Overcoming The Top Two Fears of Every Journal Keeper (and Writer)

 

 

The page and you have something in common.

You both start naked.

The stark blank page will soon be filled with a multitude of words. Or, perhaps, doodles depending on how you are feeling. You approach the page with a raw, vulnerable, naked mind but something gets between your naked mind and the pasty white page. Call it whatever you will, but the dance has begun and intimacy in your writing life is dependent on your ability to push through two fears:

  1. The Blank Page
  2. The Risk of Exposure

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The Journal Keeper’s Journey: Journaling as a Lifestyle (Series)

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 “The diary is the only form of writing that encourages total freedom of expression. Because of its very private nature, it has remained immune to any formal rules of content, structure or style. As a result, the diary can come closest to reproducing how consciousness evolves.” ~Tristine Rainer

 

Today begins a journey for those of you joining me here at Enthusiastically, Dawn.

To avoid confusion and clarify what is coming in the days ahead I want to invite you to check in here with questions, comments, thoughts.

Since I prefer the Diary definition below more than the Journal term described by most resources, you won’t mind indulging me here today for a quick look, will you?

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Calling All Journal Keepers 2015!

My stack of 2014 Journals and my muse Aurora as my screensaver.

My stack of 2014 Journals and my muse Aurora as my screensaver.

Hello, and welcome to the first Random Journal Day Link of 2015.

I have a funny feeling things might be slow starting but I hope we still can get the party started anyway.

If you are new around here, or curious, I will take this opportunity to just say HELLO, and welcome!

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Nothing Is Worth More Than This Day {RJD January 2013}

Nothing is worth more than this day.
~Goethe

Well, today’s journal share comes from January 9, 2001. At this time I am not only a new mom (my Girl is about 3 months old) but a single one, trying to figure out how to balance all: work, taking care of me, church life, real life and motherhood. Join me now as we journey back in time for a peek into my heart and journal for some random mommy musings…

Well here I am Lord. Lord, I just want to live a simple life honoring you. Lord, thank you for today. Lord, forgive me for not taking more initiative today. Lord, help me to fix that. You know these things, Lord. 

Today, I got to pray, straighten Katherine’s room, eat three meals (healthy), take a shower, teach class at the gym, Talk on the phone to A, and the Lactation Consultant and well, the apartment is in fairly decent shape. The cats are fed. Hmm…so thank you, Lord. I think I am going to add a Weight Training Instructional to my schedule. Lord, help me do a good job. 

Lord, help me, guide me, lead me. Lord protect Katherine and help me be the mother she needs. 

I have been reading Romans in my Bible although not today.

Katherine blesses me more each day with her smile. Her little sweet face. Oh  yes, I gave her a bath tonight, too. Phew! We did have a busy day.

Yesterday I used the new crock pot my mom got me for Christmas. 
The best part about my life at this point is being clear about what I want for my life- God central and number one. Simplicity. There’s so much I don’t need…I’m learning this.

Lord, help me to live in the details of my life pleasing and honoring to you. Let me know you in the smallest moments. Let Katherine and I always know your hand of love, mercy and protection. 
What I love about looking back in the journals I have, is seeing some of the same lessons and themes coming through. Also seeing His faithful “hand of love mercy and protection” in the pages revealed anew. 
I am still learning the lesson that there is much I don’t need. I get a giggle when I think of how the day’s victory consisted of both my daughter and I being bathed…and the cats fed. It’s those little victories in motherhood, right? And in life that get us through one day at a time! Growing in grace…until He comes. 
See you next time!
If you would like to peek in more journals or share a peek from your own, join us for Random Journal Day (January) the first Friday of every month!
Random Journal Day Info and Past links HERE.

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God Is Good {A Mom Moment} (RJD #20)

I have this Mom and Me Journal I started around the time my girl was born. There are some deeply moving sentiments in here from the early days of Motherhood. I am so glad I wrote these, although they were sporadic. They capture my emotions. The tenderness of new mom-ness still dripping from my heart and pen right onto the paper.

These are beautiful snippets and attempts at sharing scripture and my heart with my girl. I had planned on giving this to her when she was older. But I stopped around the time she was two, so I am not sure what I will do about it, yet. Perhaps for her 12th Birthday. Still unsure whether to add or embellish otherwise.
I also may share this in more detail in the future as a DIY project for new Moms. 
This was one of the shorter entries, and not devotional in nature.
I think it makes for a fun, light share for a smile today!
Enjoy!
February 11, 2001

Here we are at church! 
“Auntie” Sandy bought you the beautiful
 purple dress and hat 
with shoes 
which you proceeded to kick off 
immediately!
Actually on this blessed day “Auntie Sara” 
locked the keys in the car so we got to hang out in the chapel
a bit until Triple A came and unlocked us.
God is good- all the time!

A couple of notes:
*I am an only child but God has provided me with 
wonderful Sisters In Christ to fill in as Aunties.
*I was living far from my home church at the time and it was difficult 
to get there and back at times, 
so hanging out longer was a blessing indeed- more time for fellowship!
* God really is good all the time, Amen?
His ways are not our ways and that is good.

Join in for more peeks into the journals over at our Random Journal Day!
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