Hello everyone. I would like to introduce to you a wonderful friend of mine, Rhonda Patton. She is a great friend with much talent and inspiration. She is here today to share a personal story about keeping a prayer journal. Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing with us today.
Hello all. My name is Rhonda Patton. I am the author of Ted and Raymond’s Children’s books. My website is www.thecroak500.com.
For years I wrote a daily prayer journal. This helped me really get into the feeling of prayer. It touched my heart to write my deepest feelings to God out on paper and keep a journal. It helped me on my daily journey with God.
The church I go to suggested to keep a prayer book or journal to see God’s work. When you write in this journal put a date and time if you want specifics. I just wrote a date. The pastor told everyone when you pray, pray for specific things.
Every morning I would pray, but every night at bedtime I would write my heart on a piece of paper. I would open a simple notebook telling God how my day went or how someone was in need of prayer.
I recently started getting my notebooks out and reading information on bible stories I taught to kindergarten kids and looking back at everything I learned. My heart was touched once again when I started reading my journal.
In my journal on August 28th, 2008, I asked a certain prayer request that touches my heart deep knowing God made a path for me exactly one year later.
On this date I write:
Dear precious Father,
Please help us clean out our bills and forgive us of our debt Lord so we can move on and have another child soon Lord. Prepare us a way in YOUR will. Lord I thank you for the money you have provided for us already to make ends meet. I thank you for Chet's job he started today. I thank you for Madison doing well in school. Keep her safe and happy. She is so blessed in you. She is your beautiful child. Be with the Church and the daycare.
There is a lot more. But do you see what happened on this date....
GOD made a way for us to have a child and find out on the VERY EXACT DAY I asked. Also I had been praying for Chet a job and he got it on THIS VERY DAY.
ON AUG 28th 2008 we were having a garage sale. The night before we took the test. We thought it wasn’t working because there was NOTHING on the stick... I didn’t want to be let down by a no, so my husband looked at it the morning of Aug 28th. He asked what two lines meant.... IT MEANT WE WERE EXPECTING A CHILD...
This date also had another special meaning to me. My grandma’s birthday is August 28th. She passed away on August 1, 2005.
Remember the timing is GOD’s Time. Not ours. If you really want to see if you have amazingly answered prayers, start a journal. I was always told to ask for specific things. He even gave me a specific date. How AWESOME is our GOD!?!
1/21/2015 01:13:40 am
Thank you for having me on your inspirational website.
1/21/2015 10:37:37 am
It is my pleasure! <3 I appreciate you sharing!
joel dex goor
3/22/2015 04:16:04 am
Very inspirational Rhonda. I write Dear God letters and have kept gratitude journal in recent past. God is Good...all the time. Amen. :)
12/29/2015 06:46:23 pm
A beautiful story of faith, Rhonda.
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