Schedule time to connect with God and strengthen your prayer practice.
Posted in , Sep 16, 2021
We hear a lot about getting organized these days—and for good reason.
Being organized is associated with a host of health benefits, from sleeping better to reducing overall stress levels to increased productivity. Like the rest of you, I have an arsenal of gadgets that bing and beep all day to keep my life on track. But my favorite tool remains a print planner.
Your faith journey is just one of the many areas of your life that can be enhanced by thoughtful scheduling and writing things down.
Here’s how to use your planner to stay inspired, connect with God and help you reach your spiritual goals.
Pick a planner that inspires you. There are thousands of print planners out there. If your passion involves hiking tall peaks and you pick a planner full of gorgeous mountain photos, you’re more likely to use it on a daily basis. Cuddly creatures help you relax and get you into a positive state of mind? Try an animal planner. If you’re searching for a planner that contains a new, daily Bible verse—with a special prayer and well-timed devotional each week—then Guideposts Daily Planner 2022 does a lot of the inspirational work for you.
Check your planner at least twice a day. This may sound obvious, but regular check-ins will really help move your prayer practice forward. It’s like any other relationship: your relationship with God will flourish when you focus on it. Each morning, take at least 10 minutes to engage in prayer and focus on the day ahead. Every evening review what happened, what you accomplished—and how you are feeling.
Pick a God-sized goal each week. I get it; you’ve got big spiritual goals and a lot you want to get done every day, every week, every month. But setting too many goals can cause you to become distracted. So at the beginning of the week, check in with God, tell him how you are feeling and establish a big goal. “God, this week I want to focus on forgiving my father.” Write it down at the top of the week where you will see it every day.
Track your prayer requests. Writing down your prayer requests makes it easier to realize the many times that God heard—and answered your prayers. The Guideposts Daily Planner has a special section at the bottom of each week to write your prayers, but you can do it in the notes section or one the sides of your planner.
Color code like a pro. Take organizing to the next level by using color; it’s the easiest way to quickly see which areas of your spiritual life are thriving—and which need work. Spend some time brainstorming on what categories are important to you, as well as what colors resonate with you. You may choose to put notes from church in blue, scripture that needs more study in purple and urgent prayers in red.