1. Susan Schmidt

    Your Prayer Journal


    Have you tried writing or typing your prayers? Not sure where to start? My prayer journal originally started as a diary not long after my husband passed away. I wanted to write about what I was going through, and it eventually turned into my prayers as well. I typed my prayers and found it easier to focus on praying than just thinking my prayer. As the months went on I found that I spent more time in prayer than in a diary. There are days when I’m not sure how to start, so to break my block I begin with praise and thanks to my Father. I thank Him for a good night’s rest, for watching over me through the night, for the beautiful morning. You get the idea. I share my thoughts with Him and ask Him for His advice. It’s a beautiful time for me to spend with a Father who loves me unconditionally. There are 121 references to unfailing love in the Bible with approximately 72 of those appearing in Psalms.

    A dear friend of mine shared with me that she’s tried typing her prayers and found that it helped her to focus more on her prayer when she typed it. However you choose to keep a prayer journal, give it a try and see how the Lord uses the time that you spend in His presence.

    Blessings to you in your Journaling for Your Soul Journey.

  2. Susan Schmidt

    Journal for the Journey


    We’re all on our own journey with its twists and turns, so why journal? And why a prayer journal?

    I found a typewritten letter to God that I wrote back in 1986. I thought that my journal started in 2009, but it seems that I had the journaling “bug” back then. I type so much faster than I can write that it just frustrates me to try to hand write anything. I drifted back into journaling in 2009 after my husband died unexpectedly. While sorting through my grief and beginning to move forward in my life, I began to write a diary of what I was going through. That diary eventually turned into a prayer journal as well where I expressed what I was going through to my heavenly Father.

    That was a special time for me. The evenings are lonely – as anyone who has lost a spouse will tell you – so I would put on my favorite praise and worship music, close my eyes and just type to the Lord. As the months passed there were times when I would look back at what I’d written and realize that the words that I used at times weren’t words that were typically “mine.” How precious to have the Holy Spirit with me as I began to journal.

    I hope that you’ll share with me your journaling journey. In the days – and posts – to come I’ll share more about this very special journey. Won’t you join me?

  3. Susan Schmidt

    The Write Stuff


    Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness. – Isaiah 30:8 (NIV)

    Have you tried writing your prayers? Keeping a prayer journal? Lately as I try to pray at various times of the day I find my thoughts bouncing around in my head like a pinball hitting the bumpers. There’s one thought – bump – off to another thought – bump – I need to remember to do XYZ – bump – you get the idea. Sometimes it seems no matter how hard I try to focus my thoughts – and my prayers – they are all jumbled. I’m not pleased with myself for being like this and I’d like to give the credit to my age, but for whatever reason I’m not focused.

    I began once again keeping a prayer journal at the end of January this year and I’ve found that it helps me tremendously. As I sit and type my prayers to the Father I need to concentrate on what I want to say and make my fingers race across the keyboard to keep up with the thoughts and the prayer. I’m more centered and that pinball in my mind is quiet. I love having a record of my prayers and going back to review what I’ve prayed about on any given day. Do I do this every day? No, but on an average I type something in my prayer journal five days each week. The days that I don’t go into my prayer journal seem scrambled and I don’t start out with the focus that I do when I’ve gone to the Father before starting my day. Just sayin’….

    Won’t you join me in keeping a prayer journal? Whether you prefer to hand write or type I suggest that you give it a try. Ask the Lord if this is what He would have you to do and obey His leading.


    Thank You for Your patience with me as I try to focus my attention on You. It’s my desire to communicate with You on many levels and I am grateful that You have provided me with various tools for organizing my thoughts. I ask that You are with me as I talk with You and may I also be open to hearing You speak with me. Thank You for Your word and for the many ways that You and I can communicate with each other. I ask that You are with those who are reading this and that You would minister to them and show them how You would like to communicate with each of them. You are such a loving Father who wants to hear from His children, and I thank You for allowing me to sit at Your feet and talk with You.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen

  4. HisDaughter

    The Journaling Journey


    As I continue in my journaling journey, I’m learning that I need to stop and listen for the Lord’s voice. He’s taught me how to worship Him in my journal and it’s been a beautiful journey.

    My journal time is in the morning before I let the clutter of the day fill my mind. I journal before I look at any emails or turn on the radio. I open my window to hear the birds singing and to feel any breezes that may be flowing through. (I live in Florida so I can open my window a good part of the year.) I touch type and I’ve learned to close my eyes as I write in my journal. There are a couple of reasons why I do this. First is that it eliminates any outside distractions and helps me to focus on my writing. Second is that I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist – at least with the written word – and if I see any misspellings I’m likely to stop and fix it, which breaks the flow of my writing. It’s taken me a while to get to this point, but the Lord has been patient with me and has been teaching me as I go.

    He has also taught me to stop to listen for His voice. To be still. When I pour out my heart to him in my journal, I’ll write for a while and then stop and try to clear my mind to listen for His voice. The words that come to my mind I then write down so that I can review them later. Do I always have words come to mind? No, but I do pause to listen and if there are no words, I then continue with my prayer time in my journal. This has been extremely powerful for me in my walk with the Lord and has drawn me even closer to Him. I encourage you to be still before the Lord and to rest in His presence.


    You are so loving and gentle and I thank You for being with me and teaching me how to commune with You. May I continue to learn the lessons that You have for me and to obey what You ask me to do. May I reflect Your love to those that I meet.

    In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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