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How to Create a Daily Devotional Routine with Customized Journals

Importance of a daily devotional routine

Establishing a daily devotional routine can bring structure and peace to your day. It allows you to set aside time for reflection and spiritual growth. By incorporating personalized journals into your routine, you can tailor your devotional experience to suit your needs and preferences. This consistency fosters a deeper connection with your faith and provides a sense of grounding in your daily life.



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Choosing the right journal for your needs

When selecting a journal for your daily devotional routine, consider your preferences and requirements. Look for journals that suit your style of writing and organization. Customized journals allow you to personalize your devotional experience, making it more meaningful.

  • Reflect on whether you prefer lined or blank pages, as this can affect how you engage with your entries. I have an artist friend you prefers blank pages because she writes a scripture and then draws art to reflect what it is saying to her. It is a beautiful and personal reflection!
  • Consider the size of the journal, whether you want something compact to carry around (Like in your purse to take with you to church or bible study) or a larger size for more expansive writing.
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  • Choose a journal that inspires you, whether it's through its cover design, texture, or overall aesthetic. Remember, the right journal can enhance your devotional practice and make it a more enjoyable experience. At Amazing Faith Designs, we have several journals that you can personalize as gifts or choose one for yourself and your spiritual routine.

Structuring your daily devotional routine

To structure your daily devotional routine, start by creating the right time, place and having all that you need in your special location. That's right, this is a special spot for you. A place where you will connect with God daily. It should be set aside and made just right for this important time. Here are a few helpful tips to make this routine perfect for you.

  • Determine the best time in your schedule for your devotional practice. For many people it is first thing in the morning. God's word says,
    “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (NIV). Psalm 90:14
  • Select a specific place where you will do your devotional every day. Perhaps it is a quiet corner of your home, bedroom, office, at your kitchen table; wherever you can surround yourself with a moment of peace and quiet. Perhaps it is just in your bed before you get up before the kids and spouse can distract you and make demands on your time. Choose somewhere comfortable, and if needed, with that first cup of coffee in hand!
  • If this will help you, get an accountability partner, ideally someone you trust and can share your desire to spend disciplined time with God each day. Being accountable to someone, gives us more incentive to be even more like Christ and to be more intimate with Christ. One of the reasons we slip in our Christian walk is that generally, we answer to no one.
    1 Th 5:11 (NRSV) “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing”.



Sample Outline of one day's devotional journal entry

Here you've found the right time, the perfect cozy place and have all of the things you need surrounding you...your Bible, your pen, your journal and anything else that makes you settled in. Now what? Here is a sample outline for a daily devotional with journal entries:

  1. Read a scripture and write one thing that stands out about that scripture for you today.
  2. Use a journal prompt to delve deeper into what God may be saying to you about that scripture. (See the list below for several ideas)
  3. Write a prayer regarding what God is speaking to you about this day. (Praise, confession and commitment are all elements of prayer that are prompted by the reading of God’s Word--use each of these three prompts to engage in prayer.)
  4. Write at least one thing, person, or whatever comes to mind that you are grateful to God for. It may just be for this moment of quiet reflection in your day.



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Read ahead for some helpful tools for your journaling.

Christian Journal prompts for self-reflection and growth

If you are like me, you sometimes stare at a blank page and are unsure what you should be writing. That blank page seems to stare back, mocking me, as if to say, "you don't have anything worthwhile to write here, just give up this spiritual practice." But that's a lie and perhaps like me, you just need a prompt to get your journey going.

Journal prompts are powerful tools that can help you delve deeper into self-reflection and personal growth. Think of them as ice-breakers that help you guide and direct your thoughts to something new and deeper. Here are some Christian journal prompts to spark your self-reflection and foster personal growth (number 5 is a personal favorite of mine, and number 9 is my personal challenge!):

  1. Write a scripture that brings you peace. What is God saying to you?
  2. Describe a time where you believed God spoke to you.
  3. Write a prayer of surrender to God.
  4. How can you be bold and courageous for the Lord.
  5. Be still. What is God telling you now?
  6. How can you serve God better?
  7. How can you be a light to others in a dark world?
  8. Describe a time when God used a bad situation for your good.
  9. What do you feel God is asking you to change?
  10. What do you imagine heaven will be like?
  11. When do you feel most distant from God?
  12. How are you hurting others with your pride?
  13. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a season for everything. What season are you in right now?
  14. Write out the lyrics of a Christian song or hymn that brings you joy.
  15. Write a scripture that brings you joy. How can you apply it to your life?
  16. Describe a blessing that happened this week.
  17. Write a Psalm of worship to God.
  18. Do you find it hard to apologize? If so, why?
  19. The bible specifically speaks of joy, not happiness. In what way are they different?
  20. Are you self-righteous about something? What can you do about it?
  21. What are the character attributes you think a Christian should have?
  22. When you get offended by something how does your pride react?
  23. Pick a bible character. What can we learn from his/her life?
  24. What do you need to confess to God?
  25. Write a letter of forgiveness to an enemy.
  26. Is there something that you haven’t forgiven yourself for? How can you receive the healing of the Lord?
  27. Write 5 scripture verses that make you feel strong and courageous.
  28. What does forgiveness look like?
  29. If you are struggling though something, what do you think God wants to you to learn?
  30. List all the needs God is currently meeting.
  31. What do you love most about your church family?
  32. What does God say about pride (see the scriptures)?
  33. Describe someone in your life who exemplifies humility.
  34. What are your God-given gifts and talents? How can you use them to advance the Kingdom?
  35. Who or what do you need to forgive?

Incorporating gratitude and positivity in your routine

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! -- Psalm 107:1-3

Recent studies show that there are amazing benefits of incorporating gratitude into your daily routine. Starting your day with a grateful mindset can set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Consider journaling about things you are thankful for each morning, even the smallest things count. This practice can help you focus on the good in your life and cultivate a more optimistic outlook. Additionally, incorporating positive affirmations in your routine can boost your mood and motivation levels. During challenging moments, use your gratitude journal as a tool for prayer and surrender. Write down your concerns and then express gratitude for God's guidance and strength.



In a white paper titled, “The Science of Gratitude” (2018), they outline several benefits to gratitude. For the individual they include:

  • increased happiness and positive mood
  • more satisfaction with life
  • less materialistic
  • less likely to experience burnout
  • better physical health
  • better sleep
  • less fatigue
  • lower levels of cellular inflammation
  • greater resiliency
  • encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom

Reviewing and adjusting your devotional routine for long-term success

When creating a daily devotional routine using customized journals, it's essential to review and adjust your routine for long-term success. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Regularly review your devotional routine to ensure it aligns with your spiritual goals. Is the time you chose working best for your day? Do you need a daily scripture reading plan to help you get started?
  • Adjust your routine as needed to stay motivated and engaged in your spiritual practices.
  • Be open to trying new approaches or incorporating new elements to keep your routine fresh and inspiring. There are many ideas online, through the Bible app and through your church to help you find personal devotion ideas and resources.
  • Consistency is key in developing a successful devotional routine, so find a schedule that works best for you and stick to it. Did I mention an accountability Partner? :)
  • Remember that your devotional routine is a personal journey, so feel free to customize it to suit your unique preferences and needs. This is YOUR time with God. Be thankful and know that you are the apple of His eye and he loves you!
    "O God, how extravagant is your cherishing love! All mankind can find a hiding place under the shadow of your wings." Psalm 36:7

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