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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mother and Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. She is a witty and point-on expositor of God’s Word as a conference speaker. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, Gina is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. Gina also blogs and offers numerous videos and resources at GinaDuke.com. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
Due to the new focus on prayer since the release of the War Room movie and the craze of Bible Journaling, the original copy of Organizing Your Prayer Closet has had a resurgence in sales, especially on Amazon.
In response, Abingdon Press has released a refreshed version of the original book and relaunched it in the summer of 2016. The new project includes an additional chapter (Chapter 1) and some other minor improvements.
It is hard to believe how God has used this project and in His mercy and grace extended its shelf life. Only He would time its release before one of the most popular Christian Movies of our time was released that focused on my book’s topic – prayer closet.
My book is more of a portable alternative to actually claiming closet space to climb into for prayer. And, oh, how I love decorating mine like a junk journal! See my YouTube videos here!
The enclosed Prayer Closet Organizer is a great tool to facilitate a robust prayer life. It not only includes some helpful prayer tips but makes a great accessory to anyone’s prayer life. If you would like to gather some friends up for a small group study, I’ve got a guide for you here.
This book can be ordered from my publisher’s website or from Amazon, to name a few online stores. And just in case, you still love the original and would like to puchase one of my decorated versions, go to my Etsy store, Churchtown Market.
Confession alert – I am feeling like a failure. Maybe you are too. Since returning to corporate America, I have had the worst stinkin’ time trying to keep up with blogging and writing. It is so frustrating to want to do something so badly, but not being able to do it. But, hey, I did not come here to complain, nor did you come here to listen to me complain and blah, blah, blah…
The good news is that I’ve been able to keep up with my YouTube videos. Since I haven’t posted the last few, I thought I would just do a dump…(yeah, I did this last month and called it “catching up” – pathetic, I know!). So here goes…
You just may find this one a little controversial; I know some did on YouTube, but it is something that has changed how I look at things. See what you think…
Next, my brain stopped working…Just note that when I say Home Depot, I meant Hobby Lobby and when I said the letter “C”, I really meant “S”. Follow along if you can…
Okay – this one you will love – not necessarily my video BUT the Tim Holtz TRANSPARENT VELLUM PAPER!!! Check it out…
Well, that’s all folks for now. Thank you for stopping by!
I am using the award-winning structured prayer journal, Organizing Your Prayer Closet (Abingdon Press) to decorate and enjoy during my prayer time. I am sharing why going back and making updates are important, talking about what do when the Holy Spirit cautions you and crying over my mama (again).
I discovered something in my prayer closet – the power of repentance statements! As you probably already know, to repent means to go the other way. Something had happened that had given me some concern. I guess you could say I was overcome with fear.
While I was prayer journaling, I made an entry for safety, but realized that I was still afraid. Knowing, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)” I decided that I must repent of giving way to fear. So, I simply made an entry in the Freedom and Forgiveness compartment that simply said, “I will not be afraid.” And you know what, I felt the Spirit of God immediately break the bonds of fear. My words really cannot do my experience justice.
The next week, I experienced the same thing when fear tried to grip my spirit again. My husband was out of town and as I went to bed I became afraid to be alone. After a few minutes of panic and tears, I was reminded to make another repentance statement – I will not be afraid. Thankfully, my mind was immediately put to ease.
That’s just one of the many things God did recently in my prayer closet. Feel free to take an additional peak…
On Senior Day at my high school way back in 1985, I won an honorary award. It was not Most Likely to Succeed or the Most Likely to be Famous, but…wait for it…Most Absent-Minded. Yep, that’s me.
Unless you have this problem of being naturally scattered-brained you will never understand how hard it is to overcome. I find that those who consistently fire on all cylinders are under the impression that overcoming absent-mindedness is like flipping a light switch. But, I beg to differ.
Is there a remedy to my dilemma?
Perhaps it is mindfulness.
Merriam-Webster defines mindfulness as a, “state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis”
Although, I cannot say that I have vanquished absent-mindedness, I have become somewhat successful at it in prayer, thanks to the aid of the Holy Spirit. When I send up my prayers I use the discipline of structured prayer journaling to capture any and all movement regarding my prayer requests.
There is some divine stuff going on, and if we capture it, we can catch a glimpse into to what God is doing. How much better off would we be if we paid attention to every little detail that God is orchestrating? And how much more exciting! With this approach, I find that I am never disappointed by His answer.
Try my process:
Write down your individual prayer requests
Every day, think through your day and make notes of anything that happens that relates to your written prayer requests
Prayerfully ponder them
Allow God to show you the why and what in the developments you have noted
Take note of what you believe the updates mean
Wait for it…See what God does
Record the answers
Assess the reality with spiritual eyes
Thank God for His gracious insight
This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 1 Corinthians 4:1 NIV