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What makes up the perfect devotional journal? Five questions you should ask today.

What makes up the perfect devotional journal? Five questions you should ask today.

February 29, 2020

Finding the right devotional journal can be tough. There are a lot of options out there today. Here are five questions you should ask when looking for a devotional journal:

  1. How much guidance do I want? You can get a completely blank journal, or you can get a daily devotional that is very topical. Many devotionals such as the Near Journal provide some structure, but that level of structure varies. Many journals may give you a space to memorize scripture, but do not give you prompts each day to help give you some direction. Depending on your personality this may be a positive or negative for you: we've found a lot of people are thankful to have some prompts to help nudge them in the right direction. We've also see that not many journals give you space to improve an area of your life. If you want a spot to track progress on something slightly unrelated but still a goal; such as minimizing cursing while driving or being more patient at work - this could be a feature you want to look for.
  2. What do I want to do each day? Spend some time thinking about the components of your ideal daily quiet time each day. Do you want a devotional journal that is suitable for some quick artwork because you like Bible Journaling? Do you want to prioritize gratitude every day? Is free journaling a top priority for you, if so how much space do you need to write each day? DO you want to track your prayers? Questions like this can help you identify the perfect daily devotional journal for you.
  3. What kind of pen do I like to use? If you use a fountain pen or some other kind of pen that has a tendency to bleed through thin paper, you may want to consider a journal with heavier weight paper. For example, the paperback version of the Near Journal has lighter weight paper than the hardcover version. Be sure to check this out, as you may have a disappointing experience if your pen keeps bleeding through every page.
  4. Do I want a spot to write other notes? Some journals only give you one layout and every page is exactly the same. Other journals offer a variety of page layouts. If you want to have one journal where you can do your daily devotional and also take it to church on Sunday to take notes about the sermon, consider getting a journal with some blank note-taking pages as well. We've included this feature in the Near Journal, and there are blank lined pages in the back of every journal, and some of them are perforated as well.
  5. Will I be using the journal individually? Or could I get an accountability partner or small group to do it at the same time as me? This could be a good question to ask yourself. For one, having an accountability partner doing the same journal at the same time would help you stick with it. If you are doing it as a group; find a journal that gives you discounts when you buy in bulk. We've kept small groups in mind, and have a pack of 15 journals that drops the price per journal substantially. If every dollar counts, this may be something to keep in mind.

 

 

 

 

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