My 5th SOD planner just arrived and every year, I say it it my favorite. This year it is a more compact size with a beautiful linen cover and two ribbons to easily find your place.
I discovered Sacred Ordinary Days in a year of upheaval in my life. My husband had two life-threatening medical events in quick succession and we found our lives in need of new daily rhythms both during his long recovery and afterwards. Finding a planner firmly planted in Scripture, the seasons of Christ's life, priorities over to-do's, with a space for weekly Examen and Sabbath felt like a cool sip of water on a long dusty road.
It has taken me through my husband's full recovery (yah!), a Seminary degree, and beyond. Because of the spiritual formation built into the SOD planner, it remains a keen part of my daily spiritual life. It seems like every year I find an aspect to utilize more fully to deepen my ongoing encounter with God. I heartily recommend this planner to establish healthy rhythms of work and rest.
I started using this planner a few years ago and it didn't really click at the time. During Lent, in the midst of all the crazy, I found myself craving order and creating a plan for my day. I snagged a SOD planner with the intention of utilizing it as a planner and prayer journal. I love that there is space in each day for whatever needs to be written on the page. I find myself paging through the readings to set an intention for my day. I'm finding I feel way more accomplished when I can write down my priorities -- only three -- and finish those in the day. I love that the planner has helped me to create moments of silence in my hectic day. I also LOVE that it's set in the liturgical year so I'm mindful of the wider church.
I’ve been using this planner for four years. It has definitely gone through some changes but each one has been a planner that works. I’ve tried to switch to other planners but this is the one that I turn to over and over again because it works for me. And I don’t mean that l like it the best, I mean it does the work of helping me to honor the liturgical seasons and keeps me honest about sabbath as well as my daily work. Every year, I look forward to what improvements are made and keep my old ones almost as spiritual journals of my day to day life.
I have treasured my devotional. That’s what I call it and how I use it. I gave up using it as a planner (no planner has ever worked for me for long....so I don’t blame it on the format). Instead I use the spaces for journaling, reflecting, rephrasing scripture, or praying. Thank you for making this a available!!
Somehow this planner showed up in my Facebook feed back in 2017. I had been wanting a planner that also included a spiritual component. Come June 1st I will be ordering my 4th Academic Year Planner. I love the way this planner has helped order my days, starting with prayer and Scripture, and given me a place to write my life. I am looking forward to not having the boxes at the bottom of each page as I find myself not wanting to write outside the lines. Thank you for creating this wonderful daily gift!
I'm a recovering perfectionist and rule-follower, but God has used this planner to help me take root in HIM. Over the past year I've moved from "planning" to abiding: I now list my three priorities as "attend, abide, abound" and use those three concepts as structure for reading/reflecting/journaling on the Daily Office readings first thing in the morning. Among other things, I've learned that His law/testimony/rule is first and foremost His love and His work. (Full disclosure: I still do use a separate calendar/planner for the mundane. However, the SOD planner is where my days/weeks/seasons start and I am so grateful! Getting in line for the upcoming academic year!)
I have been using the planner for a couple of years now. This academic year especially, this planner has proved invaluable. To be fair, I get out of it what I put into it, so when I made the weekly examen a priority (filling it in on Sunday afternoons), I got more out of the examen. This past year, I found the white space valuable - I would use it to identify characteristics of God I saw in the daily office readings or I would write a verse that particularly spoke to me that morning. I appreciate the limitation of 3 priorities, as I could turn my to-do list into a priority list; that feature reminded me that I don't have to tackle everything at once. Finally, I appreciated the pages dedicated to the change of the liturgical calendar. I referred to those again and again through each season. I have found that after using the planner as long as I have, I am gearing my days/weeks/months to the church calendar rather than the school calendar (I am a teacher). This shift has been very freeing, and for the habit that this daily planner offers, I am grateful. I'm excited to purchase the planner for 2020-2021!
I have used many planners over the years, but I love this planner. I like that it combines my scripture reading and a prayer with the daily tasks. It gently guides you through the day with what to read and what to accomplish. It’s easy to quickly look at what the daily priorities are or what’s on the schedule for the day. I love to use the box at the bottom of the page for writing out a verse from the readings. I will definitely buy it again.
This planner is all encompassing because not only is it a liturgical calendar, but place to establish goals, achievements, And most of importantly to me, spiritual growth. The layout is user friendly, well thought out and the quality binding and paper make it a planner to keep as a journal and log of my life during that year.
I've tried different planners in the past and nothing ever quite worked out in the long run. I think the Sacred Ordinary Days planner brings something great to the table. I love the daily office for each day and the quote/prayer. I love it and it helps guide through my faith formation and helps me set intentional goals and tasks. It's become very important to centering and continually growing in my relationship with Christ. Thanks so much for this!