I have several goals for Footprints of Inspiration that all boil down to you, my friend. And one of those goals is to get you using a prayer journal, so I’ve put together a guide on how to choose the best prayer journal.
I believe in the power of prayer more than just about anything, and only a few short years ago, when I began using a prayer journal for the very first time in my life, it completely changed me.
And I truly want the same for you.
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I’ve been through a lot of challenges and struggles in my life, and I have no doubt you have too. In fact, Jesus tells us this very thing in John 16:33
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Only until we can accept that and start enjoying life, despite what we’re going through will we truly begin to thrive. We’ll begin to find a peace that can only come from Him.
And this is what I’ve been able to find in my deepening walk with Jesus. Through daily devotional and my prayer journal.
How can a prayer journal help you?
- It’s another tool for learning the discipline of going to Jesus and spending one on one time with Him every day. Starting your day in His word, and learning what He has to teach you, completely changes your perspective and the ability to live above your circumstances.
- There’s nothing like writing down your feelings, your cares, your struggles. Jesus can take it. He already knows what you’re feeling, so you don’t have to sugar coat anything. In fact, He doesn’t want you to. He loves you unconditionally, no matter what your cares and frustrations are.
- By putting your feelings out there to Him, your relationship begins to grow stronger. Your relationship strengthens and before you know it, you’ll begin to see that you need Him more than you need air to breathe.
- As you continue through your day, you’ll learn to go to Jesus for help, instead of trying to deal with your frustrations and struggles on your own. I mean, after all, the One who raised Jesus from the dead surely has the power to get you through your difficulties.
- You’ll begin to see life from His perspective and let me tell you, my friend, it is so much brighter than we can see down here in the trenches.
**I understand you’re an extremely busy person, and Jesus knows that. There are a lot of ways for you to begin spending time with Him in your busy day. Head over to 5 Ways to Spend Quiet Time With God for some inspiration to help you.
My point is, though I completely believe that sitting down with Jesus to start your day is so incredibly powerful, sometimes we have to go about it in other ways. So don’t limit yourself if you’re off and running early in the morning. Instead, try some of the other ways in the above-mentioned blog post.**
How to choose the best prayer journal
Remember…..it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Heck, pick up a used notebook laying around the house if that’s all you have access to. It truly doesn’t matter what you use, just that you’re using one!
Now having said that, since I’ve been journaling for several years now, I’ve found a few things that I prefer in a prayer journal.
- The right size for your taste. When I first started using a prayer journal, I used the smaller sizes, about 6 x 8.25. I really liked this size, until recently, when I was asked to review The Redeemed Christian Journal from DaySpring. It’s 7.5 x 10, and now I’m hooked on the larger size and probably won’t ever go back.
- Not spiral bound. I thought I’d like spiral bound journals, however, when I’m writing on the left side of the page, I tend to not use the entire page because my hand runs into the binding. Though this definitely not a deal breaker for me, I prefer a non-spiral bound journal.
- The weight of the paper. When you have thin paper and are writing on both sides, it does tend to show through. Also, when you’re combing through your pages to refer back to something important, the pages will tear easily if they aren’t thicker in weight.
- Sturdy cover. When choosing a prayer journal, I prefer one with a sturdy cover. I take my journal with me everywhere and sometimes I’m not sitting at a desk, so if the covers aren’t sturdy, it’s a little more difficult to write in.
My prayer journal recommendation
Until about a month ago, I was using The Illustrated Faith Refillable Leather Traveler’s Journal from DaySpring.
I love the look of it, and the idea of changing out the journal pages. However, due to what I discussed above, I didn’t care for the size (it’s even smaller than what I’ve used in the past) and the covers aren’t sturdy since they are made of leather.
Although I think it’s adorable, and see why it would appeal to some, it just wasn’t the journal for me.
So when I was asked by DaySpring to give The Redeemed Christian Journal a try in exchange for an honest review, I was giddy with excitement! I was more than ready for a new prayer journal and DaySpring is my absolute favorite online Christian store!
When I opened the box, I was surprised by the size. (Clearly, I didn’t read the write-up on it, or I would have known.) As I stated earlier, I was used to the smaller size journals and this is 7 1/2 x 10. But let me tell you, I’m hooked! The size is perfect, and it’s not spiral bound, so that’s two checks marks in the positive column!
It also has a sturdy cover, and as you already know, that’s another of my wants in a prayer journal. (3rd check in the positive column!)
And much to my surprise, when I opened the journal, I found an index in the front and back of the journal! I’d never had that before and I’m absolutely loving it. Now when I want to refer back to a particular subject or need, I can go right to the index and find what I’m looking for! (And you guessed it, that’s check mark #4 in the positive column!)
You’re probably going to find this a little crazy, but I’ve been wracking my brain over the last couple weeks to come up with something negative about the journal. I mean, there’s almost always at least one thing that we don’t care for, but my friend, I’ve got nothing!
My prayer for you is that you begin using a prayer journal and start devoting quiet time with Jesus every single day.
And as I stated earlier, it truly doesn’t matter what you use, just pick something up and start writing!
However, if you’re ready to purchase a journal dedicated to your prayers, take the list that I’ve put together and use it to guide you!
My favorite by far is The Redeemed Christian Journal. But before you buy, check out DaySpring’s large supply of journals and see what one best suits your needs!
And then leave me a comment below and let me know what you decided to try. (Even if it’s one of the kid’s barely used school notebooks you have laying around!)
Oh! If you have a cutting machine, you’ll want to sign-up for my free monthly prayer journal stickers! You’ll receive an SVG cut file delivered right to your inbox every month! You can sign-up here!
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Until next time, my friend…..
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