November 30th, 2019

let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

It is 10:37 AM Saturday morning here in west Michigan. It is a cold gray day. We are predicted to have thunder storms late this afternoon, a mix of rain and snow.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I did not want to get up, but my brain was going full speed and so I got up. I always tell myself when I get up in the morning and I feel I have tired that I can always doze sometime during the day. It is a blessing having a warm place to doze as the world goes to hell. I often wonder if someday I will be sitting in a residence for old people dozing waiting for my life to come to a close. Will I die dozing? I keep recalling that recently one of our neighbors dropped down dead from a heart attack while working. The fellow who died was my age. I look at myself in a mirror and I am reminded I am an elderly man. Carol's Dad died when he was only 63 years old and I am 67 years old.

So I got up this morning made a fresh pot of coffee and ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I ate my bowl of cereal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and then got out to read a book titled, 'Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming A Christian Spiritual Practice' Edited By John H. Coe & Kyle C. Strobel.

Carol got home from work around 8:25 AM and went to bed around 9 o'clock AM. I have spent the morning basically writing in my diary and reading 'Embracing Contemplation'. This afternoon I plan to watch college football.

Last night I read some more of the novel, 'Vernon Subutex' 1 by Virginie Despentes Translated By Frank Wynne. I went to bed around 11:30 PM last night. I slept poorly because I kept hearing noises throughout the night. I kept thinking as I laid a sleep that someone was by my bed staring down at me. Weird.

Well I will close to drift into the afternoon hours. I plan to read next, 'The Ascent of Mount Carmel' by St John of the Cross.
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preparing my December 2019 Paper Diary

preparing my December 2019 Paper Diary

'Embracing Contemplation: Reclaiming A Christian Spiritual Practice' Edited By John H. Coe & Kyle C. Strobel

'George Marshall Defender Of The Republic' biography by David L. Roll

'The Marshall Plan" Dawn Of The Cold War' by Benn Steil

'The Collected Works Of St John Of The Cross' Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. & Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D.

'1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon' New Testament XII [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Lee Gatiss & Bradley G. Green

'Doing Theology With The Reformers' by Gerald L. Bray

'Reading Scripture With The Reformers' by Timothy George

'Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis' Edited By Michael Allen & Jonathan A. Linebaugh

Matthew comments:

Your approach to journaling is very rigorous and systematic. How did you develop this method of folders and calendars? Was it something that evolved gradually, or was it something you just decided on?

Keep up the good work! 👍

Jonny Keen replies to Matthew's comments-

I started keeping a diary when I was in High School. The problem arose is how to keep all the pages together. I tried writing in notebooks, but did not like the restrictions. I wanted all the pages together not in separate notebooks. I started using folders around the 70's. The type of folders shown in the videos. Back in 70's I used folders that did not have pockets. I also wrote on college rule paper and not wide rule paper back in the old days. I started using wide rule paper I do not remember when because it was easier to find that wide rule paper. I do not remember when I started numbering the pages. I wanted my diaries to have a flow so I started numbering them and using folders with pockets-one long flow of words, years, months,weeks, and days The Book of My Life. In my videos I have mentioned that when I left California back in 1978 to go to Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) I destroyed my diaries, letters, photos, Vietnam anti-war materials, rock posters, Jesus Movement materials etc. . . A very dumb act of destruction! I am a romantic and wanted to start over not realizing that one never escapes their Past. I wish now I had that written account of my Past-the days of my Youth. Now all I have are memories that are quickly fading.

As I have been mentioned in these videos our children have made known to me they do not want my diaries. I realize my diaries are massive. I have 41 years of diaries in our open basement. I still collect magazines, printed materials, e-mails, on and on it goes that are stored with my yearly diaries. I store my diaries in containers some plastic and some in boxes that all weigh a ton. A massive mountain of memories/words that will someday be destroyed as I lay in the ground waiting for the Final Resurrection.

I do not why I write day after day when in the end my words will never be read? I do not know why I make videos? I live in darkness, sometimes the darkness is extremely oppressive. I write because I am a Writer. I am an Evangelist. I must get the Word out even if no one hears me or cares if I exist. peace
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