Coming Soon: 31 Days of…

31 day 2


I almost fell off my chair when my dear blogging friend, Barbie (My Freshly Brewed Life) mentioned something about the 31 Days hosted by The Nester. I mean, WHAT? Where did the year go?


I have participated in the 31 Day Challenge of writing on one topic for 31 days for the past two years. It has been a blessing, a challenge, and at times, a lot of fun! I have written 31 Days of Faith Life Preservers and  31 Days of Fitting in Fitness at my old Blog Home: Beneath The Surface: Breath of Faith. 

This year, I am feeling strongly about applying my coaching energy towards, 31 Days of…


Your Perfect Day (Prompt 14)

“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”  Jesus

I have taken this prompt a number of ways in my writing before, and used this as an exercise as a planning tool when coaching others. You can write a really imaginative piece and see where it leads, exploring how your ideal day would go. Or you could allow the prompt to assist you, as a tool to help  brainstorm possibilities of having a better day with your specific goals in mind. Today we imagine our perfect day and plan away with our pen…


Full Circle – Welcome!


It’s hard to believe, but I am taking a giant step forward…a leap of faith, shall we say. Ironically, I have come full circle, since the first blog post published over at Blogger in 2011. I actually started right here on WordPress. But, I got flabbergasted; I just could not figure out how to get it going on WordPress. I was ready to set my words free and nothing was going to stop me! Ironically, here I am right back where I started that fateful evening. My initial post, or all I could figure how to do, consited of two words. The words “Hello, World!” sat there, rather lonely until this week when I decided to have a second go. More

Random Journal Day Link- Up #13

Welcome to Random Journal Day! 

Phew! It’s a hot one here in Little Rhody today friends. High 90’s and
thanking God that I live close to the beach. Today my sweet girl and I met friends at the beach and enjoyed the day as well as watching the Narragansett Regatta 
sailboats racing off shore.

Tonight, ice cream, cold showers and early bed time is on the agenda.
I look forward to seeing your shares this week- 
and will link up when it cools off a bit! 

Some RDJ news:
If you check out the LINKS tab at the top of my blog you will find our 
Random Journal Day Home base
This was to help others easily find a description as well 
as archive all of our RDJ Link Ups in one place!
Feel free to send anyone 
who might be interested there- Enjoy!

Thank you all for taking part and sharing. 
Susie and I are so grateful for each of you being willing to 
open up your hearts and journals here with us.
I hope you are enjoying it!
It really has been a wonderful blessing for us.


Link up your journal post when you can anytime during the week.
Check out the other journal links and 
be sure to leave some feedback.
I look forward to digging in my stack and sharing, 
and also peeking into your journal pages!

 REMEMBER to Link your post back to this URL directly
so others may find us and participate!
(just click on the title of this post and link that to your RDJ entry)
If you have a any questions contact us (Dawn and Susie) through e-mail:

Rules, Schmules…but here they are : 

1. Dig out one of your old journals, or a recent journal. 
Choose an entry, or a portion of an entry that you feel bold enough or at least comfortable to share. 
We prefer if you could include a picture of your journal if possible!

2. Write up your blog post, publish and link up here.
Link up the blog post you are sharing, NOT your general Blog address- so we can visit your entry. 
We don’t have a Badge for this Blog yet, but if you just link back to this in your post that will work (Random Journal Day Weekend Link Up) You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the person before or after you in the link up. 
You can visit more but we understand that everyone is busy.
 Please visit at least one other Random Journal Day Link Up as that just would make it nice for all.

We look forward to peeking in your journals!

*This Link will start on Friday and go through the week. Link up anytime before the next Friday (Thursday night when I get around to it)

Midsummer Eve Journal (RDJ #9)

Then I pray to you, O Lord.
    I say, “You are my place of refuge.
    You are all I really want in life.

I remember standing in the bookstore that Summer’s evening. I was feeling vulnerable. Only as a women does. Delicate, melancholic. Yes, I confess I remember it well as I perused the shelves for my next journal, pouring over each one as I do. Opening and closing, feeling, sensing. Knowing it will be my partner for the next few months; a receptacle for my heart’s cries, dialogues with God and hatchery for thoughts, dreams and ideas. So for 8.95, a bargain in my eyes at the time, I made the final decision and headed out into the nights darkness, new journal in my possession. I loved the image on the front. Writing the first pages in a new journal can be the hardest, yes? I see this beautiful open, blank paged canvas and think to myself, “How can I measure up to the possibility, potential and perfection of this book? The moment I touch it with my pen, it’s soiled beyond repair!” Yet, I have learned to scribble out my imperfection onto the pages of  a blank book and found the process to hold beauty, mystery, healing and grace as well as a secret meeting place with the One who has put the very desire to write and record in my heart! 
July 19, 2005
Dear Lord, I am sick of my sin and tired of my self. Lord, renew my Spirit with your joy, peace and love. Show me your ways. Lord, even when I think I have victory- I stumble- even when I triumph it’s only for a moment.
Please keep me from fears and increase my faith according to your word that I might once more exalt your name with a vision from heaven.  Spare me empty words and godless chatter-empower me Lord, to serve You.

You alone I long to worship, you alone are worthy of my praise. 

I also lift up Katherine and her heart toward you. Lord, her heart I pray would soften. Lord, I pray for protection and that she would grow up and walk in your truth and not depart from it.

Lord, I am overwhelmed with people, places, things. .. the will and agendas of others and my own desires…Lord give me wisdom & discernment to know what to I can do…should do… and what can wait. Show me what to leave behind and what to keep. 

*I went on to pray for my husband, VBS and our finances. 
Funny the things that we remember and forget…and what we record. 
Funny how some things seem to be ongoing heart cries…

Join in and share from your own Journal for our Random Journal Day Link Up or just stop by and PEEK! 

Do you love to shop for beautiful journals or do you prefer a simple notebook/binder?

Do you worry about writing in the first pages of a new journal? 

Happy Journal Writing, Friends.

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