Teens—A Rich Way to Record 2017
As we settle into 2017 with goal lists and good intentions, we already have stacks of memories and most of us enjoy reviewing them at the end of the year. Instagram, blogs, diaries, scrapbooks and bullet journals all aid in documenting our paths as the months roll by.
As a dabbler in many of these memory savers, I think I found my favorite way to record my highs and lows.
It wasn’t something I did very consistently as a student. After reliving a few of my very detailed teenage diaries, I realized that I didn’t really care to remember what I ate for breakfast on April 7 of 2014. I didn’t feel sentimental anymore about what I wore to my friend’s birthday party or what the gorilla did at the zoo. Some journal entries were more like written worries or flat-out complaining. Because of that, rereading old journals wasn’t an entirely edifying activity.
Thankfully, a wise woman in my life shared that prayer journaling was something that changed her devotional life. I resolved to try it again and fell in love with it as a way to track my year. These are four of the blessings I have found spur from prayer journaling:
- Prayer journaling isn’t about you. Is there a sweeter way to remember a season in your life than to think of memories you had with God, growing in His grace? It’s a more outward and upward way to write about life. Instead of, “Today Lynn hurt my feelings” or “I’m nervous about the SAT test” it can read “Lord, give me a love that is patient, kind and long-suffering” and “THANK YOU for helping me score well on the SAT.”
- Prayer journaling is a way to speak truth to yourself. As a passage works in my heart during my quiet time, it’s a tremendous blessing to form a prayer based on what God is saying in His Word. Paraphrasing it, praying it, and pondering on it leaves not just a mark on the page, but a mark on my heart. Writing down Scriptural prayers helps me to slow down, remember and grasp onto the truth both then and throughout the rest of the day. Psalm 119:15, says, “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.”
- Recorded prayers turn into a rich resource because you can see how God specifically answers. It builds faith to gaze upon His wonders and consider all the ways God personally acts on my behalf. It’s a daily reminder to pray and then anticipate how God will answer in His perfect timing!
- You can use your prayer journal to keep on petitioning. The Psalms are full of pray-ers reminding themselves before God of His character and His promises. This bolsters faith like nothing else. In movements of doubt, you can re-pray every word of your journal and know that He hears and invites us to pray without ceasing. Ephesians 6:18 says, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
I hope you give this rich resource-in-the-making a try this year!
Abigail Prigge is a freelance writer and homeschool grad from the enchanting Idaho’s Treasure Valley. She is the founder of A Time 2 Write, where she blogs and coaches writing. She enjoys making cards, quoting Jane Austen, studying God’s Word, playing volleyball, skiing at Bogus Basin, and coffee dates.