Gwendolyn Carole Tipton

    

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Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling

Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling

My own writing began in a diary in the fourth grade. I wrote about my daily life and dreams of the future. Now, my journal keeps me on track while recalling God’s promise of faithfulness and his words of engagement for my life.

Journaling strategies in this book direct and guide the reader to program opportunities that create a new you or transform your life. I write and grasp a spiritual equilibrium that admits his presence into my surroundings, because I believe this life is training for eternity as we live it with a view toward God’s kingdom. And no matter how out of control life becomes, we awaken each day to “the bright and morning star…” (Rev 22:16).

I pray you will journal and record the signs, miracles, and wonders that God’s Spirit gives you to take hold of your life. While I pray through my meditative journal, I am anticipating that no matter, He will return again.


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Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling
by Gwendolyn Carole Tipton
Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers
978-1-5326-5840-2 / paperback / $15
www.wipfandstock.com


Interview with Gwendolyn Carole Tipton

1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A large portion of my writing falls in the category of spiritual meditation through journaling. Along these lines, writing energizes me since it offers me an opportunity to write out my praises and prayer requests. From these writings come motivation to take hold of my life and do better.

2. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I am endeavoring to assemble a body of work. My first two books, The Prayor: One who Prays and The Prayor Worships with Isaiah were written to encourage readers to write their prayers during devotional readings. Going forward, I want to support my readers by expanding on the different ways and reasons to write that may affect one’s life. In Journal It! I present 50 ways to journal, from which to choose.

3. How many unpublished and half-completed books do you have?

I have one unpublished devotional book about the promises in Proverbs, and a novel about taking-care love. I have two outlined books about an odyssey of adoration and thinking about one you cherish. My plan is to get these books published within two years.

4. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

Yes, it is my spiritual practice. My spiritual journaling is a reflection on the past, an examination of the now, and a look toward the future. It is my conversation with God.

5. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

During my 35 year career in the housing, I wrote newsletters and brochures related to the industry. I believe I am a full-time writer because I am now retired and it’s my new job. My work week exceeds 40 hours, thus making it full time.

6. What book has most influenced your life?

The Bible has most influenced my life. It has also affected my writing because my genre is spirituality and my focus is self-help. Every Bible verse and prayer that I compose shows me something. My favorite chapters validate how I serve a living, loving and forgiving God.

7. What are your future projects?

My dream is to venture across the nation and converse with people at gatherings and persuade them that, through journaling, they can transform their lives. Taking hold of your life through journaling speaks to a chance to make or get ready for something new. During my travels, I plan to host a website and blog to support my messages.

8. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

I am a believer with a message. There are several sections of the Bible that address writing as a facet of prayer and worship and suggest the need to keep petitions in your memory. Worship involves speaking, listening, writing, and doing everything with the heart, mind, and soul.

9. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I write under my original last name, which could be viewed as a pseudonym. When I Googled my name, Carol Braddock, there were numerous others with a similar name. When I inserted the name on my birth certificate – Gwendolyn Carole Tipton – there was no other, just me.

10. How do you think new book ideas such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

I believe electronic devices have enhanced reading and expanded readership. Audiobooks are breath-taking as you can hear them on your smartphone, in the car, while you’re exercising or even performing multiple tasks. My book Journal It! Encourages the reader to write and that can also be done on the majority of electronic devices. Be that as it may, there’s nothing like sitting in a cozy spot with a good book.


An Excerpt from Journal It! Take Hold of Your Life by Journaling

For something to change in life, one of two things must happen: either life changes or you must make a change. It’s up to you. At some point, your life mandates that you “take hold of your life” and transform it “ . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:23–24).

This book is meant to support you as you engage in changes. Through journaling, you can step back for a moment, evaluate your life, and determine what you want your ideal life to become. Then, journal your way to the destination, keeping in mind that you must: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).

To start, write your life story from beginning to end with extravagant descriptions and massive details just as you want it. This is the first step in taking hold of your life by journaling. You cannot change the past, but you have the tools to plant and create the future. Writing about you is your chance to review and revise your life, then make changes based on your guidance from God. Listen for his messages and look for his signals for new ventures that offer undertakings beyond your dreams.

You are going to write your story as you want to live it. Write out the pluses and minuses of the limitless life changes you want to make. Create plans to overcome the difficulties and expand upon the opportunities that will help you get to the final chapter. Outline your life story. Begin to write with a spirit of hope. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:4).

This is what happened today . . . It’s all about you in your space at your place. Your opinions are the only ones that matter. Choose a place to write what is worth describing carefully in your journal. Every day there is a happening that must be included in your journal. The more exciting the event, the more space it takes in your journal.

Taking hold of your life and having hold of your life are very crucial principles.

As an adult, you are solely responsible for your choices. Many people blame others or circumstances for the things that are not right in their lives. When we analyze the past, we recognize exactly what brought on the situation and how it was or was not resolved. We often forget that it is from our mistakes that we learn the most. If we deny our mistakes or fail to take responsibility, we fail to improve. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Most people make mistakes and try again. Every mistake and every catastrophe are life-changing experiences. They are part of your life story in which the forgiveness of God represents a blessing.

We must journal our stories day by day. Reread, review, and then we can rewrite the story by getting hold of our lives, by getting out there, by not being terrified of making mistakes, by learning from past chapters of our lives as we embrace each moment as an opportunity to learn and do better.


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