A-Z of Mystery Journal – B – Beauty

The Mystery of Beauty “B” in A-Z of Mystery Journal There is no end to the mystery of beauty. It keeps us coming back for more, layers upon layers, from the beauty of a new day, and a new life, to the glory of a sunset, finishing well… I found the “B” Beauty of Mystery hard to nail down. Approaching the page, would it be best to focus on the beginning of beauty, sunrise colors, early growth, the colors of a newborn baby and a young leaf, or the complexity of something beautifully aged, in full bloom, going out with… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal “A” ~ Journaling My Word of the Year

An A-Z of Mystery – My Word of the Year When I start a journal based on a word, like the A-Z of Mystery, I look up the definition: Mys-ter-y – something difficult or impossible to understand or explain; any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation; obscure, puzzling quality or character arousing curiosity or speculation. For each letter of the alphabet representing an aspect of mystery, I’m choosing words that can never be fully understood, expressed or experienced. There is always more, and that is one of the charms of mystery that keep us coming back. My pages… Read More

Theme Page Headings for My Everyday Journal

Banner Theme Headings for My Everyday Journal Before I jump into more blog posts about my word of the year, I thought it might be helpful to show some headings of page themes. Once again, what I love about making a calendar journal in a dotted or grid journal is the versatility it offers. Because my focus and interests may change each year, my theme pages often change too. I take some time for listening prayer, asking what to focus on, and also reflect on things that have caught my attention over the past month or two. This year, meaningful… Read More

Making a Calendar in My Everyday Journal

Making a Calendar in My Leuchtturm Journal The good and bad thing about making an everyday journal out of a blank (dotted or grid) journal is that it is blank – the good is full of possibilities, no pressure with blank dated pages to make you feel guilty, or being overwhelmed by the 12 grids of calendar months staring blankly etc. The bad, or can be bad, is the blankness of the whole journal can feel overwhelming, bringing up questions like: What do I include? What do I include first, second, and so forth? I usually feel all of these… Read More

Journaling a Word of the Year ~ Connections and Community

Community, Connections, and Creativity Journaling with a Word of the Year As I am getting my new journal ready for the new year, it occurs to me that the main reason I begin a new everyday journal each year is because it gives me hope. There is nothing like getting a new journal, pristine and full of possibility. Receiving or choosing a word to focus on throughout the year is a good place to start in the new journal, which is so blank and waiting to be filled page by page. I don’t know if you feel this way, but… Read More

Bible Journaling – Christmas Baby Dedication

Bible Journaling ~ Christmas Baby Dedication Luke 2:30-32 Here are some of the words of Simeon, a good man who loved God and received a promise that he would not die until he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. “With my own eyes I have seen your Word, the Savior you sent into the world. He will be glory for your people Israel, and the Revelation Light for all people everywhere.” Luke 2:30-32 TPT This passage reminds me that God keeps His promises, and encourages me to keep seeking Jesus in my everyday life. Learn How-To Bible Journal… Read More

Why journal? The Benefits…

The Benefits of Journaling… Why I Journal: To remember – This may be the catalyst for all my journaling. Remembering includes recording events both ordinary and celebratory, experiences and relationships, exploration of ideas and information. Through writing, it is easier for me to re-member, put together and make sense of the various aspects of my life experience in a positive way. Life is short and time flies by. So often, so does my recollection of things that in the moment are important to me. Journaling keeps a witness of my life story and what I value. To gain insight and… Read More

2 NEW Journaling Courses Today!

Bible Journaling with Stencils & More goes live! Today 11/11 Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course goes live. This class combines my passions of art making and connecting with God in a visual way. I am excited to connect with like-minded and like-hearted people who are seeking God and desiring to grow in creative expression. As we add visual meaning to our Bible pages, we will share more pages and processes using stencils and art techniques. Expect to be inspired! To find out more go to: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/ 2018 Art Journaling Workshop open for registration! The Art Journaling Workshop held in… Read More

Receiving a Miracle

We prayed for a miracle… Over the past few months, our older daughter Jennie, pregnant with her second child, has had some health issues. The ultrasounds also showed concerns for the baby’s health and development. We have had amazing friends rally and pray. The birth was scheduled and the NICU team ready to whisk the newborn off to care for him, BUT it wasn’t needed. Baby Asher, whose name means happy and blessed, surprised everyone and was born just over six pounds, with good health scores. In considering the miracle of health for Asher, believing prayer changes things, and miracles… Read More

Letting Go… Release in this Season…

Release and Let Go During this Fall Season… It is a beautiful autumn here in the Pacific Northwest. As I walked with my daughter and grand-daughter in a nearby park recently, the leaves falling and dancing to the ground reminded me to let go of what no longer serves me well. It has been a year of letting go of expectations, understanding life and death, my dreams and ideas, putting me in a posture of listening, waiting, walking through the open door, past the closed ones. Trusting… Moved by the color of sweet surrender dancing to the ground, accepting the… Read More