Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Living a reflective life is a spiritual practice that adds depth and gratitude to our lives. Often our busy schedules make it difficult to keep a daily journal but we can find the time to take note of some of the highlights, lessons and joys we experience. ~Jean Wise
I used to write in a journal faithfully. I haven't done so in over ten years, ever since Danny and I were married. The journal is replaced by writing novels, starting/maintaining this devotional blog, and jotting down ideas and inspiration in any number of small notebooks cluttering up my already cramped computer desk.
Lately, I have become frustrated with this half-baked method of note keeping. It serves its purpose in the short term, but provides no consistent, reliable record as to when, why or how I fancied a memorable quote to us in future blogs, or thoughts pertaining to future plots and characters in my books.
Imagine my delight when I discover that my blogging friend, Jean Wise, has created the Monthly Musings Journal. It is the answer to this disorganized note-taker's prayer!
The journal is designed to be used over a two year period, although by the amount of notes I've already amassed for the month of November, I may have to use four pages for each month of the year! At the top of each section, there is a space to fill in the month and the year. Jean provides eight categories with room to write your reflections. They are:
- Lessons Learned
- Good Reads
- Wise Words to Remember
- Terrific Tools and Tips
- Innovative Ideas and Information
- Joys and Delights (I'm partial to this one!)
- Memories to Hold and Hopes for Tomorrow
- Favorite Blog Posts
Aren't these great? What a wonderful way to organize your thoughts, all in one convenient place. If you or someone you know could benefit from using this journal format, you can order it here.
And be sure to check out Jean's blog, Healthy Spirituality, which she pens twice a week. She will be sure to help you think about those good things Paul describes in Philippians 4:8.
I guarantee it!
Do you already keep a journal? Would a tool such as Jean's book be helpful to you?
Prayer: Father, today we give thanks for all those who inspire us with noble and true thoughts, which help us to keep our focus on You. May we, too, think on those things You deem worthy, and bless others by our words and acts of kindness along life's pathways. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Note: I purchased Jean's book voluntarily and decided that it was more than worthy of a review here on Meditations of My Heart.