Shortly thereafter (you know me and how laid back I am…NOT), I began nagging requesting her to join our RJD community. As one who recently completed college her schedule is pretty tight, but I am glad she squeezed in some time to share with us, as I know she will fit right in here!

Well, let’s get this party started…here’s Joy! (I just love the way that sounds…)

 

Journaling is a huge part of my everyday life. Journaling is one of my favorite ways to worship God and spend time with him. The simple act of writing down my emotions, thoughts, lessons, and scripture has changed my life.

My journals tell a beautiful story of how God changed my life and continues to work in my heart.

There are countless ways that journalling helps my walk with God. Journaling helps me: focus in prayer, believe that God loves me, teach others, and remember God moments. Today I want to focus on one type of journaling that has helped my walk with God. Scripture Journaling.

I love to journal scripture and write the verses in the form of a letter from God to us – his beautiful children. The Bible is God’s Word, given to us so we can know and follow Him. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Thus, when we write out letters from God, we can know God in a more personal way.

The Bible is God’s way of communicating with us, so why not write the verses in a form of a letter.

Here are 8 simple steps to journal scripture in order to get the most out of the experience:

1) What heart issue are you currently struggling with? Trusting God? Impatience? Fear? Worry? Get to the heart issue so that you can find scripture to heal you.
2) Find scripture that relates to your topic from step 1. Some Bibles have sections in the front or back that list verses that go with different themes. If your Bible does not have this, just Google it. For example, say you are struggling trusting God – Google Bible verses about trusting God.
3) Read through the list of verses and pick one or two that speak to you.
4) Start your letter. Dear (your name),
5) Re-write the verses as if God is speaking them to you.
6) End your letter. Love, Your Heavenly Father.
7) Read your letter out loud. Imagine that God is speaking these words directly to you and over all of your pain and hardship.
8) Feel free to write a reply to God by writing a letter to him. This begins to create a beautiful dialogue.

Here is an example to make sure you understand. Currently, I’m having a hard time trusting God’s plans, so I Googled “Bible verses about trusting God” and found countless passages. I wrote the passages in the form of a letter in my journal, but for you I typed it out. You can read it below.

Dear Joy,

I have commanded you to be strong, courageous and to trust me. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. I am the Lord your God and I will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Trust in me with your whole heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge me in all your ways and I will make you paths straight. Do not think your plans are better than mine. Fear me and turn from evil (Proverbs 3:5-7). Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted in the earth (Psalm 46:10).

Love, God

I’m praying for all your journalers. I’m praying that you would grow closer to God through writing letters to and from God. I’m praying that your love for God and scripture will grow.

 

Joy Pedrow is a recent college grad who experienced Jesus in college and surrendered her life to him. Jesus has brought her redemption, healing, hope, and a purpose. She feels called to encourage and help women in their walks with the Lord through her blog and ministry, Joy Pedrow Ministries. You can check out her blog: http://joypedrow.com/ or find her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joypedrow
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoyPedrow
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/joypedrow/

 

HERE IS OUR GATHERING OF JOURNAL KEEPERS! Feel free to hop around and leave some encouragement wherever you visit. Remember it is better to give than to receive~ Let’s SHARE our love for journal keeping and encouraging one another. Also if you would like to be a Featured Journal Keeper and join in our community, we are looking for fellow journal lovers to contribute for the Summer and Fall! Let’s link up! 

 

 

Linking with Deb @Counting My Blessings

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy Pedrow
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 09:15:33

    Dawn you are so kind and sweet. Thank you for those nice words. I’m glad to finally join this amazing community. I will be posting a glimpse into my journal later today. =]

    And I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts!!

    Reply

    • enthusiasticallydawn
      Mar 08, 2015 @ 08:14:12

      Thank you, appreciate this post and you. Now, on SUNDAY, I am finally getting around to getting my post up…Phew. Late to the party I am hosting, again! Have a wonderful day in the Lord, Joy!

      Reply

  2. Barbara
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 10:34:45

    Joy, I love the scripture journaling you spoke of…and writing a letter from God! I wrote a post last year with the 23rd Psalm that puts your name in the verses. It is so special to think (to KNOW) that He is writing directly to US!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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  4. misskathypwp
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 20:51:17

    Hi Joy! Happy to see a familiar face as Dawn’s featured journal keeper this month–I follow you on Twitter and enjoy your posts. LOVED your Scripture journaling idea here. Feels very Sarah Young and “Jesus Calling” kinda thingy. One of my favorite devotionals. Thanks for the journal tip–and sharing your heart with us.
    Joy to you!
    Thanks for hosting, Dawn!!!
    Kathy

    Reply

  5. susieklein
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 22:05:26

    Hi Joy, I am so happy to meet you through this fun blog-hop! I love your method of journaling a scripture as God talking to us. Makes the word more personal. Susie

    Reply

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  8. tenderheart333
    Mar 07, 2015 @ 21:49:16

    Hi Joy, I enjoyed your method of journaling a scripture as God talking to us. I have prayed scripture and used other’s prompts with blanks to pray. I am looking forward to journaling scripture in this way. . Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Mary Geisen
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 17:05:43

    What an absolutely beautiful way to journal scripture. Joy – I am blessed by your outline of steps above and will be printing it out for future use. Dawn – thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing this post with me! Have a blessed week!

    Reply

  11. Joy Pedrow
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 20:33:22

    Thank you Ladies! I hope this method does help you in your walk with God. I believe it makes scripture so personal. ❤ I also appreciated you all sharing your journals with the link-up. Journaling is so beautiful and I wish more people did this. More people need to know about the power of journaling and then sharing with others.

    Reply

  12. ocjarman1
    Mar 14, 2015 @ 02:35:46

    Thank you to both of you, Dawn & Joy. I love our Lord God Almighty, and journaling. The prayering that you shared was exactly what I need to start exercising in my journal!

    Reply

  13. kelrohlf
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 21:06:31

    Joy- I am just now getting back to RJD Link-up to read everyone’s posts and cheer each other on! I love your idea to write Scripture as a letter from God. I used to do that occasionally in my journals…but haven’t in a long time…this is just the jumpstart I need to get back into listening to God through His word. Thanks!

    Reply

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