‘He Restores My Soul’ Prayer Journal

Honey Luxe Journals

**GIFT – All journals purchased between 1st – 7th August will arrive with a special gift.

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Welcome to the first product from the Honey Luxe Collection, a Prayer Journal!

Hardcover in marble design and gold foil imprinted ‘He Restores My Soul – Psalm 23:3’. Use this simple, yet powerful tool to document your daily journey and quiet time with Jesus.

Details

Page Dimensions:  5.8″ wide x 8.3″ tall 

150 paged lined journal includes:

  • Gold Foiling design detail
  • Lovely thick 100gsm pages (approximately 60 – 70lb weight)
  • 140 undated lined pages to document daily thoughts/prayers
  • Personal Thank You page from Liz Fashanu
  • Tips on how to use the Prayer Journal
  • 15 Scripture references for when you’re feeling loved, happy, lonely, etc.
  • The Lord Prayer reference page
  • Gratitude & Answered Prayers Pages focused at the back of the journal
  • Durable hardcover
  • Protective Gold colour corners
  • Beautiful Gold Bookmark Ribbon

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Welcome to your new prayer journal! This prayer journal is designed to help you meet with God in prayer, giving Him praise, asking for forgiveness of our struggles, being thankful in all circumstances and interceding on others behalf  & praying over yourself. Yes! Let this prayer journal help you take time each day to be still before Him in prayer and meditation.

There is no right or wrong way to do it; it is your journey to finding truth in God’s word so that you can grow strong in the LORD. 

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Exercising The Praying Scripture

After a few weeks of discussing my reasons for prayer journaling, I thought it would only be right moving into putting that into practice. So let us get into it!

There have been so many times I have sat down to spend time with God in prayer – and my mind just seems to go blank. Other times I feel like a broken record, bringing the same things over and over before God.

One day, I was reading a verse out of Psalm 119 that said His word is a “Lamp for our feet, a light on our path.” At that moment it hit me. His word is the “LIGHT” that will GUIDE MY PRAYERS! Honestly guys, this got my brain spinning about some helpful ways I could use scripture to pray and I want to share them with YOU!

First though, let’s talk about “the WHY?”…

WHY Pray Scripture?

It helps you focus on what is important

It is easy to fill my prayers with issues we are mainly concerned about such as illness, money, anxiety, relationships, etc. Well, it is not wrong to pray about things we are concerned about, but scripture helps guide me to pray for things that God is really concerned about”  For example, anxiety is something people pray about often. It is easy to pray again and again for Him to take it away, but His word challenges us to develop a thankful heart in Philippians 4:6.

So for example, let us say anxiety that something of a worry for me. My prayers might be shaped, by not just bringing my desires for anxiety to subside before Him, but filling my prayers with thanksgiving. Maybe it is what I am thankful for in that day or aspects of God’s character that I am thankful for, but He is trying to orient my heart towards something greater than my anxiety. His word helps us pray towards growth and maturity as disciples, not just outcomes.

It helps you pray the TRUTH with confidence

I can feel confident when I pray scripture because I know it’s the truth. It is firm ground to stand on during my prayer time because it expresses God’s will, character and promises to us. I feel so much more confident asking for things when I pray with scripture because He tells us in His word what he has promised to us and how He wants to transform us.

It keeps your prayers fresh

Like I said earlier – some days I have the same prayers on repeat! & that is fine. I can be a creature of habit and sometimes my creativity is lacking when it comes to what to pray, but I have a whole Bible full of verses I can use to pray! Psalms alone feels like a never-ending resource of prayers that I can turn to and use to help me form what I want to say to God.

There are several other reasons praying scripture is a great idea, but these are just a few that I have found to be helpful for me!

Practical Tips for Praying Scripture

Find a Prayer Guide

Find a prayer book or devotional that you can use to support you in prayer. I would highly recommend Fervent by Priscilla Shirer – A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. It is amazing!

Make a Scripture prayer journal

Well, you must have known I was going to mention this one! One great use for this would be to write down sentences or phrases you see in scripture that will help you build up biblical ways of speaking when you pray. Having these will help give you language to pray with. Your journal is also a great place to record all of your scripture-inspired prayers. I sometimes read through a passage and then write a section of it I would like to pray through at the top of my journal page. Then I write my personalised prayer below it.

Pray using the 3 R’s! Rejoice, Repent, and Request

With most verses in scripture, especially the Psalms, we can use one or more of these to pray. I have included an example of this below:

Psalm 51:1 (ESV) “ Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”

Rejoice – God, you are so generous in your love and mercy towards me. I am so humbled to call you my God. Thank you for sending Jesus to rid me of my sins and take away my guilt and shame.

Repent – Forgive me, Father. There are so many times I take your love and generosity towards me for granted. It is so easy for me to rush through my day without acknowledging how grateful I am for you.

Request – Give me eyes to see all of the many ways you extend your grace and mercy towards me. Help me to also extend that love and mercy to others so they will also know what a loving Father you are and how much you care about your children.

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These have been easy ways for me to start using God’s word in my prayer life! It has been so effective and honestly made praying a lot more fun! The Psalms are a great place to look for scripture you can use to pray because they are meant to be used for just that! I would love to hear if you start using any of these in your own prayer life and how they are working for you!

Let me know your thoughts!

P.s – Something amazing is coming on 1st August, make sure you look out for it!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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How to Make Journaling a Habit

One quick thing to note about journaling before I dive in with my tips on how to make it a habit is to know there is no wrong way to do it! Journaling can be so personal, so just make it yours! Don’t worry about rules or how I do it, just get started, ok?

Buy a journal that gets you excited

This is an enjoyable part of journaling if you ask me. I am a planner and journal queen! I recently just finished my Paperchase journal, which did me so well & lasted just under a year before all the pages were filled to the brim. I do love a pretty & good quality journal. Anyone else!?

But even if you do not get as excited as me about picking out your journal, try to have some fun with it. Get something that reflects your personality. Maybe that means getting a neutral colour, or maybe it means something bright. Make it your own!

Pick a time dedicated to journaling

If you want journaling to become a real, daily habit, the best way to do it (at least for me) is to pick a dedicated time for it. You know I love to journal during my quiet time most evenings. I use my journaling time to connect with God but also to write out all the things that my brain will not stop trying to remind me of. Getting it down on paper really helps my brain calm down so that I can focus on more important things like what I am learning in life, my intentions for the day/week, etc.

However, I know some of us prefer & also have more time in the mornings. Especially during this lockdown season where a majority of us have the privilege of working from home. If you have the luxury of fitting it in first thing in the mornings, try it then!

Do not stress about what you are going to write

This is why buying a guided journal or one with prompts can be very helpful for some of us. Journaling should not be something that stresses you out! Although I do prefer to be free-flowing with my journals, like I said above, there is no wrong way to do it. If you are are unsure, here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • Do you have any current fears?
  • What are your wildest dreams? Sky’s the limit!
  • How do you feel? What is upsetting you?
  • What is bringing you joy right now?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What is stressing you out?
  • What do you want out of life?
  • Write a letter to the future you
  • Write a letter to the teenage you
  • List out all the adventures you want to go on in the near future
  • List out all the things that make you happy

As you can see, there are NO rules to this! Find a pen and just let the words start pouring out of you. And as much as some of you might want to, resist the urge to edit what you write! Misspellings, grammatical errors, etc. – let it all go and just write, Lord knows it works for me.

Stay consistent

Like building any habit, you have to be consistent with it. Even on the days where it really feels like a chore, I challenge you to still do it and then take a second to think about how you feel afterwards. It is kind of like working out – you might not want to do it sometimes, but you will never regret it. Tell yourself you are just going to write the date down and one word to describe how you are feeling. And then I am sure you will end up writing more. But even if you do not, that is OKAY. It is always better to keep showing up regardless – that is the hard part.

One of the biggest tips I have on the consistency front is to keep your journal with you 24/7! Get one you can fit in your handbag (it can be separate from your everyday journal at home or it can be the same) so whenever a mood or feeling hits you, you can immediately write it down. I have found that doing it in the moment like this also helps it feel less like a to-do and more of a habit.

Reflect on it

This might feel like something you can skip but do not! I have found reflection to be a crucial step in making anything a habit. It gives me a chance to remember why I wanted journaling to be a habit to begin with. It can be really fun to look back at all that you have written in the past, too. Sometimes mine look like craziness all mashed together on a page, but other times I feel like I can see the personal growth between whatever I wrote and where I am in that moment, which is honestly an amazing feeling.

And with that, I want to add that reflection also allows time to recognise your accomplishments. This is something I do not think I personally take enough time to do, which is why I wanted to mention it. Celebrating small milestones and moments of personal growth is important and having a record of them in your journal is an amazing opportunity to reflect back.

Do not overwhelm yourself

Journaling is meant to be helpful so do not turn it into something stressful by aiming too high too soon. If journaling every day feels like too big of a commitment to start out with, then go with every other day or even just a few times a week for a quick 5 minutes. There is zero shame in starting small and working your way into it.

At the end of the day, do not overthink it! There is no wrong way to journal, I promise you that!

Enjoy your quiet time my lovelies & let me know how it goes for you!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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