Slanting Lines and Curving Marks

Today I am on a journey of discovery. Gracious, my curiosity has given me a lot to think about. I wanted to share with you my experiences with personal writing. After our son was born I began writing to him. Sometimes in the form of a letter telling him where we were living and how he has brought us joy. Other times my observations would lead me to attempt to capture an emotion or a memory. These found expression in a poem. (Please be lenient English Majors) Then I was encouraged by the book “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach to write down each day three things I was grateful for.  This has blossomed and blessed me, truly. I found that “slanting lines and curving marks can stitch together mind and heart” (Trudy Groff Costello).  I began to create a book of traditions to share with others.  In these books I used the months and the seasons of the year to share my thoughts, family traditions, prayers, poems and beautiful quotations.  For a new bride I could post the note from a Southern grand-mom to her granddaughter on how to do the laundry. https.//www.snopes.com/grandmas-wash-day
This was special to me because both my grand-mom’s took in laundry.  This loving note clearly explains exactly what effort this required.  I began to write this “Book of Traditions” on my computer and save it so I could print out copies.  I made the copies special by saving clips from old cards, stickers, old stamps and printing out clip art to paste in the book. 

As I researched the topic of writing, and journaling I was delighted but a
a bit overwhelmed with what the internet had to offer. WOW! Please, 
take a quick look for yourself.  I did find one sight www.desiringGod.org.
that at least expressed what I had in mind to share with you. “Journaling is a pathway for joy and a powerful tool in the hands of love” (David Mathis).
I also got some helpful suggestions.  I like the idea of using a small note book.  I had not thought of keeping my writing book with me. Once you have a small notebook and a pen, please date each entry.  Now, the next part is totally up to you.  Do you want to start by making a list of blessings?  Is there someone on your mind you need to talk to?  I wrote a letter to my mom years after her death and it blessed my heart.  Is your writing a tool for studying scripture?  Maybe you would like to begin by writing out a favorite verse and then sharing what this verse means to you.
Write what your dreams are.  Write you favorite memory.  God already knows, but He will use this time with you if He is welcomed as you pen your hearts sounds across the page.

Lastly, I encourage you to save your beautiful old calendars.  I made
pictures books for children, book covers for old books and beautiful
envelopes and wrapping paper.  If there are small pictures on the back
of the calendar put them in your box of clippings.  They can be used
for collage or to decorate your journal.  God Bless, Trudy

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