Abide Prayer Journals have finally made their debut! Designing these journals really got me thinking about how a simple task like writing can be such a productive and therapeutic process. My goal with the Abide Prayer Journals was for them to serve as reminders for you to make prayer a faithful part of your daily routine, while also providing many positive benefits to your health, business, and personal life.
Lest you get confused, keeping a journal is NOT the same as keeping a diary. According to Kathleen Adams, founder and director of The Center for Journal Therapy in Lakewood, Colorado, the difference between keeping a traditional diary and keeping a journal is that in the former, you record daily events and happenings, while in the latter, you focus on your reactions and perceptions to those events.
I usually find myself journaling during my leisure time and when I travel. With my busy schedule, journaling helps me keep track of the little things I need to remember and reflect on. At important meetings, I don’t want to miss a single word, so I make sure to keep my journal handy! Later I can go back and review my notes. This helps keep my thoughts in order, so that I can strategize and think of productive ways to improve my business.
My team and I are in the process of designing more journals, but I especially love the design for these prayer journals because it reminds me to pray, while also helping me to keep up with my bible studies and inspirational messages. One of the many benefits of writing down what you read in the bible is that it improves scripture memory!
Although I initially started journaling by recording my notes from sermons and business meetings, I have learned that keeping a daily journal is also great for problem solving and reducing stress. Dr. Laurie Nadel, author of Zen and the Art of Windsurfing (not surprisingly, written in the form of a journal), regularly suggests to her clients that they keep a journal themselves. For anyone who is depressed or feeling “stuck,” journaling can be a way to gain insight into your thoughts and feelings, says Nadel. “Journaling allows you to dialogue with parts of your psyche that are frozen in time,” she says. “It allows you to tap into deeper reserves of creativity and problem-solving. By keeping a journal, you can get a flash of knowing and awareness that you haven’t seen before.”
Journaling about an obstacle you face is an excellent way to put it to rest. Write down what you’re worried about. By regularly recording your thoughts you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods. This in turn will help you with your personal growth and development. So, don’t keep your thoughts bottled up in your head. Instead allow journaling to bring your dreams to life! Get those wonderful, creative ideas down on paper and out of your head so you can start something new or put an end to something in the past.
Our new hardcover Abide Prayer Journals feature 192 lined white pages, include a bookmark and elastic closure, and come embellished with silver metallic ink to give off a fresh, modern look. They will no doubt be perfect for bible studies, group discussions, empowerment meetings, wedding gifts or personal use! So what do you say? Are you ready to start journaling? Get your very own Abide Prayer Journal today!
Why do you keep a journal? Tell me in the comments below!