“My heart bursts its banks,
spilling beauty and goodness.
I pour it out in a poem to the king,
shaping the river into words:”
Psalm 45:1 (The Message)


I bought this shirt for myself for my birthday

Hi Friends!

In a couple of weeks, at the end of May, I will be teaching at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference. I covet your prayers as I prepare to teach four classes on poetry. I am super excited about it. I haven’t taught in years. I had no idea poetry would become such an important part of my life when I began writing it at the age of ten. 


Between now and then I will be taking a break from doing blog posts to focus on preparing my heart for the conference as well as my classes. In light of this, I thought I would share with you one of the classes I will be teaching. Poetry Journaling. Why teach poetry journaling at a writing conference? I have learned it is not just a therapeutic outlet; it also inspires creativity and can enhance a person’s ability to learn how to ‘show, not tell’ when writing a novel. 


Here are a few of the pages I’ve decorated in my journal: 


This one is the poem Daffodils (I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud) by William Wordsworth. I printed out the poem and glued it on the page on the left then on the right I wrote about my thoughts and feelings about the poem.



This page, I ordered a set of words and phrases stickers. I randomly put some phrases on the page to write a poem. This was so fun!



Here is a look at a mini poetry journal I am making. I wrote a poem in 2013 called, What I Learned. When I finally typed it out, it turned into a 6 page poem. I have seen poetry books written where one line is on each page of the book. So, I decided to try to make a mini journal and put each line on a page. Here’s a couple of those pages. (This is not easy at all.)



And finally, this so far, is my favorite of all the pages I’ve done. I wrote this poem in 1993 and it’s one of my favorites. Believe it or not, I had a hard time finding music stickers for it. But it was so worth the effort! I also decorated the left page with a bible verse. (Cards I found on Christianbook.com with bible verses you can color.) And, for my husband, I eventually added a guitar to the page…LOL! 



As you can see, poetry journaling is so much fun. You don’t have to go to this extent to make one though. Just a journal and pen is all you really need to journal about your own poems, favorite poems, make lists of poets or poems you love, or whatever you want to do with it. Get as fancy, or not, as you want to. I do have a page which has one single piece of torn paper glued to it with a short paragraph I wrote for a fiction novel. I am not sharing that one yet. But the creativity this sparks is enormous! 


God has given us a special gift with writing. A wonderful way to pour out our hearts to Him. I pray you will allow God to help you use your gift to the best of your ability for Him.


From My Heart to Yours,



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