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

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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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