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- For all that I'm (according to this study) squarely a member of Generation X and spend much of my time typing on my keyboard as well as on my phone/tablet there is something very special to me about putting pen to paper. Especially when those papers are together in a bound book with the idea writing on this topic over time. Below are some of the ways journaling has and has not worked for me.
- Prayer ~ Yes! Starting in college I have on and off kept a prayer journal and while not currently I am planning on starting again after Lent when I've finished the devotional I'm using. I find it a useful way to concretely lift up those people and things I want to bring before God and for recording blessings. A useful idea that I found in the Take Up & Read devotional I'm using this Lent is acknowledging past hurts and leaving them at the foot of the cross. I may also continue this practice of asking Jesus help in letting go of past hurts.
- Book ~ Yes! Inspired and encouraged by MMD, and with a TBR (to be read) list growing beyond easy recall I started book journaling a few years ago with this journal and then later started free handing one using this kit. I really like having a book to keep track of what of I've read, categories in reading challenges I'm doing, and books or authors I want to read. I also use Goodreads as a tracker and useful way of 'bookmarking' books I hear about online.
- Bullet ~ No! Or rather not yet...I love seeing others and am intrigued by the idea but my first attempt was a bust. The book I ordered was too big for me to use easily; and I think until I have better sense of how I want to lay things out lined paper will work better than dot grids. I also need to figure out if I prefer spiral books or if it is just what I know and feel more comfortable with.
- Gratitude ~Yes! Inspired by Ann Voskamp's book One Thousand Gifts a couple years ago also tried to record 1000 blessing in a year. I succeeded and enjoyed the experience so have decided to try again this year and have a journal where every few days I record blessings and moments of grace not to be missed amidst the chaos. This certainly could be part of a prayer journal and may get folded into mine at some future point.
- Pens and Markers: I have found along the way that I really like the Staedtier triplus fineliner, and these black pens and these markers. Separate shout-out but on the topic of pens; this year Elisabeth is only suppose to write in ink for schoolwork other than math and we have these to be a great erasable pen. They write very smoothly and erase cleanly!
- What about you? What are some of your favorite types of journaling? Pens and other accessories?
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