There Will Be a Day

There Will Be a Day

Using song lyrics for journaling is such a great way to express what you are feeling/thinking. Layout by Linda Harper In this layout, Linda used the lyrics from Jeremy Camp’s song “There will be a day”. Journaling: I try to hold on to this world with everything I have But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that trys to grab The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth, that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings That there will be a place with no more suffering There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always Supplies used: August Birds of a Feather kit You can see more of Linda’s work...
Scrapbook Journaling: 3 Simple Ways to Get Your Words on the Page

Scrapbook Journaling: 3 Simple Ways to Get Your Words on the Page

By Lain Ehmann No matter how many blog posts I write on the topic of scrapbook journaling, I hear the same questions and challenges over and over again: “I don’t know what to say! I have writer’s block!” To this, I say “Bah, humbug!” After working as a professional journalist for over 10 years, I simply don’t believe in the concept of writer’s block. Sure, you can get stuck for the right word or the right clever metaphor, but to be literally blocked from writing? C’mon! When’s the last time you were speechless? I bet it rarely happens. And writing is just talking on paper — no different! That’s the biggest suggestion I have for people who face scrapbook journaling anxiety. Instead of thinking of journaling as an essay you’re going to get graded on, think of it as a conversation with a dear friend. She doesn’t care if you use improper grammar. She doesn’t care if you repeat yourself a bit. She doesn’t care if you use five-syllable words! She’s just listening to your story. And that’s what your scrapbook viewers are doing. They’re listening to your story. So to make it easy on yourself, why not write the same way you talk? Not only will writing be a heck of a lot easier, your personal style will come across as well. Here are some easy ways to write the way you talk: Write a letter or an email to a friend about the scrapbook layout you want to add journaling to. Tell them all about the event or the memory. Then print out your letter and add...
Spiritual Journals – A Chance for Your Testimony to Grow

Spiritual Journals – A Chance for Your Testimony to Grow

Spiritual Journals – A Chance for Your Testimony to Grow By Nola Redd After years of rolling my eyes at those who have suggested it, I decided to start a spiritual journal. I have always maintained that it would be easier to simply include my spiritual promptings, thoughts, and experiences in my regular journal. However, a few things have recently changed my mind. A spiritual journal, for those who don’t know or are curious, is a journal where you write down your spiritual thoughts, experiences, or promptings. Very simple. You can take the opportunity to make a note of your blessings or answered prayers. From what I have heard, this is a great chance to do several things. First, by simply writing them down, you are recognizing them. Sometimes it can be difficult to pull out what thoughts come from you and what thoughts come from the Holy Spirit. Processing through them as they happen can be a big help. I remember the first ‘spiritual journal’ thing I wrote. It was when I first felt a strong, burning testimony that the church was true. I was 17 at the time, and worried that I might look back at my decision to join the church and rationalize and overanalyze it, as I am prone to do. I thought I might convince myself that it had to do with a crush I had since I was about 11, on a boy who lived across the country. But at that moment, I knew it was not the case. I literally felt my burn and the Holy Spirit tell me that I needed...
Six Tips to Engage Creativity and Encourage Consistent Journaling

Six Tips to Engage Creativity and Encourage Consistent Journaling

Creative Journaling for Girls: Six Tips to Engage Creativity and Encourage Consistent Journaling By Jill Schoenberg Girma Your child starts a journal with great enthusiasm, has all the intentions in the world of keeping at it, and, months later, you find the journal laying on her bookshelf covered in dust. Sound familiar? Creative Journaling makes the journal writing process more enjoyable, fun and creative and can help you overcome some of the barriers that may be keeping your child from consistent–maybe even daily–journaling. I believe that the number one barrier to regular journaling by kids is their preconceived notion of how to journal. When presenting workshops on Creative Journaling for Girls, I often begin by asking the participants to describe to me what comes to mind when they envision themselves writing in a journal. The typical and common response I receive to my question goes something like this, “I sit and write about what happened to me that day.” Although this is an apt description of journal writing, it does not sound particularly fun or enjoyable. Which is why, I believe, so many diaries and journals languish on bookshelves and what, in my opinion, stops a child from choosing journal writing as a regular and consistent activity. Integrating creativity with journal writing can transform journaling from a mundane activity to a wildly enjoyable and fun one. The preconceived notion of journaling held by most girls is strong, however, and initially they hesitate when encouraged to get creative with their journals. But once it clicks with them that they can freely express their thoughts using both words and creativity their...
Prayer Journaling

Prayer Journaling

Prayer Journalling By Cate Russell-Cole Prayer is one of the aspects of the Christian life that everyone struggles with! We know we should… we try and make time, and often we fail to live up to the goals we have set ourselves. Trying to get into the swing of praying, can feel as elusive as trying to catch the wind in a bottle. Once you achieve getting the lid on, suddenly the wind feels lifeless. I have been just as hopeless at prayer. I am not a formal person, and a formal prayer time just doesn’t work with, or appeal to me at all. I am informal. I like to talk to God in the same way as I would talk to my dad – when something happened I wanted to tell him about, or share with him. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get motivated to pray properly, so one day, the guilt drove me to ask God for help. God placed a passion on my heart for prayer that has been a constant joy, and companion ever since. Once I realized that I could just be myself, and I enjoyed talking to God, I was able to develop an enthusiasm for prayer. Now I tell God what I am feeling or what I am concerned about as it is happening, in the same way I would a friend. I also have a prayer journal I use. Being a journal keeper from way back, I sometimes find I prefer talk to God on paper. I can express what I am feeling better, it helps me work through...
Journaling for Joy

Journaling for Joy

Journaling for Joy By Delia Latham When I was very young, I had a diary. Several, actually. I could never resist purchasing them if the price was small enough to fit my mostly empty pocketbook especially if I found one a different color from the one I already owned. All those blank pages…they called to me like a siren’s song! It was such fun to fill them with my little girl thoughts and the small, unimportant events in my life. Even better, after every entry, I could close the cover and lock my secrets inside with a tiny key I kept hidden in a special place. In my innocent mind, only I had access to the words I scrawled inside those little books. I don’t know what ever became of those colorful treasures. And looking back now, I have to smile at the flimsy security provided by the cheaply made locks. (Anyone who really wanted to could have gained entry to the world of my mind.) Still, those diaries served to make me want to write somethinganythingeven if I were just filling pages with nonsense, and had nothing of any real importance to say. Perhaps those early journal entries sparked the love of writing that carried through into my adulthood. Who knows? I only wish I had kept them, and could look back on them now. In my novel, Goldeneyes, three journals play a part. The mothers of both main characters kept them (yes, there are two main characters…), and their heartfelt entries were a source of vital information for their families in later years. A small town newspaper...
Faith Journaling

Faith Journaling

Capture God’s faithfulness by chronicling your faith journey. Record prayers, answered prayer, how God is moving in your life and speaking to you.

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