Prayer quotes

Prayer

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I won’t begin to tell you how many prayer quotes there are!Every religious sect has hundreds. So I hope these few will serve as a stepping off point for you to explore (share if you wish) as you travel your faith journey.

~Sallie

Pope Francis says that prayer is like “speaking to a friend; in prayer one opens one’s heart.”

“The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.”  William McGill

“Saying one’s prayers Isn’t exactly the same thing as praying.” L.M. Montgomery -“Anne of Green Gables”

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” Mother Teresa

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Prayer journal web sites

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Are you looking for inspiration? Try these prayer journal sites.

~Sallie

http://rachelwojo.com/ways-to-keep-a-prayer-journal/

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ej2JJktifU

http://www.embracinghome.com/keep-christian-prayer-journal/

http://ourdailybread.org/?s=prayer+journal&site=1&start=8

How to start writing your Prayer Journal and Bonus Tutorial video on Faith Journals

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There are some people who suggest that a prayer journal is a list of people in you life who need God’s help in some way. “They say” “Write the person’s name, their specific need and ask God’s help for them.” It sounds like a written prayer chain doesn’t it?

There are some people who suggest that a prayer journal is a list of YOUR needs – a type of venting process.

There are some people who suggest that a prayer journal is a listing of prayers, hymns or quotes that inspire you.

There are some people who underline psalms or passages in the Bible and re-write them in their journal and use the phrase as a prompt.

All of the above can be used in a Prayer Journal. Your journal tells the story of your life as a Christian and however you decide to tell it is okay.

How do you start? Start with a prayer praising God for His goodness and forgiveness for your sins. Ask God to reveal what He wants you to know and understand.

You should always date your pages and then list what is on your mind. Choose a scripture verse or story and write about it. If you practice mindfulness this would be a good time to stop and mediate. Write down what thoughts God is impressing on your mind. Finish with a prayer of thanks.

I wanted to share this tutorial with you today. It runs about 20 minutes.

~Sallie

Labrynth

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The labyrinth is an ancient circular pattern that leads the walker on a path to its center. It is not a maze, as there is only one way in and one way out and no dead ends that would make the seeker choose directions.

Many people see a labyrinth as a metaphor for life’s journeys offering lessons as they walk their path.

“Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient oaths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it and you will find rest for your souls.”      Jeremiah 6:16

How do you use a labyrinth? The following comes from Holy Family Retreat House.

Labyrinth page

WALKING THE LABYRINTH

There is no single correct way of walking the labyrinth as a spiritual practice.
Feel free to walk in a way that expresses your unique relationship with the divine.

At the Entrance

Begin in silence. Walk slowly with an open mind and heart. Become aware of your breath and let go of thoughts, judgments, and internal commentaries. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Just be here in the present moment.

Three Stages of the Walk

I. Purgation (Emptying) ~ Walk slowly and breathe mind fully. Empty yourself of thoughts, burdens, and distractions. This is the time to open your heart and quiet your mind. Become empty like the great circle at the labyrinth’s center. Remember God is breathing with you and through you.

II. Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, breathe mind fully and stay there as long as you like. This is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive from God what is there for you to receive. Imagine yourself as an empty vessel being filled with God’s love and peace. Remember that God lives at the center of your being.

III. Union (Returning)
~ As you leave, breathe mind fully and follow the same path out of the center as you came in. In your departing, you are joining God and God’s healing power at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching for.

The labyrinth is open daily to the public and is accessible by wheelchair

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center

303 Tunxis Road – West Hartford, CT 06107-3119
Phone: 860.521.0440 | Fax: 860.521.1929
info@holyfamilyretreat.org

Copyright © 2016 Passionist Fathers of Connecticut, Inc.

‘Til next time,

Sallie

 

Be still and know I am God

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever met someone who “walks with God?” Someone who talks about their experiences with God as if He was present in their life. There’s a line from a TV show that is appropriate here: “There are some people who believe there exists a secret book…”  If there was such a book that would help you not only recognize God in your life but in others as well would you read it? Would you be able to sit quietly somewhere to read it, free from the distractions of everyday life?

The book is in your hands right now- it’s your Prayer Journal.

As you write and re-read your entries, you can see your growth as a Christian. Better yet, you can also have a record of God’s blessings and goodness shown to you during times of trial. Journaling, over time becomes a conversation with God.

When we think about it, our lives are filled with complex situations and people! We can get so bogged down with housework, jobs, chores, children’s activities, etc. etc. Sometimes our lives look like giant jig saw puzzles. It takes an EXPERT like God to lovingly take the pieces of our life and fashion them into the person we are meant to be.

In order to turn off “the voices in your head” you need to tune into God. He loves you and wants to tell you of His plan for your life. You can only hear His voice in the quiet time.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Set a time to journal. This could be early in the morning or in the evening.
  2. Pick a place to write that is free of distractions. You might choose your favorite chair, garden spot, library or church parking lot.
  3. Remove distractions by turning off your cell phone!
  4. You can choose to write in a journal or on a laptop. Some people have even created video journals.
  5. Surround yourself with objects that create a calm mood (if at home). A scented candle, rosary beads, shells, your Bible.
     In a future post I’ll share how to start writing in your journal. Remember this is your unique faith journey. There is no right/wrong way to write your Prayer Journal.
‘Til next time,
~Sallie

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