Battling Depression with a Notebook (RJD January 2014)

I usually try to share from older journals, but recently I have been sharing, occasionally, from current journals as well. Generally speaking, I always, ALWAYS, keep one continuous ongoing journal. I carry it everywhere I go (most of the time) within reason, and it is a constant companion, capturing my thoughts, prayers, ideas, random poems, quotes etc. It is a springboard and sponge, allowing ideas to jump forth, and also be absorbed.

Occasionally, I keep additional journals. I just laid to rest my 1000 Gifts journal, which I also continuously added to on a regular (not always daily) basis.

Last month, as I struggled not to be swallowed by a difficult season, I grabbed this small notebook, to carry for November, in hopes of staying grounded in good despite feeling I was sinking into a mud-hole.

It is just a random smattering of what emanated positivism to me. I felt negative…I battled discouragement with simple torn and cut paper, and 5 things I could be grateful and over which to rejoice.

Truly, it is a “scrap” book! From scraps, I hung. It sounds silly, right? But when the darkness desires to swallow us hole, the smallest glimmer of light can keep us from the abyss.

A word that brings a smile…rip it out, glue it down. 

A picture that makes the heart beat, hopeful…snatch it up, paste it in!

A phrase that resonates…capture it and keep it close, right before your eyes.

There are seasons we need reminding…and sometimes the simplest reminders of good, hope and encouragement can come in cut pieces of paper, glued down on paper, in a notebook, that keeps us believing we can get through one more day. We see God, still is in it…but we must discipline ourselves to SEE. Open the eyes. It can be a difficult time, but is He with us? Do we have reminders of His love, faithfulness? Yes!

Grab it, hang on to it, cling to the good! The bad will always be there…we must discipline ourselves to seek the good, in the small, mundane and everyday. Sometimes that might just be all we need to hang on. Sometimes a little notebook can be a small tool to help win the battle with discouragement, depression and dark days.

I want you to know that as I did this, it went against everything I felt within. I did this because it was needful. I needed to be do opposite of what circumstances looked like AND what I was feeling.

Please join us for this months Random Journal Day – we meet up and share from our Journals, past or present! 

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Happy New Year and 1st Random Journal Day -Link Up of 2014!

Welcome to the first Random Journal Day of 2014! 

Let’s get this party started…

If you are new here, please check out the DETAILS, and feel free to jump right on in. 
We are a small but faithful community who like to share our hearts on paper, and our words with one another. Please, know your heart is safe here. 
Next, if you could share this post and invite other fellow Journal Keepers who you believe might enjoy this monthly gathering, I would be grateful.
A tidbit for you all: This is the 37th gathering of this Random Journal Day Link-Up! 
All kinds of Journals are welcome here. We are primarily a word loving bunch, but we so appreciate, and are inspired by those who share their Art Journals. I tend to incorporate a bit of scrap-booking, collage, doodling and all in my journal, but primarily write. We are richer in the diversity of sharing! 
Occasionally we are blessed to have Patsy from HeARTworks link up her lovely, inspiring combination of words and scripture. 
Please know that you can leave perfectionism at the door! 
We share our wonderfully imperfect pondering on paper, prose and art, here and rejoice together along the journey. 
My dear friend, Stacy from I Carried A Watermelon let me know about this wonderful project, which I am jumping in and stretching myself again. Kind of reminds me of the Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge, I participated in! I so enjoyed making art on index cards this summer. Well this is a wonderful combination of art, creativity, writing and journal keeping so if you want to check out the Root 30 Day Journal Project, head on over there now. BUT wait…don’t forget to link up from one of your journals back here! 
Lisa Sonora Beam is hosting: Root-30 Day Journal Project

Join us every First Friday of the month – link goes live at 12 AM…but since it’s the 1st gathering of the New Year, I’m gonna let it fly early. I look forward to peeking into your journals! PS, so excited it is snowing here in the East tonight! 
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My True Beauty Book (RJD Link December)

For this last share of the year for Random Journal Day, I am opening up one of my favorite journals. Before the internet, and an abundance of books, I purposed to create a special affirming journal. Because it is helpful for me to write, not just read words, I dedicated a journal for scripture which would help me learn and focus on my identity in Christ. I call it my Beauty Book, but in reality it is a True Beauty Book, which goes beyond the superficial.

There are three parts to this spiral bound journal and I recently decided to finish the last portion which is focused exclusively on the names of Christ. I no longer remember where I picked up these particular reference sheets (pictured), but since I save everything in Binders, I have them still!

 Part one, is My Worth in God, section two is Who I Am In Christ, and the final section is reserved for the Names of Christ. Each section simply states the topic, or title and the supporting scripture.

I have considered going back and writing thoughts or payers on the pages. There is room on many of the pages to allow commentary, reflections, etc.  This journal was especially helpful to create and reflect on in times of discouragement or adversity.

I have a number of journals with meaningful scripture as the writing is key for me. Combining the physical act of writing scripture verses helps me to focus completely, body, mind and spirit on the meaning; it marries me to the verse. I also am a big fan of index cards, but a journal dedicated to scripture, handwritten is really a special gift I like to give myself, and sometimes others!

Have you ever created journal for specific scriptures, meaningful to you?

Linking with Random Journal Day for the last time for the year! If you have a journal, please join us! 

Join Us For The Last Random Journal Day Link Up of the Year! (December 2013)

Well, friends, gather round! It is the last RJD post for the year and I sure hope you will join in and share a page from your journal!
You know, I get such delight as I see what others write, create, doodle, draw, collage, scrap, paint or scribble on paper. I am held captive to this crazy act of journaling! I so admire some of the Art Journals I see, and then there are the Faithbookers, they inspire me as well. Planners, binders, notebooks, blank books, scrapbooks…I love them all. 
The blank page draws me in until I must draw on it! I must mark it up with words, spill myself out and see what will come of it. The pen and paper are trustworthy tools. I am mesmerized by the process. Are you?
I invite you to share your doodles, your scribbles, your rough drafts and works in progress (that you are willing to reveal!). Show me your Dear Diary and your journal entry; Share your Art Journal Page, your Faith-book page, your doodle or quote journal. 
Show us what your heart looks like on paper!
I am wondering what we should do differently next year for Random Journal Day. I would love to have some input on how we can make this something that continues to be a blessing and positive endeavor for our little community. Should we seek to grow it more? I am open to suggestions…
Please share your input in the comments, and thanks!
Now let’s link up for this last time for 2013!

If you’re new around here, check out the details and please join us!

Random Journal Day Link Up (A Gathering Place for Journal Keepers)

Well here we are my friends and my oh my- November 1st did take me by surprise. So I apologize for the fact that I am late, for my own party! Please forgive. Cut this girl some slack, or as Lisa Jo ‘s prompt today called for Grace. I so appreciate each of you and thank you in advance for linking up, sharing and visiting each other. I will link up ASAP. Happy November.
I would love to see your heart on paper- whether it’s art or words. 
Check the details for LINKING UP
HERE. Please join us, with a page from your journal.

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