How I’m Praying These Days

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances, give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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So many times while I was working in campus ministry, I had students ask me, “How do I pray?” Needless to say, there are countless ways. What works for one may not inspire for another. Something that my not seem outwardly prayerful may be the most profoundly sacred ritual. In an effort to continually ponder their honest question, I’ve decided to share this today.

About a month before summer started, I gifted myself a journaling Bible. This was something I’d been wanting for quite sometime and I’m excited to share more about it in later months.  We’ve spent a good portion of the summer away from home, and packing light meant leaving cherished everyday-used items at home…including my new Bible.

When we got to Montana, I decided to improvise.

I bought a cheap little sketchbook (truly, nothing fancy) and a Sharpie, and I saved this site on my phone.

Every morning this summer, while Greg plays with little man or during naptime, I steal away for a few minutes to be still, to read, and to listen.  I love using the daily readings that the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) provide on their website, although sometimes, if I’m reminded of another piece of Scripture I’ll go with that instead.  Once in a while, I forgo the Word and just pray what I feel in my heart.

Below you’ll see my prayers and my very humble attempts at hand-lettering.  Just like me, my artistic side is ever the work in progress! There is beauty to be found in crooked lines, smudged ink, and wrinkly pages, too.

penjournal1penjournal2penjournal4penjournal5penjournal6penjournal7penjournal8penjournal9I really have fallen in love with this new way of praying (for me!) and I’m sure I’m going to continue it in some way, shape, or form, when I get my journaling Bible back in my hands!