Hello Loves! I know it’s not always budget-friendly for everyone to create a war binder in a Traveler’s Notebook, etc. So today I am sharing an easy simple affordable war binder how-to.
Honestly, as I have mentioned before God wouldn’t care if you write your prayers on the back of napkins. He just wants you to spend time with him.
Simple Affordable War Binder – Supplies Needed
You’re going to need to get a few things for creating your war binder. Most households have most of these on hand. All of these supplies can be bought at the Dollar Store, Family Dollar, Walmart and grocery stores (more expensive there thou)
1″ 3 ring binder – Holds about 175 sheets of papers
5 Tab Index Dividers
1 Pack of Notebook paper
Markers, Pens, Colored Pencils (whichever you prefer)
You can get most of these supplies for $1 and under, even the colored pencils, pens, and markers if you didn’t have any. If you had to buy everything on the list it will cost you less than $7 with taxes.
Setting up your Simple Affordable War Binder
When I started using a war binder 2 years ago I started off with way too many sections. It was overwhelming, hard to keep track, and seemed like more work than help. This is why I said 5 tab dividers to keep it simple.
Anyways, let’s get your war binder set up. Start off by putting the dividers inside the binder. Then add some notebook paper behind each tab. That’s the easy part.
Now, think about your alone time with God. What do you do daily when you spend time with Him? Pray, study scripture, maybe you have a daily devotional?
Is there anything you want to be mindful of? For me, it was showing gratitude, not for just the big things but for the little ones as well. I added a gratitude tab to my war binder. Every day I write what I am grateful for, even if it’s just waking up to a fresh start. After a while, I noticed I was writing down more meaningful things.
As I grew in my faith I started doing themed bible studies and ended up adding that tab too. So now we have all 5 tabs and a simple start to a very valuable aspect of our Faith journey. If you aren’t doing themed bible studies you can use the last tab for suggested reads, or misc notes.
Adding some color and decorations
This part is optional, but it’s been proven that if something is appealing to us we are more likely to continue using it. You can decorate your war binder cover by adding pretty stickers, or your favorite bible verses.
The possibilities are endless, add magazine cut-outs, little die-cuts, drawings, a card you’ve saved, a picture of your family, pets, etc. If you want you can do the same to your dividers. Maybe even use scrapbook paper to add some color to them. That’s about it, and it’s easy. Now all you have to do is start using it. Make sure you have it with all your normal bible time, make it a habit to write it the sections you created. Make the pages pretty by highlighting, drawing little doodles, using washi tape, and anything else you can think of. You can also leave it undecorated, it’s up to you, just use it.
Simple Affordable War Binder – Final Thoughts
I hope this helps anyone struggling with where to start on creating their war binder. The most important thing to remember is it’s your war binder and it has to work for your faith journey. This article is meant to give you a starting point, and to show you that you don’t have to have an expensive planner to have a pretty war binder.
The best thing to do it pray, ask God to guide you in what He currently wants you to focus on in your faith journey. Like I mentioned above I started off with a war binder like this one, but with many tabs. It was created before I had a talk with God about it. He eventually showed me that the extra things I had in my war binder weren’t a part of His plan, so I removed them.
All of our walks with God are different, they also change as we go through seasons. When I started my walk with Him, I wasn’t good at praying actually I sucked at it. But He was patient with me and pushed many studies on praying in front of me. With each one I finished I was more and more confident about praying, but I wasn’t diligent on praying. This year He pushed that part of my faith in the front, and now I pray and write my prayers down nearly daily. He’ll lead and guide you too if you ask Him too.
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