Devotional Journaling

I’ve always been one to write in a journal–my oldest journal dates back to when I was seven years old and just starting to write.  I’m a fairly organized person, so each journal sort of has a different purpose–one for writing events and hopes and how I feel in, and one for prayers and church notes and all that jazz.  Today, I want to tell you about some journals that combine devotionals and writing.

I got invited to review these as a part of an Ellie Claire campaign, so thank you to them for this opportunity.  They sent me three journals that I just wanted to share with you all in case you’re looking for something new to do in your quiet time in the New Year.


Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus: A 365 Day Devotional Journal

This devotional journal has such cheery, springy colors that automatically brighten your mood just by looking at it.  Each day’s devotional, a couple of paragraphs long, starts with  a lyric from a worship song and ends with a verse and a prayer.  The bottom half of each page, underneath the devotional, is several lines to be used in journalling, writing out prayers, practicing hand letters — whatever you want to do to let the words soak into your soul and refresh your spirit.



The Earth is the Lord’s, and Everything in It: 365-Day Devotional Journal

Each day of this devotional journal focuses on a different aspect of creation, be it an animal or plant or weather pattern, and the applications and parallels of it to a spiritual principle.  It starts with a verse and ends with a prayer, and the bottom half of each page is also devoted to journalling.  I found that the lines printed on the pages of this journal are spaced farther apart and therefore there are less of them than in the first journal, although the amount of page dedicated to journalling is about the same in the two journals.



Peace Begins with Me: A 365-Day Devotional Journal

Each day of this year-long devotional begins with a verse, followed by a brief devotional centered around the theme of peace and coming to discover more of who God is.  Like the others, it ends with a prayer and room to write out thoughts or prayers of your own.  The colors used in the design are peaceful in and of themselves, and it’s really just such a beautiful book.


While the devotionals aren’t necessarily long or deep in and of themselves, I love that they end with the opportunity for the reader to talk with God, because ultimately, that is where and with who we will go deep.  The presence of God, being in constant conversation with Him, that is what will encourage and inspire us, what will give us peace and a new wonder for the world around us.  And I love that these devotional journals give that opportunity right on the page.  These beautiful journals would make great Christmas presents and what better time to start them than in the New Year (which is quickly approaching)!

(If you missed the last journals I wrote about, you can check it out here.)

Thank you to the Ellie Claire campaign for sending me these journals for me to enjoy and review.  All opinions are my own.

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