3 Reasons Why I Love Prayer Journaling

Happy New Month my lovelies!

We are officially in JULY! & I WELCOME this month with open arms because not only has God kept me by His safe and by His side to see the middle of 2020 but He has given me the grace to see my 27th birthday month!

I decided to do something different this month of July. Each week this month, I will be discussing all things relating to Journaling specifically Prayer Journaling.

Why?

It has been such a blessing in my life & by God’s grace, it will give you some great ideas if you are in a journaling rut or want to incorporate journaling into your own faith journey!

I mentioned how you can incorporate journaling into one’s week in a previous post. Check it out here.

Three reasons I find journaling helpful:

Journaling Helps Think It Out

There are some days where I just need process what I am thinking properly, get it all OUT of my head and put them somewhere else. Sometimes I talk it out loud, go on my prayer walks but I have really found that writing it down is more helpful for me.

My journal is a sacred space where I can get all the good, bad, and the ugly down on paper and sort it out with God. I try not to filter myself when writing and let my mind go where it needs to. And sometimes writing it down, helps me see that my feelings actually do not align with what I want or with reality even. And sometimes, I realise they do not make sense and something about that feels freeing at the moment. Other times, as I write things down, I am able to uncover lies I am believing, which is a starting point for turning things around.

As I am writing, God often brings scripture to mind that helps me take all the things I feel and think and process them through the perspective of His truth.

This is important because my feelings can go all over the map, but to process them through truth on paper makes sure I land in a place with less of my human perspective of more of a God perspective.

Journaling Helps Me Have A Record Of What God Is Teaching Me

I am often so encouraged when I look back in my journal and I am reminded of what God was teaching me at particular times. When I am on the other side of specific prayers and can see his faithfulness, it encourages me to trust Him more. Also, I am reminded He is working even when I think He is not!

Through my journals, I have a record of His faithfulness to refer back to when the present feels difficult or when I lack hope. I also use it to write down scripture I am reading through or how certain verses are specifically impacting me at that time.

I mentioned in my first ever Honey Luxe post (3 Ways To Give Your Prayer Life A Boost) how journaling can support one’s prayer life.

It brings me joy just simply writing out scripture – just picking a verse and then writing it down in my journal. I have found that when I am really struggling to focus, it is helpful for me to write a bit of scripture down. As I slow down enough to write it out, I am able to focus on it more and really let it sink in.

Journaling Helps Me Remember

When you were a child you probably could not tell if you were getting taller from one day to the next because growing is a slow process, but from one year to the next you could see a big difference! It can be the same in our spiritual life.

I do not see what God is doing from one day to the next all the time because spiritually maturing can also be a slow process, but when I look back at a journal from a year ago I am honestly blown away! I have a reference point through my journal to see all that God has done and how I have matured in my faith and in my relationship with Him.

It reminds me that He is producing character and good fruit in me when day to day faithfulness feels like I am trudging through mud. I need that reminder that growing little by little each day will eventually yield noticeable growth in my life and I love having a record of the process in my journal.

Well, there are definitely more benefits to share, but those are the major reasons why I find journaling helpful in my faith!

Do you journal?

If so, how has prayer journaling helped you in your relationship with God?

Stay tuned for my next post in this series that will give you some different ideas on WHAT you can journal when you spend time with God!

Let me know your thoughts!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Fuel For Thought: PRAYER

How Distractions Can Actually Fuel Your Prayer Life

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Imagine this… You sit down to pray. Then you close your eyes to all distractions and begin to speak to God. Start pouring your heart out to Him and then…

You remember you forgot to get milk at the supermarket earlier that day.

GREAT. Okay, you begin again. You are on a roll now, praying for a friend’s recent health concerns…

When a picture of the unpaid electric bill you have been meaning to take care of flashes through your mind!

Does any of this sound familiar? It has happened to me too many times to count! Maybe not the exact details, but do you ever find when you are trying your best to clear your mind and focus on God, the distractions come flooding in one by one, like little relentless attackers?

If so, then I have good news: it is actually okay for your mind to wander when you pray. It happens and honestly, I promise you are not a failure at prayer if you are easily distracted.

Let me say it again because you really need to know this:

You are not a failure at prayer if you are easily distracted!

This is so important because the feeling that we are a prayer-failure is one of the biggest blocks to becoming the prayer warrior God is calling us to be!

Satan would really love for us to begin to pray, encounter distractions, and give up.

But that is not our portion! Did you know that you can actually use distractions to our advantage?

I thought of three steps we can take in order to use our distractions as the momentum to fuel our prayers. Let me tell you how it works:

Step 1: Expect the Distractions

Let us face it, we live in a fast-paced world. Words and images flash past our phone screens more quickly than our brains were probably designed to handle. We have been trained to multi-task as a way of life. Is there any question why it is so hard to quiet our minds to connect with God, or to create white space for meditation and reflection?

So be realistic when you decide to begin your quiet time. Stop expecting that sitting still is going to come easily right away…because it is not!

Expect the distractions to come because they will.

Anticipate the attack.

Step 2: Embrace the Distractions

So now you know the attack is coming. What are you going to do about it? Now that you are fully aware distractions may come. You are going to embrace them as they come at you! Embrace your distractions…by writing them down, then continuing to pray. They may be something weighing heavily on your heart and what better time than now during your quiet prayer time to focus on it. Or it could be something important you need to do at a later point in time. You will need to be armed with a journal/notebook or even just paper and a pen, and so when you think about the milk you forgot at the supermarket…

Write it down.

As the picture of the unpaid bill flashes through your mind…

Write it down.

The mere act of writing your distractions on paper captures them, robbing them of any power they might have over the rest of your prayer time. They are captives on your list, to be dealt with only when you decide to deal with them – on your OWN terms.

Step 3: Utilize the Distractions

Okay, now we this is where we use the distractions to actually fuel our prayers.

Here is how it might look:

You are praising God and remember the forgotten milk. You write a note down so you remember to put milk on your shopping list for next time, and shift into praising God for providing the means to buy the shopping for your family. This might remind you of the homeless shelter you volunteered at, and the woman with three young children who was interviewing for a job the following week. You go with it and pray for God’s provision and for the interview to go well.

Then you move on to praying for your friend’s health, and get distracted when you realize you have not paid the electric bill. You write down a reminder to remember to pay it later, and then shift into asking God to provide for the physical and financial needs of your friend and her family, like utilities and housing.

By doing this, not only are all of your distractions dealt with immediately, but they are actually FUEL for your prayers! And an added bonus is that it actually trains your mind to shift your thinking to prayer in many different, seemingly non-spiritual circumstances.

By God’s grace, these three tips will help you leverage distractions to fuel your prayer life? Try it, and let me know!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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Being Purposely Led

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a beautiful woman of God, Esther on her blog Ethessential.com/. On her blog, she has created an amazing series called Woman of Purpose and I was chosen to be second in the lineup out of ten ladies & it really inspired me to think more about one’s Purpose.

For so long I struggled to find my purpose in life. I always knew that God created me for a reason, but I could not understand what He wanted to do with my life. But I was so busy trying to think my way to finding God’s purpose for my life, that I had invalidated myself. I tried so hard to seek the approval of what I thought was my purpose instead of seeking God for His purpose for my life.

Life can be hard.

It can also be tiresome, lonely, infuriating, and can oftentimes feel unfulfilling but it does not have to be!

He is a God who knows what the plan is for your life. He is the God who wrote your purpose.

I constantly love to remind myself of my purpose and ask myself, “Am I currently walking in my purpose?”, and “What exactly is my God-given purpose?” It has been said that your purpose is usually the thing that weighs heavy on your heart, no matter how difficult that thing may be!

My goal is to fulfil the purpose God has for me. To live a life that is driven by purpose and a life that is fruitful. Well, in order to do that I have to be spiritually in time with and connected to the creator.

We have to develop an intimate relationship with God; I see it as God would always reveal His secrets to His friends.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” -1 Peter 2:9

Isn’t that beautiful?  If we know Jesus, we are chosen, royal, holy… His special possession.  And why do we get this privilege? So that we can declare His praises and tell of how wonderful He is. YES!  Right there we have discovered our main purpose for The Lord.

God is PERFECT. His voice is a still small whisper in our ears. It is important to note that He is not going force His will on us. We have to be open to it in order to walk in our purpose.

I want to share with you some truths that I have discovered on my personal journey towards walking boldly and powerfully in my God-given purpose.

In order to live a purposely fed life, we need seven things: obedience, identity, humility, strength, love, provision, and purpose. I am not saying that is all we need but it is definitely a good start!

I am so excited to share the FREE 7-day Purposely Driven Devotional I created which I see as quite timely. CLICK HERE to receive it!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Let me encourage you to be determined to fight for your purpose, and God will give you the grace to keep moving forward. In Jesus Name. AMEN!!

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

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