on the journey with guided journals…

I’ve been working on some new projects lately and in addition to my novel, New Life in New Melody, I now have a few other things available on Amazon. I’ve been putting together some guided journals for some books of the Bible. Currently, there are three different guided journals : On the Journey with Psalms, On the Journey with John, and On the Journey with Romans.

These aren’t Bible studies, but they are meant to serve as tools or supplements to your Bible study or Bible reading. They’re intended to be a place where you can store your thoughts, insights, questions, and notes as you go through the book of Psalms or the Gospel of John or the Epistle to the Romans.

Each guided journal is similar in that there are prompts and questions, spaces to write, a progress checklist, and extra lined pages in the back of the book.

They are each different, though, in that the prompts and questions aren’t all the same, and the books are formatted differently. For Psalms (which is larger than the others, at 8.5 x 11 inches) each Psalm is given one page in the book. In the guided journal for John, each chapter is given three pages. For Romans, each chapter has four pages. The journals for John and Romans are 6 x 9 inches in size.

You can check them out on my Amazon page.


day by day…

So another year has gone by, and we’re getting close to the end of the first month of this new year, and finally I’m putting something here again. It’s been a while.

The anxiety is still (unfortunately) an issue. So again and again, I realize I have to do my best at taking life day by day.

And writing, painting, Bible study, genealogy and historical research… phone calls with family and friends… spending time with my husband and our cute Chloe… taking walks when my body cooperates and the weather does too… music and prayer… brain retraining and tapping… watching comfort shows… laughing… finding ways to connect with joy…

These are the things I do that help with the day by day.

If you struggle, if life is challenging, find what helps and do those things. I realize that can be challenging too. But it matters.



time seems strange…

For a few years now, I often say to friends (and have blogged about before) that time seems strange. It’s fast and it’s slow, both at once. And that’s the way it has continued to seem during these many months when I’ve been silent here.

I’ve still had quite the struggle with anxiety. I’ve still needed to find ways to try to go through the days as best as I can. I’m still spending my time doing what I’ve talked about here before.

Like… time with my husband and our cute Chloe.

Like… time in fresh air.

Like… painting every single day, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Like… writing. I’m working on a sequel to my novel, New Life in New Melody – and now, in addition to the paperback and kindle, the hardback is available!

Like… talking with friends, and genealogy and historical research, and prayer, and Bible study, and participating again in this year’s #the100dayproject (I’m doing #100daysofcirclesandhearts for my focus this go-round).

So time passes. And sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not.

But it still seems strange to me.

Fast and slow, both at once.