This year, I opted not to choose a "One Little Word". Every time, I tried to think about a word for me, I kept coming back to a feeling I wanted for this new year. The feeling I wanted to create was one of calm, quiet, focus, and deep personal convictions. As I thought more about it, I felt God calling me to a sense of time with Him, in prayer, looking for guidance and strength.
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Recently, a good friend of mine suggested I start, and keep, a prayer journal. I found the idea really intriguing and while I've kept journals all my life, I'd never kept a prayer journal surprisingly. I was anxious to start, but waited a few months to think through the process of how I wanted to keep the journal. I have decided to keep it private for obvious reasons so I'll only be sharing a little bit here today.
This isn't something I'm sharing to boost my pride, but rather something I thought you may be able to benefit from. I don't take my time with God lightly and I don't desire to promote it. My prayer time is personal, private and where I find my daily encouragement when times get tough. Because of my prayer time, I can find positive things that help me remain cheerful, optimistic, and in tune with my surrounding and circumstances. I love that about my personal relationship with God. I love the grace and mercy I find there, in addition to the solace and love I receive from Him.
So without further ado, I thought I would share a little bit about my prayer journal. It is a simple lined notebook I picked up at my local Michael's Craft Store. I then divided it into sections, beginning with delight so I can jot down the daily joys I'm thankful for. Next, I created a space to pray for my husband and our marriage. After God, my spouse is the second most important thing to me and I desire to have a strong, Christ centered marriage that outlasts the test of time. Third came sections for family and friends, then a section for me to write specific prayers for myself. Last, I dedicated the rest of the book for answered prayers, praises, and notes. I printed these sections out on clear vellum and then adhered them to the pages with washi tape.
I have recently added this set of journal cards to my shop so you too can enjoy them. In addition, I wanted to offer one of my favorite scriptures (paraphrased) as a FREE PRINTABLE that you can download as encouragement in your own walk with the Lord.
I thank you for taking the time to read this today and please, feel free to share any prayer requests that you may have as I am more than happy to pray for you also, my dear friends and readers! Much love!
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