Seasonal Journals (A 5 Year Journal Journey)

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Although it is not the first Friday of the month at this posting, it will be VERY soon! The first Friday of the month is the time a few faithful journal keepers gather and enjoy peeking in one another’s journals. If you are new, feel free to check out the variety of offerings. Don’t be shy. Dig into your journal archives…or if you are BRAVE and CRAZY, go ahead and give us a peek into something current. The link usually goes live 12:01 AM on Friday, but since last month we did not gather due to my Planning for Purpose series with The Nester’s 31 day writing challenge, I thought we would allow the link to open earlier. Join us anytime from Thursday night @ 10-11 through Monday night to link, read and enjoy. For more information and if you want to see past posts and links, check out the Random Journal Day Page.

 

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Thanksgiving To New Years Journal {RJD Link November 2012}

 I am sharing from one of my special journals today. This “Big Binder” holds my Thanksgiving to New Years yearly Journal as well as sections for some I keep for my Easter/Lent journey! I started this special endeavor  in 2005 and if you are not a journal keeper yet, I highly recommend keeping this wonderful kind of journal which is a great way o preserve moments, memories, family traditions and spiritual growth through the years. 
Some of my entries are long, some very short. But I always try to write a bit daily. If I don’t, no worries. It all balances out in the end. At the end of my entries I include the names of those people I am praying for with the specific prayer right under their name- it captures a snapshot of their lives at the time as well I now realize as I have been reading through! Specific circumstances and prayer concerns are much easier to find in theses journals as they are so much neater than my handwritten scribbles which tend to go on and on in a seamless life long letter! 
Well, hope you enjoy “peeking” in my journal.
See you next month, and maybe you can share your 
Thanksgiving to Christmas journal in a Random Journal Day in the future!
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November 25, 2011
Day after Thanksgiving
Well, here it is the day after Thanksgiving. 
Hard to believe I am starting another of my Thanksgiving to New Year journals.
 But , here I am doing just that. Lord, I do have much for which to be grateful, as I start this journal and ponder the past year. 
I am thinking of a passage from Job (1:20-22) today:
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. 
Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
   “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, 

   and naked I will depart. 

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; 
   may the name of the LORD be praised.”

 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Lord, how could I do anything but praise you. 
You are God! 
I am but the work of your hand. 
Loved, belonging to you. 
Lord, I am not like Job, in that so often 
I have doubted you. 
I have grumbled and complained 
instead of given praise and thanksgiving. 
I pull back from trusting you in the heat of the moment. 
Sometimes, I am still led astray by my own passions. 
Yet you know my heart’s desire is to follow you. 
Therefore I trust in your forgiveness.
 I trust in that way that you have made in my Jesus.
 I hold out my hands to receive the grace I am unworthy of, yet lost without. 
Thank you for mercy, love, faith and forgiveness. 
Thank you for your faithfulness in the face of my lack, 
neediness and sin.
I think about the journey of this year and all 
you have given and also what you have deemed should be taken away. 
I accept all as it has all come from your hand. 
Lord,
thank you for the wonderful Thanksgiving 
I shared with my family yesterday. 
Even though it was quiet and small- it was so good. 
Thank you that despite an evening “fail”, 
you redeemed the night and it was good. 

The nice thing about this journal is it is a snapshot
of the same time of year
captured with little details often forgotten.
I keep favorite quotes I happen upon
in this big binder.
Depending on my wordiness the average
 is about 25-30 pages for each section
of Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Join in for our
sharing-
 all month long!

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