Joy Journal

Joy Journal

Editor’s Note:

I’ve always loved the thought of Journaling, wanted to Journal, but never could find the time or what to write about. Finally after all these years God is telling me, “It’s Your Time,Your Destiny” so I jumped on my computer to see if I could find something to help me with this new endeavor!  I found Kathy Bornarth and Your Joy Journal!!! 

Joy Journal

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It’s amazing to me that when I focus on those small things in life that bring me joy, I feel so much better throughout the day. My attitude and mood are better, I’m nicer to others, and I’m definitely more grateful. The concept of Your Joy Journal helps!

Yes, it sounds so simple when we think about finding joy in our lives, but we often don’t focus on living each day from that perspective. Instead, we go about our daily routines, often rushing and scurrying around like mice trying to get all the cheese before someone else does. We don’t take the time to really notice the beauty we encounter or appreciate the gifts and talents we’ve been given.

What would it be like if you spent five minutes recording the simple joys in life?

Could you take the time in your busy, hectic life to write down a few brief lines of joy in a notebook or notepad?

I challenge you to give it a try and see what happens. I promise it won’t take much effort on your part, and you’ll be glad you did.

Here’s a simple process for getting started:

  • Find a small notebook or mini moleskin and keep it in your purse, in your car, by your bedside, in the bathroom, or on your desk.
  • Take five minutes to jot down three to five joyful moments you experienced throughout the day. They could be as simple as a smile from a friend or as grand as climbing a mountain.
  • Do this each day for at least one week.
  • At the end of the week, answer these questions in your notebook:
  1. What was my mood like this week?
  2. Did I feel more joyful this week?
  3. What did I learn from this exercise?
  4. What did others notice about me this week?
  5. How did I feel physically this week?

There you go! A simple exercise in cultivating more joy in your life. Oh, and for added fun, have your friends and family do this with you. You could even make the exercise an experiment with those around you to see who embraced the most joyful moments.

God has given us so much to be thankful for. Let Him know how much you appreciate everything by NOTICING His gifts to you and writing them down.

 

Much Joy,

Kathy

www.nacjw.com

www.journaling4faith.com

 

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