The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
30 Days to Joy: A One-Month Creative Journal is a great tool to inspire, remind, and encourage self-expression. I believe if the time is taken with the pages of this book, that one will rediscover what brings Joy so that we may lead a more holy and Christ-filled life that serves as a witness to those around us. Happiness comes and goes but joy, oh joy, is the feeling that only God can fill us with. The joy of the Lord is our strength through the good and the bad. We have so much to be joyful about and I feel that we need to be reminded of the Lord’s promises and truths revolving around joy every single day.
The journal was designed for drawing, writing thoughts, sharing pictures, and in any other way one chooses and prefers to be creative on paper . Whether you feel like you are a great artist/photographer/writer, one need not be intimidated, this book is meant for everyone whether you doodle, cut out pictures from magazines, or jot down quotes by other that speak to you personally instead of your own words, there’s no wrong way to express yourself and your feelings of joy. This is 100% freedom of expression place as it’s meant to be yours wholely.
Within the pages of this journal are Bible scripture verses, quotes from well-known figures, and prompts. The daily prompts feature questions and activities to do revolving around joy. Each prompt is designed to help you discover your thoughts on the topic. Some of the days are more fun and others may require a bit more thought on what is asked of you.
Examples of a few days are…
Day 8: What songs make you feel joyful?
Day 11: What is your favorite color? Fill these two pages with things that are that color.
Day 20: What is a truth that always brings you joy?
On the pages, there is an adequate space to record answers to the questions. The pages are thick but I would recommend not using heavy ink pens like Sharpies for art of doodling because they’ll bleed through. Among the prompts, there are botanical flowers and things to color, most framing verses, and quotes.
The book is a small enough size so it’s easy to bring along with you anywhere. It has a strong hardcover making it a good keepsake to look back upon, perhaps on those days when you need a reminder of all the joy in your life. There is a ribbon place marker so you can easily turn back to where you last left off.
Worth mentioning is that the first page in the book asks you about songs that bring you joy. It is suggested you Create a playlist on Spotify and tweet it to @WaterBrookPress using #JoyfulPlaylist to encourage yourself and others.
It’s so easy to focus on the things that steal our joy and to live a very unhappy life in return. I think this journal will help one to shift their perspective to the blessings and joy found in the life God has created us for. This book would make a wonderful gift to ladies of all ages since it’s more themed in such a manner.
*Special thanks to WaterBrook for providing to me a copy of this book for my honest review. *