Hi friends! It’s Cristin here! Today I want to check in with you all and ask how you’re feeling, creatively. So many of my friends (and myself) struggle with periods of intense creative overflow mixed with times of no inspiration whatsoever. Today, I want to share a little recipe that I use when I want to sit down and journal, but I don’t have an exact plan (or a whole lot of inspiration!). It’s a whole lot faster than scrolling Pinterest for ideas, too!
Sometimes, I have a specific passage to journal like sermon notes, book notes, devotional notes, or just a favorite verse. Often times, I don’t have something specific to journal. I want to tell you friends, that you don’t have to always have to have a bible passage in mind to journal. The most important thing that I’ve learned is this: it’s always a good time to worship Jesus. You don’t have to wait for inspiration, or the perfect sermon or podcast. As believers, His Spirit lives within us, so it’s always a good time to offer praise to the Lord.
With that in mind, my first step when I don’t know what to journal is to flip to the Psalms and pick a psalm of praise. Here, I’m journaling in Psalm 139. Every other line says, “His faithful love endures forever.” How wonderful is that? I find that sometimes while I’m journaling praise, I think of all the blessings the Lord gives me and I think of all the things He does that I can’t even see, that I don’t even realize. The thankfulness grows, and I have more to thank the Lord for than when I started.
If you are unsure what Psalm to choose, you can also google “Psalms of praise” to get a good idea. For this praise session, I grabbed some cute journaling supplies. I prefer to use something new when I’m uninspired. New stuff has that spark of possibility surrounding it. It’s like wearing a new pair of shoes: you just feel shiny all over!
Here, I’m using a printable set from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray Shop. It’s Brianna’s newest set, Pleasant Places. So many of the journaling sets in the shop can be used throughout your bible. I love these houses brimming with flowers. I used a little paint on the background, but anything else at this point is extra. My recipe for journaling is offering simple praise to our Creator! Washi tape, stamps, paint, tabs and clips are all good things to add on at this point. Be sure to save room to write down all that praise in the margins. Don’t worry about having the perfect words, just thank Jesus for his goodness and His love and go from there.
Let me know what you do when you’re feeling uninspired and want to journal. Do you have a recipe for inspiration?