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A Poetic offering for the start of a new week. May it bless you today…wherever you are on your journey.

 

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The Appeal of Planners and Trusting God with Our Fairy Tale Plans

 

 

Planning our days requires nothing more than a blank piece of paper and pen. Why then this crazy desire of many to have elaborately designed and decorated pages to squeeze into colorful boxes To Do lists,  places to go, reminders and so much more?

 

I have a theory and you may agree or not agree but the fact is, I believe life is messy. I also believe when our individual lives get messy, and difficult -oh and, um, please let me know if your life is not messy and/or difficult so I can come move in with you immediately. More

Planning but Trusting God in the Hard Stuff

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And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

 

I am 12, kneeling on the floor of my bedroom, squinting while scribbling lyrics to a rock n’ roll song playing on my record player. I just lost some of you, but wait, there’s more. It was a 45 RPM. Not important which one, because I had a collection, the point isn’t about the record, player or even the song, it’s about this crazy obsession of capturing words and transferring them to paper. It’s about this consuming desire to bring words to life, life to words. To understand what was …and is beneath the surface of the obvious. Maybe it’s about something deeper still.

 

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When You Are Screaming on the Inside

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I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature. ~Edvard Munch

 

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Random Journal Day #48 with Featured Journal Keeper Joy Pedrow

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Hello, Journal Keepers! I am tapping away on my keys on this very snowy evening in Rhode Island and looking forward to our monthly gathering of sharing this mutual love for journal keeping. This month I have a very special guest and I am so glad she finally is joining us. Joy is a very enthusiastic (I love that about her, naturally) Journal Keeper who lives life like an open book, sharing her love for the Lord and heart for encouraging women faithfully at her blog Joy Pedrow Ministries. I stumbled upon an article about Journaling Joy had written awhile back and felt an immediate connection with her, the way we do when we find we are standing on common ground with another. Shortly thereafter (you know me and how laid back I am…NOT), I began nagging requesting her to join our RJD community. As one who recently completed college her schedule is pretty tight, but I am glad she squeezed in some time to share with us, as I know she will fit right in here!

Well, let’s get this party started…here’s Joy! (I just love the way that sounds…)

 

Journaling is a huge part of my everyday life. Journaling is one of my favorite ways to worship God and spend time with him. The simple act of writing down my emotions, thoughts, lessons, and scripture has changed my life.

My journals tell a beautiful story of how God changed my life and continues to work in my heart.

There are countless ways that journalling helps my walk with God. Journaling helps me: focus in prayer, believe that God loves me, teach others, and remember God moments. Today I want to focus on one type of journaling that has helped my walk with God. Scripture Journaling.

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