DIY Prayer Journal + How To Start A Prayer Journal

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One of the things I’ve really been loving lately is prayer journaling. I had many people tell me that I should give it a try, but it never really seemed like my type of thing….now I’m hooked ūüėČ The best things about prayer journaling is that it can be completely different from person to person and it doesn’t have to be perfect (the messier, the better, in my opinion). The way I prayer journal might look totally different from someone else’s, but that’s the beauty of it! God made us all unique and different for a purpose. I like making things, but if crafting isn’t your thing (or you don’t have extra time to spare…been there done that), feel free to use any pre-made journal you already have. I’m going to show you how I make mine, but go ahead and experiment with whatever you like!

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Here’s what you will need:

  • Paper for the inside of your journal
  • Stiff paper for the outside of your journal (cardstock, scrapbooking paper, or even leather will work)
  • A hole punch
  • String to bind your journal
  • Scissors
  • Whatever else you’d like to use on your journal. This is totally optional, but using fun pens, markers, washi tape, stickers, post-it notes, etc. will add a fun touch to your journal

Making your journal is super duper easy (I promise). All you have to do is fold your inside paper and cover paper in half so they form a notebook. You can use a ruler and measure out your cover to ensure that it goes over all of the inside paper, but I just eyeballed it. Next, you’ll want to punch holes in the inside and cover paper. Do this on the fold so that you can use the string to bind it together. I find that one hole punch at the top and one on the bottom through all of the paper works well to keep the journal together. The last thing you’ll want to do then is to run a string through all of the holes in the paper and the cover to pull it together. I decorated my cover with some writing that says “pray without ceasing”, but you could write anything or decorate it with whatever you like! Don’t be afraid to get creative!

One extra thing that I did was I made a little pocket in the back of the journal to place prayer cards that people gave me. I also put my prayer card for my missions trip to Mexico in there so I can be reminded to pray over those things daily. Let me know if you’d like one and I’d love to give it to you!

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Now onto how to use your prayer journal…

Again, every single person is different, so don’t feel like you have to do exactly what I did. Some people thrive on writing out their entire prayers in their journals, but I tend to do best with just writing down specific prayers and praises and praying over them.

I like to start out each page with the date, a section for my prayer requests, and a section for praises. I also like to include a little section where I can write down ways that I saw God move throughout the day, whether it was in the beautiful sunshine or in a sweet time spent with a friend.

Something else that I like to do after writing down my prayers and praises is to art it up a little bit with washi tape, little drawings and sayings, and whatever I’m feeling! Some people like just a cut and dry format and others like lots of colors and patterns, so do whatever suits you!

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Use the time when you are writing in your prayer journal to reflect over the things God has done and the things that still need His guidance and help. Although writing things down is a great start, really let the prayers you are writing sink deep into your heart. Let me leave you with these verses to encourage you in your prayers

 Rejoice always, pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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DIY Two-Ingredient Sugar Scrub

Welcome back to another DIY blog post! Today, I’ll be showing you how to make this amazing moisturizing sugar scrub that’ll leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

How to make the sugar scrub:

  • Simply mix your melted coconut oil and sugar together well and add in some essential oil. I prefer peppermint or tea tree oil but some other ideas are lemon, lavender, or citrus. Store your scrub in an airtight container at room temperature for best results.

I like to use my sugar scrub in the shower on my hands, arms, and legs for silky soft skin. Just gently scrub it onto wet skin and rinse with warm water and you will have moisturized skin in no time! This sugar scrub would also make a wonderful inexpensive gift for friends and family (Hint, hint…Mother’s Day is on Sunday). You could spoon it into a small mason jar, tie some raffia or ribbon around it, and make a cute little label for it. You could even give it with a loofah sponge or some other kind of relaxing bath product. It’s just the thing for a DIY spa night and it also makes the perfect gift!

Verse of The Week ~Exodus 3:11-12a~

I don’t know about you, but often I find myself questioning God and saying things such as “Why me?”, “But isn’t that too hard?”, and “What if I can’t do it?”. It doesn’t always hit me right away, but at some point, I realize how foolish I am to be asking those kinds of questions to the One who created the very grass on which I stand. In Exodus, we are given a very relateable picture of ¬†Moses questioning God at the burning bush. Let’s read it:

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.”

Exodus 3:11-12a

If you continue to read throughout the chapter of Exodus , you’ll see that Moses doesn’t just question God this one time. He proceeded many times¬†to interrogate God with many of the questions I find myself asking sometimes. I think the best part about this passage is the five words that God uses to assure Moses that He was the one…”I will be with you”. With these five words, God distilled Moses’ fear and reminded Him of just how big of a God He truly is.

Although this encounter happened¬†thousands of years ago, I believe that we can still gain immense knowledge from it. God calls us daily to do things that we might not be comfortable with. Sometimes they’re small and they go unnoticed, but other times, you can’t ignore them. It might be something as small as saying hello to the new person in your class, but it could be something as big as traveling across the world to spread the word of God. Whatever God might be challenging you to, remember that He is bigger than¬†anything¬†that you will ever face. I love this quote that says, “If God brings you to it…He will bring you through it”(p.s. my jaw dropped about six feet when I found out that this quote is by Kim Kardashian). The point of the story is that if God leads you to something, He did it for a reason and He will lead you through it. Don’t limit God because of your fears. He is big enough to be with you through whatever He’s calling you to.

Verse of The Week ~Isaiah 53:5~

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In light of Easter last week, I think this verse is perfect. It really captures the true depth of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it brings the reader a new appreciation of all that Christ has done for us.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Pierced, crushed, punished, wounded…..these are the words that are associated with the price Jesus paid for our eternal life in Him. My mind cannot even begin to wrap itself around just how much suffering our Lord went through to save us. Although we may know some pain here on Earth, I can tell you that our physical pain is nothing compared to the pain Jesus endured on the cross.

However, that’s not the most powerful part. The most powerful part is that He chose to suffer¬†for us.¬†He chose to suffer for sinful people like you and me. You see, even though He knew it would be miserable, Jesus saw past the pain to the point of each and every one of our brokenness, and still chose to be the sacrifice. He knew the hurt, but He also knew the healing that would result. When Jesus gave his life on that day so long ago, He gave life to¬†everyone.¬†He gave life to the sinner, the addict, the depressed, the broken, and the imperfect. He gave¬†life, despite the pain.‚̧ԳŹ

3 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated

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If you read my blog two weeks ago, you might remember that I wrote about some health benefits of staying hydrated. If you missed it, click here¬†to read all about it! Today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to do that! Lets get right into it!

  1. Make Water Readily Available

Okay, so I’m sure you can relate to this scenario. You’re at a family gathering and there is a big tub of homemade cookies readily available. They’re sitting right in front of you and their chocolatey scent is drifting to your nose. It’s almost as if you can already taste the cookies in your mouth. What do you do? Maybe it’s just me, but I’d eat one (or more than one…)!! The same thing applies to staying hydrated. If you have an ice cold cup of water right at your disposal, you’ll be more likely to drink it. If you’re on the move a lot, invest in a nice reusable water bottle like¬†this one. Carry it around with you and I can guarantee that it’ll motivate you to drink more water.

2. Make your water fun!

Who said that water has to be boring?? There are so many different ways to spruce up plain water that makes it so much more fun to drink! Two of my favorite natural ways to do that is to drink tea or to drink infused water. To make my favorite infused water, just chop up some fresh strawberries and a juicy lemon and add them to a cup of ice water for a tasty twist! You could also add fresh mint leaves, limes, cucumbers, orange slices, or whatever you want! The possibilities are practically endless!

3. Remind Yourself

One of my biggest problems with staying hydrated is remembering to drink water regularly. If you’re like me and you forget to not forget (…huh?), set a reminder on your phone to sip regularly! You could set it for every 30 or 60 minutes and when it goes off, it’ll remind you to drink up! If you like to watch TV shows, you could also use commercial breaks as a reminder to chug a glass of water. Those are just a few examples, but feel free to get creative and do whatever works best for you!

Verse Of The Week ~John 12:13~

It’s not every day that you’ll hear someone shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!”. It’s a word that isn’t used in our everyday lives, but I believe that it should be. Let’s look at this week’s verse:

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

John 12:13

First of all, how incredible would it be to witness Jesus coming into Jerusalem? Talk about a crazy experience! These people who stood in the dusty, crowded streets of Jerusalem were welcoming the King himself. They lifted up their praises, while laying down their cloaks and palm branches to pave a path for Jesus.

Now today, we don’t necessarily have the experience to welcome a tangible, physical Jesus into our city, but we can do something just as amazing. We can welcome Him into our very own hearts. And that is something worth praising Him about.

The word hosanna is used many times throughout the Bible as an exclamation of praise and adoration. It’s a word we should use to thank and praise God for all He is and all He has done in our lives. Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to thank God. You might find yourself at times questioning what God is doing in your life, but let me challenge you to praise in the midst of praise. Lift up your praise. Lift up your¬†hosanna.

 

5 Health Benefits of Staying Hydrated

It’s no hidden fact that the human body needs water in order to function. In fact, 50% – 75% of our bodies are water. That’s a pretty big amount! I love this verse from John that perfectly sums up the importance of physical, and more importantly, spiritual hydration.

but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

John 4:14

The “spiritual water” mentioned in this passage is something that all of us should be thirsting for in our everyday life. However, until we leave our physical bodies here on earth to be reunited with Christ in Heaven, we also must quench our physical thirst. Physical water is vital to the functions of our human bodies. Here are a just a few of the many benefits of drinking water:

  1. Hydration = Happiness!

When your body is even the slightest bit dehydrated, you might notice that you tend to fall into a grumpy mood and have trouble focusing. Your simple remedy – water! Water helps boost your mood and give you a lift in concentration.

2. Water Helps Reduce Toxins In Your Body

If your body isn’t receiving enough water, the functions of your body that release toxins will not work as efficiently. God designed our bodies with many wonderful ways to flush out toxins, but if you aren’t drinking enough water, those systems will slow down, causing toxins and bacteria to build up in your body. Extra bacteria and toxins aren’t good for anyone.

3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism 

Your metabolism is what is responsible for running every single process within your body. When water is added into the mix, your metabolism can run better, faster, and more efficiently.

4. Staying Hydrated Keeps Your Skin Healthy

If your body is not receiving enough water, your skin will become dry and cracked. When your water intake is healthy, your skin will stay soft, moisturized, and hydrated.

5. Water Gives You An Energy Boost!

When your metabolism is down, it means that your energy is down too. Drinking water helps energize you and keep you energized, unlike artificial energy sources such as sugar or soft drinks that wear off quickly. So grab yourself a bottle of water and get a boost of energy!

Water truly is an all-around great boost for just about anything you can think of. It’s so amazing to me how God knew exactly what our bodies would need and provided us with water as a natural resource to replenish us. It just goes to show how God really does cover our every need. He is good ūüôā

Keep calm and sip on!!