A Glimpse into my Prayer Journal Series: Daily Prayers

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I am just a paper and pen kind of girl. Digital has it’s place for me, and I utilize it in many, many ways – but I used paper planner, paper journals, and a good ole paper Bible. I’m not saying my way is the only way – but it’s what I love, and it’s what works for me. I just encourage you to find what works for you… whatever excites you and makes you want to dive into God’s word and spend intentional time in prayer with Him.

The journal I’m currently using is just a simple insert that was made for a Traveler’s notebook. Foxy Fix is the brand, and I ordered it when I ordered my TN for my birthday this past year. It’s not my favorite insert notebook, but it works well enough. It came in a pack of three so it’s lasted me a little bit. My favorites are the Moleskine Volant-style and May Designs books. I use it kind of like a bullet journal with an index, and I’ve also added dividers (by washi-taping the edges of a few pages) and tabs to organize it a bit more and help me find specific pages easily. I like to decorate it with stickers too. (My favorites have been The Happy Planner Faith collection.)

Again – none of these fancy things are necessary. You can use the notes app on your phone or grab a composition notebook at the grocery store, and it will work just fine. I like the idea of journaling prayers, even if just in list-form, because you will be able to see how He answers them over time. I’m a list-girl, and there’s nothing more satisfying to me than checking something completed off a list. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but it’s really really exciting to check off an answered prayer and praise God that something is no longer a struggle or He did what He said He was going to do.

Today’s Page of my journal that I’m sharing is called “Daily Prayers”.
These are scriptures I’ve found throughout my daily Bible readings that I thought may be good scriptures to pray every day and focus my mind on what I am doing. It sets the tone for my time in prayer. It’s also quotes from books or things I’ve found that do the same thing. I’ve just added a page of these to my journal, and I start here usually. It’s a short, but ongoing list that I add to as I feel the need.

May I be careful to maintain a constant habitual, sense of Thee in my mind; to live and act as in Thy Presence; to think often of Thee. May I ever remember that I am in the presence of the great and Holy God.
-Susanna Wesley

Give me a new heart, and put a new spirit in me. Remove my heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh. Put your spirit in me, and move me to follow your decrees and be careful to keep your lawas. Ezekial 36:26-27

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23-24

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51: 10-11

Help me to be filled with the spirt. Ephesians 5: 18

Show me, Change me, Fill me!

Today, our special guest is my dad -David Keen. He is the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Louisville. He is truly one who is a servant of God and has such a heart for ministry. He loves people, especially his church family. He is always on the go – and most of the time it’s to help or visit with someone in the church. He is there to encourage them and pray for them, and he does his job well. Today, he’s here to share with us the simplicity of what it means to pray and how he does that each morning.

In the morning, before the world comes crashing in. Before the phone rings, Before the noise of the day begins… It is time to begin a conversation with God. I’ve always liked the ACTS prayer method. It may sound simple, but that’s me.
A – Adoration (speaking how much I adore God and all He does)
C – Confession (simply cleaning the slate… forgiveness, starting my day anew)
T – Thanks (This may take a while… thanking God for salvation, family, blessings… of life.)
S – Supplication (The needs of the day, direction, guidance, help, strength, etc.)

My normal prayer life consists of one special request… “Lord, use me today.” (and He usually does, whether I see it or not.)

My prayer life continues all day… riding in the car, Wal-mart, sitting in a deer stand, walking down the halls of a hospital, or studying God’s word.

Without prayer, we are powerless… we need the connection to the Father. Without prayer, we would continue wandering in the wilderness of this world.

Prayer really does change things!

A Glimpse into My Prayer Journal Series: Establishing the Habit

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I am so excited to share this series with you! It’s something God placed on my heart last Sunday morning during my quiet time with Him. I was reading back over by prayer journal from earlier in the year and saw all the prayers He has answered for us and those around us, and it was so encouraging to me. I remembered when I started keeping a journal of my prayers not too long ago. I thought about the resources I found and that are working well for me – that also might work well for you. Later on in the morning, I started thinking about those people around me that are prayer warriors – about how good it would be to hear from them about what their prayer life looks like. Bascially just because I wanted to glean some ideas, inspiration, and encouragement for myself! Then, the message that Pastor Mike delivered was all about prayer too! It’s like God had lined all of these things up, and that is so exciting to me when He does that! This week, you will not only be hearing from me, but also from a few select people that I know are rocking their prayer life! We can all read and be encouraged by their stories! I hope that you will be as blessed by their stories as I have been as I compiled them into these posts. I hope you enjoy all of the resources I share with you as well.

Establishing the Habit of Quiet Time & Prayer in my Own Life:
Before I begin with the actual components of my prayer journal, I feel like I should share with you what my prayer life looks like and how it’s grown and changed. It hasn’t always been all that, actually. I used to pray, only when I thought about it, which wasn’t often. And I definitely was not intentional about it.ย I have always had lots of faith and belief that God does and will do amazing things, I would let him do his thing – whatever He wanted, and didn’t really feel the need to discuss it much, other than a quick prayer here and there. I also wasn’t reading my Bible on a regular basis either. I had all the good excuses too. I’m a stay at home mom. There is no “quiet time”. My kids won’t let me. I think I had this ideal picture of what my quiet time with God should look like, and I didn’t know how to make it work so I just didn’t. Our communication was lacking.

I begin to feel more and more conviction for not pursing God in the way that I should, and I decided I needed to make a change. So in October of 2015, I got on Amazon and ordered this Bible. It wasn’t quite this expensive then, but it was way pricier than I’ve ever spent on a book or Bible, but I wanted a really nice one that would last me years and years and years and could be passed on to my children one day. I saw it as a small investment into my spiritual life, and called it a Christmas gift for myself. (Justin – you’re welcome. You’re were off the hook that year.)

So I ordered the Bible, and it came in the mail and smelled SO GOOD! That leather — Yum! I couldn’t wait to dive in and start studying. I printed off Mackenzie Monroe’s Savor & Establish study of Phillippians for the month of November. I remember this because I was also using some of the tips I’d read in a post about how busy moms who can barely finish a cup of coffee can sneak in quiet time… One of those tips was to leave your Bible out so that you could come back to it when you have gaps in your day. I did this and my little Linkin used my pen and scribbled all over one of the pages when I wasn’t looking. I wanted to be mad, yall. But I chose not to. Instead, I labelled it with his name and the date so I could remember how old he was when it happened. A sweet little memory that shows growth in him and in my quiet times. I wish I could find that post for yall, because it was filled with tips, and they were good, but unfortunately it’s no longer online. So I guess I will be writing my own post about that soon.

So I started with that study, and I did an Advent study in December 2015. In January of 2016, I was determined to make this a habit and a rhythm of my life. It’s so important, yall. And so I did. I found the Journal & Doodle Bible Studies from Stone Soup for Five. They are so good! I filled up a few Moleskine books with my notes from these studies and prayers and scriptures. I’ve found that I really like having nice quality journals to use, and it makes me actually want to use them. Nice leather Bible, nice quality paper, and nice quality pens to write on. Investments into my spiritual life, and to me – these are worth it because now I actually use them.

I made my quiet time a priority, and I wanted my children to know that it was a priority for me too. At first when I would wake up early, they would wake up early too – no matter how quiet I tried to be. I tried not to get frustrated (because I really wanted to), but instead I would read it aloud to them if they would let me, or give them something to color, or tell them they could grab a granola bar so they wouldn’t be starving until breakfast time came around. It hasn’t always been perfect. I was pregnant last year so there was a lot of morning sickness. I can’t function well in the mornings when I’m pregnant. At least not during that first trimester. It’s just not pretty. So I did devotionals and the Bible reading app on my phone throughout the day, and I worked on my Journal and Doodle Studies randomly, when I found some time to do so. It took me MONTHS to get through the study of John. I think it’s definitely true that there are seasons of life, and God does give grace for those seasons in which it’s hard to prioritize this time. But I also think it’s up to us to make it happen when we can. God will always be there waiting for us. He’s just waiting for us to show up to meet him too.

During this time, I was learning the importance of prayer and how to strategically pray for myself and those around me. I learned how to pray scriptures, and I found that it makes it so much easier to know what to pray about certain situations when I do this. I will google a list of scriptures on a topic and select some to pray for specific people and situations and write them down in my journal. As I’m turning through the pages of my journal in the morning, I just pray as God leads me. I have many different things that I pray for myself, my husband, and my children especially, but I don’t pray every single item every single day. I just let God lead me and pray whatever is on my heart for them. I add to the list specifics that I’ve noticed or they’ve mentioned. I pray for my family, my friends, those that I know that are going through tough times or need healing, the members of my small group, my team members, and our pastors. If someone asks me to pray for them, I go ahead and do so right then. Many times I’ll have friends mention a prayer need during the week, and I want to make sure that I actually pray for them – instead of just intending to but never doing so. So I’ll pray for them immediately, then again whenever I think of them or in my morning prayer time, and doing that prompts me to follow up with them to see how things are going.

I usually have my quiet time of Bible study and prayer in the mornings in our living room. I’ve always loved when I’ve visted people’s homes and saw that they had “a chair” – a chair where their Bible study, books, and pens laid out right beside them. I’ve always wanted to have a “chair” like that – a place that I meet with God on a regular basis, and I have that in my living room now. I’ve found that I am more likely to spend time in prayer and Bible study when I have a plan in place. I have to be intentional about this time, just like any other thing for me. Whether it’s a Bible study, a list of scriptures to pray, or a journal that I can make a bulleted list of things to pray for – it helps me. I do pray spontaneously as I feel the need throughout the day, as something comes to mind, or as someone mentions a need. I love the idea of praying for my family while I wash the dishes, cook meals, or while I fold the laundry – but I usually use this time to listen to a podcast. I am noticing lately that I am prompted to pray more often throughout my day – sometimes I feel the need to just go in my room and get alone with God in the middle of the day. Sometimes I feel like voicing a quick prayer to help me through a parenting situation or some emotions I’ve been dealing with.

I’m trying to teach my boys to think about praying for situations in their lives – such as when they get hurt or when they hear the siren of an emergency vehicle going to respond to a call. I’m noticing the need to pray during our homeschooling times. I’m learning to pray when those frustrations arise and reset our attitudes so that we can do the work that we need to do. I’ve found that this is so important for cultivating this relationship with my children and encouraging them to love learning. They will not love it if it’s a fight every day and full of nasty attitudes from all of us.

My quiet time and prayer life is so important to me now. It’s grown so much over time, and I have goals that it will only keep getting better and better. I know that even as my prayer language is developed more, this will also take my prayer life to a new level.

Now I told you that I had a very special treat in store for you with this series, and this is it! I have invited several others to join me on this and share with my readers how they pray and what their prayer times look like. I don’t ever want this to be all about me – It’s so much fun to invite others in and have more of a community here.

Today you will get to hear from Mrs. Susan Ruff. She is a volunteer on the prayer team at Northwood Church, and there’s a reason why. She has led prayer small groups, including one called The Battle Plan for Prayer, based on the movie War Room. I was a member of this small group, and it taught me SO MUCH about applying scriptures to my prayers and praying God’s word, specifically for different things. I’ve been a Christian for a long time, but it was like that was a light bulb moment for me – something people have probably told me all my life, but it didn’t click for me, until I was in this small group with Mrs. Susan. I love her faith, how she intercedes for others, and how she calls God, Father when she refers to Him. It’s so intimate and wonderful. God has used her in many ways, some of which she shares with us here.

So without further ado, here is what Mrs. Susan had to say about her prayer life…

“My prayer time is throughout the day. I am constantly asking questions, praising God, or just talking to Him. I do try to get away for 30-60 minutes a day to just be quiet, but it does not happen every day. I pray specifically by getting scriptures to pray. I know when I am praying his Word, then I know He hears, and I know the anwer is on its way. Sometimes my prayers are very quiet, sometimes loud. But all the time with great respect for Father and the King of Kings. I am very honest with Him because how else can you be? Sometimes I start off with music, and sometimes it is very silent. My favorite place to pray – well, actually I have two. I love to go to church and pray. My other place is being in my hammock. That is a place where Father has showed me some pretty neat things. I have journaled, and I have written out prayers, but sometimes my hands do not allow me to do that. I guess I just want to say that there is no certain way, I just pour out my heart to Father in the name of Jesus. He is always there and even when I don’t feel Him, I know He is there. I have learned prayer is not as hard as we try to make it. It is just talking to my best friend. And I know He has my very beset interest in mind. I have also learned that He always answers, but it may not be in my timing. I am always amazed at his timing. Right now He is speaking to me about faith and healing. He has been leading me to certain people and books, and He is really showing me how much He loves me. Oh how He loves me! It is sometimes more than I can understand, but it is oh so good! One of the prayers that God has answered is the salvation of my brother in law. His wife and I prayed sever years for him. To me, the salvation of someone is the greatest. One time I was used to pray over a child who was having seizures – she came out of that seizure and never had another one. Can’t tell of all the times He has just given me the desires of my heart overy everyday matters. He is just so wonderful, and I can’t wait to see Him face to face.”

Weekly Review

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I’m a planner girl, and I’m trying to make sure that my planning process is as effective as it can be. This is new for me, but I’m going to try to do a little weekly review for myself and for you so that all of my planning efforts can come together and really work for me.

Our Homeschool –

A little peek inside our homeschool planner ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just note that I don’t write our “plans” in here…. Instead I write down the things we actually get done because that’s what works better for me.

Our Language Arts Curriculum includes Reading, Spelling, Sight Words, Grammar, Poetry, Literature, Art, etc. We actually began this curriculum (Level Kindergarten) last Fall. Lawson was technically in K4 then, and I wanted us to have a relaxed Kindergarten year. ย Plus- we took time off last year to get a new baby in our family! What I love about homeschooling, is the flexibility. Flexibility with our calendar. Flexibility with curriculum. I don’t have to follow any rules. I can make my own and do what works for us. One of those things was to eliminate the “spelling practice” last year. Instead, he just learned how to spell through our reading and lessons. Well I decided that we might should practice spelling this year and make sure we are on track and also because Lawson has become more and more interested in spelling and writing things down, so learning to spell words correctly is becoming more important. I pulled out the first chart from our curriculum and gave him a little test on it. I’m so impressed with how well he did! I always want to focus on the positive, so I told him when he finished, “Okay, now I’m going to circle all the words you got right! Let’s see how well you did!” This gave him a sense of accomplishment, and he felt good about the great work he did. And now we have a list of words that we can begin practicing over the next week or so!

We had a very interesting discussion in our Apologetics lesson this week about “The Fall” when sin entered the world. It destroyed four different relationships on earth: our relationship with ourselves (hello, self-confidence issues & insecurity), our relationships with other people, our relationship with the earth (destruction and other things that make work difficult), and our relationship with God (because that’s what sin does is separates us from God). It was so interesting to me to think about it in this way, and I’m so glad that I have my children home with me so that we can set a good foundation for them and give them a good biblical worldview. We also named several modern-day items that wouldn’t exist if sin had never entered the world such as eyeglasses and locks for our doors.


Day by Day-

Sunday afternoon as I was preparing my Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler for our small group, I went to grab a bowl out of the cabinet and it fell out and crushed one of my Pioneer Woman nesting bowls, made a mess of my ingredients, and cut my finger. The saddest part was the loss of my medium sized bowl, because the others could be easily recovered. R.I.P. red bowl. (The cobbler was a hit, by the way! Click the link above for the recipe. It’s one I’ve been making for years, and it’s a favorite wherever I go.)

Tuesday morning was cold, so it was a good excuse for snuggles! Lawson loves snuggles; Linkin – not so much. As soon as we got home from dropping Linkin off at preschool, we got back in mama’s bed and snuggled for a bit. Layten still had on her jammies, but she didn’t last long. She’s pretty mobile these days.

Bacially this happened because mama wanted them, didn’t feel like hiding, and so I used it as an incentive for him to complete his work and be rewarded

Linkin brought a puzzle into the kitchen Tuesday afternoon and dumped it out. I don’t know why out of all the places in the house, this is the place he chose to work it, but Lawson helped him, and here we had a good photo opp.

This is the pumpkin Linkin made for me at our Homeschool Co-op. He did great tearing and gluing all the orange paper, but he got tired with the black when it was time to make the eyes and face.

All Dressed Up for Her Birthday Dinner Out

There will be a full post of party pictures post when I post about my Party-planning Process. Here’s a sneak peek of a few pictures of our birthday girl and family on her special day.

 

This Week’s Posts:
A Glimpse into My Prayer Journal
The Flourish Conference
Praying the Psalms this Morning

This Week’s Favorite Social Media Post:

Podcasts I Listened to This Week:
The Simply Joyful Podcast – What if You Actually Do What the Bible Says?
Elevation Church Podcast – What are the Chances?
Simplified Organization Audioblog – How We Fit in Grocery Shopping

What I’m Reading this Week:
Commonplace Corner – My Favorite Quotes from the Weekly Readings
H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick

“Brian Houston says, ‘Use what’s in your hand to fulfill what’s in your heart.’ It’s just too easy to think about what you don’t have (resource) and can’t do (action), but it’s a good habit to remember that God gives everything we need to do what He wants us to do.”

“When you work with others, your partners will recognize potential flaws you didn’t see. They’ll suggest improvements you didn’t see or wouldn’t have thought of. And they’ll bring a skill set and perspectives you don’t have. Along the way, you’ll learn new things you wouldn’t have otherwise known and create a stronger idea or process or product. But most important, lives can be changed because of the partnerships you forge.”

“Margin is a powerful habit. It creates opportunities. It creates profit, memories, generosity, significance, & options to pursue dreams, think, pray, process, grow, and ultimately live & lead more fully.”

Looking to Next Week!
I have absolutely nothing planned (beyond our normal routines, of course), and that excites me! However, the task-oriented self that I am will have to be careful not to add too many projects to my list. I would love to be able to sew some simple little bloomers for Layten to wear with her new shoes she got for her birthday and her knit socks I’m going to be ordering for her soon. We’ll see if I can get that done.

Have a great weekend!

Here is a template for you to print to be sure all your planning efforts are working for you:
Stone Soup for Five’s Weekly Review Checklist

 

Praying the Psalms this Morning

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I am reading this morning over some things from earlier in the year in my Prayer & Bible notes journal. Sometimes that’s a good place for me to start. I’d handwritten some of the Psalms I was reading. And as I read them today and soak them in and pray them, It just moves me to tears at HOW GOOD AND PERFECT OUR GOD IS! Yall, I cannot even put it into words, but He always has our back! He always provides! He is always there! He never leaves us! He fights for us!

Sometimes life is hard. It just is. God’s Word never said that it would be easy for us as Christians. In fact, the things that are our prayer request now, are the things we will be so thankful God brought us to and through later. “We do it all the time. We run from conflict and pray for blessings. But if we are running from what we are praying for, how can we receive it? If we put down the weight when it gets heavy, how can we expect any muscular improvement?” -Steven Furtick

He’s teaching us things in the midst of the chaos. In the middle of the storm, we are growing and transforming. Let Him do His work in you. Turn to the Psalms. Pray them to God. Find one or more that speak to your situation, and just feel the presence of God. Be moved by his goodness!

Hear my cry, O God. Listen to my prayer, from the end of the earth. I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me heritage of those who fear your name. Psalm 61:1-5

So I will ever sing praises to your name as I perform my vows day after day. Psalm 61:8

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. For God alone, my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and wearly land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lifps will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will life up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you. Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8

How I Tracked My Progress & Successes for Weight Loss, Health, & Fitness

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  • For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a planner. I love making lists, checking them off, and fitness was no different for me. When I got bit by the health & fitness bug and decided that I was in, I made some goals. Making plans, lists, and tracking progress is my love language I think.
    (Totally kidding here, but I do love my planners!) I think writing things down is a big part of my accountability with myself and my success.Here are some ways that I tracked my progress & noted my successes and accomplishments:ย 
  • I tracked my weight loss. Since this was my first goal, I made a page in my planner to track this. I weighed every morning so that I could see how it changed and how different factors affected my weight. (I realize not everyone can do this, but I love numbers, and it didn’t affect me too much if I didn’t happen to lose weight.) Each time I lost a pound, I got to color in a box on my page, and it was extremely satisfying & rewarding for me to do that.
  • I tracked all my meals and workouts. I used a fitness pack in my planner for this. In the monthly spread I wrote in all the gym classes I attended or home workouts I did (though these were very minimal at first), and on the weekly spread I wrote down everything I ate to hold myself accountable. This was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning. Adding stickers and decorations to these pages made it fun for me and encouraged me to look at this pages and use them often, and enjoy the process.
  • I took progress pictures of myself. I noted on my calendar when to do this (about every 6 weeks is good for me) Maybe one day I’ll share these, but for now- they’re just for me.
  • I took measurements. I made a page in my planner for this as well.ย I noted on my calendar to take weekly measurements.
  • I tracked and celebrated all the wins, no matter how small. If I felt skinny in an outfit, I took a selfie in it. (I am a milinnial after all. It’s what we do.) If I fit into an old pair of jeans I took a selfie and captioned it on snapchat. I sent some things like this to my close friends who celebrate wins with me, but some were just saved and kept for myself, printed later for my planner so I can look back and see success and accomplishments over time.

The Flourish Conference

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Hey, friends!

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for subscribing to my blog. It really means so much to me! God has put so many things on my heart, and I am so encouraged and inspired right now. I have so many things to share with you.

As you may already know, next week I will be beginning a series called, A Glimpse into My Prayer Journal, where I will share what I’ve learned about prayer, the process in which I pray, peeks into my journal pages, as well as some tools and resources that I use that you might find beneficial as well. I also have a BIG TREAT in store for you in this series! I think you are going to LOVE it, and I can’t wait to tell you what it is – but for now my lips are sealed!

This series is still a week away, and I’m not sure which posts I’ll get published this week, so I wanted to leave you with a little something to thank you for subscribing and feed your appetite until my series is ready to begin next Monday.

Enter The Flourish Conference!ย The Flourish Conference is a Free, Online Conference that will be sent directly to your email (like my blog) for five days this week. You will receive three video interviews each day where speakers will reveal how you can flourish in practical ways. I hope you enjoy!

I also have some fun post ideas that I’m working on as well. I’m not sure exactly when they will be posted, but I’m hoping you will find them interesting as well:ย ย 

My Party Planning Process – (as you know our little girl turns one this week) so this is something I’m working on now

Creating my Capsule Wardrobe – I had a great capsule for Spring that transitioned into Summer… now it’s time for an update as I add some pieces that flow into cooler-weather months and store or purge some of the Summery colors I don’t want to be wearing right now. I would like to show you a glimpse of my process as well as some resources I’ve used for inspiration.

All About Me – You know those posters your kids do when they are student of the month or something that tells all about them, their favorites, and what they want to be when they grow up? I kind of want to write one of these for myself – a little more detailed because I’ve learned a lot more about myself since school. My personality type, my strengths and weaknesses, my favorite products, really just whatever I feel like including.

Thank you so much for joining me on my blogging journey! You will hear from me again soon!

A Glimpse into My Prayer Journal…

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Reading over my prayer journal from earlier this year…

๐Ÿ™๐ŸผPrayers have been answered๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
๐Ÿ™๐ŸผI have changed and grown in maturity.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
๐Ÿ™๐ŸผOur marriage and our family is stronger.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
๐Ÿ™๐ŸผMy kids are no longer struggling in the areas I was praying for them about.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผย 
๐Ÿ™๐ŸผAnd many of the things I was praying for my friends and family have been answered too.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

This is why you write down your prayers… (mine are not written word for word – just in list form of the things I am praying)
SO YOU WONโ€™T FORGET.ย ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

From the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer (one of my favoritesย ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผSo you wonโ€™t forget who the real enemy is.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผSo you wonโ€™t forget the One in whom your hope lies
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผSo you wonโ€™t forget what your real need and dependencies are
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผSo you wonโ€™t forget the record of how God responds

You write out your prayers so you wonโ€™t forget.ย โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“’๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

So I thought maybe I would give you a little glimpse inside my prayer journal. I’ll share with you tools and resources I have pulled from various places. This will be a series, and each day I’ll share with you a different section of my journal.

Be sure to follow my blog by email so that you don’t miss any of the days and the resources I share with you! We’ll begin next Monday, October 30.

Daily Prayers
Praise & Adoration
Rest
Confession
Personal Prayers
Praying for My Husband
Praying for My Children
How I Pray for Others