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Congratulations and RJD Link-Up

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (I Thessalonians 5:18 NLT)

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Congratulations for making it into 2016! I am thankful!

It’s that time of the month to celebrate all things journaling, with Dawn and other brave souls who share their musings from a random journal via a featured blog post. Won’t you join us?

Since it’s a new, fresh year, Dawn has some great innovations for RJD. If you’d rather not dig through old journals to see what has transpired in your life, why not try one of her prompts to see what flows out of your soul on to the page? Click here to share in the goodness.

For me, keeping journals, of all sorts, offers me time and space to muse, to reflect, to pray, and to play with words and images.

If the word journal intimidates you, I challenge you to give it another name. Here are some ideas: a sketchbook, a notebook, a diary, a daybook, a planner, a scribble pad, a doodle danger, a smuch printzer, a fooldle folder, you get the gist. Another idea that helps me is realizing that a journal is a container. A container for me to store whatever I want.

For me, pen plus paper equals soul freedom. A personal way to explore, discover and define my life.

It’s not that mystical. It’s not really magical. It’s practical. But once you start, your imagination joins in and it tells you things like: This is the magic wand  you’ve always wanted. This is your secret garden or private retreat.

So today, I’m going to take the plunge with Dawn and try something new. I am going to choose one of her prompts, right here before your very eyes and type out my response for two minutes.

Hold on. I’ll be right back. Setting the timer and choosing my prompt.

#8. I never would have thought . . .that I would call myself a writer or an artist, yet here I am fifty years of life under me and in me and throughout me. I am fifty years old and pretty proud of that fact. It’s silly I know, but I like being fifty. I like being me. I want others to like themselves and me, of course. But it’s not that important anymore what others think of me, because I know that I’m okay. I have all that I need and want and desire and with God for me, and with me I can face…

All done. I ran out of time, so I left the sentence unfinished. Which is fine with me. I can come back to it later and respond more. I even see a new prompt emerging: I can face . . .

Go grab the closest piece of paper and mark maker and give one of Dawn’s prompts a try. Do it for you and no one else. That makes it’s so much more fun, like a special indulgence. You’re worth it! Happy Day, everyone!

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And for my the final revelation of today’s post…that one thing you all were waiting for…drum roll, please…the winner of the journal/planner/book Giveaway is…Kelly Greer! (Send me an email to get all the goodness!)

Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind.

Natalie Goldberg