Day 5: Write it Down

Today’s Reading:
Day 5 / Write it Down (pages 37-41)

My ah-ha from today’s reading:

“Journaling is one of the most overlooked and undervalued spiritual disciplines.”

Here’s the deal – I’m doing 3 types of journaling currently (mainly because I’m weird):

#1 – Writing in a normal journal book. This is where I write down “conversations” with God. Kinda like I’m writing Him a letter. I don’t necessarily do this everyday.

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#2 – Index card journaling. I have always done this. Even before the War Room movie. I just love me some index cards!! I keep them in my purse, in my car, on my night stand. Now that I’ve created my war room, I’m taping them to the wall.

Recently, I decided to find a verse I want to pray over each person in our family and the main areas of our lives. I wrote them down on cards and taped them to the wall so I see them every day.

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There was no special formula. I just kept flipping the Bible. I like to do that. Just see where I land. I did keep searching until I found what I wanted for each one of us.

I plan to keep each of these for a year. For the people – I’ll change those out on everyone’s birthday. For the others, I’ll change them out in the New Year.

Won’t it be cool to give my kids a collection of verses I prayed over them when they grow up??

I also included verses for our church and for my writing.

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I pulled out my prayer journal from the last time we did this 40 Day Challenge and found a list I made of what I want God to do in my life (If you’ve read the Circle Maker, Mark talks about doing this).

My list is still very relevant. I tore it out of my journal and added it to the wall. Note – I like to write dates on entries. It’s cool to go back and know when you wrote something.

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#3 – Bullets in a daily planner. This is new for me and I just started last week. I had a planner I bought that I’m not crazy about carrying around each day – it’s kind of bulky. Instead of letting it sit and be wasted, I decided to start making bullet points on each day’s entry of what God brings to mind, specific people that have asked me to pray, etc. More than anything, I feel like I’m using this planner as an accountability tool to record my time with God. I don’t want to let a day go by with a blank space. This helps me stay on track.

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You could do this with any old planner – the dates don’t even have to be correct. Just mark out the date and write over it 🙂

How about you? Have you ever kept a journal? What do you write? Any ideas or suggestions you can share with our group to encourage others?

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10 thoughts on “Day 5: Write it Down

  1. Journaling is tough for me because I don’t particularly care to write. However, the part of today’s reading that stood out to me was the statement, “The shortest pencils longer than the longest memory.”

    By going through the journal I started last time we went through this prayer challenge about 16 months ago I fully understand this statement because I don’t even remember writing some of the stuff down that I wrote back then. Lord help me to journal more often!

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    1. I love that you journal. It inspires me. Actually, your daily prayer time and commitment to Bible reading has inspired me more than you will ever know. Thank you for leading our home.

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  2. Starr thank you for showing me the 3 methods of journaling you do. I was just thinking I need to organize my prayer request, verses and so on. I was feeling scattered. I like to be organized but doesn’t always happen. So this really helped me!

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    1. So glad it helps, Jennifer! I have the same trouble at times – big dreams about being all organized and then…well…like happens 🙂 I’m not too hard on myself in that area. I do what works and what I enjoy most when it comes to this area of journaling. And I’m not afraid to try something new!

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  3. I want to start a verse for the kids and specific area in my life and I have wanted to pick up your index card idea for a LONG time! I love both these ideas. I struggle with finding the verses I want to use….and then I shove it to the bottom of the pile. I am motivated again thank you for sharing this again.

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  4. I slacked off on journaling but I’m back at it. I may try the cards as well. Thanks for inspiring me! My name keeps getting erased and I forget to add it back, that’s why you see the anonymous comments! Ms. Technology is my name!

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