My dominant personality is Sanguine, which means that if you met me you would say that I am an extrovert. I can be loud and funny (sometimes). I am the forever cheerleader – Go YOU! And, I like color – colorful handbags, colorful clothes, colorful home décor…you get the picture!
When I prayer journal I like to use colored pens. Every night I select a new color from a repertoire of colored pens that I own. I punctuate some of my entries with stickers, which makes it easier to locate significant notes as I flip back through my structured prayer journal.
I like to use colored tabs to easily refer back to important entries.
I also like to use my colored pens to make little symbols in my prayer journal. You are apt to see stars, smiley faces and arrows on my colorful pages. These symbols are what I use to express my emotions as a short-hand alternative to free-hand journaling my thoughts. The arrows connect God’s answers and insights to what I am praying about. Often I will circle or underline the scriptures in the headers where God is speaking to me about something for which I am also praying. My prayer journal may look messy, but it makes perfect sense to me, which makes it a BEAUTIFUL MESS!
“And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,”
I just know that when God instructed people to “Write this down!” He meant with colored pens!
If you are like me, and a prayer journaler, I bet you have your own assortment of journaling “tools”, too. What’s in your toolbox?
Tomorrow I am going to start zeroing in on each section of the structured prayer journal. If you think Thanksgiving and Praise is a pretty straightforward concept, then think again. I’ve got some scriptures and personal stories that will change everything about how you start your prayers. So excited – hope you come back for that!!!
I am participating in The Nester’s 31 Days of Writing. You can go here to keep up with my 31 day feature on structured prayer journaling.
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she 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. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.