Virginia Schoenthaler illustrates her prayer journal.

Virginia Schoenthaler illustrates her prayer journal.

Virginia Schoenthaler commands respect. Not because she demands it, but because she’s earned the reputation as trustworthy. Through many circumstances, her quiet dignity and strength draw others near.

Her leadership style is soft spoken, and you’ll never see her draw attention to herself. As an introvert, she prefers to stand on the periphery and often finds social gatherings draining. However, if a problem arises at the workplace, at home, or in the community, she is the first one to approach for help.

She has a wealth of wisdom and calm confidence that dispels chaos with a kind smile. Her composure in trials has been earned. Childhood hardships forged her into a person who can take decisive actions without complaint or fanfare.

For more than three decades, she’s served faithfully as an educator at a public school. She and her husband, Jeff, raised five children and invest time with their grandchildren.

What is it that sustains Virginia when difficulties arise? She’ll tell you that a loving God will see her through.

She won’t drill you with theological debates. Instead, she’ll model love in action.

One of her joys is art, and she journals weekly. In a neat script, she details notes from the pastor’s sermon and prayer requests from friends, family, and others in need.  She also records and dates answers. This cherished notebook documents God’s presence and delights friends with whom she shares illustrations.

Have you considered keeping a prayer journal to track how God moves in your life and that of your loved ones? Think about the beautiful legacy and power of King David’s prayers written in the Psalms. These have comforted many for centuries. How might your family benefit?

Today’s Bible verse:

“Please, Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to that of your servants who delight to revere your name. Give your servant success today, and grant him compassion.” (Nehemiah 1 CSB).

Resources how to create a prayer journal:

Sara Zentner


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