Item description for Prayers of My Heart: A Personal Prayer Journal by Debbie Williams...
Most Christians pray, especially when facing emergencies or anxieties. But many find their prayer life erratic and haphazard, forgetting promises to pray for friends and neglecting good intentions to pray more consistently. In "Prayers of My Heart," Debbie Williams offers help for busy people to maintain the focused, meaningful, and intentional prayer life they want.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Howard Books
ISBN 1582295581 ISBN13 9781582295589
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More About Debbie Williams
Debbie Williams, owner of Let's Get it Together(c), is an organizational strategist, syndicated columnist and educator. Debbie has over 15 years of administrative and training experience, holds a bachelors degree in education and works as a freelance writer for various entrepreneurial and parenting publications from her Texas home. She serves as editor and publisher of the organizing e-zine, The Organized Times and is the host and founder of the annual Online Organizing Expo: Virtually Organized. Debbie is dedicated to helping other balance their lives with organizational techniques. You may contact her by email at: Debbie@organizedtimes.com Or visit her web site at www.organizedtimes.com "
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A Great Tool! Aug 21, 2007
Since I've journaled my prayers since the late 1970s, I like the idea of not using a spiral notebook for a change! Debbie's divisions in the book and the area for meditations, notes, and prayers are helpful, and the verses at the bottom only remind me of how wonderful God is, and how much He wants to hear my prayers. My own memoir, "Soar Unafraid, Learning to Trust No Matter What" is full of my journal prayer entries. I recommend this resource to journaling your prayers. You'll be able to easily see how God answered!Soar Unafraid: Learning to Trust No Matter What
Prayer journaling can be a help or a hindrance Jun 16, 2007
Prayer journaling can be a help or a hindrance to fully entering into God's presence, including in intercessory prayer and must, itself, be done prayerfully! We are counseled in scriptures (Ps. 42:6, among others) to encourage ourselves and others by remembering what God has done for us in the past, and prayer journaling gives a format for chronicling those deliverances, blessings, answers to prayer...
If one wishes to keep a written prayer journal, this one is a quality product. It is hardbound, attractive, and the pages are of good quality paper which accepts gel ink well (the only kind I use in it) without excessive bleed-through (and might not be any at all, except I press pretty hard when I write). The layout is nice, with blank month-by-month (fill in the month) and then blank week-by-week pages (also fill in the week). This format made it possible for me to start it mid-year (in May) since I just recently received it, rather than having to wait for January 1st, for example. There are scripture quotes on every page, which is lovely.
The week-by-week format is arranged with rows named for each day of the week (Sunday through Saturday) and twelve columns (God's number of divine government, although I don't know if that is what the author had in mind). My columns are labeled for: Beloved (e.g. "Your revelations and leading, endure to the end"), Kimberly (myself, e.g. "Wisdom as Matriarch"), each of my children and grandchildren, by name (my grandchildren combined in the column with their mother), Ministry (God's calling on my life), Church (where we worship now as well as other servants God lays on my heart, such as a beloved, friend-of-the-bridegroom brother in Texas), Home (e.g. "Reverence to reign"), Family (extended family), Government (USA and Florida, e.g. "President, Wisdom regarding prosecuting the War in Iraq"), and Other (e.g. acreage God said He was going to give me, and a brother from our former church we happened to see in the store ten days ago in apparent deteriorating health).
One of the features I enjoy the most is the ample section in the back for "meditations, notes, and prayers." I have used this to record details of apparently prophetic dreams (my own and my grandson's), insights, a word from the Lord that came to me through my son (which made no sense that day, but the very next day I saw clearly why God had given it to me), details of miraculous protection God had given several family members, details of God's awakening me to give me a word or to intercede or just to commune with Him.
An important benefit I see in keeping a prayer journal is that it can help provide some structure to one's prayer life, a benefit that can also be a problem. If we are entering God's presence following God's leading in praying His will, then our prayers need to be responsive, and too much structure may work against that. In using this journal, I would recommend not filling out too much in advance. I expect my columns to not change much if at all, but what I pray for in each of those areas needs to be laid upon my heart by God. This happens frequently during my day-to-day activities. For example, I was recently doing my regular daily Bible reading and read about King David, "And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them" Ps 78:72, when God instantly laid it upon my heart to pray for my Beloved to "shepherd the people with integrity of heart and skillful hands." This happens fairly regularly, and while such Spirit-led insight and burden is fresh on my mind and spirit, I make a note of it in my prayer journal so I don't forget to pray about that God-revealed need during my structured prayer time (in addition to praying about it right then and there). Also, if you know something is going to occur on a particular day or date, you can make note of it in advance to be sure to pray about it, and that is helpful.
I am on a quest to learn more about prayer, particularly intercessory prayer, and have been helped recently by the following, which may also be helpful to you:
Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion: How Praising God A to Z Will Transform Your Life, also by Debbie Williams, is a very helpful book. I first checked it out of the library and then bought my own copy, along with the prayer journal and am using the book, as I had planned to do, as a guide in teaching attributes of God in alphabetic sequence to my home schooled grandchildren.
The Prayer God Longs For is a nice book on prayer based on insights drawn from The Disciples' Prayer (commonly, but erroneously called the Lord's Prayer, which is actually John 17).
The Threshing Floor: How to Know Without a Doubt that God Hears Your Every Prayer is an excellent book on intercessory prayer.
Praying by the Power of the Spirit (The Bondage Breaker Series) has a useful chapter on intercessory prayer that includes some information and insights I did not find in Bynum's much longer book. The format lends itself to group study. I am just finishing this book and expect to review it soon.
The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer is a classic and is on my near-future reading list. My sister read it about a year ago and found it useful, so I feel I have already been helped by the book through her.
I have an abiding and deep-seated respect and awe of God's divine order, including biblical numerics. If you are interested in knowing more about this subject, Bullinger's book is probably the best out there: Number in Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, an edited version is accessible online (philologos.org) along with other of his works, but I still may order the book at some point. I prefer unedited (unadulterated) versions of most works.
The prayer journal I have been searching for! Sep 15, 2006
This is it! You need not look any further. This is the prayer journal you have been scanning the internet and every bookstore for. It is very user friendly. The structure is awesome. I hope they never stop making these.