The Task: To start and keep a journal.
The Why: I've never been much of a journal keeper. I've tried, but I've always been so overwhelmed by everything I think my journal ought to be. I get hung up trying to write the right words in beautiful handwriting with nothing scratched out or misspelled. My perfectionism gets in the way.
But God is doing something big in us right now and I want to put it on paper. I am the type of person who likes to make lists and mind maps, I don't feel like I fully comprehend something until I've brought pen to paper. And part of this project is to be more intentional, more aware, more authentic. Regular journaling sits well with those goals.
I was moved by this post. It was inspiring and freeing to see a journal that was colourful, and creative. I longed to have a time of reflection and creative expression as part of my morning ritual.
The How: I'm using a notebook I already had and a great set of colourful pens. I keep notes on what I'm thinking, reading and praying. I make doodles and mind maps and lists. I tear pages out and scribble over mistakes and I'll probably glue stuff into it sometimes too.
I like to sit on the back porch in the morning with my journal and my bible and whatever book I'm currently reading. (Right now it's The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. I totally recommend it!) I do this while the kids play in the backyard and the laundry dries on the line, and it's a part of our morning that we all look forward to.
The Verdict: Ann Voskamp describes her journal as "a place to place a day, so it won’t get lost in the dark." That resonates with me.
In the past, all my attempts at journaling have had a specific focus; a prayer journal, a journal for sermon notes or notes on a book I'm reading. But that feels so contrived now. The books I'm reading, the thoughts I'm thinking, the prayers I'm praying, they are all a piece of this journey I am on.
And I'm finding that taking some time daily to reflect on what is moving my heart and changing my mind is refreshing for this sometimes weary mama.
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