Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Journals...

For as long as I can remember, leaders from my church have counseled us to keep a personal journal. I started my first journal when I was in 4th grade and it quickly became a habit. I started out just writing a few sentences and then graduated to writing pages each day. I was better about writing in my journal daily when I was younger. Now I feel like I'm doing good if I write once a week!

A few weeks ago I did an activity for my 10-11 year old Activity Days girls on journals. We talked about how important it is to keep a journal. I showed them my journals and even read some entries to them. They laughed about me calling a boy I had a crush on "gorgeous", among other things! My entries were proof to them that you can write about anything in your journals...even silly things!!

I bought some journals from the Dollar Tree and let the girls decorate them however they wanted. Most opted to stamp their names along with some flowers on them...they did a fabulous job!

On the inside cover I taped a quote from President Henry B. Eyring's talk from the October 2007 General Conference titled "O Remember, Remember". It says: "Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see his hand in my life? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him."
I hope the girls have taken to heart what we talked about and have started writing in their journals. As I was preparing this activity, I read through some of my journals and was amazed at the stuff that I didn't remember! I'd read about something and think "Oh yeah....now I remember doing that!" It made me grateful that I kept journals and wrote faithfully!

How about you? Do you keep a journal? If you don't, I encourage you to start one! It's never too late, and it will be something that you and your family will come to treasure!

6 comments:

nap time journal said...

Journal keeping is so important, I just wrote in mine today :) I am not as good as i used to be but some is better then never right. check out the family planner/journal at this site, I think you'll like it. I am doing this for the first time this year and I love it. You can print off the pages for free. http://www.kmckaydesigns.com/

Have a great day :)

BIG KK and little k said...

What Dollar Tree did you go to get those? Sorry, hi I am a new reader of your blog and love it!! My husband and I are writing journals for our kids and about different things we notice or have watches them do

Jenette said...

What a great idea!

Angela said...

I totally agree. What a great project for them! I bet you are an awesome activity day leader. That's why I love blogging too, It's like our Family Scrapbook/Journal. I'm looking into making it into a book. Anyway, for personal journaling I like www.ldsjournal.com

michellejohnnie said...

Fun idea and great quote. I love reading my old journals and laughing!!!

The Hershey Bryces said...

My 6 year old just gave our FHE lesson Monday night on Journals. I twas fun to see all my little kids all fired up about it! It's true, I was VERY good at it when I was single, but unfortunately not so much since I started having my 4 kids. Now I rely on scrapbooks ans blogging to get it done. Not always quite as personal, but at least it's something. Thanks for the reminder!

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