Random Journal Day Link Up – December 2012

Random Journal Day is now the first Friday of the month!

Well our final little gathering for the year has arrived. Thanks to all who have participated both regularly and sporadically this past year! Your portion has been delectable and I would not wanted to have missed a single bite! Thanks for sharing your hearts here! Well, this month I stumbled upon something called
The 1000 Journals Project as well as 1001 Journals. There are thousands of journals that have been scanned and shared in an effort to bring healing, community and creative expression together (sound familiar) through journal sharing! Check it out. Maybe I will put the book on my Christmas list. Let me know what you all think after you visit!

As for my current journal writing, I am challenged because, as some of you know, I do my yearly Christmas Advent journal which is typed on the computer. Challenging because I am the girl who always has her journal in  hand or purse and rarely leaves home without it and a pen or two (or twenty) as the case may be. I already have my next journal ready for the New Year. I always have a few on the ready!
I am still keeping the 1000 Gifts Gratitude Journal I started at the beginning of the 2012 prompted by Ann Voskamp however I do not follow her prompts. I am just too spastic to be prompted!

I look forward to reading your journals this month-
Would we like to find dig through our journals share holiday entries?
It’s up to you! Hmmm…

Greetings of the season and see you in the Blogospere!

Next Random Journal Day is: 
January 4th, 2013!

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 Hop yet, 
but if you just link back to this in your post that will work.  
(Random Journal Day Link Up) 
*You can use Susie’s RDJ Photo (above) if you like!

3. Kindly visit and comment on the

 person before 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 is a link for Journals of all kinds.
However, in all fairness to those who are creating posts, 
this is not a link-up for general blog posts.  

There are plenty of places to link up those in the Blogosphere. 

 Merriam-Webster states that the definition of a journal is: 
a record of experiences, ideas, or reflections kept regularly for private use.

This community is a place for private journal writers to share their hearts and thoughts, bravely and safely, as they feel comfortable in doing so, by choice. The entries probably were not originally intended to be shared, nor were they written for that specific purpose. 
Creative journals and art journals are welcome as well! Writers and Artists can inspire one another onto greater creativity and inspiration! 

Use your own discretion as you move about our community, enjoy the fellowship of a trusted community! 
The Link remains open for the month!
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Sinner And Saint {The Healing Power of Journal Keeping}

A trunk full of the stories of my many lives!
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. 
These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
2 Peter 1:4

Healing comes in many forms.
 It also sometimes comes in bits and pieces sometimes- instead of all at once.
My journals hold within the pages stories of the many lives
I have lived.
I also believe that within them lies a powerful witness to the
 healing power of the writing life,
available to all journal keepers.

Writing to me has been the one thing which is constant, 
like the breath

It is the one thing that I have done for so long it is part of who I am.
 There are many activities that have come and gone but from early on I picked up a pen,
put it to paper and revealed, revered and reflected the soul that I was.
The voice that resonated in time, captured on the pages for better and for worse,
staring back up for all to see.
Word snapshots. Candid.
There have been times when I have considered holding a “Journal Burning” party,
but after further consideration I have held back. 
The one time this idea became exceedingly strong was shortly after being introduced to my Savior.
I wanted to burn every thing written on those pages because of the very stark reality portrayed.
Captured under the microscope were lurid details of my very nature.
It was not pretty at times.
I did not hold back, there I was staring back up from the pages at myself as
when one looks upon their reflection in still water.

Clear, sharp, intriguing and bare was I – 
no hiding from those pages jealousy, anger, selfishness, and fickleness.
Yet there was also an authenticity on those pages that would not be denied.
A rawness, that staked a claim which would not be refused. 
Here in these pages there was a voice longing to be heard but beneath the surface
there was yet another still, small voice which was yet to be released. 
At one point I did throw away my journals – these were from my teen years and
 I did it impulsively as much of what I did in my early years.
But as fate would have it or by God’s design,
depending on your perspective,
I soon began to pour out my heart and soul once more on paper at the requirement of a professor for a Human Relations class I took at 18 years of age.
The wonderful and challenging thing about this was that we were expected to journal on specific hypothetical questions as well as reflect on the class and our experiences personally.
Well that was all it took, from this point on I picked my pen back up and have never put it down. I continued to journal my life journey and put on paper “the good, the bad and the ugly” as well as the big kahuna philosophical inquiry into life’s deeper meaning.
 Enter Jesus Christ.
My pen became a vehicle for the underlying voice which was birthed on that day. 
As I wrote at times I felt the Spirit move within me and the pages began to be transformed by the power of His Spirit.
Years passed and much was recorded on the pages.
 There in those pages emerged a new voice…there was no doubt.
But the old voice was also there, questioning, pleading and at times accusing.
But still, hidden among the rambles, a Light was beginning to shine (John 8:12) .
 A light that would not be snuffed.
A midst the foolishness, there it was…
Wisdom, a wisdom that was not my own and one which
I had no claim to but instead which laid claim to me.
There slowly the pages began to show a relationship instead of only my thoughts, feelings and activities. Emerging out of the darkness was a voice which revealed wisdom, hope and clarity.
So you see I could not burn those books, after all.
They became precious to me as they revealed the heart of the one who came to bring light, life and truth. This same one promises that in time, everything unworthy will be burned up.
But, for now I will keep these journals, because I never want to forget exactly who I am apart from my God and his amazing grace. I need to remember, even as I, with Paul, press on to that which Christ has taken hold of in me… that depth which I have come from- to keep me from the sin of the Pharisees and the blindness of pride.

In these journals there is  healing, supernatural birth and transformation better than any ‘Transformers’, Superhero or action movie.

In these journals there is the power and presence of a Living God 
as He relates to me and I to Him. 

I am thankful that I didn’t follow through and burn those books. 
Because in them is the mind of my Savior
and the transformation of one sinner to saint.

“So pay attention to how you hear. 
To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given.
 But for those who are not listening, 
even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Luke 8:18

This is a Re-Post (gently revised) from July 3, 2011.
See the original here: Too Many Lives: The Journals

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