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Friday, November 1, 2019

I AM VERY BLESSED




I am very blessed.

I cannot help but count my blessings.


JOURNALING AS A WAY OF LIFE




Journaling is not just something I do.

No. It's a great deal more than that.

Journaling is a way of life.

Ask me who I am. I would tell you, I am a Journal Keeper.

Journaling is part of who I am.

When I journal, I pray.

I journal every day and journal all day long at least five days a week.

Yes. Journaling is a way of life and is a way of living.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

PRAYER IS A GREAT DEAL MORE

Prayer is a great deal more than talking.

It's listening to the Father far more than saying any words.

Praying has more facets and dimensions than talking and listening.

It's also being with the Lord and turning one's heart and mind toward Him.

Moreover, prayer consists of meditating and pondering on His Word all day and night.

However, to put it most simply:

Prayer is about intentionally hanging out with God, all day long, when you are doing something or when you are doing nothing.

Praying is being with Him and His Word.



Monday, October 28, 2019

NANOWRIMO 2019



ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, it is official. I want to announce that I will participate in NaNoWriMo 2019. (I'm clapping at this point. Then, I think about it and start to chew on my nails as I hope that I will actually finish NaNo for the first time in a few years.)

GREAT. SO, WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?

You might wonder that. Therefore, let me answer the question.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is where people all over the world get together and challenge themselves to write a novel that is 50,000 words in length in the month of November (that's a short novel, by the way). 

NANOWRIMO WITH A TWIST (A NONFICTION BOOK)

I will participate in NaNoWriMo this year, but will do so with a twist. I will not write a novel (a work of fiction), but will write a nonfiction book. My goal is still 50,000 words in November 2019. 

BOOK TITLE

I've decided to call this book:

Oldest Project Title:

Make Your Life One Prayer: A 90-day "how-to" devotional prayer journal as taught by The Word of God and  Spurgeon   

Old Project Title (as of October 31, 2019):

Curling Up with a Journal, Some Coffee, The Best Book, and Spurgeon: Living the Best Life Possible, One of Faith and the Narrow Gate 

Old Project Title (as of November 01, 2019):

A Journal Keeping Life (Curling Up with a Journal, Some Coffee, The Best Book, and Spurgeon: Living the Best Life Possible, One of Faith and the Narrow Gate)

New Project Title (as of November 01, 2019):

THE SECRET OF LIVING THE BEST LIFE: A faith-filled, blessed, everlasting life lived now through journal keeping 

WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?

It's what you might think. It's about how to make your life one prayer instead of many prayers.

HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR NANOWRIMO AND FOR MY NANOWRIMO 2019 PROJECT

~ The NaNoWiMo Official Website

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Journaling as Prayer and Worship




Journaling is how I pray.

My journaling is an act of worship.

This is why I journal all day long, every day of the week.

I journal every day, without exception, so I can draw nearer to the Lord.

This is why I journal.

I use my journaling as prayer and for praying through the Bible.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Why Do I Journal?




WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF NOISE


We are constantly bombarded with noise in this life.
This world is full of the fast food and fast coffee mentality, never mind social media, entertainment (Radio, TV, movies, vlogs, podcasts, and videos), email, and everything else on the Internet.
Never mind talking on our cell phones or through out computers.
This world is also full of busyness.
All of these things are noise in our lives.
… And the noise never stops.
There is an endless stream of noise to clutter our lives, whether is an audible noise or noise to fill our minds and hearts.

JOURNALING ELIMINATES THE NOISE
Journaling helps us to eliminate the noise and focus on what really matters.
This is why I journal.
Journaling Prompt or Question: What noise do you have in your life?
Journaling Prompt or Question: What noise can you eliminate from your life?


Friday, September 20, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Getting Back on Track and Becoming Focused

Authenticity About My Struggles Professionally

Let me get to the point.

I have struggled spiritually and professionally for almost two decades now. The struggle has been: What does God want me to write? I know without question or doubt that God wants me to write. 

What is His purpose for me and my pen?

What does He want me to write with Him?


Where is God Leading Me? What is My Purpose?

These are the questions I have struggled with for decades.


What is Wrong with Me?

That question is one I ask, not out of concern, but rather out of frustration with myself as I keep repeating the same mistakes spiritually and professionally. Yes. I do the same thing over and over again. Repeatedly. And the worst part is I do not learn from my errors. For if I did, I would not do the same thing again, would I?

I shake my head at myself as I realize I am off again personally and professionally. I realize I stepped off the path or purpose the Lord has for me. But, that's precisely the rub. What path does God have for me, versus what path do I want God to have for me? The former is far more important than the latter and matters a great deal more.


My Lack of Focus and Mental Discipline

I seem to have the habit of wandering. I get sidetracked and lose my way several times a day, never mind a week, month, year, and decade. 

My thought life is a mess. 

Yes. I suffer from shiny-object (!!!) syndrome. It's a pretty serious case of it, too. 

I lack focus and certainly need a great deal more mental discipline and self-control. 

I hope today is a new day and a new chapter in my life personally (spiritually, journaling, eating right, mentally, emotionally, socially, etc.) and professionally (my blogging and writing).


The Next Bright Idea

Yesterday... Wait. No. Actually it was the day before... I started feeling the tug to my next shiny-object and bright idea (!!! -- I use those three exclamation marks like a cartoon bubble of my thinking.)

My heart started to yearn for something more. I know whenever my heart "feels" something, I need to check in with the Lord and listen a great deal more than I think or feel because my feelings are fickle and are shallow and blow with the end. 

Feelings tend to lead me astray and are short-lived. Feelings are impacted by events and people and are shallow facets of the totality of what make me me. Feelings are temporary and can get me to do and think some pretty outlandish things. This is why I know it is critical for me to listen more to the Lord and cling to the Word (of God; the Holy Bible) when I "feel" or "sense" something. Reading the Word of God helps me to turn from feeling and sensing to concrete thought and reasoning. 

Consequently, over the last couple of days, when I started to feel and yearn for something more, I turned to God to ask what I am needing. I knew I was off track again (or maybe I should say still). 

When I realize I have made a mess of things again, I dig down deep and turn to the Lord as I know how I can only rely on him. I will get off track if I do not. 

So what is my hindrance? What are my obstacles to a focused thought-life? What is keeping me from living my true purpose professionally?


Getting My Act Together

What am I willing to commit to?
What am I fearful of?
What keeps holding me back?
Why am I running?
What am I refusing to face?
How can I stay focused?

I need to think on those things and do some free writing (Stream of Consciousness writing, which I call doing a S.O.C, which I also refer to as the page dump or capturing it on the page.)


Personally and Spiritually

If my professional life is so chaotic, then I cannot help but wonder what is going on with me personally. My marriage is good. My weight is a yo-yo. My mental life, my thought life, is unfocused. My emotions are fine. 

However, when it comes to my Bible reading and prayer, I am all over the place and get easily sidetracked. I lack the mental discipline and stick-to-it nature. I lack focus and self-control in my thought life, which bleeds over to my spiritual life, which bleeds over to my professional life. 

I now acknowledge the glaringly obvious. 

I am unfocused in my spiritual life and that is the underlying challenge I have. 

How can I expect to know what God wants me to do with my writing unless I am completely and consistently on track with Him, with my Bible reading, and with my prayer life. This is the diamond in the rough. This is the countless treasure. This is the only thing that matters.

I need to stop trying to write. 

I just need to be in His Word and journal about what I read.

Period. That's it. This is the answer.

My Current Bible Reading Plan: Reading the Bible Through in "A Year"



I have been horrible about reading the Bible all the way through cover to cover over the last few years. (Meaning I have not done so.) I study it consistently, but just have not read it all the way through.

Therefore, I have determined to read only the Bible for at least the next 91.25 days. (I will explain that funny amount of days in a moment.)

I am using a chronological Bible reading plan compiled by Guthrie on my YouVersion App.

If I want to read the Bible all the way through in 91.25, that means I need to read 4 days each day of the 365-day plan.

Yesterday, I read Days 1 to 4 of 365. Needless to say, I am current so far with my reading and notes. 

My Favorite Bible Study Method

Bible Reading Questions:
1 Initial thoughts and/or notes
2 Who is this passage about?
3 What happens?
4 Where did this occur?
5 When did this take place?
6 Why did this happen? 
7 What do we learn about the Lord here? 
8 What so I learn about sin from here? 
9 What should I not do?
10 What example is there to follow? 
11 What does the Lord want me to learn here? 
12 Observe: What does the passage say? 
13 Cross-References: 
13a What more does this Bible say about these words, phrases, and verses?
13b How do these cross-references help me more fully understand this passage?
14 Interpret: What does the passage mean? 
15 Apply: How does this truth apply to my life? 
16 What lesson can I gain from this? 
17 Prayer

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My 10-Year Daily Bible Reading Focus and Plan:

My 10-Year Daily Bible Reading Focus and Plan:

There are 31,103 verses in the Bible.
Weekly, I will read, pray through, journal, and meditate on 60 new verses for the next ten years. At the end of that time, I will have purposefully gone deep into every verse in the Word of God and drilled deep to gather as much treasure from the Holy Bible as possible.
This is a long-term commitment.
I hope to turn around and repeat this manner of 10-year Bible reading, praying, journaling, and meditating at least three more times, preferably four, over the course of my life.


~ Blessings,
Stacy Duplease
Sent from my tablet
Journal Keeper for 33+ years
www.SDBibleNotes.blogspot.com
www.JournalKeeperSD.blogspot.com
   

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings: Treasuring the Now
(Realizing how the best life is now, with who and what you have in the present)

Who I have now... What I have now... Are all I need. Are all I want.
Life does not get better than this moment. For God is with me and is guiding me to this present moment. He has purpose in it. He has allowed this moment for a reason.

Am I living it the best I can?

Am I fully appreciating this moment?

In spite of any perceived challenge or negative in this moment, I have everyone and everything I need.

The question is if I am living purposefully in this moment, counting my blessings, and living it with and for the Lord. Am I?

Al I fully treasuring every facet, every part, of this moment?

Am I searching for and counting every blessing of this moment?

And, if I were to live all of this, and in every moment, how different would my life be?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wandering and Lost: What is the Way?



Father God, help me find the way.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY?: ​​​​​​​THE CONFESSIONS OF A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST

I keep trying to find my way.

What is the way?

What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ?

What does it look like to follow the Bible?

Why do I feel so lost and confused?

What is the way?

Why do I keep trying to find my way, but only confuse my way all the more? I get so tangled up in trying to find my way I end up stumbling.

I keep searching, wandering, and meandering on the path in front of me and hope I keep taking the right/correct fork in the road.

What is the way?

The more I try to find my way (thinking I am lost and need to try to get back on track), the more lost I become.

What is the way?

I want to live the full purpose the Lord has for me and no less. I want to bring him glory.

But, how do I do that? What does that look like?

What is the way?

And how do I find my way in the Bible and through it? How do I make sense of it and live it?

What is the way?

How do I remain in him and in the Word? What does that look like?

What is the way?

How do we meditate on the Word day and night, like it says in Psalm 1?

What is the way?

What does the Lord want of my life?

What is the way?

Abba, help me stop wandering. Help me find the way. Help me find the right path to take. Help me live your purpose, the purpose you have for me and my life.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Dedication: An Old One and a New One



I dedicate this Journal Keeper SD (JKSD) blog to journaling about my walk of living daily as a daughter of the King and walking through his word as I try to seek him first, pray about everything and at all times, always give thanks, rejoice always, and meditate on the Bible day and night.

Today marks a new dedication (and repeat an old one) as I will try to live a life of constantly living in his presence praying continually and pondering his word. 

I want to study a book of the Bible every day as well.

I will journal about my journey as I focus on these things. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yesterday, My Writing, Commitment Issues, and My Journaling



Yesterday, I had the opportunity to stop and ask myself what I wanted to stop and commit wholeheartedly to, personally and professionally. 

I asked myself the question: "Stacy, what do you want to write?"

Then I asked myself, what do you REALLY want to write? 

It all came back to this:

What am I willing to commit to every single day, every day, and every single moment? 

Crickets. 

There was a long silence as I tried to open my heart and mind.

I had no idea. 

Let me be fully realistic and honest here. I have commit issues regarding my writing. I really need to... must... commit to writing something. Anything. I just need to commit and stuck to it and not stop.

What did I want to commit to?

I knew I wanted it to last me every day for the rest of my life. Whatever I wanted to write, I needed to find something I wanted to do lifelong. 

What was I willing to commit to write for the rest of my life?

(Yes. I kept asking myself the same question, but in different ways, as I prayed, and hoped to trick myself into finding the answer since thinking about it was not working.)

I thought and kept my mind and heart open and realized, "Ahh. Yes. That. Of course." 

There is one constant in my life that I haven't stopped since I was quite young. It is something I have done without fail at least once a month since... and every day, several times a day let me add, since 1999... It is something I have done for over 36 years now...

If you know me, there was only one answer you would give.

Journaling. 

I journal 2,000 words a day on average and have since 1999. More often than not, I average 4,500 words. 

Hence, that is what I will do. Period. 

Needless to say, here is the first blog post and journal entry. 
   

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Focused and Intentional Living




I shared in my last blog post my personal theme for 2019: "Seeking to know the Lord and the Bible more every day." I could actually condense it to an one-word theme of: "Seeking."

There is a reason why I have chosen this theme. I am desperate to live a year of focus and self-discipline where I finish everything I start. I am tired of the next-shiney-object form of living where I do not stick with something.

I realize the only tasks I should ever do is seek the Lord and remain in the Word. Moreover, it should be a continuing endeavor and never-ending. This is a way of life and is the best way to live.

Seeking to know the Lord and the Bible more every day... This is something I can do as I do other things, sure. However, I want to see what I can do about intentionally living this in every moment.

I am tired of not staying on course and getting sidetracked.

I am weary from not putting the Lord and the Word first in my life.

The year 2019, in this moment on January 03, 2019, Thursday, at 1001 a.m., I want to make my 2019 theme my priority in every moment. I want to focus everything in my life to living this.

I am starting this now.


My Theme for 2019



I have decided my theme for 2019 is:

Seeking to know the Lord and the Bible more every day.

It is my goal to try to live this theme every moment of every day this year (and for the rest of my life for that matter).

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