Journey and Story Sharing Blog

Spiritual Journaling Answers the Call of Our Hearts

Feb 29

Written by:
2/29/2012 1:17 PM  RssIcon

On the road to Emmaus the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus. Jesus spoke with them, asking them questions about everything that had happened to Him. Jesus then opened their eyes to the scriptures and later to His identity. After Jesus left their sight, the disciples reflected on their Emmaus experience saying, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

I wonder how often I am on the road to Emmaus, missing God when He is right there with me. I think I forget to really listen to what my heart is telling me sometimes. In fact, I suspect that when my heart is burning I don’t often stop long enough to feel what it’s telling me. I could definitely do better in this department. I’m encouraged though. I’m encouraged because Jesus didn’t leave the disciples sight never to return. Instead, He returned for ALWAYS. The Holy Spirit became God in them and then God in me: right now and for all tomorrows. Today my heart burns within me without ceasing whether I attend to it or not. God couldn’t bring Himself any closer to me than He already has.

Does your heart burn within you? Are you like me: missing God’s presence while He’s right there with you? Share your experience of God’s presence here at Journey on Canvas Blog. Maybe your choice to share will help us all to experience God’s presence in a new and deeper way? If you do choose to share we all thank you. Your encouragement, as we are all on the road, will bring us together.

Consider traveling a new road for encouragement on your spiritual journey through spiritual journaling.  is full of spiritual journaling suggestions and encouragements for those who are interested in deepening their relationship with God: people who want to get a little closer to the force that causes our hearts to burn within us. If you’ve never kept a spiritual journal before, is a great place for you to consider keeping one. There are spiritual journaling prompts and suggestions for the novice as well as the more advanced spiritual journal keeper.

Finally, if you’ve been keeping a spiritual journal for decades, or have just begun keeping one, please come back to Journey on Canvas Blog and share with us! We’d like to know what God is saying to you. Maybe he’d like to speak to us through you! Maybe what you share will ignite a fire in our hearts that will burn more brightly than it has ever burned before.

Our Hearts Burned

2 comment(s) so far...


Re: Spiritual Journaling Answers the Call of Our Hearts

Why does this blog end last November? I just read it all from 2009 to 11-2011 and I was hoping to respond to the latest entries. I COULD respond to many of them, I see there are zero comments for every entry. Why IS that? I thought the whole idea was to share with each other. Am I looking in the wrong place? I am new to blogs. I will "back-arrow" and look up the spiritual autobiography articles, I guess.
The book Dancing in the Doghouse pretty much told my whole story. It was an amazing read. THANK YOU ALISA !!
Jane 9-24-12

By Jane on   9/24/2012 10:36 AM

Re: Spiritual Journaling Answers the Call of Our Hearts

I've been working on some other portions of this website. It all takes time and this post from February 2012 is the latest post. I will be adding another one soon. Mostly, people read the blogs. There is a site log that tells me the number of daily visitors. I invite people to respond but they do so mostly by email. Glad you enjoyed the book. When you get right down to it, everyone's story connects in some way but sometimes it's uncanny.

By Alisa Clark on   9/26/2012 9:25 AM

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Security Code
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

Journey on Canvas Blog: A Place to Share Hope on Your Journey

Journey on Canvas is a spiritual autobiography and spiritual journaling site. The Journey on Canvas Blog will give you ideas for your spiritual journal and give you opportunities to share your spiritual story. This blog is also a place to find hope on your journey. Read, blog with me, and enjoy! 

Tears for Dancing, Age 42 

The older I get the less I think about what I can get out of this life. Bad things happen here on Earth and no one is immune. I see my parents suffering, I watch terrible things happen to my friends and I see catastrophic events that create hell on Earth. Revelation 21:4 promises that someday God will wipe every tear from our eyes and the old order of things will pass away. I’m beginning to think that this promise isn’t so far away: it’s just waiting for us at the next stop. Maybe when we die we trade our tears for dancing and enter Heaven. Until then, I'm going to paint, I'm going to write, and I'm going to share when I find hope in this life. That's why I'm here at Journey on Canvas.

Creative Process, Joy, and Peace
2021: A New Year, A New Journey
“Today’s Me” is More than I Give Her Credit For
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Swirls or No Swirls?
Take a Journey Back to Move Forward
Looking Forward with Hope
Journey Down a New Road
Hope is Here!
Grace Journey