Monday, January 6, 2014

My New(ish) Prayer Journal

One of my New Year's resolutions was to begin keeping a prayer journal.  My memory isn't getting any better and frankly, I was forgetting to pray for some important stuff!  Plus, everyone I know with a prayer journal speaks about how much more aware they are of God's answers to their prayers.  I want in on that!  So, I did what I always do when starting a new project.  I visited Pinterest.

People have really cute prayer journals.

People have really organized prayer journals.

I became overwhelmed and just started writing sloppy bullet points in an old notepad.

Don't the little birds look like they're chirping songs of praise?

As proof that it isn't a new notebook, you see the old name tag that I slapped on after taking notes during a school tour about three years ago.  I tried to peel it off for this picture, but it's all gummy and not peeling in one piece.  You understand. 

It's not totally unorganized in there.  On the inside cover I have some permanent prayers listed that I want to say every day.  On the other pages I write the current date, and throughout the day I jot down prayers.  Then, I highlight (or, I'm going to- I only have one so far) answered prayers.  At the end of the day, I pray!  It's nothing fancy, but I'm excited about it.  Already, it's made me much more aware of how I communicate with God.  For instance, it serves as a reminder to offer up more praise, and ask for mercy when I screw up.  I also find myself shooting up more mini-prayers throughout the day. 

Do you have a prayer journal?  How do you organize it?  I'm not even a week into this yet, so I still need tips!  Unless you're going to tell me to find a notebook without scribbles from a two year old in it.  It's too late for that.


Anonymous said...

i hope my kid's picture-worthy rash was one of the answered ones! we appreciated it!

Anonymous said...

I haven't kept a prayer journal since I was a little tike...maybe it's time again! As for your recycled, scribbled journal- I think it's thrifty and lovely.

Julie said...

My Anonymous friends, trust me when I say you are in my prayers! Happily, I think God hears prayers even when they're scribbled in my awful handwriting into a half-used up notebook. :)