Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Of journals and authors who inspire...

One of the things we decided to do this year to grow in gratitude for the Lord's tremendous goodness to us was to write journal entries focusing on blessings -- sort of a blessing journal, if you will.

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, 2012
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
Daniel'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...
December 7, 2012
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.
~Journal entries shared with permission, of course. Thanks, D & A.  :)

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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  1. Writing a Blessings Journal and reading the Bible in a year will be this years resolutions. I don't normally like to make any but I feel the Lord has put it on my heart heavily to set them as goals. If I fall short I will just keep on going and try, try again.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

    1. Mary, I think the "just keep on going and try, try again" is the key. Not a one of us in truly consistent in keeping up with our goals, but I believe you've hit the nail on the head that the key is not giving up! Thanks for visiting; hope you're enjoy your celebration this week. :) ~L

  2. These are beautiful, Lisa...I love how homeschooling allows us to instill in our kids the "ingredients" which in turn allow them to ponder their world and their own lives in such breadth and depth at so early an age, compared with the world culture around them. I think that it is this depth of understanding and thought coming at them sooner that "saves" them, Lord willing, from many more foolish, youthful mistakes that can cause such regret in later years. Not that homeschooled kids are perfect, and not that non-homeschooled kids can't be followers of Christ...but I think the kids of yesteryear got older and wiser alot faster than they do today. I am grateful for homeschooling, and am blessed by your children's thoughts today! You can tell them I said so :-)


    1. Amen! I could not agree with you more, Lori. :) Only by the grace of God do we enjoy success in our homeschooling efforts; obedience and faithful diligence in teaching (and studying) is our part while the Lord does the work in their hearts. I will indeed share your sweet comment with my kiddos. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. :)



  3. We've started a family blessings journal this year, as well, and it's great to look back and see what strikes us.

    Thanks for sharing a bit about your children and their reading, as well - as a new homeschooling mom, I love learning about how others structure their time!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Amy. :) If there's one thing I will recommend to you, it's to develop a love of good literature in your children! Anyone who can read (and who loves to read) will be a life-long learner. :)

  4. So funny! I have that *exact* same journal/notebook that I use for the *exact* same thing! :)

    1. Hi Becca! Hope you and Joel had a great Christmas! Blessings to you in 2013. :) ~Lisa

  5. It's wonderful you have encouraged your children to journal. I have my late father's journals and they have been such a comfort and inspiration to me. I have chosen a beautiful new journal for next year and I cannot wait to start writing in it. I was especially thrilled when my son gave me a wonderful pen for Christmas to make the task even more pleasurable!

    1. What a nice gift to go along with your new journal! And what a treasure to have the written words of your father to read. :) Will be sharing this with my children as an inspiration to keep writing! Thanks for visiting, April.

      Blessings, ~Lisa


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