Journaling Thanks

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
Psalm 45:1 (NIV)

During My TEA CUPP Prayers with Jesus, I have a pen and notebook where I journal my prayers.  Journaling keeps me focused. As I look back on my journal, I can see that I really prayed, my mind wasn’t wandering.  Author and speaker Becky Tirabassi is the one who got me started journaling my prayers over 15 years ago.  You can check out her link in my side bar.   My journal shows me how God has been faithful and answered prayers.

I want to encourage you to start your very own TEA CUPP Prayer journal this week.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.  There are so many journals on the market today.  You can spend $10 on a pretty journal.  But since I use them up so quickly, just a small $2 spiral notebook works for me.  I like spiral notebooks, because I can fold back the pages while I’m journaling.  Sometimes the fancier bound journals like to close themselves.  You can even find spiral notebooks with colorful flowers on them now.   Select a journal that suits you.

Now pick a pen that works for you.  My family really wonders about me and ball-point pens.  I just keep using them up. Since My TEA CUPP time is first thing in the morning, I’m still in my pajamas.  My bathrobe and the sleeve of my pajamas have ink spots on them.  Too many leaky pens!  Be sure to have a good supply of pens, so you don’t give up your prayer journal on account of no ink.

Finally, put your prayer journal next to your Bible in that special quiet place where you share TEA each day with Jesus.  Now you are ready to journal your prayers.  After you read your Bible, pull out your prayer notebook, jot down some verses that God showed you today, and begin your journal.

The first part I like to journal is T is for THANKS.  I write down a verse of THANKS and then list the blessings God gave me the previous day.  Keeping a list like this keeps us thankful, as we focus on our blessings, rather than on our problems.  “Count your many blessings” as the song says.

This week we’ll be exploring journaling all parts of our TEA CUPP Prayers.  I hope you’ll join me every day, and I hope you join Jesus for TEA every day, too!

New International Version (NIV)

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