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So it’s January…How Calm is your Spirit?
Anyone need a detox from all the plans that the holiday season brings?
(You can’t see me, but my hand is raised.)
Or maybe your spirit is a mess because it’s Tuesday and you’re tired of being tired.
I get it.
I don’t know if it’s just my personality, but having every single moment planned out is so hard on me. Even if the plans are fun and something I look forward to; I often end up feeling drained by the time January rolls around.
I am not complaining about how popular I am. *haha*
I’m just saying—that when I (meaning ME and not HIM) am planning out every inch of my day, it doesn’t leave any room for the spontaneous connection with Christ that I have become accustomed to during the rest of the year.
I guess I’m spoiled in that I don’t have to answer to a typical J-O-B and so my day is open and mostly unplanned and I don’t have to plan out my time with Jesus–it just kind of happens.
So when the busy season comes…I basically don’t have time for Jesus.
You see the problem?
I really really really want to keep Him first—no matter the season. So my resolution goal for the year is to be more consistent with my quiet time.
In other words—I’m working on it.
Want to join me in the detox?
Never kept a prayer journal before?
Check out these posts to get you started:
9 Must-Have Prayer Journal Tools
How to Keep a Prayer Journal you’ll Actually Use
10 Things to Start Tracking in your Prayer Journal
Prompts for your First 30 Days of Prayer Journaling
31 Prayer Journal Prompts that will Calm Your Frazzled Post-Holiday Spirit
…and Reconnect You to the Holy Spirit.
- Goal-Setting (Philippians 4:13)
- Family (Psalm 33:11)
- Peace (James 3:17)
- Order (Proverbs 16:3)
- Confidence (2 Chronicles 15:7)
- Gentleness (1 Kings 19:12)
- Kindness (Ephesians 4:31-31)
- Freedom (Galatians 5:1)
- Release (Psalm 55:22)
- Reading the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Merry (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
- Courage (Psalm 27:1)
- Resolution (Acts 27:25)
- Diet (Matthew 26:41)
- Exercise (Hebrews 12:1-2)
- Joyful (Proverbs 31:25)
- Hope (1 Peter 3:15-17)
- The Future (Philippians 3:13-14)
- Focus (Mark 4:19)
- Abide (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- Balance (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- Discipline (Matthew 11:29)
- Being Present (Proverbs 4:25)
- Surrender (Romans 12:2)
- Transform (Psalm 127:1)
- Positive (Psalm 37:4)
- Simplify (Matthew 6:27)
- Trust (2 Chronicles 20:20)
- Victory (Romans 8:37 NLT)
- Contentment (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
- Growth (Isaiah 66:9)
It doesn’t matter if you’re starting in January or July–the important thing is just to start! Keeping a prayer journal has really transformed my faith in ways that I didn’t think were possible. I really encourage everyone to keep track of their prayers in some way–if for no other reason than to be able to look back and say, “Wow…look what God has done!”
Do you need to detox from a too-busy lifestyle? You aren’t alone!
Leave a comment and let me know what you’re leaving in 2016.
Christa s sterken says
Thank you for an easy reference list for an overloaded mind. You have a great capacity to love women through your ministry on this site. keep up the great work, love Christa