I receive the daily email devotion from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Connection (to sign up click here: http://profile.purposedriven.com/managesubscriptionssimple.aspx) This was a great one on journaling!
I cannot believe I am finally writing this post! I have been working on these prayer journals for 5 years now and they are finally done, the website is up and we are ready to roll!
When I was pregnant with my firstborn, Ellie, I had such a desire to completely cover her in prayer. My heart's desires for her were endless. So, I started a little spreadsheet of spiritual virtues I wanted to pray over her and asked family and friends to join me in that day's prayer. We all prayed for faithfulness on the same day or joy, peace, patience, obedience, etc.. Then, I thought I should add a "physical need or desire" with that day's prayer, so I added another column for things like a good sleeper, ease of delivery, the doctors, the endocrine system (I was happy to learn what that was!), etc.. I added scripture to go with the virtues and sent it out. We all loved being on the same page praying for Ellie and felt so bonded with her when she was born. I continued to work on my list and when I was pregnant with my second, Izzy, we were excited to start using the list again. The best part of this process was, no matter what happened- and there were some issues with my delivery of Ellie and different issues with Izzy's pregnancy and when she was born- we had complete peace and comfort knowing that we covered every aspect in prayer and they truly were in the Lord's hands in every way. There is very little we can do to control pregnancy, but there is so much peace in trusting the One who has complete control.
After my girls were born, I missed the process of praying scripture over every aspect of their lives in this way. It was no longer necessary to pray for the birthing "logistics" so I created a list for children covering; future spouse, future friends, schools, spiritual virtues, reputation, purity, obedience, etc.. this list became a daily prayer for them where I would write it at the top of my journal page and be reminded of that prayer and scripture throughout the day. It has been neat to memorize this scripture simply as a result of repetition through the years of praying for them. We now use this list with Ellie before bed. She gets out her pink bible and looks up the verse (with our help of course) and we read about that day's prayer. It is fun to discuss things like financial responsibility and what the bible says about it with her. She also hears the scripture enough that we can refer back to that if, by chance, we need to pull one out about obedience!
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