I confess… I’m the housewife and mother who refuses to give up her day planner. Yes, I like to flip the pages, write on the paper, use different color ink and / or highlighters. Some technology gurus may even call this blasphemy and convince me I can do the same thing or even better with today’s technology! I’m not even ashamed to admit that I spend quite a bit of time each December seeking out the best planner for our family. My planner must be durable with plenty of room to write and ample space for a family of six and all of their appointments and activities. I spend hours searching for the perfect planner and have even thrown some out and started over after the year has started because it simply didn’t fit the needs for our family. Finding the perfect planner is a very important decision for us and one that I thoroughly enjoy accomplishing.
The Judgmental Christian has been blessed with the opportunity to review and give away A Life Well Lived 2014 Day Planner and Prayer Journal. I’ve been sitting here with the planner and journal for almost two hours now and am simply amazed at all this planner offers. It is very apparent that much thought and hours of prayer were put into the planner and journal from the very first page.
The focus of the new 2014 planner is Getting Life Right. The planner begins with the testimony of Jesus’ perfect earthly life and His desire for us to “live a holy life in preparation of eternity with God.” When the first words of a planner grasp my heart and make me yearn to be more like Christ, I know it’s going to be a winner! This company is not only concerned about selling fabulous planners but making sure we are living according to scripture and getting our schedules aligned with God’s desire for our life. The makers of A Life Well Lived want to see us dedicated to serving Christ and reaping the rewards God has in store for us.
The planner then opens to the Seven Steps to Discipleship that help us to seek and know God’s will for our lives. There are daily action steps provided as well as corresponding scriptures to these steps that help guide us towards daily growth in our Christian walk. I simply cannot think of a better way to start off this new year and again each day than to evaluate my relationship with Christ and then to begin putting into place those steps necessary that will help me reach the goal of becoming a better disciple for Christ.
The planner is divided into 365 daily pages. My initial thought was that maybe this was too much space, even for a girl who likes writing and doodling areas in my planner. But upon closer look, the planner becomes more than just a calendar of events. It’s your devotional, a prayer journal, and calendar all in one. There are words of wisdom and daily scripture readings. There are daily suggestions that encourage growth in your spiritual discipleship. A place is set aside for daily prayer concerns and praises, and directly across is additional writing space for your goals and tasks God has placed on your heart for the day. And of course there is ample space for your daily appointments!
Each new week has a different theme that assists in your Christian growth. Some of my favorites include priorities, witnessing and ministry, debt and money management, family and home, accountability, humility, mentoring and leadership, spiritual disciplines, tithing and giving, contentment and peace, and forgiveness and salvation. The daily scriptures, words of wisdom, and discipleship suggestions all work together with the weekly theme.
Other remarkable features include:
- Daily Bible readings that allow for the Bible to be read in one year
- Seven Steps of Discipleship bookmark
- Month-at-a-Glance pages as well as a Month-in-Review pages
- A guide to help create a personal mission statement
- Action steps for achieving financial goals and success
- A reference guide for accomplishing goals in your life
- A list of suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness
- Daily Proclamation page
The mission statement of A Life Well Lived reads, “Our mission at A Life Well Lived is the Great Commission. We exist to revive the Christian faith and rebuild the broken wall of discipleship by helping as many people as possible grow in their relationship with Christ in such a way that they are inspired to participate with us in Jesus’ final instruction.” I believe they have done a remarkable job of growing disciples for Christ. I am so very excited to begin the new year with a daily focus on God’s will for my life and organizing my life’s plans according to God’s will for my life.