Struggling to figure out what to write in your journal this week? Check back often, and see what new prompts are here to help you out! Remember, you can ALWAYS journal your Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers! Here are some guidelines to help:
BEGIN WITH PRAYER: Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and guide you.
DATE EVERY ENTRY: Recording the dates of each journal entry will help you to see the progress you've made.
WRITE WHAT IS ON YOUR HEART: Start by just talking to God and sharing your joys, victories, frustrations, anger, fears, heartaches, and praises with Him. You can write about special events, revelations, weaknesses, goals, dreams, memories, or scriptures that you love.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT MISTAKES: Don't worry about your spelling, your handwriting, or your content. Thinking too long and too hard about those pieces may keep you from being able to write what you want.
October 19, 2015: We've had some GORGEOUS fall weather lately. If you enjoy the beauty of nature, find pictures, leaves, flowers, or even go take photos of the season. Put them in your journal, and under each, write down the reasons why those scenes/items inspire you. Perhaps you might search for scriptures that speak about God's workmanship. You can think about all that God has created, and what a tin (but important!) part of that enormous universe we are.
October 29, 2015: Last night, we spent a lot of time talking about OTHER religions. What caught your interest about one of the religions (besides the flying spaghetti monster)? Talk about why it caught your interest - and how you think it helps them in their worship.
November 4, 2015: Thankfulness was the theme of our children's message on Sunday (and I KNOW everyone's working on their 30 days of Thankfuls, right?) What does being Thankful look like in your life? How do you keep an "attitude of gratitude" throughout the year, not just during November? If you find it hard to be grateful because of challenges in your life, how can you help yourself to see the little things that help create a sense of thankfulness?
November 24, 2015: After close to 30 days of Thankfuls, what have you learned this month? Have you found it easy to find a thankful for something every day? Has it been difficult? Did you find yourself looking for gratefulness in your everyday life? Most importantly - can you keep it up?
December 10, 2015: Last night, we talked about covenants, and specifically, YOUR confirmation covenant. Everyone wrote "Why I want to be confirmed." Expand on that idea - now that you have explained why you want to be confirmed, what do you expect from confirmation class? I mean, sure, everyone loves cupcakes ;-), but what do you really expect to get out every class - do you want to dig deep into history, skim the surface of a wide variety of topics, or do you have a specific topic you REALLY want to learn about?
December 23, 2015: Simply having a wonderful Christmastime? Or, maybe not-so-much? The holidays can be a rough time in some families. Think about what you can do to help friends and family that might be struggling. What can you do to help yourself, if you're struggling? And more importantly - what does any of that have to do with Jesus's birth? How can we help bring the conversation at Christmas away from "presents" and more to "presence?" How do we help people remember that this time is about celebration of God, and not just the awesome presents?