Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:8 ESV)
My journal is the place, where I most often pour out my heart to God. And I love that a group of journal sojourners meet once a month to share our treasured thoughts and insights over at Dawn’s place with the Random Journal Day link-up.
A journal can be a quest, of sorts. A place to house questions, to record dialogues with God, to save memorabilia, and to play with art.
To demonstrate one of my “themed” journals, I pulled out last year’s “Holiday Re-TREAT Journal.” I like the word holiday, even though it sometimes gets a bad rap. It breaks down into holy day. And it encompasses more than just Christmas. So this holiday journal is kept for the purpose of housing my holiday hopes and dreams and musings. I call it “re-treat” because I add cozy scenes from magazines where I can “retreat” to write and reflect on the Savior. I also like to treat myself to this journal over and over as visual reminder of God’s goodness to me and my loved ones during this special time of year.
I usually prepare pages beforehand in November, and then enjoy them, and add to them as the holiday season unfolds. I start using it on the First Sunday of Advent or December 1st and go through the beginning of January.
Today’s random page fell open to my discovery of my “one word” for 2014!
In the past, I used more magazine images to create my pages, but last year I started painting pages in light of my new found love for art journaling.
I leave you with some other examples of how I use my re-treat journal duing the holiday season.
What are some ways will you treat yourself
to solitude this holiday season?