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A Prayer, A Prompt, and a Poem

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The hour before bedtime is an important time. What we do, think about, or expose ourselves to can affect the quality of sleep we will get that night. That is why many of our posts here at The Warm Milk Journal include evening prayers, journal writing prompts, and evening verses to set you up for many sweet dreams and restful slumber.

Tonight’s post will include all three: a prayer, a prompt for your journal writing, and a poem.

Tonight’s Prayer:

Dear God,

I wish to thank you for this beautiful day. I am grateful for the work I love, the people I love, and my good health that I am blessed with.
May you help me see the good that is all around me. If there are people in my own local community and around the globe who are feeling hungry, oppressed, and frightened… may they know they are loved. They are beautiful and whole and may we as a worldwide family make sure they are taken care of.

Amen.

Tonight’s Journal Writing Prompt

I invite you to write at the top of your journal entry the word “Dreams”. Then write. Don’t self edit. Just write and let it out.

Dreams

happy little girl in morning bed

Lastly, I leave you with a poem.

Tonight’s Poem:

Throughout the day’s busyness and noise

We are mindful of the joys

that come from a life filled with

purpose,

love,

and faith.

Paths can turn, go u-turn on us, or remain straight and steadfast….

Whatever road we are on right now,

We know it is the right one

if we remain

steady,

faithful,

and gentle with the past.

Road in Norway

Sweet Dreams!

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Three Prompts For Our Journal Writing Tonight


Writing in our journal (by hand) in the evening is a relaxing way to turn off the excitement of the day, the stimulation from all of our various electronic devices, and set us up for a restful night of sleep.I especially like list writing. There is something fun and relaxing about it. Writing for ourselves in our journals takes some thought and creativity but not too much to overtax our tired brains.

Here are three ideas for you tonight:

1. Top three places you wish to visit

2. What do you think your top talents are?

3. If you could live in different places around the world during different times of the year), would you? Where would you live during which season. Or would you prefer to stay in one place all year round?

Pen, Writing, Letter.

If this were my entry…

My top three places I want to visit are:

1. Sonoma in California wine country
2. Florence, Tuscany, and Sicily in Italy
3. Oahu, Hawaii

My top talents are:

Writing, public speaking, and gathering information quickly.

If I could live in other places during the year

I like where I live so much here in North Florida so this is kind of tough. It would be kind of fun to live in the Carolina Mountains perhaps during the hottest time of year we have here in Florida. I am particularly partial to the Asheville and Black Mountain communities.

Your turn friends. Have fun with this one!

In Peace,

Debra

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P.S. Feel free to share in the comments if you feel so inspired…

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Mid-Week Blessings

hands holding the sun at dawn

Good morning, friends. is it Wednesday already? In our writing journals I simply invite you to add a few things down that you are thankful for.

No matter what part of the world you live in, I hope you are warm, safe, and happy.

My journal entry:

My Blessings today are:

1. I am alive and healthy

2. My kids are alive and healthy

3. My parents are alive and healthy

4. I love my work!

5. I love my community and home

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~ William A. Ward

Have a blessed day!

In Peace,

Debra

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The Power of Three: Tonight’s Journal Writing Exercise

three white orchid with stones and wet background

There is something about the power of three. They say good things come in three. Well, why don’t we make that happen in our journal writing tonight!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. I Am these three things: ______________, ______________, and ________________.

2. I Am blessed with these three things: _______________, _____________, and _________________.

3. I could not live without these three things: _______________, ______________, and ______________.

4. If I won the lottery I would do these three things: __________________, _______________, and ________________.

5. These three things make me laugh: _________________, ______________, and _______________.

6. The three most beautiful places in the world are: _________________, ________________, and __________________.

7. Three things at the top of my bucket list are: _________________, __________________, and ______________.

8. Three things I am proud of are: ______________, _______________, and _______________.

beautiful woman writer is inspired by nature

As I sometimes do (when I am particularly excited about a writing exercise), I think I will share a bit of my journal entry and then turn you loose to do your own…

OK –

I Am these three things:

1. I Am a writer
2. I Am thankful
3. I Am loved.

I Am blessed with these three things:

1. A beautiful home
2. My freedom
3. My health

I could not live without these three things:

1. love
2. purposeful work
3. my family

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I am going to stop and finish the rest in my private journal. Have fun with this one.

In Peace,

Debra

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~ William Wordsworth

Book pages in the shape of a heart

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A Good Night Sleep, Being Pain free, and other Monday Morning Blessings

christian child praying hands clasped in prayer

As this day and new week begins I feel thankful for many things. I got a bit broadsided over the weekend with a migraine which kept me pretty much out of commission for the last couple of days. The headache has lifted, I am pain free, and I slept really well last night. This morning we are enjoying a clear blue sky and cooler temps here in North Florida. It is going to be a great day and a productive week!

Autumn concept, anonymous woman enjoying takeaway coffee cup on sunny cols fall day

What are you thankful for this morning? I invite you to write a few blessings down in your journal before you get started with your day.

Have a great one!

Debra

hands holding the sun at dawn

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart

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Creativity and a Good Night Sleep

Pen, Writing, Letter.

Our mission here at The Warm Milk Journal is to live the life of our dreams by day and sleep restfully at night.

There are a lot of things that come into play which will affect whether we accomplish our mission or not. One important thing for me and I suspect a lot of people is whether I have had a chance to unleash my creativity or not. This will mean different things to each of us. Some people play a musical instrument, sing, dance, paint, draw, or sculpt… I write.

All I need to do is open my laptop, have some alone time, and off I go into my special creative place. I am sometimes inside but I prefer being outdoors. I sometimes listen to classical music or some other Pandora station I have that suits my mood. I often write in silence and enjoy the sounds of the wildlife around me (when I am outside in my back patio).

We all have a gift inside of us. It is a special energy that begs to get out. It may be just something that pleases us or it may be something that we share and inspire others with. Whatever it is, it’s important to let it out on a regular basis.

My husband and daughter know to give me a little time in the early evening to just let me be…. let me dream and write. When I am finished I am ready to cook dinner and engage with my sweet family. If I don’t get this time I can be a little grumpy and out of sorts (you can ask my family).

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At the end of the day, I do believe that our ability to express ourselves authentically and in a way that is meaningful does affect our sleep at night. There is no better thing in the world than to turn off the light and drift off to sleep knowing we gave our best during the day.

For me, “my best” is whether I have created – written a post or poem or article or draft for a book that will touch and inspire someone else. That is what I live for. That is my thing.

What is your thing? If you already know what it is, make time to do it. If you are not sure, write in your journal and explore. What gets you excited? What would you do even if you had won that PowerBall lottery last night?

I have a family who needs to eat so I will sign off for now.

Much love and peace,

Debra

Drinking tea

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Two Important Windows of Time

Window with curtains

Our mission here at The Warm Milk Journal is to live the life of our dreams by day and sleep restfully at night. In order to achieve this we need to be aware of two very important windows of time: First thing in the morning and the hour or two leading to bedtime.

Morning Window

How we begin the day when we first wake up can set the tone for the rest of the day. Here are a few recommendations to get your day off to the best start possible:

1. When you first wake up – stretch out your body in your bed. You are awake and better yet, you are alive.

2. When you step out of your bed, do a little gratitude meditation (on your way to the bathroom or kitchen for your cup of coffee…). When the first foot hits the floor, say “thank”. Then when your second foot lands, say “you”. Continue saying or thinking “thank you” as you walk those first precious steps. This is a new day.

3. Greet your loved ones: spouse, pet, children with a loving smile and hug. You don’t even have to say anything.

4. Rather than turn on the TV morning news or grab that newspaper, spend some time with God. Pray. Meditate. Write in your journal.

5. Take a morning walk outdoors.

Wooden window and crescent

Evening Window

How we end our day is just as important as how we start it. What we have floating around in our consciousness will follow us to sleep so we need to guard well our minds and spirits as we prepare for bedtime. In the one or two hours leading to lights out time I recommend:

1. Taking a hot bath

2. Sip on herbal tea or warm milk

3. read (a great novel, something spiritual – it doesn’t matter what so long as your mind is engaged and not thinking about the day)

4. Write in your journal. Write anything you wish. Write a few things you are thankful for or looking forward to about tomorrow.

5. Pray

I wish you a blessed day today and restful night tonight.

In Peace,

Debra

Loving senior couple

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Home: Tonight’s Journal Writing Exercise

Young Woman Awaking On The Bed

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have a theory. When we feel most “at home”- that is when the good stuff happens. We are secure and loved and safe. We are creative and sleeping well because we are where we belong.

What does home mean to you? Tonight I invite you to explore the topic in your writing journal.

Simply write at the top of the entry: Home – and then see what comes out. Just write. Do not self edit. Ready?

If this were my entry…

Home

1. Home is where I can put on my comfort clothes, shampoo my hair, and wear my glasses and nobody cares.

2. Home is my refuge.

3. Home is family and love.

4. Home is beautiful spaces and comfort.

5. Home is good food, good movies, and great games of cards.

6. Home is where I want to be at the end of the day or the end of a trip out of town…

Woman with puppy

Your turn, friends.

In Peace,

Debra

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~ Author Unknown

Happy family sitting by fire place at Christmas tree.

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I Feel Rich When…. Tonight’s Journal Writing Exercise

Sunrise in autumn forest

For those of you who have been here a while, you know I like my lists. There is just something relaxing and at times quite empowering when we write particular lists in our journals. Tonight, I invite you to write about what feeling rich means to you. My husband and I recently enjoyed the classic Christmas Carol story at a wonderful dinner theater in our community. The story is about old mizer Ebenezer Scrooge who had all the money in the world but never felt rich until he learned the gift of giving and thinking of others. I think of that story and I also think of all the little pleasures in my own life that make me feel rich in so many ways.

Just write and explore. Don’t think too hard or self edit… here we go:

I Feel Rich When….

1. My surroundings are clean and pleasant

2. I have good coffee and wine to drink

3. I am surrounded by people I love

4. I have purposeful work to do during my day

5. I have comfortable and beautiful clothes to wear

6. I have an abundance of reasons to smile

7. I have the money to travel

8. I have a beautiful view to look out upon

9. I am outdoors (anytime I am connected to the natural world I feel rich)

10. I am cooking for my family

11. I am enjoying beautiful music live or on Pandora

Two women friends laughing with a perfect white teeth

I am going to stop now, for it is now your time to write…

To a rich and blessed life this Christmas season – (and a good night sleep never hurts).

Cheers and much love to you from Atlantic Beach, Florida!

Deb

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How Can I Be of Service Today? (this morning’s prayer or journal writing entry)

Helping hands

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James

I would like to start out by thanking all of you who responded to my recent post: Is It Bad To Be In Someone’s Thoughts and Prayers?

Some of you outright agreed with me with a heartfelt “Amen”! Others gave me some interesting feedback and some things to think about. One friend agreed with the condition that prayer is good only if it is an affirmative prayer (as opposed to a petition type of prayer). Another reader liked the piece but suggested that it had some negative energy attached to it (it did perhaps have a bit of a rant tone didn’t it)? She suggested I focus on how I can help instead. I will confess that we had a close family member pass away unexpectedly right after the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps she is right? Hence, this post.

This morning I invite you to either in the form of a prayer or in your journal, think or write about how you may be of service today.

Ask the questions: “How may I be of service today” or simply: “How may I be of help today”? Then meditate, pray, or write. I find it is helpful to do a little meditation first on questions such as these and then write in my journal.

I will start a little bit and then sign off and wish you a wonderful day…

Let’s see:

How may I be helpful today?

1. I can talk less and listen more
2. I can slow down on the roads today and look for ways to be more considerate to my fellow motorists
3. I can smile
4. I can ask others “how are you doing today”? (and really mean it and take an interest in them)
5. I can share the work of others on social media

I will stop for now. Have a blessed day.

Debra

Carer helping elder woman

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

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