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How to Start a Prayer Journal (plus my favorite resources and a FREE printable!)

Old news, but I’m an avid prayer journaler. I’ve used the same brand of pen for almost ten years and used to opt for a brand new style of journal with each one that filled up. But I think I’ve found my favorite and, the older I get, the more I like things to stay...

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How to Keep a Prayer Journal Private (and other FAQs about prayer journaling)

We had our first real family Halloween this year, and it felt like a movie – those kinds of long-dreamed-of family events always do. With the houses decked out and parents huddled around driveway fire pits while their costumed children scurried around, hauling their loot. The fall leaves crunched underfoot as Jordan made his first...

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The Art of the Written Prayer: A Series on Prayer Journaling (Part 1)

Early one evening, in a Tennessee tent, I lay on a sleeping bag with a girlfriend as she prayed out loud. I grew up in a church that practiced the beauty of liturgical prayer – a congregation of words spoken in one voice. But that was all I knew of prayer – the words printed...

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Go Again: A Lesson in Prayer Perseverance

When I was 27, three years into our family-wait, and on that side of our Jordan, I tripped faith-first, right into a waiting-wall. What’s the use in praying? I wrote the words in my prayer journal one Wednesday afternoon in early spring. If Your will is going to be done anyway, does my praying really...

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The Last Eleven Months: 10

These words are part of a collection of writings from the final months of our ten-year-long journey of delayed fertility. In them, I’m pulling back the privacy-curtain and taking you inside the pages of my prayer journals to give insight to those who have not experienced infertility, and hope to those neck-deep in the lonely-midst of it....

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