The Prayer Walk – A Habit

What is challenging my faith right now?

How about you? What is challenging your faith?

Faith is absolute trust in God

Every time I venture out in my life of faith, I find something in my circumstances from a commonsense standpoint that flatly contradicts my faith.

How can I reinforce my confidence in Christ in this continual testing of my faith?

The Prayer Walk

Today, I am introducing a new page to The Prayer Journals website – “The Prayer Walk” (see the tab at the top of this page for future reference).

The Prayer Walk is dedicated to building confidence in the Christian faith incorporating physical exercise with journaling prayers and strengthening a relationship with God.

The Prayer Walk is to steadfastly believe in Jesus Christ and build our trust in Him.

Strong in Mind, Body, and Spirit

Many of us find it difficult to establish healthy habits particularly when it comes to physical exercise. The Prayer Walk is not necessarily just a walking plan or whatever physical exercise you choose such as bicycling or cardio weight training. It is a plan to help establish a healthy habit of daily journal writing, prayer and meditation time including daily physical exercise.

“Your level of success is determined by your level of discipline and perseverance.” Unknown

The above quote alone can make many of us give up before trying because we have failed in the past when trying to establish healthy habits of exercising and diet including daily prayer! We know it is critically important for us to do so but the habits don’t seem to stick.

Let me put it another way.

Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense.

Yet, when I venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ and when my strength runs out, I am faced with a testing of my faith. Why is that? I know better, but why don’t I do better?

“My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Making The Prayer Walk a Habit

I developed The Prayer Walk much like I developed the habit of writing daily in my prayer journal by taking one day at a time.

“Instead of saying, ‘one day’ make it ‘day one.’” Robin Roberts

NO:
1) No day is the same – vary routes or routines.
2) No steps or reps will be counted.
3) No distance will be measured.
4) No time tracking.
5) No one is competing with you OR vice versa.

YES:
1) Download the Bible Gateway App (or use another Audio Bible of your choosing) and select your favorite Bible translation – use earbuds, if possible.

2) After walking/exercising, record in your prayer journal the ending Bible book, chapter, and verse to pick up where you left off the next time you walk/exercise.

3) After you walk/exercise or before you walk/exercise again, take time to reflect and pray upon God’s Word during your last walk.

Sample journal prompts:
a. How did listening to God’s Word help me through my walk/exercise routine?
b. What did I learn about God? What is He teaching me?
c. When did I begin to feel God’s presence?

4) Let your prayer partners know when you begin your walk/exercise routine so they can lift you up in prayer and encouragement. Don’t forget to let The Prayer Journals know too through Facebook private messenger.

5) Have the attitude of Jesus. “It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that pleases Him.” Philippians 2:13

When I began The Prayer Walk plan, my hips, joints, and legs ached, but I was amazed when I finished my walk how God’s Word carried me farther and longer than I could have possibly imagined. Remember however, that every day will not be the same which is the purpose for the “NO” steps of the plan. The point of The Prayer Walk is to establish a habit and building confidence to rely on Jesus Christ in our daily walk with Him.

Join me on The Prayer Walk

My personal goal with The Prayer Walk is to walk my way through the Bible beginning with the book of Genesis. I will be posting periodically my personal prayer walk to provide whatever encouragement I can for you. I will also be including any helpful tips for physical exercise and journal writing.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page

I will be posting on The Prayer Journals Facebook page when I begin my walk so I hope I can count on you to lift me up and others in prayer and encouragement. Please post in the comment section or private message me through The Prayer Journals page so I can pray for you too!

“So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective.” James 5:16

“So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid…” Hebrews 13:6

“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Matthew 7:7

 

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Today’s Reality: God is Here!

This is the first post in a series titled, Today’s Reality. The series will chronicle my journey to remission from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). My outlook as I begin this new phase in my life and blog series is living in the moment in mind, body, and spirit. I am not angry. I refuse to be sad. I am determined to live a long life with love and peace in my heart with the confidence of a better tomorrow filled with joy and humor.

It has been 6 weeks since my diagnosis of leukemia. I have not written in my journal but for a couple of times. I am not sure why except that I know God is here!

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Above, is My Prayer Journal Post the day before my diagnosis on 9.25.2020.

At 3:00 a.m. this morning, God tapped me awake. I had a fitful night even after a long prayer and meditation session prior to retiring for the night. I was led to picking up my phone and logging off my personal social media accounts – my personal Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn account.

“Social media needs you, but you do not need it.”

This was God’s instruction. Cancer may have taken residence deep in my body’s bone marrow, but I must not allow the cancer in this country’s politics to invade my mind, nor can I allow the cancer of this world to steal my peace.

I got up and poured a glass of Vernors ginger ale. Sitting in my chair, I opened Scripture and read the three chapters of Ephesians. Afterward I was able to sleep peacefully.

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Ephesians – Praying the Scripture

As I grown closer to God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I will get to know Him better.

“Then (I) will have a deeper insight. (I) will know the confidence that he calls (me) to have and the glorious wealth that God’s people will inherit.” Ephesians 1:18 GW

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“God saved (me) through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.  It is not the result of anything (I’ve) done, so (I cannot) brag about it.  God has made (me) what (I am). He has created (me) in Christ Jesus to live (a life) filled with good works that he has prepared for (me) to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 GW

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“(I am) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord. Through him (I am), also, being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.” Ephesians 2: 20-22 GW

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I pray for inner strength and power through His Spirit.

“Then Christ will live in (me) through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which (I) sink your roots, and on which (I) have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people (I) will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. (I) will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that (I) may be filled completely with God. Glory belongs to God whose power is at work in (me). By this power He can do infinitely more than (I) can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:17-20 GW

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My faith commitment

I make a lasting commitment to God to profess my faith, pray without ceasing, and draw near to Him.

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My Prayer

God, You have grounded me on a strong reality and truth and in no uncertain terms more so now than ever in these last six weeks. Through the door of my heartbreak with this leukemia diagnosis, You are opening a new way of fellowship with Your Son, Jesus Christ.

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These last six weeks, Lord, You have taught me not to collapse at the first grip of this reality. I am at your doorway ready to walk through in Your purpose. I try earnestly not to enter a slow death of self-pity, nor give in to all the so-called Christian sympathy of others who would want to hasten me to this deathbed.

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God, I know You can accomplish Your purpose in this broken world through a broken heart. I pray that Your call to intimacy with You will have redemptive work in this world and in me through my broken heart without hindrance nor the stumbling block of today’s reality.

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God, I pray that you will not only comfort me but those around me with your healing power. I am not alone in the battle of brokenness in mind, body, and spirit.

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May others around me from family, friends, physicians, and strangers see through this new purpose Your light through their own darkness to your presence.

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God, even in my daily weakness of chemotherapy and the weight of the world around me strengthen my resolve realizing your promises through reading Your Word, communicating not only my request for forgiveness, my needs but my gratitude, and the ability to serve others if it is only in showing them Your presence in my life.

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God lift-up my sorrows to the Cross of Jesus Christ to help me not only see Your promises but to share them with others who are enduring their own pain in mind, body, or spirit.

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I give You all the glory and praise God.

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Forgive me when I falter in today’s reality. Forgive me when I struggle in my pain, my patience, and in my perseverance in maintaining Your perspective.

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You are leading me to victory over today’s reality and may I always hold on to that perspective so that others may see You helping me in my difficulties.

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God, You have taught me that my body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit received by You. I know I do not belong to this world. Help me to take care of this body temple, guide my earthly physicians, and hold up all who care and love me. I not only pray for myself but all who reside in this broken and battered world. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen

My New Cancer Journey

This series, Today’s Reality will also offer a personal reflection on my website, The Blogging Owl, as well as, a literary perspective on my website, The Owl Poet. I hope you will also follow me on those blogs too!

While I have logged-off of my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, my blog accounts are still active:

“Like” my Facebook pages: The Blogging Owl and The Prayer Journals

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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