The Beginning of Scrapbook Journaling

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Several years ago, I began spending time with the Lord in a new and amazing way. I felt the Lord wooing me to use my love of creativity through scrapbooking and combine it with writing to the Lord. I am sure there are many people who already do this, but this was all new to me.

This has been part of my life for over six years now. In the beginning, I only wrote about the beautiful parts of my life. I wouldn’t dare write about the darkest pains in my heart on paper because it seemed so extremely opposite from all the good things He was doing in my life. As I shared my struggle of needing a safe place to pour out my hurt, a friend encouraged and reassured me that it was okay if I journaled about all the ugly parts of my story as well.

I began slowly writing and pouring out my hurt, sorrow and pain to my Maker. Within a few months, things started falling apart even more so in my life. Journaling became my meeting place for me and the Lord, to spend time together daily. It was my safe place to be real, honest and open about everything.

Ever since then, there has been no looking back.

Journaling has enriched my life more than I could have imagined. I am so thankful I heeded the Lord’s call and obeyed Him.

Let us not hinder our walk with the Lord and stray from what He has daringly called us to do! No matter what it is!

Sometimes it seems so insignificant at the time, but later we realize it was very significant.

Through scrapbook journaling, the Lord has given me amazing spiritual insights, gifts, and revelations in His Word.  Most of all, I have fallen more in love with my Maker than ever before. (I wrote a post about it here).

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Some days, I soak in my time reading the Bible and writing scripture. Other days, I play worship music and journal whatever is on my heart.  Then there are days, I weep as I journal to Him about the heartache life brought to me that day. Then there are days I want to burst with joy over what amazing things He has done in my life. He continually speaks, heals, restore, loves, and whispers beautiful truths to me daily as I spend time in His presence.

It was during my scrapbook journaling, the Lord began to put topics or phrases on my mind to write about. That is when I began writing devotionals in my journal day after day until I did over 365 daily devotionals (I can share more about this in another post). Writing can be so healing for our souls if we can write it down and see it though the Lord’s eyes. God’s word says,

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” – John 17:17 

Over the years, I have seen God work miracles in my heart because I yielded to what He was asking of me. At first, I resisted obeying Him. I came up with too many reasons why I did not have the time to do that. Who really has time to journal? Right! Well, this girl knows firsthand how wrong I was, the Lord knew what would connect me deeper to my Maker and that has been scrapbook journaling.

The Lord gently guides us to where He wants to take us.

But then we have a choice to obey or go our own way.

Thank goodness for God’s grace, it is what gets me through the days of my mistakes and thinking I am right when I am not. Thank you, Jesus, that He is good enough for both you and me!

 Scrapbook journaling can be….

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  • Prayers to the Lord in written form
  • Listening
  • Connecting
  • Drawing Close
  • Abiding
  • Loving
  • Healing
  • Restoring
  • Opening up the Bible
  • Lord speaking truth to me
  • Refining, Sharpening

 

I hope this has encouraged you to re-think the topic of scrapbook journaling. Let me know how you spend time with your Maker creatively. I would love to hear from you. 

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25 comments

  1. Tai East says:

    Oh Johanna, I absolutely love the idea of scrapbook journaling! I’ve been journaling my prayers for years and the idea to do it so beautifully and creatively as you have never even crossed my mind. Thank you so very much for sharing this! Happy Easter and infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    #GraceAndTruthLinkup 😉

    • devotedtomaker says:

      Thank you Tari for commenting, God is always so faithful to speak to us. So thankful it encouraged you. Happy Easter to you and have a blessed day celebrating our risen Savior!

  2. Cheryl Throckmorton says:

    Dear Johanna, I am always so happy for you and
    Amazed at how God has healed your heart, I loved
    Reading this blog! David, Daniel, Caleb, & Micah are
    So blessed to have such a godly Wife and Mother!
    Blessed to be your Mother!

  3. Lizzy says:

    What a fantastic idea. I am a journaller but hadn’t thought about throwing in the scrapbooking thing. I once scrapbooked through Lisa Bevere’s book Fight Like a Girl when I was a teenager and love looking back at the wisdom and beauty of that journal. Sometimes I’ve even scanned pages of it and put them on facebook to share with others.

  4. Ruthie Gray says:

    Those little, seemingly insignificant moments really add up, don’t they? I love to journal too, only not scrapbooking, just writing. I’m terrible with scrap booking. But writing my thoughts brings great insight!
    Shared and tweeted today, my friend!

  5. Betsy says:

    Johanna, this is really inspiring. I would love to know more about HOW you do this. (I don’t know much about scrap booking). This sounds like such a creative way to spend time with God. I hope you’ll write more about this in the future. 🙂

  6. Stefani | Walls of Home says:

    This is so encouraging and inspiring, Johanna! I’m learning to rely on God more and more recently, to look at Him as a Daddy with a heart full of love and grace towards me. This post is a little confirmation in the middle of it all! 🙂

  7. Ginger Harrington says:

    I have seen a few of these and they are beautiful. I can only imagine the connection with God as you share your creativity in a time with God. Journaling is healing and instructive to the soul for sure!

  8. Dianne Thornton says:

    What a beautiful post. I do very little scrapbooking. Not sure I could do this, but I have friends who do. And the things they create are beautiful! It sounds like a precious time you share with the Lord!

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