Evernote as a Prayer Journal

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It may sound overly geeky — the idea of using a tool like Evernote to help you with your prayer life.

But then, I’m a pretty big geek. In their marketing lingo, Evernote says of itself, “For everything you’ll do, Evernote is the workspace to get it done.” I spend a lot of time in that particular workspace and on my computer, so it sort of made sense back in August 2012 when I started incorporating Evernote into my daily prayer routine. I won’t call prayer just another item on my “to do” list, but being organized about and committed to my spiritual life is one of my life’s greatest priorities.

As a blogger, I spend many of my days at the computer. My morning prayer time happens offline, but sitting at my desk most days on when I’m not traveling. My morning prayer consists in part of time spent with the daily Mass readings, private journaling, contemplating the life of a saint, prayer for particular intentions and recitation of some formal prayers.

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A peek at my Evernote prayer journal template. What would you include in yours?

I decided to create a template in Evernote to help me guide this time and to keep myself accountable. Over time, my template has involved to include:

  • Gospel for the day
  • “Today in my life” intentions and prayer priorities
  • Saint of the day
  • A short, personal prayer that I write in my journal and copy into Evernote
  • Formal prayers including the Morning Offering, the Allegiance Prayer, and other novenas and prayers

Do I do this routine every day? Honestly, no. But I try to! Keeping a prayer journal in Evernote has helped me pray through some “dry” periods and establish routines and priorities in my prayer life. It has helped me to keep better track of prayer intentions, thereby enabling me to follow up with loved ones who have asked for my prayers. Quotes, scripture verses, the details of a saint’s life and other thoughts that have cropped up in my prayer time are now more accessible to me so that I can find them again in the future. With the Evernote app, I can also tap into my prayer journal when I’m away from home and on the go.

Is an Evernote prayer journal for you? It’s easy to give it a try using the FREE version of Evernote.

A question for you: Do you incorporate a technology tool into your prayer life? Tell me about your favorite tool or application in the comments below.

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Copyright 2014 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

10 Comments

  1. I use all the sights from Catholic mom as a prayer guide.
    The sights are a great resource.
    They help me think of things I never would think of.

  2. Geek Girl card carrying member reporting for duty!! LOVE this idea! Though have to confess, haven’t mastered Evernote yet. I’ve downloaded and deleted a few times. Going to download (again) on my computer right now – and give this another go. You had me at Template! #Brilliant

  3. OH and yes… I use all social media for prayer – including FB and Twitter for prayer requests. I have many fabulous Apps that accompany my prayer time (iPieta one of my favorites). I also love using technology for staying track on novenas. Lastly I also use my phone alarm to give me that little OOMPH that I need some days to make prayer a regular part of my day!

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  5. Great ideas! Thank you, Lisa.
    I use scrivener. Whenever a word or scripture verse or quote grabs me, I write it in Scrivener under the title of Musings! Some of my reflections and posts come from that.
    Then I use Notes on my iPhone/ipad to keep track of prayers that inspire me.
    I use pray-as-you-go podcasts for meditation on scripture and silent prayer.
    And thru the day I look at some apps like Honor Your Inner Monk and DGems as part of my attempt to pray “unceasingly”!
    There are so many resources out there!
    God bless!

  6. I just started using evernote and daily prayer was one of the first things I added to it. I use basic daily prayer template from iBreviary with a morning offering for Mothers added in. I haven’t gone overly geeked out on it yet but the resources you and others have shared are tempting in a good way!

  7. As I read this post, a flood of non-techie embarrassingly dumb questions are pouring forth. How do you use Evernote? Does the template prompt you to cut and paste the daily Gospel readings, Saint of the Day reflections…or do they somehow automatically appear each day? I think I get how a daily prayer can be added to the template, but changing readings…hmmm, I’d like that! I’ve tried out a number of journal apps and tried to tailor them and I’ve learned which daily reflection apps let me cut and paste, but I’d love to know if all this is in one app. Like, Lisa…is YOUR app available yet? =)

  8. As I read this post, a flood of non-techie embarrassingly dumb questions are pouring forth. How do you use Evernote as a prayer journal app?
    Does the template prompt you to cut and paste the daily Gospel readings, Saint of the Day reflections…or do they somehow automatically appear each day?
    I think I get how a daily prayer can be added to the template, but changing readings…hmmm, I’d like that!
    I’ve tried out a number of journal apps and tried to tailor them and I’ve learned which daily reflection apps let me cut and paste, but I’d love to know if all this is in one app. Like, Lisa…is YOUR app available yet? =)

    • Hi Monica – never a dumb question! Do you use Evernote? It’s really just like an online notebook or journal. So what I’m calling my “template” is really just a document I made up for myself that I re-use each day and fill in myself. So for the gospel section, after I read the gospel I make a few notes for myself on that day’s personal reflections and pen a very brief personal prayer. Under St. of the Day, I note the name of the saint we are celebrating, a few facts of his or her life, and write a brief prayer through the intercession of that saint. The template is really just my reminder to cover each of those areas… Does that help?

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