40 Journal Entries: 8-Week Series, Wks7-8

The 40 Prayer Journal Entries is an eight-week series designed to exam certain words which describe emotions and actions that keep us from having a close relationship with God. Each week we will examine five new words with accompanying Bible verses. These five words and Bible verses will be prompts for you to write about your own feelings, responses, and prayers surrounding these words and verses.

Happy Easter

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. We all have had that experience at one time or another. Just like this 8-week series – 40 Journal Entries. I have not posted consistently in this series as I had planned due to health issues. Last week was surgery, I had not planned, but praise God all is well.

After reviewing the posts to date for this 40 Journal Entries, I noticed I had given you the word, guilt, twice in week 4 and in week 6. Perhaps it was my own feeling of guilt and worry over presenting this journal series in not the perfect manner I had intended. But praise God again for His perfect love and forgiveness when even our best efforts fall short in our eyes.

Since we are in the midst of Holy Week, on this post I will be combining Week 7 and Week 8 to wrap up the 40 Journal Entries: 8-Week Series.

10 Words for Journal Reflection:

When you reflect on the following 10 words, what questions would you have about each one before and after reading the scripture verses listed after each word. What do these words mean to you?


“Teach me, O LORD, about the end of my life. Teach me about the number of days I have left so that I may know how temporary my life is.” Psalm 39:4

“My son, listen and accept my words, and they will multiply the years of your life.” Proverbs 4:10

“But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.” Matthew 7:14


“Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage.” Psalm 23:4

“As righteousness leads to life, so whoever pursues evil finds his own death.” Proverbs 11:19

“I can guarantee this truth: Those who listen to what I say and believe in the one who sent me will have eternal life. They won’t be judged because they have already passed from death to life.” John 5:24


“Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with an evildoer who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes.” Psalm 37:7

“Either you will surrender your reputation to others and the rest of your years to some cruel person, or strangers will benefit from your strength and you will have to work hard in a pagan’s house.” Proverbs 5:9-10


“Now that we have God’s approval by faith, we have peace with God because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done. Through Christ we can approach God and stand in his favor. So we brag because of our confidence that we will receive glory from God. But that’s not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance, endurance creates character, and character creates confidence. We’re not ashamed to have this confidence, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1-5

“We were saved with this hope in mind. If we hope for something we already see, it’s not really hope. Who hopes for what can be seen. But if we hope for what we don’t see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don’t know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.” Romans 8:24-26


“God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

“But it’s unthinkable that I could ever brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his cross my relationship to the world and its relationship to me have been crucified.” Galatians 6:14

“It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ and to have a relationship with him. This means that I didn’t receive God’s approval by obeying his laws. The opposite is true! I have God’s approval through faith in Christ. This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith that knows Christ. Faith knows the power that his coming back to life gives and what it means to share his suffering.” Philippians 3:8-10


“Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.” Ephesians 1:7


“His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.” Colossians 1:14

“That’s why I’m telling you that her many sins have been forgiven. Her great love proves that. But whoever receives little forgiveness loves very little.” Luke 7:47

“You will open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan’s control to God’s. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and a share among God’s people who are made holy by believing in me.’” Acts 26:18


“But I show mercy to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my commandments.” Exodus 20:6


“God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9


“Peter answered them, “All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.” Acts 2:38

“You and all the people of Israel must understand that this man stands in your presence with a healthy body because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You crucified Jesus Christ, but God has brought him back to life.” Acts 4:10

“The angel told them, “Stand in the temple courtyard, and tell the people everything about life in Christ.”” Acts 5:20
(All Bible verses are GOD’s Word translation.)

In closing,

Biblegateway.com or Bible.com are both excellent online resources to continue in your prayer journal experience. Keep writing your way through whatever has brought you to draw closer to Him.

Alleluia He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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May I pray for you?

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40 Journal Entries: 8-Week Series, Week 6


Whether you have been following The Prayer Journals blog, this 8-weeks series of 40 Prayer Journal Entries, or maybe, you have just begun writing a journal, writing allows each of us to explore our pain and our pleasure of mind, body, and spirit. Journal writing helps me to figure things out about myself, others and the world. My prayer journal draws me closer to God so He can help guide me in this pursuit of self-awareness, self-expression, and in communication with Him and others.

This week’s five words are words that really touch on the mind, body, and spirit. Words that either drive us closer or sometimes drive us further away from our relationship with God. When writing about these five words this week pray on these words that they may draw you nearer to understanding, seeing, and feeling God’s presence in your life.


I will be having surgery next month. While I am looking forward to surgery that may alleviate the pain and suffering physically for a long time, I pray the surgery will also alleviate the anguish in my mind and spirit as well. When praying upon the word, pain, remember there are many forms of pain – pain we suffer and the pain we cause others.

“Why is my pain unending and my wound incurable, refusing to heal?
Will you disappoint me like a stream that dries up in summertime? This is what the LORD says: If you will return, I will take you back. If you will speak what is worthwhile and not what is worthless, you will stand in my presence.” Jeremiah 15:18-19

“Slaves, place yourselves under the authority of your owners and show them complete respect. Obey not only those owners who are good and kind, but also those who are unfair. God is pleased if a person is aware of him while enduring the pains of unjust suffering. What credit do you deserve if you endure a beating for doing something wrong? But if you endure suffering for doing something good, God is pleased with you.” 1 Peter 2:18-20

“Whoever corrects a mocker receives abuse. Whoever warns a wicked person gets hurt. Do not warn a mocker, or he will hate you. Warn a wise person, and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:7-8

“I have seen all of this, and I have carefully considered all that is done under the sun whenever one person has authority to hurt others. Then I saw wicked people given an honorable burial. They used to go in and out of the holy place. They were praised in the city for doing such things. Even this is pointless.” Ecclesiastes 8:9-10


The toxicity of shame is debilitating. Shame kept me from truly understanding God’s grace and mercy. Much can be written about shame.

Has someone done something that has caused you debilitating shame?

Perhaps you are the perpetrator of that shame?

“Don’t be afraid, because you won’t be put to shame. Don’t be discouraged, because you won’t be disgraced. You’ll forget the shame you’ve had since you were young.” Isaiah 54:4

“If you suffer for being a Christian, don’t feel ashamed, but praise God for being called that name.” 1 Peter 4:16

“Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.” Romans 5:5

“He is a rock. What he does is perfect. All his ways are fair. He is a faithful God, who does no wrong. He is honorable and reliable. He recognizes that his people are corrupt. To their shame they are no longer his children. They are devious and scheming. Is this how you repay the LORD, you foolish and silly people? Isn’t he your Father and Owner, who made you and formed you?” Deuteronomy 32:4-6


Poverty can make us feel pain and shameful in mind, body, and spirit. Even if you were not raised in poverty, you may have walked by someone on the street who is living in poverty.

How does poverty make you feel?

What do you see when you see others living in poverty?

“Oppressed people will see this and rejoice. May the hearts of those who look to God for help be refreshed. The LORD listens to needy people. He does not despise his own who are in prison.” Psalm 69: 32-33

“He will judge the poor justly. He will make fair decisions for the humble people on earth. He will strike the earth with a rod from his mouth. He will kill the wicked with the breath from his lips. Justice will be the belt around his waist. Faithfulness will be the belt around his hips.” Isaiah 11:4-5

“He called his disciples and said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: This poor widow has given more than all the others. All of them have given what they could spare. But she, in her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44

“You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

“I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little.” Philippians 4:12


None of us escape guilt. The term, “guilt trip” is often mentioned when someone knows they are guilty because no one can make another feel guilty unless they already are guilty. As long as we live on this earth, guilt will be a part of our life. Yet, faith in Christ can guide our lives

Where does your “guilt trip” come from?

What has you feeling guilty?

How has your guilt affected others?

“Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be reassured in his presence. Whenever our conscience condemns us, we will be reassured that God is greater than our conscience and knows everything.” 1 John 3:18-20

“We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn’t made by human hands. In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven. After we have put it on,[a] we won’t be naked. While we are in this tent, we sigh. We feel distressed because we don’t want to take off the tent, but we do want to put on the eternal house. Then eternal life will put an end to our mortal existence. God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it. So we are always confident. We know that as long as we are living in these bodies, we are living away from the Lord. Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight. We are confident and prefer to live away from this body and to live with the Lord. Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him. All of us must appear in front of Christ’s judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their bodies.” 2 Corinthians 5:1-10


Whatever we feel in mind, body, and spirit, God is our great comforter.

Do you feel God’s comfort? If so, how? If not, why?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
That is why we are not afraid even when the earth quakes or the mountains topple into the depths of the sea. Water roars and foams, and mountains shake at the surging waves. Selah

There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. God is in that city. It cannot fall. God will help it at the break of dawn.” Psalm 46:1-5

Psalm 77

1 Loudly, I cried to God.
Loudly, I cried to God
so that he would open his ears to hear me.
2 On the day I was in trouble, I went to the Lord for help.
At night I stretched out my hands in prayer without growing tired.
Yet, my soul refused to be comforted.
3 I sigh as I remember God.
I begin to lose hope as I think about him. Selah
4 (You keep my eyelids open.)
I am so upset that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old,
the years long ago.
6 I remember my song in the night
and reflect on it.
My spirit searches for an answer:
7 Will the LORD reject me for all time?
Will he ever accept me?
8 Has his mercy come to an end forever?
Has his promise been canceled throughout every generation?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he locked up his compassion because of his anger? Selah
10 Then I said, “It makes me feel sick
that the power of the Most High is no longer the same.”
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD.
I will remember your ancient miracles.
12 I will reflect on all your actions
and think about what you have done.
13 O God, your ways are holy!
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles.
You have made your strength known among the nations.
15 With your might you have defended your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
16 The water saw you, O God.
The water saw you and shook.
Even the depths of the sea trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water.
The sky thundered.
Even your arrows flashed in every direction.
18 The sound of your thunder rumbled in the sky.[b]
Streaks of lightning lit up the world.
The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your road went through the sea.
Your path went through raging water,
but your footprints could not be seen.
20 Like a shepherd, you led your people.
You had Moses and Aaron take them by the hand.

Pray for comfort in mind, body, and spirit

“Jesus replied to them, “Now you believe. The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go your own way and leave me all alone. Yet, I’m not all alone, because the Father is with me. I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33

(All Bible verses are GOD’s Word translation.)

In closing,

“When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” Soren Kierkegaard

“Absorb the Word into your system by dwelling on it, pondering it, going over it again and again in your mind, considering it from many different angles, until it becomes part of you.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Continue to read and re-read the book of Matthew and add the books of Mark, Luke, and John as we are nearing the end of this 8-week series to understand the heart of Jesus Christ. Biblegateway.com or Bible.com are both excellent online resources. On their home page, search any word for Bible verses containing the word. Keep writing your way through whatever has brought you to draw closer to Him.

May I pray for you?

I enjoy reading your input. Please message me here or email me at hoot@thebloggingowl.com

Prayer prompts can also be found at on my Twitter feed: @PrayerPrompts

Blessings on your day!


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