Simply Faithful prayer journal

I believe part of loving others is praying for them and that we shouldn’t miss an opportunity to be an answer to prayer.

My hope is that this little printable — designed with two weeks on one page — will prompt you to pray for people you might not always think of and remind you to put love into action.

May it be a blessing!

Kindly sign up below for my email list and then click here to download the Simply Faithful prayer journal.

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Want more suggestions for keeping a prayer journal? Read about a Bible and prayer journal caddy or check out this video for step-by-step instructions on creating a well thought out prayer notebook.

These findings from LifeWay?* I’m not really even sure what to say except that I’m surprised by them — convicted a bit.

What do these results say to you? How do they measure our love for our neighbor?

what people pray for

have you ever prayed for

The folks at LifeWay say Americans are persistent in their prayers: About half of Americans (48 percent) say they pray at least every day, while a third (31 percent) say they pray several times a day. Overall, about two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans say they pray at least once a month.

Tomorrow, I’ll share a tool that I hope helps with all of this. Visit again?

*Methodology:  The online survey of adult Americans was conducted Aug. 7, 2014. A sample of an online panel representing the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Responses were weighted by region, age, ethnicity, gender, religion and income to more accurately reflect the population. The completed sample is 1,137 online surveys. The sample provides 95% confidence that the sampling error from this panel does not exceed +2.9%. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

Pirates on the FarmRemember those two children’s books I was raving about a few days ago — the ones with such a great message of loving your neighbor? Well, the kind people at Zonderkidz are letting me give away one set of books to you, my wonderful readers!

Here are the rules:

  • Look through the archives here at Simply Faithful and find your favorite post.
  • Share that post online or even in person with a friend.
  • Tell me you did it — and which post you liked the best.

The contest starts at noon today and ends at noon on Thursday (Eastern time zone).

I hope you have fun with this, and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door

Praying for my familyLord,

Today of all days I know the importance of family. It has been 13 years since Daddy died — 13 years since my whole world changed. These people we share homes with? These people who influence us every day? I can’t begin to describe how important they are. There was never a single moment I doubted Daddy’s love for me, and I believe that was just a sample of your love for all of us. Help me, Lord, to carry on that legacy with my own family. Help me — in word and in action — to build up my boys and encourage my husband. Open my eyes to ways I can love them better. Open my heart to ways I can serve them and serve you.

Thank you for all the family I’ve been blessed with through the womb, through adoption, through marriage and through friendship. I am blessed indeed.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Amen.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Today’s post was supposed to be about a cute bird feeder you could make and share with your neighbors — except that Benjamin wanted to keep the bird feeders in our yard.

So, here is a low-pressure gift you can pull together to share with your animal friends or your human ones!

We used dried apples and peanut butter because that’s what we had on hand, but I’ve seen great bird feeder tutorials using everything from Cheerios and string to oranges cut in half and used as bowls.

The idea is just to create a simple gift everyone can enjoy.

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