Think of these journal and prayer prompts as your way of marking time, as a stranded sailor might log his adventure as he waits for rescue. Let your journal be a record of your journey through this season; so keep writing down those verses, quotes, lyrics, and notes that inspire you!
What are your most pressing concerns? Print 5 calendars (one for each month November – March). Write one request for each day. At the end of each week/month pray over all the concerns for that week/month. There will be a special activity that you won’t want to miss for everyone who completes this challenge!
(You don’t need to write the same requests over and over and over. If something is a burden to you, remind your self that the Lord heard you the first time you asked by making a small tally mark or dot on the date every time you are tempted to rewrite the same concern. You can ask a variety of requests for the same person/need, and of course pray every day, but present your request to God and leave your burdens with Him rather than dwelling on and fretting over them.)
If you get behind, no worries! Just think of the blank squares as “bonus” requests and go ahead an fill them in on the days you remember.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 So, be specific! Don’t just write down a name. Ask the LORD for something; so that when He answers you will be able to thank Him for something specific!
Decorate your calendars as you wish! As always, be creative!!! And, have fun!!!!
The following questions journal prompts. Pick any question; they do not need to be answered in any particular order. Your answers can be brief or long: one word, one paragraph, or several pages. It’s your journal; do whatever you want!
Pace yourself; there is no rush to answer these! They are ALL optional, and you have 5 months to work on them!
Just a suggestion:
- Write the date you answer each question next to your entry.
- You may also wish to copy the question with your response.
- Write the number of the question with your answer to make it easier to refer back to them later.
(We will use some of these questions on our retreat, but you will not be asked to share anything personal that would embarrass you or make you feel awkward. So go ahead; answer them honestly. They are for your eyes only!)
- What is your full name? Where you named after someone? What does it mean? What is its significance to you?
- Where were you born? Where have you lived? What did you like/dislike about those places?
- Describe yourself at this present stage of life.
- Make a list of your “favorites”. (color, meal, drink <hot & cold>, snack, treat, actor, movie, TV show, fabrics, styles, places, singer, song(s), friends, author, book(s), character, preachers, radio programs, subjects when you were in school, hobbies, sports to watch/play, board game, card game, animal, room of your house, holiday, time of day, day of the week, season of the year,…etc)
- What are your best qualities? And, what do you like most about your personality?
- What is your earliest memory?
- What would you list as the “milestones” of your life?
- What are you most thankful for? (Make 4 lists with at least 10 items in each list: people, places, physical things, abstract things)
- How would you have completed this sentence as a child? “when I grow up, I want to…”
- What was the happiest day of your life? (You can have more than one, but rank them.)
- What comments (positive or negative) have had the most impact on you?
- What was the most difficult day/season of your life? (You can have more than one, but rank them.) If applicable, what lesson did you learn or what good came out of that hard time(s)?
- What are you most happy about today?
- What lesson(s) did you learn from another person’s mistake(s)?
- What is your current dream?
- If you were given 1 million dollars today (with no taxes, no instructions, no strings attached, and no one else knew you had the money) what would you do with it?
- What is your spiritual gift(s)?
- What are your talents/skills/interests?
- How do you prefer to spend your free time?
- Who are your 10 most wanted? (Top 10 people you want to be saved.)
- What “roles” do you play in this season of life?
- What was your biggest mistake(s)? What were the consequences? What good did the Lord bring from it?
- What are you afraid of?
- What was your most fulfilling “ministry”? (public or anonymous)
- What is your ideal vacation?
- What makes you angry? (righteously or unrighteously)
- What would you change about yourself?
- What has been your favorite “job”? (amateur or professional)
- What is your most pressing need today?
- Who do you admire? (List 10 people you have known personally)
- Who do you admire? (List 10 that you do not know personally; dead or living.)
- When did you accept Christ as your savior? Briefly write out your testimony.
- Make a list of the people that have mentored you over the years.
- If you had 6 weeks to live, what would you want to do? (assume you would feel healthy and strong for 5 of those weeks)
- How do you think your husband would describe you?
- How do you think your children would describe you?
- How do you think your friends would describe you?
- Think back to when you were in school. As best as you can remember, list in order the grade, your age, your teacher, and the most vivid memory/emotion/lesson you associate with each year.
- What memorable prayers has God answered for you?
- What is the most recent prayer request God answered for you?
- Describe your quiet time. What do you do? When? Where? How often?
- What are your current “ministries”? (Note: just because it is not “public” or “church affiliated” does not mean it is not a ministry.)
- What would you like to see/do in the next 10 years?
- What are your strengths? …weaknesses?
- What would you like to learn?
- What do you need to trust God with?
- If your life was a movie, what would it be called? What songs would you want on the sound-track?
- What are the greatest blessings you received from your parents/extended family?
- What “generational sins” have been passed down in your family?
- Who/What is your favorite Bible character/story? Why?
- What are you currently reading?
- What lie(s) do you tell yourself? or have others told you about yourself? (What is the truth?)
- Describe how does God speaks to you? What is the last clear instructions He gave you?
- What does “pride” look like in your life?
- Who/What makes you laugh?
- What Bible studies that you’ve done stand out in your mind? What is the key lesson/truth(s) that you took away from them?
- How are you most easily distracted/side-tracked?
- What would you say is your “life lesson” that you would like to pass on?
- What is your life verse? and Why is its significance to you?
PART 2 of this journal challenge was completed by the ladies at the retreat. Their answers the the above questions were grouped together with a prompt to encourage them to reflect back what they had written in their journals over the winter. (To see PART 2 of this challenge, scroll down to the end of the post at this link.)