With the purpose of writing those things that their children and grandchildren would one day be encouraged to read, Daniel and AnnaLynn have penned entries several days each week throughout the year, give or take, depending on how busy life has been during any given season. Ideas to prompt their entries have come, typically, from the simple blessings of each day along with their daily Bible reading.
12-year-old AnnaLynn's journal contains the simple and sweet recordings of what she's thankful for as well as a scripture verse from her reading that day...
November 18, 2012Daniel's journaling groove, at 14, tends to reveal more his thoughts on the day's activities as well as what he's been reading, sometimes in a list...
What I am thankful for - the rain, our snug house, good food and a delightful family.
Verses - The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
December 7, 2012~Journal entries shared with permission, of course. Thanks, D & A. :)
Today, I am thankful for many things. Pens for writing. Paper for receiving the ink. My story for helping me think. R.C. Sproul for the Holiness of God. J.R.R. Tolkien for Gandalf the Grey and White. Wood for burning. Christ for forgiveness in the face of failures (countless). N.D. Wilson for the inspiration of this list.
As I glance back through their journals, it is abundantly clear how who they've been reading has influenced both their thinking and writing styles. Like conversation with a good friend or trusted teacher, so an author disciples us.
Anna's reading this year has included the older American Girls series, the numerous works of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Marguerite Henry, and Walter Farley, along with lots of historical fiction on the topic of early American history.
Daniel's reading has included The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and N.D. Wilson, A History of the American People by Paul Johnson, and, like his sister, an assortment of historical fiction based in early American history.
So I am thankful...
To my children who teach me without knowing it, thank you. To the many authors who inspire thought and conversation, spur imagination, and spur my children on to a better understanding of this world in which we live, thank you. And to God who speaks to us through the Book of all books and enables authors to write reflections of The Story of all stories, thank you.
Counting my blessings one by one and giving thanks for all the Lord is doing in my life -- for the grace and mercy He extends to this imperfect lump of clay. How about you? What are you thankful for today?
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