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The Divine Reading Journal combines the ancient scriptural prayer method of Lectio Divina with modern-day research on gratitude journaling. The journal provides the user with daily scripture readings on every page, with structured Lectio Divina prompts and Daily reflection questions to keep a gratitude journal. By providing a simple, dedicated place to pray regularly, the Divine Reading Journal is intended to help you build a lasting habit of listening to God’s voice.

Gratitude Journaling:

Gratitude journaling applies a fundamental disposition of every Christian (that of offering thanksgiving to God) to the findings of modern psychological research. Its practice is a beautiful way to view your prayer life from the two-fold perspectives of faith and reason. In his epistle to the Philippians, St. Paul writes about mental health, gratitude, and prayer:

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 

-Philippians 4:6-7

On the psychological benefits of gratitude, and gratitude journaling:

“Research suggests that gratitude may be associated with many benefits for individuals, including better physical and psychological health, increased happiness and life satisfaction, decreased materialism, and more A handful of studies suggest that more grateful people may be healthier, and others suggest that scientifically designed practices to increase gratitude can also improve people’s health and encourage them encourage them to adopt healthier habits. Many more studies have examined connections between gratitude and various elements of psychological well-being. In general, more grateful people are happier, more satisfied with their lives, less materialistic, and less likely to suffer from burnout. Additionally, some studies have found that gratitude practices, like keeping a “gratitude journal” or writing a letter of gratitude, can increase people’s happiness and overall positive mood. 

-Summer Allen, Ph.D, The Science of Gratitude; Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Gratitude is a practice, and this journal gives you a space to form this habit. As St. Paul says, offer petition, and thanksgiving through your prayer. Faith and reason tell us this is good for you. See the research here.

4 Steps of Gratitude Journaling, as prompted in this Journal: 

  1. What is the Story of your day?: This is the basic inventory of your day. Think of the moods you’ve had, the highs and lows. Write down a summary of your day, or any specific moments that stand out to you. Reflect on your day and write it down. As you write, consider that the Holy Spirit is bringing these things to your mind to reflect on as you pray. 

  2. What are you grateful for today?: Focus now on what you are grateful for. A text from a friend, the laughter of a family member, your job, your cup of coffee. This can be large or small. From the complexity of the cosmos to listening to a great new podcast, the sound of rain, or getting an unexpected nap in- all things great and small are gifts from God. Reflect on your day and write down multiple things, or one singular moment.

  3. Why are you Grateful for it, what did Jesus say to you, what did it show you about the Nature of God?: Transition here from the “what” to the “why”. Why did God bring to mind what you wrote down in step 2? Focus on what God revealed about Himself through your gratitude. God is always reveal what revealing Himself to us, at every moment of the day. What was Jesus communicating to ing you through the moment or moments you listed above?

  4. How can you thank God for today?: Write down a “thank you” note to God. More so than that, think about and write down how can you show appreGod. appreciation for the gifts of the day. How can you show God’s love to the people in ciation your life and in the world around you? This is the full-circle moment of prayer through keeping a gratitude journal, as all prayer leads us to action. How will you respond to the gifts given to you?

Lectio Divina:

Lectio Divina is a simple four-step path to transformational prayer. It is a timeworn tradition in the Church, used to gain a deep personal understanding of what God is saying to you through the scriptures.

Lectio Divina was practiced in its earliest forms by the Desert Fathers, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ambrose, and St. Benedict of Nursia. Over the past 1000 years, it has been widely adopted by the Carmelite, Carthusian, Cistercian, and Benedictine religious orders. St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Edith Stein were all known to pray with Lectio Divina.
The Four Steps of Lectio Divina:
  1. Lectio (Reading): Read the daily readings (using the index in the back). When a passage (from the first reading, psalm, gospel or epistle) inspires you or catches your attention, read the scripture slowly and prayerfully. Listen to God. Scripture is the word of God. As you read, listen to how He is speaking through the people, context, themes, or literal words in the reading. This is a good moment to write down any scripture that stands out - even if it’s as simple as a word or phrase.
  1. Meditatio (Meditation): Meditate on the passage. Meditatio is the “busy application of the mind.” The word Meditation takes on a different meaning than the modern usage of the word: you are meant to focus your mind rather than empty it. Ask yourself what is going on in the passage. Consider it from the point of view of the people in the story. What are they saying? What are their attitudes and perspectives? Allow it to speak to you in a personal way by pondering the word in your heart and reflecting on what it means to you. Ask God, “What does this verse say to me in my current state in life? Why did you choose this verse or passage for me, Lord? What are you showing me?”
  1. Oratio (Prayer): Prayer in this specific context (because, the whole exercise is prayer) is your response to God’s word in an honest conversation. This could be flowery or frank as you authentically express your thoughts and feelings to your Creator. God wants our radical honesty. This is a candid conversation with a loving God who wants to hear from you.
  1. Contemplatio (Contemplation): Be Still. Rest in God’s presence and His word for you. You are in His transforming embrace. Contemplate the richness of being in the presence of the Lord in light of your previous conversation and receive God’s love.

As our gift to you this Advent Season, there is no set price for the Divine Reading Journal.
Instead, we are kindly accepting donations in the form of "pay what you want" pricing. All you have to pay for is shipping. Order yours Here.

Example Journal Entries (coming soon) 

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Every single person has so much to gain in intimate conversation with their Creator. Are you just starting out on your prayer journey? Jesus wants to share His life with you. Have you been walking with Jesus your whole life? Jesus has so much more to show you. Where ever you are in life, daily prayer, however long you have to give, will provide you with what your heart desires - the joy, peace, and love of the living God.

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