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Journaling through the New Year

by Cheri Blair

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In the last blog, I mentioned looking back at my journal to review my “personal accounts of God’s faithfulness” to me. I want to encourage you to do the same this year, even if you’ve tried journaling a thousand times before! Believe me, I am one of those “wannabe journalers” who have a drawer full of barely used journals, filled with good intentions and stories never written. The reason I think this happens is because I set my expectations about journaling unrealistically. For me, daily or weekly isn’t always possible.  So here’s the idea!

This year determine to write in your journal only when:

  • You have a life lesson learned that you don’t want to forget (or repeat)!
  • God speaks to you through scripture or gives you revelation
  • A special event happens in your life or your family’s life that has special meaning
  • Your child says something profound and precious
  • You are especially grateful in your heart….and be specific about what and why you are grateful

These are obviously only a few ideas, and I’m sure you’ll have other reasons that are important to you. I have read my journal to encourage and strengthen myself already in this new year!  It’s a great way to boost your gratefulness and attitude when life is difficult and you find it hard to be positive.

And hopefully someday, when I’m gone, my children and grandchildren will find my journals and find encouragement for their journeys. What a blessing that would be!

So, what do you think? Is it possible you could be a journaler this year? Without the pressure of daily or weekly writing, it’s only for the important stuff! I hope you try this and find it an incredible blessing.

Blessings in 2010,

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