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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Prayer Journaling

Some time ago I started seeing things on Pinterest about Prayer Journaling. I was intrigued, because I like to journal (ok, I like the idea of journaling, I'm not all that consistent at it). At the same time though, I worried that it wasn't appropriate to write my prayers. I'd always been taught that prayers were meant to be said out loud (when possible), on your knees (when possible). So writing them down seemed like maybe it wasn't actually prayer. Or like it was a cheaters way out of doing what I was supposed to be doing. All of these thoughts were kind of frustrating to me because writing is something that I do all the time, whether or not it's in a journal, and while I'd like to be as eloquent and sincere with my actual out loud words, I'm not. 

I decided to try it. If it didn't work or it felt wrong, then I could always never do it again. 

The first time I tried it I was in the lobby of the temple. The Captain and I had tried to do a session together, but through a series of unfortunate events that started with The Captain thinking he'd left his recommend in the car, we were separated and ended up going to entirely different sessions.

I knew that I wouldn't see him for at least an hour and I had nothing else to do, so I pulled out the small notebook that I carry with me, and I wrote out a prayer. 

The way that I felt when I wrote out that prayer is almost incomparable to any other experience I have ever had. I felt like I was finally connecting with my Father in Heaven the way that I'd always wanted to. That I was really communicating with Him in the way that both He and I would have wanted me to.

It was like I'd been trying to find a socket for the wrong kind of charger and finally found the one that fit. 

Since then I've tried to write out at least one prayer a day. I don't always have the time (because writing takes some effort and I find that my prayers are a lot longer when written rather than spoken), but when I do, it takes me right back to that feeling. The feeling that He is listening and that He loves me. It feels so right.

If you've been thinking about trying it, I would definitely encourage it! At least once, maybe you'll be like me and find that it was what you'd been looking for all along, or maybe you'll find that you connect better in another way. If there is anything that this experience has taught me it's that we don't all connect the same way. That it's ok that we don't all connect in the same way. God is willing to meet us wherever is best for us, even if that's a little differently than everyone else. 

Have you tried Prayer Journaling? What was your experience?

Also, as a side note, I know that I use a lot of LDS jargon that you may not be familiar with. I try to put links with that Jargon that might be helpful for you to understand! If you have any questions though, I'm happy to explain as best I can!
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