Random Journal Entry: Seaside Muse

Dawn at Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith has been encouraging me to begin linking some of my random journal entries with her weekly link-up at Random Journal Day – which opens every Friday and runs through the following Thursday. 

Trouble is – digging out all my journals and reviewing my walk with the Lord, determining which dramas to share!  Providentially, however, I just happen to currently be working with an old journal of mine, and found the perfect first selection for a link-up to a beach background themed blog titled “Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith”!

You see, I’ve been working on LaVerne’s Gift from the Sea Circle Journal spread and had planned for a while to gift her with the poetic gift I received from the Lord by the seaside on a 1998 retreat in Mystic, Connecticut.  I had taken a special sketch journal and plenty of colored pencils.

We were learning the inductive study method with all the circling and underlining of pertinent Bible passages in different colored pencils.  I was loving this because it resonated with my artistic sense – so beautiful and visual – like God’s Word turned to a rainbow of color and promises on the page taking me through the hills and valleys of a faith walk with Him –

Rainbow Hill – Tehachapi, California

But, I digress.

Anyway, sitting by the rocky water’s edge in an Adirondack chair, I remember sitting with my journal on my lap, meditating on the study from the morning.  I was gazing out over the water as the sun beat down and suddenly, it was as though the water was lit on white fire – I noticed the sparkle of the moving waves so vibrant – like dancing electricity.  I was mesmerized – and didn’t have a camera to capture the moment!

But, I did have a journal.

I began with single words, attempting to define what I was seeing – LIVING WATER!  The words flowed freely and I knew it was a true, Gift from the Sea.  Quickly, I tried to sketch the joyful movement in the water – like little white flames dancing – the sun glistening on the waves.

More words came.  I turned the page and continued . . .

Filled to overflowing, I soaked it all in – a moment in the presence of the Lord – in worship – forever etched in my mind and heart . . . and in my journal with these words:

Seaside Muse
by Kathryn Ross © 1998

Sparkling water
Electric with Light
From horizon to shoreline

The longer I stare
Lost in the tinsel-twinkle
The more the sparks fly
Wildly alive and brilliant

Rolling at last onto the rocks
Licking my feet
Setting me aflame
As their current rises
In my body
Energy animating
death to Life – dark to  Light
I am sparkling water
Electric in the Light of the Lord

Very soon
Should I stay
Staring steadily out to sea
From the shore

Same sea
Is sure
To the shore
To cover me

The tide rises
Your Sparkling Water
Electric with Light
Can so be depended upon
To seek me out

I have naught but to wait
You’ll come to me
And so saturated I will be
Everyday . . .

Consider the deposit left by
His waves

These fourteen years later, I am tasked with creating a double spread for a sea-themed art journal.  My mind steered immediately to this journal entry – the poem – I now titled, Seaside Muse.  I had collected some vintage photos, paper, and jewels that represented sparkling waves to me.  It was a great pleasure to illustrate my poem in LaVerne’s journal thus:


Sharing my Random Journal Entry: 

Seaside Muse this week with Dawn at Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith.
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Oh, Oh, Oh! Those are cries of joy and astonishment! I knew you would inspire me so…Oh, I so am longing also to create a journal combining such beauty as you have done here! Kudos, Miss Kathy- you have blessed me and I am sure all others who come with divine inspiration and beauty! Are you sending Laverne the journal? I love the combination of embellishments…I love collage. So many questions are whizzing through my head! Thank you for blessing me today! So glad you had your journal that day…One should NEVER be without their journal.

  2. Wow.Lovely imagery. The succinct, preciseness of poetry often confounds me. That is, I don’t know how to do it myself. But I absolutely stand in awe of it…and of you as sub-creator to our Creator. Thank you.

  3. Very nice. I love the pages with the pictures and the poem.

  4. Ditto what Dawn and Jeskmom said above…I love this poetic imagery…and I am thrilled to discover your blog! I can’t wait to explore it more completely…you have captured my imagination for certain! Thank you for stopping by to visit me earlier. My horizons are being broadened each day as I meet so many fascinating people here. Thank you.

  5. Oh, Kathryn, breathtakingly beautiful. I felt like I was sitting right beside your chair. Beautiful pages, too.

  6. Oh, my goodness – this is so beautiful!
    God has gifted you with this wonderful talent and you’re not just sharing with LaVerne but so many of us! I love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia 😉

  7. Wow. The words and the artistic flourishes and adornments combine to make wonderful journal pages.

  8. Kathy, I feel our goal in life is to make the world a better place. And, you just did that by sharing this gift you received with all of us.

    I closed my eyes after reading it, and I could feel the awe and joy.


  9. Beautiful words…beautiful journal. Blessings!

  10. Kathryn, I am so glad I took the time to visit your Journal pages because your poem is so beautiful. The pages are inspiring and perfect for the theme. Wonderful, meaningful pages and above all your poem to share with all of us is so special.

    I better go to bed…It’s late.
    Jeanne xoxoxo

  11. Beautiful poem, beautiful journal pages.

  12. What a beautiful experience for you. Thank you for sharing it with us in such a glorious way.

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