BELIEVE Journal Page – Step-by-Step

Believe – Valerie Sjodin© Bernice Hopper, at, puts together these great journal groups with daily challenges. I joined in on the An Attitude of Gratitude Journaling in November and was so blessed by the inspiration, prompts and the interaction with people. Her current Journaling Blog Challenge is An A to Z of Me. Check it out. Bernice invited me to be one of the guest artists for the challenge which goes through the month of the February 2013. The word I was given to work with is “Believe”. There are also questions to answer, a technical challenge, inspirational quotes and videos.  The questions I… Read More

Paradigm Shift: a broader view of Prayer

This year I’ve gone through a paradigm shift that’s broadened my view and experience of prayer. Prayer has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, but now I find myself taking time to listen more, being intentional about getting “still”, inviting the Holy Spirit to come, seeking illumination, and being more creative through visual prayer and blessings. I long to hear God and sense His presence. Part of it must be this new season of my life that doesn’t include a regular daily scheduled job. Sometimes I feel a bit lost in what I should be… Read More

Longing for Illumination

I keep thinking of the word illumine, illumination, illuminated, illuminator, illuminate… to make light, to dispel obscurity, a light shining in the darkness, Inspiration. For me illumination is often accompanied or preceded by longing. So I decided to make the word and/or concept of illumination my theme for December. It seems fitting with the anticipation of Advent, a counterbalance for the darkest days of the year, and most of all the celebration of the birth of the Light of the World. Spirit of the Living God warm me with your presence fill me with your passion lead me with your… Read More