• Intentional Prayer Journal
    Family Story,  Life Story

    Prayer Journal

    Create a Prayer Journal to Help Increase Intentional Prayer Why create a prayer journal? Personally, I’ve found a prayer journal useful for: First, writing down questions or concerns in prayer allows me to see them. Second, and more importantly, I record answers to prayers and recognize blessings that have come through prayer. I’m more aware of the answers when I’m looking for them. Also, so answers stand out, consider circling them or putting a star or something else that helps differentiate them by or around them.  Additionally, writing down concerns or questions I have helps me to be more intentional. My words carry more thought vs. habit. If becoming more…

  • Creating a Personal Journal Writing Routine
    Life Story

    When Will I Find Time to Write?

    Creating a personal journal writing routine Creating a personal journal writing routine may seem overwhelming when you’re wondering “When will I find time to write”? The short answer is, it’s essential to create the time. You can start small. Even five minutes set aside for writing can help form a habit that can be built upon later. From my own experiences, I have realized how beneficial keeping a personal journal can be. That being said, my personal journal writing routine has shifted with my life’s circumstances over the years. First, how often would you like to write? Daily? Once a week? Somewhere in between? My suggestion for creating a routine…

  • World Family Dinner
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    Around the World Dinner

    Family Dinners from Around the World Gather as a family for dinner (or dessert) to enjoy a new cuisine from around the world. For myself, the main goals of an around the world dinner are to enjoy a family meal together (or dessert), open up a conversation, and possibly learn something new. Also, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to introduce the family to new food and possibly a new location. What is an around the world dinner? A dinner inspired around a specific cuisine, either a country, or possibly smaller (or larger) demographic, depending on your preference.  How to include an around the world themed family dinner into your…

  • verse by verse study
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Journal Study

    Study Verse by Verse Scripture journal study verse by verse is beneficial in concentrating your focus on only a few words and/or sentences at a time. Additionally, it provides opportunity for increased understanding that might otherwise be lost during a faster read. While it is a slower process, it provides time for reflection and comprehension. What is a verse by verse scripture journal? It’s a journal where you study one verse at a time. You can study more than one verse a day, but you concentrate on only one verse at a time. Some options for this method include: Working your way through a book (or more) one verse at…

  • 3 Ways to share Journal
    Life Story

    Journal Sharing?

    3 Ways to share your personal journal Journal sharing? Share your personal journal? Isn’t it “personal” for a reason? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Firstly, when I write in my personal journal it is for me. Why share your personal journal? Selectively sharing entries from your personal journal is a beneficial tool in sharing a piece of your story with someone else. In addition to what I show and how much of what I share, I’m selective in who I share part of my journal with and how I share it.  How I share my journal: Relate Stories: While I can recall some stories without my journal, I find that through…

  • Timeline
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    Timeline of Your Life

    Why & How to Create Your Personal Timeline 3 reasons why to create a personal timeline: A timeline provides an overall visual of your life. While adding events to your timeline, it may help you recall additional events, experiences, and stories. It can become a useful reference for recording events and memories of your life. What you’ll need: You only need a paper (Either a large piece of paper, or multiple papers) and pencil to get started. I have a FREE download link below for a timeline you can print, if you would like to use that.  How to Create your personal timeline: Create a key that works for you.…

  • Create a Wide Margin Scripture Journal
    Scripture Study

    How to Create a Wide Margin Scripture Journal

    Creating your own wide margin journal is well worth the small effort it requires. There are many options available for purchasing a wide margin journal. I have nothing against purchasing one and I feel there are some good options out there. Ultimately, I decided to create my own. To read more about how I’ve used a wide margin scripture journal and what I like about making my own CLICK HERE. Looking to create your own wide margin scripture journal? What You’ll Need: Notebook (I bought mine at a dollar store- it’s a composition notebook) Pen or pencil (I use a pen) Colored pencils Scissors Glue stick Printed wide margin scriptures…

  • Scripture Journal
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Journaling

    Using a Wide Margin Scripture Journal When I first saw the idea of a wide margin scripture journal, I thought it was a clever idea. Having my notes on the side of the scripture verses appeals to me. After creating my own and using it for a while, I have found it helpful in my personal scripture studies. 3 ways a wide margin scripture journal has helped me in my scripture studies: I take more time to ponder the few verses on the page. I look up definitions of words to gain a clearer understanding. Additionally, I write my personal insights as well as question I have. Also, I cross…

  • Writing Life Challenges
    Life Story

    Writing Through Challenges

    How writing personal challenges in my journal helps me I think part of the reason I love my journals so much is because of the challenges I’ve written down, including many I’ve now worked through. Some challenges involve another person or people, or other outside influence, while others are more internal. With any challenge, I find writing about it in a journal is highly beneficial to me working through it. How has writing my challenges down helped me? Writing a challenge, I’m currently experiencing, captures more details of the experience and more expression of my thoughts and feelings. As I read through my journal entries, the times I have written…

  • I Keep a Personal Journal
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    5 Reasons I Keep a Personal Journal

    I keep a personal journal to… I keep a personal journal to remember. By writing down my experiences, it helps me remember them more clearly. I want to remember the little details I might otherwise forget. Additionally, I include my thoughts and how I felt at the time. I want to remember those happy joyful moments during the hard times. Also, I write about those harder experiences too, because, while they are often painful, I learn so much from them. Writing in my personal journal helps me see my challenges more clearly, so I am better able to work through them or deal with them. Writing the situation down helps…