16 thoughts on “Intimacy with God through Journaling: The Birth of a Blog

    1. Re-reading old journal entries is a bit humbling at times, too! It reminds me of reading about Israel…and we think UGH! THere they go again, same old sins, different days! Then I realize…I AM Israel.


  1. I just love and admire your “raw-ness”! Also, I took photos of some notebooks I redid in denim to add to your collection of journals (not nearly as professional looking as yours, but, well, “raw”.) Have a good weekend.

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  2. Oh, thank you for bravely sharing your “raw and real.” That’s a big reason to keep a personal journal, don’t you think? Not just the being able to pour out our hearts, and the humbling that can come from the rereads, but the way the love of God shines through the remembrances.


  3. You’ve come a long way since then haven’t you? I love the thought of you staying up until 3am to create your first blog-site. Totally understand the inner compulsion to do the thing that’s been tugging at you relentlessly. And then it feels SO GOOD to finally do it!
    Yay for more awesome years of blogging our little hearts out!


  4. Such GOOD NEWS: “The good news is that despite THAT – I don’t feel LESS loved by You, Lord.” So glad that you obeyed and started the blog…your blog has ministered to me over and over again dear kindred! Love and blessings-Kel

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  5. [Dawn and journaling friends: I wrote this prayer in my journal on 15 August 15.]

    Oh, Father! I am such a vagrant. For some reason, that word just popped into my head. Or should that be vagabond? I’m suddenly reminded of a poem I wrote–Hobo Soul–was that it? Well, these are all the right words for the state of my soul right now! So did Your Spirit prompt them?!

    [Then I looked up vagabond and wrote the following in my journal.]

    VAGABOND: a person w/o a permanent home, who moves from place to place. A tramp (like my hobo soul idea) of or relating to characteristics of a wanderer. Aimless; drifting. Irregular in course or behavior; unpredictable; to roam about.

    Wow, Lord! These DO apply! I am a guilty vagabond and spiritual vagrant, wandering around from place to emotional place–just drifting down the lazy ol’ river, man (as Anne Ortlund said in the opening of Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman), with no clear sense of direction–aimless, wayward, unrestrained, LIVING RANDOMLY, unfocused free-for-all!!! Distracted. Disoriented. Derailed. SIDETRACKED! You name it, Lord. I am wasting my days, my time, ergo–MY LIFE!!

    [Then the word PRODIGAL came to mind, so I looked it up and wrote it in my journal. Obviously, I knew what all these words meant, but to have their *exact* meanings is extremely helpful.]

    PRODIGAL: Recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse in giving; exceedingly abundant…..


    Extravagant: Given to lavish or imprudent expenditure. Exceeding reasonable bounds; unrestrained; extremely abundant; profuse. Archaic: straying beyond limits or bounds: wandering…

    [So after all my reading, I told that Lord that I am an extravagant vagabond!! It’s not a compliment obviously. I felt led to write an alpha poem or sometimes called an abecedarian poem. The idea is to form a spine acrostic with each letter of the alphabet beginning the new line, whether as a continuation of a previous sentence or starting a new one. I often pray to God in this way, because the acrostic causes me to glean new insights or use words I usually wouldn’t. For example, in the following peom, you will see the words attune and galvanize, which I may not have customarily used. It is also amazing how quickly and deeply these poems flow–on the average of 5-10 minutes. I chose as my spine “EXTRAVAGANT VAGABOND,” and then fleshed the poem around it. You can’t see the bold letters here, but they would spell the acrostic. The rest of the poem would be in regular print. I learned much about myself in writing this, and really unbosomed to the Lord. I am vulnerably baring my soul to you here, in case someone recognizes herself. Oh, and when your acrostic, uses an X, either use an X word like xylophone, or an “ex” word.]

    Extravagant Vagabond
    by Lynn D. Morrissey

    Extricate me, Lord, from this vagabond life of
    X-xtravagant dissipation.
    Tame my time, and make me holily temperate.
    Restrain my wandering waywardness. Make me
    Attentive. I am
    Vacillating in every direction, as scattered as
    Ash on a windy day. Oh, God!
    Gather me up; gather my thoughts and deeds and desires into Your
    All-encompassing Person, purpose, and passion. Make me
    Negligent of all that seeks to distract or allure.
    Tether me to You. Give me Your
    Vision for my life—Your singly focused eye.
    Attune my ears to the perfect pitch of Your voice.
    Galvanize my will to Yours.
    Attract me to Your Word, your world, your way, so I’m no longer
    Blown like a prodigal puff of dandelion seeds, scattered
    Out in every conceivable direction. I have sinned egregiously. I
    Need You now, more than ever, to stop this
    Downward spiral of destruction. Help me, Lord!

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    1. Lynn! And to this I say, and why does .she not have her own blog? lol, I too love to follow word meanings and am led away on adventures of discovery and creativity. This must be what we always enjoy each other so much! That could have been a great post to share…and I am GLAD you shared it here! Love this poem. Also have to read Anne’s book, I got it free from somewhere recently. Scooped it up quick as a bunny! Classic Christian literature.


  6. Dawn, you are always so kind, generous, and gracious to me!!! Thank you so much. I will share your post for its own merit. I love how you encourage women both to journal and to share. You’d be a natch at live journal facilitation and I hope you will consider doing that some day. We still need to do a retreat. Kel joined me in doing one for my women’s circle at church recently, and it was very meaningful. Oh my goodness. God wants you to read this book!!!! I knew Anne Ortlund, personally, she was an incredible mentor to me. Get past the first chapter, which, when I read it years ago, seemed fluffy to me, even as a new Christian. But this little gem is anything but that. Her simplicity and Spirit-led, razor-sharp insight is profound. Her “notebook,” I’m convinced, was the prototype of good planners. And, I might add, she wrote all her prayers!! I reference her in LLTG (maybe not by name, but I did mention her…also in acknowledgments). also, I went to her home for 2 days (in CA) in 2004. She (and I) felt God leading me not to write and speak shortly after my book debuted. Very, very painful decision….but I’m starting to feel led back. Thank you for your affirmation. Oh, and on Anne….she lived what she preached. I asked to see her notebook when I was there (like a sacred work to me), and there were all her prayers….plus other things you would put in a planner. She had rheams of them. Let me know what you think after you read it!!!! xxoo


  7. Thank you so much for such an intimate share. My goal is to do scripture study before leaving for work, but 9 times out of 10, I get distracted by other things that need to get done before I leave. Thinking of switching to evening study – this way I’m not rushed. But something doing this in the morning is like revving up the engine for my day


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