Joys, Sorrows & Journaling | September 2020

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School is back in session for many and with that comes a great opportunity to begin formulating spiritual routines as well. Terry Siedsma joins Lisa on the September 2020 episode of The Water Jar Podcast and talks about how journaling can help us grow deeper in relationship with Jesus.

PUMPKIN SPICE IS BACK! Lisa also asks a most important question: to [pumpkin spice] be or not to be? She’s an enthusiast, for the record. For those who also enjoy pumpkin-packed flavors, share a link to your favorite recipes below in the comments. Find Lisa’s favorite pumpkin bar recipe in the links below.

Finally, Lisa looks ahead at the September church calendar when we celebrate two Marian feasts just one week apart: the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8 and the Memorial of our Lady of Sorrows on September 15. We both celebrate the joy of Mary‘s birth and then unite in sorrow while contemplating her Son’s passion. It’s where joy and pain meet – the paradox of the Holy Cross.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Lisa’s favorite pumpkin bar recipe with white chocolate and cream cheese frosting can be found here.
  • Listen to the Seven Sorrows of Mary online retreat here.
  • Read more of Terry’s journey with journaling at Root and Bloom Forever.
  • Below is the quote Lisa shared from Fr. Henri Nouwen on journaling.

Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals to us what is alive in us. The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know. Thus, writing requires a real act of trust. We have to say to ourselves: “I do not yet know what I carry in my heart, but I trust that it will emerge as I write.” Writing is like giving away the few loaves and fishes one has, trusting that they will multiply in the giving. Once we dare to “give away” on paper the few thoughts that come to us, we start discovering how much is hidden underneath these thoughts and gradually come in touch with our own riches. – Fr. Henri Nouwen

3 thoughts on “Joys, Sorrows & Journaling | September 2020”

  1. Lisa and Terry, thanks for all you shared. I’ve often used journaling in my faith journey, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard it discussed and explained so beautifully. I feel encouraged to return to this prayer-form with greater commitment, despite the brevity of my daily quiet time and often not knowing what I will write about when I sit down. A personal tid-bit. . . 😉 I like to address my journal entries to the Lord. it helps me orient all my reflections to him.

  2. This was a super packed podcast!! Thank you Lisa and Terry, words can’t describe the beauty in all you have given us today, Peace🕊

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