Do you have five minutes a day? Read a Bible verse and reflect on one question a day for five years. Write just a line each day and watch how you grow and change over the years.
This beautiful guided journal requires little commitment—just 5 minutes a day or less. But it yields a big reward as you focus your thoughts on God's Word and briefly respond to a thought-provoking question. A simple and meaningful addition to your quiet time or morning devotions, watch as your responses change over the years and reflect on how God has shaped your heart and life circumstances. Featuring scriptures from the Old Testament and New Testament, the questions are meant to inspire, convict, and draw you closer to God.
"In the multitude of my thoughts within me, your comforts delight my soul." —Psalm 94:19 Are you delighting in God’s goodness, or are you looking for other ways to calm, distract, or accept yourself?
"Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." —Galatians 6:2 How are you feeling about the people needing you or asking for your help?
"Jesus said to him, 'I don’t tell you until seven times, but, until seventy times seven.'" —Matthew 18:21–22 Is there someone God is asking you to forgive and, if so, what might that look like?
Maybe your response is a brief confession, a line about a challenge you're facing, a proclamation of praise, or even just an "amen!" or "Lord help me." With a minimal time investment, track your spiritual and emotional growth as well as your seasons of life as you watch how God is moving, coordinating, and gradually completing the work He has begun in you (Philippians 1:6).
For each day of the year, you’ll find a Bible verse and a question or prompt. To get started, turn to today’s date, fill in the year on the top line, read the verse and prompt, and then write your response in the lines provided. Don’t worry about getting the answer “right”; just jot down your honest thoughts or feelings. And if a prompt doesn’t resonate with you, feel free to simply meditate on the verse and write whatever comes to mind.
When you’ve completed a year, start the journal over using the next set of lines provided. As the years go by, you can glance back to see where you were at on that same day in previous years and how you may have grown or changed.
This is your journal. Use it however the Holy Spirit prompts you!
Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Back to Basics, Homesteading, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living, and Classic Candy. She enjoys writing, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with family. She lives with her husband and two children in an 1800s farmstead they are restoring in Marlboro, Vermont.