I had started showing you my prayer journal last year, and it’s been slow going, and it’s morphing and changing a bit, and lately, well, like this blog, it’s been a bit neglected…but I do have some things that I haven’t yet put here that you might be interested in…maybe.
On a good day, I follow the ACTS model of prayer, starting with Adoration. I talked about that here and here.
Confession comes next in the original ACTS model, but I can’t just follow a model without making it mine, so I was compelled to add another C in before Confession, coming on the heels of Adoration (praising God for who He is, and loving Him for who He is, apart from His works which I get to later…), I thought it was an appropriate place to practice Consecration. I found two beautiful prayers of consecration, and I may pray one or the other, or both. I made special pages for them, as I find it is helpful to actually write out what I want to say, and as I’m tracing and doodling in the details, I found myself cementing that prayer in my mind and heart. Now when I look at it, I have a familiarity with it that I don’t think I would have without the quiet time spent thinking on it, and mulling it over in my mind…writing, and reading, and saying it out loud…it’s a very Catholic concept, isn’t it? To experience it fully with mind, soul and body.
Anyway, if you are interested, here’s what it looks like. The two open up to make a full page spread in my prayer journal/planner.
It is worthy of noting, as a matter of observation in my own spiritual life, how much easier it is for me to keep my mind on track through the day after sincerely praying a prayer of consecration, giving my day, my body, mind, and duties all to the Lord, so that I remember first thing, that I am not my own, but I am His servant, and I choose to do what He asks me to do.
Have you made consecration part of your daily prayers? I would love to discuss the impact that this has on your life.
I’ll post more as I get my thoughts corralled and coherent.
Thanks for sharing. Those prayers of consecration will help me, too. God bless you!
Thanks, Keen! Lord bless you as well.
The prayers are beautiful, and I love the illustrated journal pages. I can relate–doodling and decorating helps me to focus and learn the prayers.
As I read your post, and the prayers, I realize that without using the word “consecration” or being conscious of doing that, many of my spontaneous daily prayers at work and home are just exactly that in theme and content.
Thank you, Kat. I do not know how I missed this post, my apologies for taking so long to respond. Thanks for coming by, it’s good to “see” you again.
Lovely! Yes, I pray a daily consecration as does our family. I consider it a most important prayer, a daily offering, which over time does build a solid spiritual foundation and a habit of deliberate living. It is so simple yet so powerful!
I wish I’d have done this with my kids when they were young. What a wonderful gift you are giving to them in teaching to offer themselves for the lord’s service.
Good morning, Lyn 🙂 Well, almost. My husband and I became informed and began practicing our faith when we already had 3 children. So we began about 15 years ago, slowly but surely, and it has added up to something beautiful. Even though 2 of my children are out from under my roof, we still talk about our faith as a growing, living thing that we’re all trying to grow and live together. Always something new to learn, right?!
Gosh, your journal and blog are sooooo pretty ❤ You and your experience are always welcome at my blog Family Life Is More https://familyanswersfast.wordpress.com/ Maybe your pretty ways will rub off on me 😀