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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Psalm 1, Part 1

PSALM 1:1

Yesterday (November 18, 2020), I started to read, meditate, journal, and pray through Psalm 1:1.

And I can tell I need to hang out here for a while. So I will.


THIS MORNING

I love how God works.

Every morning, my husband and I read the Verses of the Day from four different sources.

Guess what one was for this morning? Psalm 1:1-2.

Thank You, Lord. What a blessing.

I am on track. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Font Differences in Blog Posts

Please forgive the font differences in my blog posts. I have not been able to figure out how to correct them yet. (Sigh.)

Years in the Making (Psalms)

 


AN INTRODUCTION
Earlier this morning, I started working on a new journaling project. More specifically, it's a new personal Bible and Prayer Journaling Project. 

This is the title that I am giving it so far:

Meditating on the Psalms Day and Night

I have wanted to pray and journal through the Book of Psalms for decades now and I think it's finally time for me to do so. 

LUKE 24:44
This is one of the reasons why it is so important to look a look at the Psalms.
Here is a link so you can look at it if you like: https://www.studylight.org

PSALM 1:1-1:3
This is a major reason why I want to go through the Psalms.

A HYMNAL AND PRAYER BOOK
Another reason why I want to go through the Psalms is because the book is called:
~ The Hymnal of the Bible
~ A Prayer Book (Book of Prayer)

A FAVORITE
The main reason why I want to go through the Book of Psalms is because it's always been a favorite.

​NOVEMBER 18, 2020, WEDNESDAY: THE START DATE
This is the start date of this project. ​

43 Days

There are 43 days left in the year 2020.

JOURNALING PROMPTS OR QUESTIONS:
~ What are your thoughts that there are only 43 days left in 2020?
~ What do you have planned for the rest of the year?
~ What do you hope to accomplish with the rest of the year?
~ How do you want to choose to finish the year in the absolute best way possible? What does that look like? 

--
Stacy Duplease 
Writer and Journal Keeper 

New Title

This is the new title for what I am praying through and journaling.

Praying Through the Psalms

I have wanted to prayer journal slowly through the Book of Psalms for years now. It looks like this is the day I begin, with the Lord, to dive deep and thoroughly into the prayer book, and hymnal, of the Bible.

Care to join me on the journey?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Prayer Journaling Through the Bible

I am on Day 3 of 365 of prayer journaling through the Bible as of today. 

I am taking my time and trying to fully take in what I read and pray it through. 
   

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Prayer: You Are More Than Enough, Lord

You are enough, Lord. 

I do not need anything else.

I know this is true. 

You are enough, Father God. Would You please help me remember it and live this truth fully every moment today, tomorrow, and the days thereafter? 

You are more than enough, Lord. You are my everything. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

I want to finish this year strong and live a life of meaning: Reading, journaling, and praying through the Bible as a plan and as a solution

While I may not be able to control anything of the events of the year 2020 or 2021, I do have control of my reaction to each. And since I can control my reaction to 2020 and 2021, I want to finish 2020 strong and begin and live 2021 strong and live a life of meaning and purpose.

How can I live a life of meaning and purpose? It is through living with eternity in mind, not through focusing on anything of this world. It is through living Colossians 3:1-2; John 15:1-I7; Romans 8; Psalm 1, Philippians 4:4-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, etc.

I cannot control anything, other than my reaction to things.

The best life I can live is one centered on the Lord and on His Word (The Holy Bible).

Period.

So the best way I can finish this year, begin the next year, and live the next year is through living in the manner that God wants me to live and He tells me/us in the Bible.

I will read, journal, and pray through the Bible, as a plan and as a solution, to living the best and strongest way possible, for the rest of 2020 and continue to do so in 2021. Everything in my life should center on this first and foremost. This is the priority.

Care to join me?

When we grumble, complain, judge, and criticize, are we living a life of purpose and meaning?

When we grumble, complain, judge, and criticize, it means we have gotten our eyes off of the important and off what matters. Remaining in You (Lord) and in the Holy Bible, as John 15 tells us, is what we are to focus on. If we are grumbling, complaining, judging, and/or criticizing, then we are not remaining in Your and in your Word.

How much better, and more meaningful, would our lives be if we realized what we have a problem with really does not matter at all in the grand scheme of things?

Does it help when we grumble, complain, judge, or criticize? Does it make our life, or that of another's, better, purposeful, or more meaningful?

When we get our eyes off of what matters, You and the Bible, we think and do some crazy things.

When we remain in You, Father God, and focus our minds on You and the Bible, we can see things more clearly and focus on the eternal and not on the temporal things of this world. This is when we live a life of purpose. This is when we live a life of meaning.

What is His will for my life in this moment, today, this week, this month...?

What is His will for my life in this moment, today, this week, this month, the rest of this year, next year, and thereafter?

I am struggling with this.

Abba... Father God, help. Please show me the way and help me get out of Your way. Help me work with You in living the purpose You have for me.

Voting and Elections

The most important and serious thing we can do if we are American, and if we are Christian, is to vote.

Our vote determines whether we remain one nation under God or under secularism.

Are we followers of Christ or of the world?

If we vote for a person or against a person... We need to realize this, frankly, does not matter. What matters is what that individual, and his or her party, stands for. Are they (the party) for all the Bible or just the portions they want to agree with or what they hope it says (but really does not)?

We need to make sure we are voting what the Bible says and not what we want the Bible to say.

Our vote needs to be about the Bible and not about whether we like or dislike a person.

What party lives the most Biblical values? (True values and not what we want the Bible to say.)

Do we want to continue to have the freedom to read our Bibles?

Do we want to continue having church?

There is only one party that agrees with and supports this. Whether we like the name of that party, or the individuals in it, does not matter. What matters is the beliefs they profess. Only the Republican party will allow us to read our Bibles, go to church, and stop the genocide of billions of innocents (abortion).

Our vote is not for the person.

Our vote is for our Biblical beliefs.

How can I bring him glory?: What to do for the remainder of 2020 and for 2021?

This year has been a crazy year, that is for sure.

I do not know about you, but it seems like about the time I get my feet back underneath some and I try to rise and stand, I hit another wave that catches me off guard.

I keep trying to stand firm in my faith, but I feel quite lost. As a matter of fact, I am even finding it difficult trying to figure out what to read in the Bible. I cannot stay focused. I am all over the place.

What is God's purpose and priority in my life, starting now and from now on? How can I bring Him glory?

What does the Lord want me to do? In the remainder of this crazy year and then in 2021?

How can I finish this year in the best manner possible, live His will, and live His purpose? How can I bring Him glory?

How about you? Do you feel lost or focused in 2020? What about for 2021?

Friday, September 11, 2020

Remember

We remember.

We will not forget.

In remembrance of September 11th, 2020.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Journaling Through the Bible: September 02, 2020 (A Personal Entry)

I have been journaling through the Bible the last couple of weeks. I will share highlights, and this story soon. 

I've been Journaling Through Isaiah. 


Tags #JKSD #PersonalJournalEntry #PersonalJournaling #JournalingThroughTheBible #JournalingThruTheBible #BibleJournaling #PersonalBibleJournaling #Bible #HolyBible #Scripture #JournalingThroughIsaiah #JournalingThruIsaiah #Isaiah

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Journaling Through Isaiah, Part 1: Isaiah 1:1-4 (Bible Journaling)

FIRST:
Read Isaiah 1:1-4 in your favorite version (translation) of the Bible and journal your thoughts.

A JOURNALING THOUGHT:
I keep feeling pulled toward this Book of the Bible, so I am going to spend some time in it today. 
I read Isaiah 1:1-4 in multiple translations (versions) of the Bible. 
Talk about a passage that speaks. Ouch. This will surely get one's attention. 
In these verses, we learn about what happens when we claim to be a Christian... when we claim to believe in Jesus Christ... and we choose to go our own way and do our own thing, rather than do what we know we are supposed to do.
These verses talk to us individually.
However, this passage of Scripture also describes the nation who does the same thing.

BIBLE JOURNALING PROMPTS AND QUESTIONS:
Read Isaiah 1:1-4 in multiple versions (translations) of the Bible and journal my thoughts about each. 
Am I following His Way and living the Bible today?
Am I doing so every moment of today? 
Have I been in the Bible today so I can remember what it says, and make sure I remember it accurately, so I can hear God and what He has to say to me today?
Answer the three previous questions for this week. 
Answer the three previous questions for this month.
Answer the three previous questions for this quarter (the last four months).
Answer the three previous questions for this year. 
How have I been doing my own thing and what I want and choose to do?
How have I chosen my way and not God's way? And, how has that worked for me? 
I know what God wants me to do, but I do not do what He and the Bible say because... (Fill in the blank.)
How have I lived the Bible?
How have I not lived the Word of God?
Have I meditated on the Holy Bible day and night (all the time)? 
How can I choose to follow God's path and purpose for my life? 
Why do I think I know more than God? (Because if I didn't, I would follow the Bible and the way He wants me to walk and not choose to walk my own path and do my own thing.)
How can I make the adjustments to be in the Bible, meditate (ponder, contemplate, and think on) it day and night, and follow its way rather than my own way or that of the world? 
Journal your thoughts.
Journal a prayer. 
How has my country followed its own way and not His way?
How has my country lived His way recently?
Journal a prayer about this. 

LATER: 
Revisit this journal entry (blog post) often so I can ascertain where I am at and make sure I am traveling His path and purpose, and not my own. 

Tags: #Isaiah #TheBookOfIsaiah #Prophecy #BiblicalProphecy #MajorProphets #Isaiah1:1 #Bible #HolyBible #TheWordOfGod #Scripture #Verses #BibleJournaling #PrayerJournaling #JournalingThroughTheBible #BibleReading #BibleStudy #Isaiah1

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

How Are You?: A Journaling Exercise or Prompt

How are you?
Answer that question as thoroughly as possible in your journal. 

A Journaling Prompt or Question:
How are you...:
Emotionally?
Mentally?
Professionally?
Personally?
Socially?
Financially?
Politically?
Spiritually?
Physically? 
How are you?
With your marriage?
With your journaling?
How's your health?
What have you done for exercise today?
How are you eating? 
What are you listening to?
What are you watching? 
How are you feeling?
What's been on your mind?
What have you been thinking?
What are you doing?
What have you been doing?
What do you want to do?
How are you?

To-Do Lists and To-Do List Journaling

One type of journaling most of us do without even realizing is the To-Do List. 

Let's discuss To-Do Lists and To-Do List Journaling

Suggestions, Hint, and Tips with the To-Do List
~ Keep a daily to-do list
~ Keep a week to-do list
~ Keep a month to-do list
~ Keep a this year to-do list
~ Keep a next year to-do list
~ Keep more years if you know of something to capture on the page

Using Your Current To-Do Lists as a Journaling Prompt
Does anything from one of your to-do lists jump out at you and give you an idea to journal? If so, do so. If not, pick three and journal about those. 

Using Old To-Do Lists as a Journaling Prompt
Go through your old To-Do Lists and use those for journaling prompts. Do a longer journaling entry for everything that captures your eye, or if nothing does, pick three items from that list and do a 5 or 10-minute SOC (Stream of Consciousness Journaling). 

List Journaling

There's a type of journaling called List Journaling that I'll address in this blog and journal entry.

What is List Journaling?
It's exactly what you think and is what it sounds like.
For example: A To-Do List; A Grocery List; A Blessings Counted List; A List of Memories From This Week; Lists of Your Favorites; Lists of Songs; Lists of Movies; Lists of Friends

How Do You List Journal?
~ You come up with a subject and list as many things as you can think of about that subject. 
~ Then, take the top three from that list and do a more extensive journal entry about each. You could even do a 10-minute SOC (Stream of Consciousness) about each of those three items. 
~ If at any time during this list making and longer journaling entry thereafter, you come up with more ideas to journal, by all means, do so. 

Your Turn: A Journaling Prompt or Question:
~ Do three different list journaling and do the steps under the "how" section.
~ Do a List Journal for the Year 2020 

#ListJournaling #Journaling #JournalingPrompt #Diary #JournalKeeping #JournalingHow-To#JournalingEntry #Journaling Technique #2020 #The Year2020 #COVID #COVID-19

The Six (Eight) Question Starters (Prompts) for Any and All Journaling

A Journaling Prompt or Question: 
There are six (eight) question starters (prompts) that we can use for all of our journaling and for all types of journaling. They are the Six Journalistic Questions:
(1) Who
(2) What 
(3) Where
(4) When
(5) Why
(6) How
But, let me add two more:
(7) What-if?
(8) Why not? 

What Type of Journaling Can You Use This With?
With everything you journal from a morning journal entry to remembering a memory and capturing it on the page. From gratitude journaling to prayer and Bible journaling. From travel/vacation journaling to news journaling. From marriage journal to a memoir journal. From a food journal to an exercise journal. 

How Do You Use These Six (Eight) Starter Questions?
Let me answer this question with an example.
Remember that the question is a starter. Ask every question you can think of for whatever your topic is you're journaling for/about. 
Let's say I wanted to journal about my morning, for example:
Who did I see this morning? 
Who did I think of this morning? 
Who did I pray for this morning? 
Who do I need to get in touch with?
What did I do yesterday? 
What did I do last night? 
What have I done so far today? 
What am I supposed to do today?
What did I have for breakfast? 
What am I wearing? 
What is the weather like today?
What is my husband doing?
What does my husband have planned?
What do I want to do with God today?
What do I want to read in the Bible?
What do I want to read, as far as a Christian living book? What am I reading?
What do I want to pray?
Where am I? 
Where did I journal this morning?
Where am I supposed to go today? Tomorrow? This week?
Where is my next journal that I need to fill in? 
Where are my cats? 
You get the idea. I could go on and on. These are just a small fraction of the journaling that I can do from these question starters for my journaling this morning. 

A Journal Prompt or Question: Your Turn
Go ahead. 
Use this technique with whatever type of journaling you want to do next. 

Morning Journaling Template

This is what I use for a simple template for the mornings:

~*~

MORNING JOURNALING:   
Date:
Location: 
Night? 
Sleep? 
Prayer:
Verses of the Day:
5 Blessings Counted From Yesterday: 
5 Blessings Counted for Today:
What did I not get done yesterday (To-Do)? 
To-Do Today? 
To-Do This Week? 
To-Do This Month? 
To-Do in 2020? 
To-Do in 2021? 
3 Memories from Yesterday:
Must do today, top 3:
Tags:

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The world would truly know peace if...

This world. All of us, individually and collectively, would truly know peace if each of us were grateful for every one, every thing, every moment we have.

It is hard to be upset and negative when we thank God for every second we have.

If we were to appreciate what we already possess, and have in our lives, we would all know a peace that transcends all understanding. 

When we are not thankful for what we already have, we cannot be pleased or content with anything more. 

We already have everything we need.

Be grateful for every one and every thing you have in this moment. Pay attention and see all the blessings there are in this moment. Then, repeat with the next. 

This is how we can all know peace.

Journal your thoughts.

Count your blessings in your journal. 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:6-7

Monday, August 24, 2020

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FAIL TO GIVE THANKS?: A PRAYER AND BIBLE JOURNALING PROMPT AND QUESTION

Please write your thoughts about each sentence and answer every question in your journal:

Take a look at Romans 1:21 and see what it says about not giving thanks.

Journal your thoughts.

How often do you give thanks? 

Do you write in your journal the blessings that you count? If so, why? If not, why not. 

Could you count more blessings in your journal each day?

Then, look at the context and all of Romans 1.

What more did you learn about what happens when we do not give thanks after you read Romans 1 and saw the context of Romans 1:21? 
What does this tell you about the importance of giving thanks?

How do you think not giving thanks like we should impacted your family? 

Your church?

Your country?

The Church as a whole in our world? 

Our world? 

How has not giving thanks made your thoughts futile?

How has not giving thanks darkened your heart?

With what you've learned through this blog post, what will you do? 

What won't you do?

How can you be more purposeful about giving thanks in all things and for all things in every moment and every day?

How would our world be different today if we were more grateful for what we already have?

How would our nation be different today if we were more thankful for what we already have? 

Count as many blessings in your journal as possible.

WHEN LIFE BRINGS CURVEBALLS AND CHALLENGE: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

A JOURNALING THOUGHT

I do not know about you, but there are times that life throws so many curveballs at me that all I can do is swing the bat and hope to catch a break as the curveballs keep coming. I try to breathe and focus, but that can be difficult.

Journal your thoughts and what this brings to mind. 


A JOURNALING PROMPT OR QUESTION: 

Answer each of these questions as thoroughly as possible in your journal:

How have you handled the challenges in your life over the last week? 

What could you improve? 

What would you want to keep doing? 

How would you best handle the challenges this week and in the weeks to come? What would that look like? 

What do you do when it seems the challenges keep piling on top of you? 

How do you handle these times? 

Would you say you handle these times in the best way you can? 

Or could you handle these times better?

 How would you prefer to handle the times when life keeps throwing you curveballs of challenges?


A JOURNALING THOUGHT

Life is full of challenges. Every single day. Without fail. 

It’s our ability to cope with them that tends to waiver. And part of this is determined by how we define the severity of each challenge. 

Journal your thoughts and what this brings to mind. 


JOURNAL KEEPER SD PERSONAL JOURNALING: A CURRENT TIME OF CHALLENGES ON TOP OF CHALLENGES.

I share my personal journaling from time to time in order to make a point and help you see what journaling can offer. This is an example:

Today, on August 24, 2020, Monday, I admit, I am struggling as the challenges in my life keep piling on top of my shoulders.

I am stressed.

I am heavy.

I am overwhelmed.

I am tired. So tired. And I actually have been sleeping well the past two nights, which isn’t like me. I normally do not sleep well. 

I have no idea how to hold all the balls up in the air that I am juggling. 

(Ugh. Do you know what I mean? Have you been there?)

To be honest, I have just a couple of challenges directly on my shoulders. It’s the really heavy things other people are dealing with that’s weighing on me. I keep hearing more and more storms that people around me, in my life, are facing. My family. My friends. People we know. The family and friends of people we know. 

Life is tough. 

I’m finding it difficult to focus. 

I want to focus on praying for others and everything they are going through, but then I am tossed another curveball/challenge to try to add to the mix I am already trying to deal with so they do not deal with me. But, wow, I am having a hard time with all this. 

I need a break. I want to escape all this craziness. I want to curl up with a book or just journal about other things. However, running from all of this, denying it, and/or trying to escape everything is never the way to handle the situation. After all, if we do not deal with our stuff and face our challenges, our stuff and challenges will deal with us. 

What a year 2020 has been! There’s just so much suffering all around. I hate that. I wish I could grab a sword and slay everyone’s dragons. (But, I know that that’s God's job to do, not mine, so I try to be more mindful about praying. As I realize how I really need to pray a whole lot more and be in the Bible a whole lot more, too.)

Therefore, I need to face these challenges square on and try to come up with some way to handle all of this not just in a better way, but in the best manner possible. 

So, how in the world am I supposed to do this? 

First, I got a hug from my husband and best friend. That tends to make everything better and feeling the strength of his arms around me reminds me I am not alone. We are facing all of this together (as we stand together and link arms and hands through all the challenges life brings us). 

Next, as I got that hug from my hubby, I realized that everything I journaled in the previous paragraph is how I am supposed to be with God. I need to curl up with the Lord and rest in Him. That is the Sunday school answer. But, it’s still true. So what does this look like in practice? I am to curl up with the Word of God, the Holy Bible. I am to read it and seek comfort. I know these things. But, how do I actually put them into practice when my mind is so mush that I cannot think clearly? I try to read the Bible and pray, but it’s like I am trying to think through wet cement. My thoughts are so thick and clouded that this is a challenge, the praying and reading the Bible thing. 

I know that journaling is the key. But, what? What should I journal when I cannot think or pray or read the Bible? 

Needless to say, I go through my rolodex of counseling techniques (because that’s my background) and all the possibilities of how to best cope. But, I am blank. That thinking through cement things continues. 

And that’s when I remember the most obvious thing of all and the one I highly value. And since it did not come to mind immediately, that lets me know where I’ve gone off course. I see how I haven’t done something and when I change this, things will go so much better. It should have been my most obvious solution, but frankly, this never came to mind, I must admit as I shake my head with how I overlooked something so obvious. 

If I were to stop and count the blessings in my life, in the lives of those around me, in the lives of my friends and family and acquaintances, then I would be in a much better place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. 

If I were to focus on the blessings and count as many possible and as long as possible, and not focus on the challenges, then I would be able to see how the challenges are actually blessings.

So that’s what I am about to do. I am going to curl up with my journal and count all the blessings in my life, in the lives of my friends and family, in my neighborhood, in my city, in my state, in my county, in the US, in the church of the US, in the world, and in the Church overall. 

~ Journal your thoughts and what this journal entry brings to mind. 


A JOURNALING PROMPT OR QUESTION: 

Answer each of these questions as thoroughly as possible in your journal:

Have you ever felt like the journal entry just shared? When? What happened? How did you handle it?

How has 2020 been for you? For those around you? For your family and friends? 

What challenges are you facing? 

What curveballs have you been given in 2020? This week?

Count as many blessings as you can. Take the rest of today doing this and dedicate this week to being a week of counting your blessings all day, moment by moment, all week long.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS: JOURNALING PROMPTS OR QUESTIONS

Life is precious. 

How is life precious?

How is your life precious?

How are you living your life like it is precious?

How are you not living your life like it is precious? Why not?

How can you live more like your life is truly precious?

How can you learn to savor and be fully present every moment of every day, regardless of the circumstances or the moments with people that try to steal your joy? 

Make a list of 25 things you are thankful for today. (Count your blessings.)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

4 THINGS

Share in your prayer journal at least 4 things with God you haven't vocalize, but probably should. Be thorough. 

Keep adding more prayer to those items in your journal over the next few weeks and extend the list as well. Share everything with the Lord: the big, the small, and everything in-between.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Path of Faith: A Journaling Thought

The Lord never promised following Jesus and the Bible would be easy. Yet, He has promised that when we do, we will be blessed with abundant and eternal life. 

If you are not finding it a daily challenge to live the purpose you think God has for you, then are you really following His will for your life? Or are you traveling the path you want to follow (and might say it is of Him, but is it really)?

Prayer and Prayer Journaling for the United States

A JOURNALING THOUGHT 

Are you Christian?

Whether you live in the United States or not, let's be real and acknowledge that the United States is in a battle for its life. Literally. 

Needless to say, prayer is essential for the nation.

If you are Christian and live in the US, then let's be even more real. It is a biblical mandate for us to pray for our nation. And that's on a good day. On a normal day.

Now, think about how there's abortion... How prayer, the Ten Commandments, and saying the Pledge of Allegiance are mostly kicked out of our schools. How the media is no longer telling both sides of the story, is no longer unbiased, and is telling lies. Then, think about all the other hot-button issues and division in our nation before 2020. 

America needed our prayers prior to 2020.

Since we are in an election season, prayer is even more important. Then, add how it's the year 2020 and everything that's happened between COVID and racial division, lawlessness, and so forth... prayer is even more critical in our nation. Can we agree on this?

It's critical we see the need to pray. So then, we will be moved to actually do it on a daily basis at the very least. 


GOD-FOCUSED PRAYER AND NOT SELF-DIRECTED  PRAYER IS THE KEY (NOT OUR WILL, BUT HIS BE DONE)

Prayer is needed in the United States now and more than ever.

However, we need to be very careful about what we pray (and those and what we vote for). 

The worst thing we can do is pray (or vote) for whatever we want and for whatever feels right or good. We are finite people, with narrow and fallible minds, and we have biases. Hence, when we pray, we need to pray what the Bible says. Not what we want or say. We need to pray for HIS will, not ours be done. We need to make sure that we line up our every thought, opinion, belief, and stance on what the Bible says and on our values. 

We need to pray for what the Bible tells us, not what we want the Bible to say. We need to pray what the Bible tells and not for our personal preference. 

His will, NOT OURS be done. 


HOW DO WE PRAY FOR HIS WILL, NOT OURS, BE DONE?

We pray verses directly out of the Bible. 

And when we pick verses from the Bible, even if we have them memorized, it's absolutely imperative we read and re-read the context and at the very least ten verses before and after  (even if we have to go to a different chapter or Book of the Bible) so we do not proof-text what the Bible says and take verses our of context. 

So before we pray a verse, let's make sure we really understand what happened well before and well after that verse and read ideally a chapter before, of the verse, and after the verse. 

Now, how can we pray what the Bible says? Read the Bible and pray the verses found there, knowing the full context of each verse we pray. 

It's best if we do not just pray without the guidance of the Bible or we can very easily slip into praying for our biases and personal preferences. 


JOURNALING PROMPTS OR QUESTIONS


Answer these questions, and do these prompts, in your personal journal:

Have you been praying without ceasing? About everything?

Have you been giving thanks and in all circumstances?

Have you been meditating on the Word day and night (because you've been in the Bible each day?

When people look at you, can they tell there is something different about you?

Do your words and actions line-up so you reflect your faith, Jesus Christ, and the Word of God in all you do? 

Are you living the purpose God has given you? 

Note: Those questions were geared to make sure you're smack-dab in the middle of God's will and are doing what He has asked in the Bible. Now, once we get ourselves right, then, we can pray for our nation because we will pray for His will, not ours to be done.

Have you prayed for the United States recently? If so, what have you prayed? If not, why not?

Do you see the necessity of prayer right now? 

Can you commit at least half an hour a day (preferably two to three times a day, thirty minutes each time) of praying for the United States for the next year? We are in a desperate situation and need to pray more than ever. 

Pray now for the United States in your journal.

What do you do when you are having a hard time?

Journaling Prompts and Questions:

What do you do when you are having a hard time?

How can you help a time of challenge to help the situation and not make it so hard on yourself?

Have you tried, during the storms of life, to curl up with your journal and get away for a while and reflect? 

Have you tried to journal about all the blessings you still have in your life, even then? 

How can journaling help you refocus and gain proper perspective when dealing with challenges?

Journaling Through the Year 2020

A Journaling Thought

I think there is something we all could journal about here in the United States. It's that of the year 2020. There has never been a year like it in our history. 

Even if we have journaled about it, we could probably journal about it some more. With a new perspective. Because we might have slept since we last did so. Moreover, it never hurts to journal more about something.

Just a little soapbox: Whoever came up with the term social distancing? The correct term is physical distancing. We live in an era where we have more socialization tools and capabilities than we have ever had in history. We live in a time where a lot of people can work from home and have online meetings and meet-ups. We have cell phones, email, texting, and so forth. We are not social distancing. We are keeping proper physical distance. There is a big difference. 


A Journaling Tip

Even if you've journaled about something before... And even if you think you write the same thing, and even if you are, write it out again. Because I guarantee you will not write it in the exact same manner as you did before. Moreover, the very act of journaling it on the page could tickle the muse and get her to produce more results and inspire us to journal more and give us ideas on what we can capture on the page. 


Your Turn: Journaling Prompts and Questions:

What have you experienced in the year 2020?

What has happened in the year 2020?

What has happened to you personally in 2020? 

What has happened at/in your home in 2020?

What has happened with your family in 2020?

What has happened to your friends in 2020? 

When you think of 2020, what do you think?

What has happened in the news in 2020? 

What have you done with "social" distancing?

What have you not done because of "social" distancing?

Has anyone you know had the coronoavirus (COVID)?

What do you think of the cultural climate in 2020?

What do you think of the politics in 2020?

How have you turned social distancing and staying at home into something positive?

How  have you turned social distancing and staying at home into something negative?

Do you know anyone, or of anyone, who has died in 2020?

Do you know anyone, or of anyone, who has been hospitalized in 2020?

What have you learned about yourself in 2020?

What have you learned about your coping skills in 2020?

What have you learned about your problem solving in 2020?

If you could do something again in 2020, what would it be?

What have you learned through "social" distancing that you want to continue once there is no more social distancing?

On January 01, 2020, what did you expect from this year?

How can you make the next quarter of 2020 your best four months yet? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Have you heard of "The Return"

I have committed to the prayer for the United States of America and for "The Return."

Have you heard of this? 

This is a prayer and revival movement; it's a time for prayer for our nation.

The United States has many issues that it is the responsibility of every Christian American to pray about. This is a time of prayer for revival. It's also a time for prayer, confession, repentance, supplication, and intercession for our nation as a whole. And for each of us individually. 

If you are Christian, particularly if you are an American, please take a look at this video that talks all about it, along with the website:

~ Introduction (Informational and inspiring) Video: https://youtu.be/cn9wlzsFKzc
~ Website: www.TheReturn.org
~ Video for individuals participating: https://thereturn.org/individuals/

I am going to write several journaling entries (posts) about this on this blog journal. 


Your Turn: Journaling Prompts and Questions:

What do you think about what you read prior to this section? Journal your thoughts, questions, and prayers.

What do you think of what you saw on those three links? Journal your thoughts, questions, and prayers.


Care to Join Me?

If you're going to start praying for the USA, will you let me know through adding a comment at the end of any blog post, or adding a private comment on the right-hand side and bottom of this blog? I would love to talk about this and pray together. 

I don't know where I would be if not for...

The truth is, before 2020, I thought this.

Now that it is the year 2020, I certainly think this with exclamation points:

I don't know where I would be if not for... my faith.

There is nothing solid, or lasting, in the world to hold onto. Everything in this world depends on something to stand. 

If I were to depend on myself, I would be in deep, deep trouble. After all, I make mistakes. I make them every day. I struggle. I have no heaven or hell to offer anyone, least of all myself. I seem to always lead myself astray. So, depending on myself is futile. 

However, my faith is not of this world. My faith stretches time and place. My faith is stronger than all emotions. My faith is true and is Truth. 

My faith is the only hope I have.

My faith is lasting, for it is eternal.

My faith gives my life meaning and purpose.

My faith stands when no one and nothing else can.

My faith is beyond this world, space, and time.

My faith is not controlled by anyone or anything. 

Faith is the only thing that really works. Everything else is broken. If it were not for my faith, I would have fallen apart at the seams decades ago, but it is even more true this year, in the year of 2020.

It does not matter how many challenges or storms there are in my life, I can and will stand and will not be blown over by circumstances or people.

The secret for living the best life possible is living a life of faith.

If you want to know about the faith that I have, add a comment at the end of any blog post, or add a comment in the comment form at the bottom right of this blog. 

Faith is what we all need more of this year.

Your Turn: Journaling Prompts and Questions

How about you? Do you have faith? How strong is your faith? What does your faith mean to you?

Are We Living in the Last Days? Is This the End of the World?

Are we living in the last days? Is this the end of the world? 

That's a good question.

The answer is: Yes. Ever since Jesus was born, the age of the Last Days began.

However, are these the final days?

This is a question I will journal about in the days to come. 

Please stay tuned. 

What Do You Say?: Journaling Prompts or Questions:

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Want to Escape This Mad, Mad, Mad (Crazy) World? (Journal.)

If you ever feel like you need to get away for a bit...

If you feel like you need a break...

If you feel like you need a vacation...

If you need a retreat...

Go to your journal and escape there for a while. 

Your journal is a retreat and refuge that costs little in money, but does take time. Nonetheless, it is worth the investment. 

If you were to ask me, I would say that for every minute I spend in my journal, I would pay a million (if I had it). It's worthwhile. 

A journal is a sacred space.

Get away for a bit. Journal. 

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