Advent Prayers

We have the best of intentions when the season starts that this will be the year we truly soak up what this season means and mark my words, THIS IS THE SEASON. Even in a vibrant and full season, what if you had the chance to pause for two minutes and recenter your focus on what’s to come Christmas Day? What if this was the year December didn’t fly? Or what if this was the Christmas Eve service you didn’t plop

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How to start your morning with gratitude

“Gratitude is a discipline before it’s a feeling—a remembering before it’s a rejoicing. Indeed, gratitude is warfare—a bold protest and strong defense against discontent, pouting, and envy.” -Scotty Smith I used to think of gratitudes as just happy thoughts… I mean, what was the point? It wasn’t until I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp that I learned that “happy” wasn’t a requirement for gratitude––that the practice can’t depend on our circumstances and when we are disciplined give thanks

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The importance of writing out your prayers

When people think “prayer journal” their first thought is often lined pages for writing out your prayers, so it makes sense that they’re surprised when they find out the main part of our prayer journal involves very little writing at all. (Click here to learn a bit more about our format if you’re new to VMP!) However, we do believe there is value in actually writing out your prayers from time to time and we also have users who are

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Prayer Basics

After talking about prayer for the past 6 years, it can be really easy to not address the very basics of prayer. As you sift through our resources, it might even feel like your jumping into the middle of a conversation and you feel a little lost. Who cares about organizing prayers in a prayer journal when you’re not really sure of the purpose of prayer in the first place, right? Today, we wanted to answer some foundational questions about

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Embrace the power of prayer walks

If you feel stuck in your prayer life, I wanted to share an idea with you that can hopefully help get you moving (literally and figuratively).  It’s not a particularly new concept but I hope to shed some light that may make the simple practice of prayer walking a powerful weapon in your prayer arsenal.  I first started prayer walking when I was pregnant with Vivi. It was right after I had created the prayer journals and felt better equipped

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