One thing I am thankful to God for is His willingness and desire to meet me where I’m at. In my deep hurt, with just a Bible and a box of kleenex, I desperately asked Him to help me, comfort me, show me how to get His vision of the mess around me. He did. The Words on the page became living, exactly for my situation. Shortly after that, I experienced the sweetness of God through other people. I was blessed with kindness through visits, phone calls, and written words. All in one day. None of them knew I was grieving. I felt like God gathered my tears and sent them as messages to those who love me, and they came with healing and love. He met my need and I was filled with gratitude.

Valerie Sjodin©

“Letting go”– that is part of the theme for my year, and I’m finding it is multi-faceted. Letting go of my comfort zone in order to receive abundance, or in the other extreme, going through the process of letting go of deep hurt and disappointment. Sometimes it’s so hard to know what to do with difficult people you love. I found Sharon Gibson’s blog quite helpful with letting go:

A few weeks ago, Keith and I went out to dinner with our good friends, Bill and Mary. Mary referred to someone (it may have been Dali Lama) who answered a question about what he does when his feelings are hurt. He said he nurtures them like a crying child until they are comforted. I like that. It’s okay, even good, to feel it, to face it, to get alone and cry a bucket of tears if necessary, to be gentle with oneself through the process.

In this journal entry of my moleskine journal, I illuminated the words “Forgive” “Accept” and “Let go” because that’s what I need to do, that is what is difficult. I cannot do it on my own. God wants to help me, He is helping me and will continue to help me.

The other day I was listening to music by Selah and a line popped out that I hadn’t really heard before.

“with faith to move ahead and let go of the past, I turn to you Jesus…”


  1. A beautiful journal page and a beautiful example. I wish my first reaction was that of going to God, instead of wallowing and then turning to God. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Me encanta tu diario. Lo he dscubierto por casualidad.
    Gracias por compartir tus experiencias, que nos ayudan a los que estamos en el proceso de la consciencia.

    Un saludo


  3. Hi Valerie. This is gorgeous and beautiful and so touching. I don't know why I haven't been receiving your blog posts…hmmmm, I have to find out… Anyway, I do hope you are okay. It is so good to pour out one's fears and sadnesses onto journal pages, isn't it? Releasing…praying…Trust. Hugs to you my friend, kathy

  4. Thank-you for the inspiration Valerie. I am struggling with the loss of my husband and this really touched my spirit. Praying for you.

  5. This is beautiful and exactly the kind of project I have been looking for to work through the emotions of losing our son. May i ask what pens/markers/pencils you use?

  6. Erin, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Praying for you now, peace and comfort through your process. I used Faber Castell Pitt black pens and prismacolor colored pencils. Microns or black Copic markers would also work well too.

  7. Valerie,

    You thoroughly touched my heart with your journal entry. I am right there with you! Thank you for your insight, What a blessing!!!

    My goal is to mimic that spirit to my journaling closed group on FB . I would like to invite you to join our group to share your inspiration with us, if you're interested. We promote each other in our journaling/writing efforts. I began the group (Barefoot Journaling Chronicles) on April 21st, 2015 and to date, we have 41 members…and growing.

    Please join us at:

    Thank you for your lovely spirit!

    Truly Yours,

    ~Evon Robinson
    Freelance Copywriter

  8. This is beautiful! I'm sitting in a very painful place right now and I was just researching art journaling and came across u on pinterest. Can u tell me what i need to get started? What type of pens / paint etc and what type of journal…a moleskin? Any info would be great. Thanks.

  9. May you find comfort in the midst of your pain. The materials I used for journaling in this particular journal are a moleskine journal, pencil, eraser, pen (such as Faber-Castell Pitt pen or Micron pens) and Prismacolor colored pencils. If you would like to learn more, I teach some art journaling classes online that involve paint and watercolor paper. There is a link to my website in the sidebar. There are also a few resource pages in the sidebar of this blog. Blessings.

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