Yeah Write // How-to and Tips for Journaling

ImageI don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who always had a hard time journaling. I can’t even tell you how many journals over the years I have started – with good intentions and high aspirations – only to give up a couple of weeks later. So if you had told me that eventually I would be a consistent at journaling, I would have said, “Yeah write.”¬†(Like what I did there!? ūüėČ ).

But over the years it has been a habit that I have developed. I believe that journaling is important for a couple of reasons:

  • It helps you recall what God has done in your life.
  • You can capture memories that you might be likely to forget or that you would have forgotten the details of.
  • It is a place to keep track of prayer requests.
  • It can be filled with quotes and passages of Scripture that you want to remember.
  • It is an excellent way to expand your devotion time beyond just reading Scripture. You can write out your meditations on Scripture or your prayers.

I encourage you to use a journal to remember things and to enhance your walk with the Lord. Here are some tips that will, Lord willing, help you journal:

  1. Start small¬† – If you start off with¬†huge goals of journaling every day or journaling two pages at a time, you probably won’t keep that. Start off by committing to writing a line a day or a page a week. Once you get it down, you can expand that. It is like excerising – we don’t start off with running a marathon. We have to work up to that.
  2. Don’t be discouraged¬†– Who says that you have to do it every day? Journal when you can. If you miss a couple of days, it doesn’t matter! There are no rules. It’s your journal!
  3. Make it a part of your routine – Usually it is easier to do something when it fits in your schedule. Do it as a part of your devotions in the morning or keep it by your bed and write a few lines at night.
  4. Keep it visible –¬†The old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” can apply to journaling. If you keep it on your nightstand or with you Bible where you will see it everyday, I promise you will be more likely to pick it up and write in it.
  5. Use a real journal РThere is just something about writing by hand and being able to flip through the pages. If you use a real journal, you can easily tape in ticket stubs or other memorabilia. You can also sketch or personalize your journal. Writing by hand allows you more creativity, helps you remember more, and helps you connect more with what you are writing.

Many a blog post have come directly from the pages of my journal. I have a theory that a lot of bloggers are also journalers. Try journaling. I think you will like it!

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Trash2Treasure Tuesday?

So this does not really count as a Trash2Treasure Tuesday, because it was not something that was trash to begin with. However, it is Tuesday and hopefully this is something that can be a treasure to my friend. 

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This is my best friend. She is getting m a r r i e d. And I could not be more excited for her and her fiance! {Also, we apparently really like that pose!} I made her a little something to help her plan her wedding. It is a wedding planning notebook with places to hold all those brochures and business cards that you pick up along the way. Continue reading

Trash2Treasure Tuesday // The {Almost} Finished Dresser

ImageYou know those projects that you never seem to finish? This is one of them. It was a great find! It was about $20. But I didn’t do anything with it for a long time. I was a little busy wedding planning or something! After sitting in my parents garage for about six months, my brothers graciously lugged the dresser to my apartment.

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Trash2Treasure Tuesday // Repainted Bookcase

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It has been a couple weeks since I last did a Trash2Treasure Tuesday, both because it has been so busy in the Melonas household and because we were working on several home improvement projects such as this one.

Many of you read my utter failure with trying to stain my bookcase. If you missed it, you can read it here. Well, I re-sanded it, primed it, and painted it. And I think that it turned out great! We originally bought this bookcase for $20 dollars. Now it is a decorative piece that is home to my husband’s seminary books!

This was the first piece of furniture that I have ever painted. Here are a few things that I learned about how to paint furniture:

  • Paint with long strokes in the direction of the wood grain.¬†
  • If you are going to stain, be sure to sand the piece very well so that you take off any finish or paint that is on there. Or simply start with a raw surface.
  • I found it helpful to paint the hard to get places first. That way I did not mess them up or smudge the wide surfaces when I was painting the difficult spots.
  • Choose a good paint. It just makes the job easier and you need less paint.

Now, if you are starting to get to know me at all on this blog, you know that I like to remind my readers of the theological perspective behind even the most ordinary things. As representatives of Christ, we know that our light is always shining even as we paint or stain. Here is the theological perspective on why I even do Trash2Treasure Tuesday.

For my husband and I, as a seminary student and a church secretary, it would be foolish for us to go out and buy a $200 bookcase (Although it would have been a lot simpler! And when I was wading in puddles of stain, it was quite tempting!) . But with $20, some paint, and some elbow grease, we can have something that looks nice and serves our purposes. The Lord has called believers to be good stewards of what He has given us. It is my hope and prayer that as we learn to be creative and attempt to be good stewards that we can be an encouragement to others to do the same!

 

#melonaslove // Nick & Courtney

Robert Jensen of Robert Jensen Photo and Video made this INCREDIBLE video of our wedding day. He captured many of tender moments and some of the joyous ones as well! I am so thankful to him for creating this video. Please enjoy it and check out his page!