Let all those that seek thee
rejoice and be glad in thee:
let such as love thy salvation say continually,
The Lord be magnified.
And after participating in Stephanie's tea cup exchange... and blogging about it here I realized just how wonderful it was to connect with other special ladies around the world over a cyber cup of "tea".
And just as wonderful... tea with a few friends! So a few weeks ago I paired up some special things ... food, tea, and prayer... and gathered with a few friends in my living room to share our lives over a cup of tea, and then to pray together. It was such a blessed time that we all decided we needed to do it again... and again ... and now we have a permanent date on the calendar!
Every Wednesday, Lord willing, I will be hosting a tea/prayer time at my home around 10:00 a.m. (or so). For the past several Wednesdays, several friends have come over for tea, and light snacks while we shared things about our week that were encouraging or discouraging, and also any prayer requests that needed to be made known, and then we prayed together. What a joyous blessed time it has been!
This past weekend I was thinking about the need to keep track of our prayer and praise reports. I had an idea to create a prayer journal to record the things we were praying about, and the prayers that the Lord was answering.
I designed a special Prayer Journal this morning to use at our weekly tea and prayer gathering on Wednesday.
It was quite simple to make, and any little journal could be adapted into a prayer/praise journal.
It is a beautiful way to record both prayer requests, and praise reports, and to keep as a memorial for all of us to look back and see how the Lord has blessed and kept us through the seasons of life.
My little prayer/praise journal consists of two tablets that can be easily changed out once full, and they are labeled praise and prayer.
The tablets are tucked into pockets which can hold little mementos too.
A peek at the prayer journal laid open.
I love this verse in Isaiah 40:31
They that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
Your prayer journal doesn't have to be fancy, it can be a simple journal... and it can be a private one, or a public one, as in this case. But the important thing is that you are journaling and recording just how the Lord answers prayer through time.
I encourage each and every lady that has the home and time available to see if there are other ladies in your circle of friends who would like to be encouraged over a cup of tea. I can assure you, it will be a blessed time!
After all... we need one another... and a cozy tea and prayer time may just be the thing to bring you and your friends closer to the Lord. May we all seek after the Lord even as the psalmist David did who wrote "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." Psalms 42:1
A cup of hot tea, a cozy setting with friends, and a time of encouragement and sharing, and then time for prayer... has made Wednesdays a cherished day of the week for us!
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus,
and your love unto all the saints,
Cease not to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers,
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him;
the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power."
I used a 12 x 12" sheet of heavy solid colored cardstock, and cut it to 12 x 8.5". I then used the long piece cut off that measures 3.5 x 12" and put glue on the three outside edges to create pockets. This is where you can place your writing tablets. The tablets I used measure 8 x 5".
The next step is to decorate as desired. I used another 12 x 12" piece of decorative scrapbooking paper and cut 2 pieces measuring 8 x 5.5", and glued them on the front and back of the folder. Then add your pieces of decor as desired. That's it! Really quite simple, and a fabulous way to have a little folder pocket for keeping anything of importance. Besides being a journal, these little pocket folder/holders could be used to hold recipes, coupons, mementos, grocery lists, or be your - "go to" little notebook where you can jot notes to yourself and keep it in your purse or on your desk. Get creative, and see what you can use it for ... and may the Lord bless and keep you! :)
PSS: If anyone is wondering where I got my darling tea cup holder seen in some of the above pictures, you can find it in Stephanie's Etsy Store here... she has an amazing array of darling handmade items! :)