Write it Down: Journaling

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Ever since I was in 5th grade, I’ve been an avid writer. I journal-ed,  wrote some poetry (usually sappy involving a boy), and wrote extremely long, more-like-a-book letters to friends.

After high school, all my writing pretty much fizzled out. I wrote a few prayer journals over the years, but that was the extent of it.

Then I came across a post at Heart of the Matter Online featuring Ann Voskamp. It was the first time I’d ever come across her name. At that time, she had begun a journaling series through her weekly meme, Walk With Him Wednesday. It was journaling like I’d never seen it before. It was visual and beautiful. Beyond inspiration. Breathtaking.

Thus began my journey…

I write short prayers (and sometimes long), I write verses, quotes, struggles, inspiration from other bloggers.

I try not to worry about organization as much as getting my thoughts down on paper. As of now, I have a beautiful collection of meanderings. A book of reflections I can look back on to see where my feet have been–where my heart and focus has been.

Thought’s from Ann (of A Holy Experience) on journaling:

Just a page, a place to place a day, so it won’t get lost in the dark. It is what journaling is: catching the light. Catching God filtering through your moments….so your soul can grow.

She goes on to say:

It’s a way of shining a beam into the dark and figuring out what’s going on in there, in the shadow’s of a soul, what’s happening on the day’s I’m overcast. I write because our words, like His, can be a lamp unto our paths.”

Might I encourage you to pen your thoughts as well?

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Comments

  1. I love this. My Aunt also keeps a similar journal. It’s inspiring, but I’ve yet to manage to be so creative. I’m better at typing out my thoughts and hyperlinking pictures in :)

  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing the link– Ann’s one of my faves. Her new book is forthcoming and it is NOT to be missed. Keep a watch out for it!!

  3. I have been thinking about this. Afraid of failure!

  4. This is a beautiful post. :) Thank you for sharing! It’s always inspiring to me to see how people approach their journaling.

  5. I love the thought of journaling ( maybe I love the actual journals more!!!) But have never really been good at it! :) (yet here I am trying to be consistant on a blog too!) :) Well, thanks for the thoughts on journaling, I will check her site out and maybe try once again to have a journal! :)

    • Christin says:

      I admit, it does take some discipline to write things down. It’s good to have a guide of sorts. It really helps gather your thoughts into one place. :) I love it because it gives me such a release just to get some things written down. I highly recommend it!

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