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In a warm and conversational tone, author Carol Round describes the benefits and practices of prayer journaling as a discipline to help the reader draw closer to God, discern that still, small voice and set the reader on a journey of spiritual growth. With biblical evidence of the advantages of this form of prayer, Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God also provides real-life examples from other women who prayer journal as well the author’s own personal experiences. With encouragement, inspiration and resources offered in this book, women will be supported in their desire to grow spiritually. The final chapter in the book encourages the reader to sign a covenant with God to keep a prayer journal for 40 days. A companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge,” can be purchased separately to help readers get started on their spiritual journey.
Introduction to Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God
“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
Can you imagine what it would be like to sit down and have a one-on-one conversation with your Savior? Can you picture yourself sitting together on a carpet of clover near a small mountain river? No one is around to interrupt your dialogue. The only sounds are of the water as it flows on its course downstream, the occasional rustling of the grass as a forest creature timidly checks out the intrusion in his world and the call of a bird seeking its mate.
What would you discuss? What questions would you have? What would He ask you? How long would He be able to spend time with you before He had to move on?
One of the hymns I recall from my childhood is “In the Garden,” by Charles Austin Miles. The refrain dances through my mind when I think about spending time with Him.
And He walks with me,
And He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there;
None other has ever known.
It is a joy to spend time with my Savior. Although I cannot physically walk through the garden or sit by a stream to talk with Him, through prayer journaling, I have found a way to draw closer to Him.
I have been keeping a prayer journal for over ten years. When I reread some of my earlier journal entries, my spiritual growth is evident. Many of my prayers were not answered, and as the words of Garth Brooks’ song says, “Thank God for unanswered prayers.”
Journaling has made me more aware of His presence as well as what He wants from me. More than anything, my Abba Father wants a personal relationship based on trust. Imagine being able to communicate your hopes, your thoughts and your feelings more clearly to your heavenly Father. Prayer journaling can do that once you make it a daily habit. I challenge you to try prayer journaling for 40 days and experience a more intimate relationship.
About the Author
Carol Round retired in 2005 after 30 years in public education. Her love for the written word led her to pursue a second career as a freelance writer and author. Her stories, essays and poetry have appeared in local, state and national publications and anthologies including “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” “A Cup of Comfort,” “American Profile Hometown Heroes,” “Raging Gracefully,” “Remembering Our Parents,” “Body Image Lies Women Believe” and “21 Stories of Generosity.”
Without God’s continual nudging, however, she would not have begun her writing or speaking ministry. With God’s guidance, she has written one 500-word column each week since November 2005. Her weekly column, “A Matter of Faith,” runs in 12 Oklahoma newspapers, an online national publication and has been picked up by international media in England and France.
Ms. Round is the author of five books, available at amazon.com, including three collections of her columns: “A Matter of Faith,” “Faith Matters,” and “by FAITH alone.” Her other two, “Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God,” and the companion workbook, “The 40-Day Challenge,” were written to encourage others to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord through the spiritual discipline of prayer journaling.
She is the mother of two grown sons, five grandchildren and obedient owner to one spoiled rotten Chiweenie named Taco. She currently resides in Claremore, OK with Taco.
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