Important Suggestion to my fellow Journalers

If these posts are too long for you to complete, I suggest that you print off the prompt that is of current interest to you and then tape it into your journal for future reference. The prompts are such that you can do it in one sitting or you can break each idea down and use them as separate prompts. There is no set rule on how to use these prompts. They can be used as lessons for your auxiliaries too. Hope you enjoy them and may they glorify the Lord in all the ways you use them. God bless your writing experiences.

Important Note:

Most of these prompts will come from my own thoughts, but there may some that I have found from other people and want to share with you. Some of the prompts may be repeats to some of you who are members of the same online groups I am in, but I will include them for the new journalers out there reading this blog. And sometimes prompts are so good they are worth repeating. You may use a prompt over and over again and reply to it differently each time. I will give credit to prompts I find when I know the person who submitted the prompt or gave it to me by other means. If I find a journaling site that has prompts I will include them too. Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Bundle of Emotions

 This prompt comes from my new study book.  It is from the first chapter of Managing Your Moods.  It is a book from the Women of Faith Study Guide Series.  I think it is so good and makes a perfect prompt.  I just had to share it with you...

Luke 6:45

When we start talking about moods and emotions, we must begin with the heart.  I guess you could say it's the heart of the matter!  We call it the seat of our emotions, and we try to explain our feelings by referring to it.  People can be described as hardhearted, softhearted, openhearted, warmhearted, coldhearted, fainthearted, or even heartless.  Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.  We know what it's like to lose heart, take heart, have our heart set on something, have a change of heart, and have our hearts skip a beat.  We know what it's like to do something to our heart's content.  We can be heavyhearted, halfhearted, or lighthearted.  A story can be heartwarming, heart wrenching, or heartening.  We can share from our hearts, set our hearts on a thing, learn something by heart, have our hearts in the right place, and win the hearts of others.  We have known heartache.  We have been heartsick.  Some days, we don't have the heart to face our work.  Other days, we tackle the job heartily, going at it heart and soul.  Those we love are always close to our heats.  We have people who are dear to our hearts set our hearts at rest.  We know the kinds of things that do a heart good.  We have read God's Word and taken it to heart.  We have given heartfelt thanks for the blessings we receive.  We know, in our heart of hearts, the right thing to do.  And I hope, from the bottom of my heart, you will follow after God with all of your heart.  Whew! How about a hearty Amen to that!

Okay, journalers.  Do you see how many prompts are in that one paragraph?  I challenge you to take each work with any form of the word "heart" in it and use it as one word prompt.  Write if it relates to you personally or if you know someone who the word could represent. 

Marshel's entry:  I do not tackle making entries to this blog halfheartily.

The sentences that describe something with the word "heart" in it use it as a prompt too.

Marshel's entry:  Some days I do not have the heart to face the children in my new classroom.  There are more children who act inappropriately than there are that don't.  I must pray before entering the door that Jesus will enter with me and help me love His children and help them have a successful day.

Use the paragraph to have several prompts you can use. 

One of the words I did not read in the paragraph was "heartbroken".  Have you ever experienced a broken heart?  Write about it and how you have overcame it or how you may be experiencing it at this moment.

Marshel's entry:  I was so heartbroken the day I watched the jailer put handcuffs on my son in the court room.  I never felt so heavy hearted as I did that moment.  When my son asked the judge if he could give his mom a hug before they took him to jail I thought my heart was going to stop.  After he gave me a hug the judge said to my son, "I don't want to see you in my courtroom again and your mama don't want to either."  Right then I felt somewhat warm hearted for the judge because he knew how heartbroken I was.  I told my son that I loved him with all of my heart.  For the next nine months I was so heart sick without being able to touch my son.  My son made trustee and was able to get outdoors while working and one time I went to pay my bill and there was my son working for the mayor.  The jailer let me hug my son and that made my heart happy.  When my son finally was released from jail I thought my heart was going to burst from happiness and relief.  He was not hurt while being incarcerated.  I pray with all of my heart that he will learn his lesson and never end up there again. 

Write about something using many forms of the word "heart" in it like I did with my entry above. 

Hope this was a prompt you can take to heart and use many ways.  May you have a heart full of love and blessings.  Love with all my heart and soul, Marshel