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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Journaling Through Isaiah, Part 1: Isaiah 1:1-4 (Bible Journaling)

Read Isaiah 1:1-4 in your favorite version (translation) of the Bible and journal your thoughts.

I keep feeling pulled toward this Book of the Bible, so I am going to spend some time in it today. 
I read Isaiah 1:1-4 in multiple translations (versions) of the Bible. 
Talk about a passage that speaks. Ouch. This will surely get one's attention. 
In these verses, we learn about what happens when we claim to be a Christian... when we claim to believe in Jesus Christ... and we choose to go our own way and do our own thing, rather than do what we know we are supposed to do.
These verses talk to us individually.
However, this passage of Scripture also describes the nation who does the same thing.

Read Isaiah 1:1-4 in multiple versions (translations) of the Bible and journal my thoughts about each. 
Am I following His Way and living the Bible today?
Am I doing so every moment of today? 
Have I been in the Bible today so I can remember what it says, and make sure I remember it accurately, so I can hear God and what He has to say to me today?
Answer the three previous questions for this week. 
Answer the three previous questions for this month.
Answer the three previous questions for this quarter (the last four months).
Answer the three previous questions for this year. 
How have I been doing my own thing and what I want and choose to do?
How have I chosen my way and not God's way? And, how has that worked for me? 
I know what God wants me to do, but I do not do what He and the Bible say because... (Fill in the blank.)
How have I lived the Bible?
How have I not lived the Word of God?
Have I meditated on the Holy Bible day and night (all the time)? 
How can I choose to follow God's path and purpose for my life? 
Why do I think I know more than God? (Because if I didn't, I would follow the Bible and the way He wants me to walk and not choose to walk my own path and do my own thing.)
How can I make the adjustments to be in the Bible, meditate (ponder, contemplate, and think on) it day and night, and follow its way rather than my own way or that of the world? 
Journal your thoughts.
Journal a prayer. 
How has my country followed its own way and not His way?
How has my country lived His way recently?
Journal a prayer about this. 

Revisit this journal entry (blog post) often so I can ascertain where I am at and make sure I am traveling His path and purpose, and not my own. 

Tags: #Isaiah #TheBookOfIsaiah #Prophecy #BiblicalProphecy #MajorProphets #Isaiah1:1 #Bible #HolyBible #TheWordOfGod #Scripture #Verses #BibleJournaling #PrayerJournaling #JournalingThroughTheBible #BibleReading #BibleStudy #Isaiah1

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

How Are You?: A Journaling Exercise or Prompt

How are you?
Answer that question as thoroughly as possible in your journal. 

A Journaling Prompt or Question:
How are you...:
How are you?
With your marriage?
With your journaling?
How's your health?
What have you done for exercise today?
How are you eating? 
What are you listening to?
What are you watching? 
How are you feeling?
What's been on your mind?
What have you been thinking?
What are you doing?
What have you been doing?
What do you want to do?
How are you?

To-Do Lists and To-Do List Journaling

One type of journaling most of us do without even realizing is the To-Do List. 

Let's discuss To-Do Lists and To-Do List Journaling

Suggestions, Hint, and Tips with the To-Do List
~ Keep a daily to-do list
~ Keep a week to-do list
~ Keep a month to-do list
~ Keep a this year to-do list
~ Keep a next year to-do list
~ Keep more years if you know of something to capture on the page

Using Your Current To-Do Lists as a Journaling Prompt
Does anything from one of your to-do lists jump out at you and give you an idea to journal? If so, do so. If not, pick three and journal about those. 

Using Old To-Do Lists as a Journaling Prompt
Go through your old To-Do Lists and use those for journaling prompts. Do a longer journaling entry for everything that captures your eye, or if nothing does, pick three items from that list and do a 5 or 10-minute SOC (Stream of Consciousness Journaling). 

List Journaling

There's a type of journaling called List Journaling that I'll address in this blog and journal entry.

What is List Journaling?
It's exactly what you think and is what it sounds like.
For example: A To-Do List; A Grocery List; A Blessings Counted List; A List of Memories From This Week; Lists of Your Favorites; Lists of Songs; Lists of Movies; Lists of Friends

How Do You List Journal?
~ You come up with a subject and list as many things as you can think of about that subject. 
~ Then, take the top three from that list and do a more extensive journal entry about each. You could even do a 10-minute SOC (Stream of Consciousness) about each of those three items. 
~ If at any time during this list making and longer journaling entry thereafter, you come up with more ideas to journal, by all means, do so. 

Your Turn: A Journaling Prompt or Question:
~ Do three different list journaling and do the steps under the "how" section.
~ Do a List Journal for the Year 2020 

#ListJournaling #Journaling #JournalingPrompt #Diary #JournalKeeping #JournalingHow-To#JournalingEntry #Journaling Technique #2020 #The Year2020 #COVID #COVID-19

The Six (Eight) Question Starters (Prompts) for Any and All Journaling

A Journaling Prompt or Question: 
There are six (eight) question starters (prompts) that we can use for all of our journaling and for all types of journaling. They are the Six Journalistic Questions:
(1) Who
(2) What 
(3) Where
(4) When
(5) Why
(6) How
But, let me add two more:
(7) What-if?
(8) Why not? 

What Type of Journaling Can You Use This With?
With everything you journal from a morning journal entry to remembering a memory and capturing it on the page. From gratitude journaling to prayer and Bible journaling. From travel/vacation journaling to news journaling. From marriage journal to a memoir journal. From a food journal to an exercise journal. 

How Do You Use These Six (Eight) Starter Questions?
Let me answer this question with an example.
Remember that the question is a starter. Ask every question you can think of for whatever your topic is you're journaling for/about. 
Let's say I wanted to journal about my morning, for example:
Who did I see this morning? 
Who did I think of this morning? 
Who did I pray for this morning? 
Who do I need to get in touch with?
What did I do yesterday? 
What did I do last night? 
What have I done so far today? 
What am I supposed to do today?
What did I have for breakfast? 
What am I wearing? 
What is the weather like today?
What is my husband doing?
What does my husband have planned?
What do I want to do with God today?
What do I want to read in the Bible?
What do I want to read, as far as a Christian living book? What am I reading?
What do I want to pray?
Where am I? 
Where did I journal this morning?
Where am I supposed to go today? Tomorrow? This week?
Where is my next journal that I need to fill in? 
Where are my cats? 
You get the idea. I could go on and on. These are just a small fraction of the journaling that I can do from these question starters for my journaling this morning. 

A Journal Prompt or Question: Your Turn
Go ahead. 
Use this technique with whatever type of journaling you want to do next. 

Morning Journaling Template

This is what I use for a simple template for the mornings:


Verses of the Day:
5 Blessings Counted From Yesterday: 
5 Blessings Counted for Today:
What did I not get done yesterday (To-Do)? 
To-Do Today? 
To-Do This Week? 
To-Do This Month? 
To-Do in 2020? 
To-Do in 2021? 
3 Memories from Yesterday:
Must do today, top 3:

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The world would truly know peace if...

This world. All of us, individually and collectively, would truly know peace if each of us were grateful for every one, every thing, every moment we have.

It is hard to be upset and negative when we thank God for every second we have.

If we were to appreciate what we already possess, and have in our lives, we would all know a peace that transcends all understanding. 

When we are not thankful for what we already have, we cannot be pleased or content with anything more. 

We already have everything we need.

Be grateful for every one and every thing you have in this moment. Pay attention and see all the blessings there are in this moment. Then, repeat with the next. 

This is how we can all know peace.

Journal your thoughts.

Count your blessings in your journal. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:6-7

Monday, August 24, 2020


Please write your thoughts about each sentence and answer every question in your journal:

Take a look at Romans 1:21 and see what it says about not giving thanks.

Journal your thoughts.

How often do you give thanks? 

Do you write in your journal the blessings that you count? If so, why? If not, why not. 

Could you count more blessings in your journal each day?

Then, look at the context and all of Romans 1.

What more did you learn about what happens when we do not give thanks after you read Romans 1 and saw the context of Romans 1:21? 
What does this tell you about the importance of giving thanks?

How do you think not giving thanks like we should impacted your family? 

Your church?

Your country?

The Church as a whole in our world? 

Our world? 

How has not giving thanks made your thoughts futile?

How has not giving thanks darkened your heart?

With what you've learned through this blog post, what will you do? 

What won't you do?

How can you be more purposeful about giving thanks in all things and for all things in every moment and every day?

How would our world be different today if we were more grateful for what we already have?

How would our nation be different today if we were more thankful for what we already have? 

Count as many blessings in your journal as possible.



I do not know about you, but there are times that life throws so many curveballs at me that all I can do is swing the bat and hope to catch a break as the curveballs keep coming. I try to breathe and focus, but that can be difficult.

Journal your thoughts and what this brings to mind. 


Answer each of these questions as thoroughly as possible in your journal:

How have you handled the challenges in your life over the last week? 

What could you improve? 

What would you want to keep doing? 

How would you best handle the challenges this week and in the weeks to come? What would that look like? 

What do you do when it seems the challenges keep piling on top of you? 

How do you handle these times? 

Would you say you handle these times in the best way you can? 

Or could you handle these times better?

 How would you prefer to handle the times when life keeps throwing you curveballs of challenges?


Life is full of challenges. Every single day. Without fail. 

It’s our ability to cope with them that tends to waiver. And part of this is determined by how we define the severity of each challenge. 

Journal your thoughts and what this brings to mind. 


I share my personal journaling from time to time in order to make a point and help you see what journaling can offer. This is an example:

Today, on August 24, 2020, Monday, I admit, I am struggling as the challenges in my life keep piling on top of my shoulders.

I am stressed.

I am heavy.

I am overwhelmed.

I am tired. So tired. And I actually have been sleeping well the past two nights, which isn’t like me. I normally do not sleep well. 

I have no idea how to hold all the balls up in the air that I am juggling. 

(Ugh. Do you know what I mean? Have you been there?)

To be honest, I have just a couple of challenges directly on my shoulders. It’s the really heavy things other people are dealing with that’s weighing on me. I keep hearing more and more storms that people around me, in my life, are facing. My family. My friends. People we know. The family and friends of people we know. 

Life is tough. 

I’m finding it difficult to focus. 

I want to focus on praying for others and everything they are going through, but then I am tossed another curveball/challenge to try to add to the mix I am already trying to deal with so they do not deal with me. But, wow, I am having a hard time with all this. 

I need a break. I want to escape all this craziness. I want to curl up with a book or just journal about other things. However, running from all of this, denying it, and/or trying to escape everything is never the way to handle the situation. After all, if we do not deal with our stuff and face our challenges, our stuff and challenges will deal with us. 

What a year 2020 has been! There’s just so much suffering all around. I hate that. I wish I could grab a sword and slay everyone’s dragons. (But, I know that that’s God's job to do, not mine, so I try to be more mindful about praying. As I realize how I really need to pray a whole lot more and be in the Bible a whole lot more, too.)

Therefore, I need to face these challenges square on and try to come up with some way to handle all of this not just in a better way, but in the best manner possible. 

So, how in the world am I supposed to do this? 

First, I got a hug from my husband and best friend. That tends to make everything better and feeling the strength of his arms around me reminds me I am not alone. We are facing all of this together (as we stand together and link arms and hands through all the challenges life brings us). 

Next, as I got that hug from my hubby, I realized that everything I journaled in the previous paragraph is how I am supposed to be with God. I need to curl up with the Lord and rest in Him. That is the Sunday school answer. But, it’s still true. So what does this look like in practice? I am to curl up with the Word of God, the Holy Bible. I am to read it and seek comfort. I know these things. But, how do I actually put them into practice when my mind is so mush that I cannot think clearly? I try to read the Bible and pray, but it’s like I am trying to think through wet cement. My thoughts are so thick and clouded that this is a challenge, the praying and reading the Bible thing. 

I know that journaling is the key. But, what? What should I journal when I cannot think or pray or read the Bible? 

Needless to say, I go through my rolodex of counseling techniques (because that’s my background) and all the possibilities of how to best cope. But, I am blank. That thinking through cement things continues. 

And that’s when I remember the most obvious thing of all and the one I highly value. And since it did not come to mind immediately, that lets me know where I’ve gone off course. I see how I haven’t done something and when I change this, things will go so much better. It should have been my most obvious solution, but frankly, this never came to mind, I must admit as I shake my head with how I overlooked something so obvious. 

If I were to stop and count the blessings in my life, in the lives of those around me, in the lives of my friends and family and acquaintances, then I would be in a much better place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 

If I were to focus on the blessings and count as many possible and as long as possible, and not focus on the challenges, then I would be able to see how the challenges are actually blessings.

So that’s what I am about to do. I am going to curl up with my journal and count all the blessings in my life, in the lives of my friends and family, in my neighborhood, in my city, in my state, in my county, in the US, in the church of the US, in the world, and in the Church overall. 

~ Journal your thoughts and what this journal entry brings to mind. 


Answer each of these questions as thoroughly as possible in your journal:

Have you ever felt like the journal entry just shared? When? What happened? How did you handle it?

How has 2020 been for you? For those around you? For your family and friends? 

What challenges are you facing? 

What curveballs have you been given in 2020? This week?

Count as many blessings as you can. Take the rest of today doing this and dedicate this week to being a week of counting your blessings all day, moment by moment, all week long.


Life is precious. 

How is life precious?

How is your life precious?

How are you living your life like it is precious?

How are you not living your life like it is precious? Why not?

How can you live more like your life is truly precious?

How can you learn to savor and be fully present every moment of every day, regardless of the circumstances or the moments with people that try to steal your joy? 

Make a list of 25 things you are thankful for today. (Count your blessings.)

Sunday, August 23, 2020


Share in your prayer journal at least 4 things with God you haven't vocalize, but probably should. Be thorough. 

Keep adding more prayer to those items in your journal over the next few weeks and extend the list as well. Share everything with the Lord: the big, the small, and everything in-between.

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