I don’t consider myself a compulsive doodler or a person that is defined as an “artist” – - – from the time I turned 15 years old and started teaching in church, I have been a teacher. If you asked me what I was or what God had called me to do, that would have been my answer (and still is).
I love being a teacher and consider that my primary calling from God. What a gift to be able to homeschool my own children full-time now.
I love teaching little ones, young children, teens, and women; it doesn’t matter if it’s the Word of God, how to enjoy reading, or how to praise God through music, I feel such joy in being able to invest my life in the lives of other people.
I consider myself blessed to have been able to live out my dream in this calling from Him, by God’s Grace.
Even though I am a teacher at heart, I have always enjoyed being a creative person and expressing myself through artistic ways: as a seamstress/costume designer for plays, a photographer for fun, and in other personal ways like acting, playing the piano, singing, and dabbling in many different types of creative arts.
I look forward to learning more about jewelry making and design this coming year (for fun!).
I praise God for creating Art.
Creating specific “works of art” has been a personal expression that I have saved for special times since I became an adult; it’s been a long time since I have dabbled in creating art on a regular basis.
I don’t have a lot of “free time” to spend just having fun! Sigh – can you relate? I miss the practice of being creative and expressing myself through art.
I had the pleasure and joy of being able to study art throughout high school – all four years, if I remember correctly.
I loved working in watercolors – - – that was my favorite part of art every year.
I *know* that I have been blessed to have had that opportunity to learn so much about art at such a young age.
I am a strong supporter of art and music education since I know just how much those two disciplines have enriched my life.
But, I digress.
I want to share with you how I have jumped back into the art world this last month after reading the book, “Praying in Color” by Sybil MacBeth. I enjoy reading about ways to enrich our prayer life, and this book’s title just grabbed my attention.
This book proved to be a quick read – but a fun one too. It presents the theory that by drawing our prayers and allowing our right brain to be engaged while we are praying, we engage ourselves at a deeper level. By creating a piece of art for our requests and/or for each person, we are able to recall our “list” more easily too since we now have an image to represent each request or person on our prayer list.
*LIGHTBULB* OK – as a visual learner and a person who has a photographic memory, I knew that this concept could be something that could help me enrich and deepen my prayer time. (It was worth a try anyway, right?)
I have a friend named *K* who needed to be covered in prayer this week; she is in full-time ministry and is facing a time of being needed and used by God on so many levels. I was praying for her daily, but this was time to take things to the next level for her – - -
So, I grabbed a piece of blank printer paper, a thin black Sharpie, and a marker with a color to represent my friend (her favorite), and started drawing…
I started with her Name in the middle of the paper. (It’s partially blanked out here for privacy.)
And then I prayed and allowed my hand to start drawing lines,
that represent her roles in life
and her special calling from God.
I added what I felt that I was praying for God to provide for her -
I allowed God to lead me in choosing these words -
All around the outside of the K design,
God lead me to write in big, bold words,
His Special Promise for her:
“Unlimited Reserves of HOPE”
This is the finished graphic I created when I was praying for my friend:
I know God had a Hand in putting all of this together – - – and I really enjoyed this prayer exercise. As I prayed and drew shapes, I felt His special leading in this prayer time and in making this prayer graphic to represent His Promise(s) for my friend, K.
It was such an enriching experience that I am in the middle of making another one for another friend right now.
This time of year proves to be one of the most – if not the most - stressful times of the year for many people. As a result of reading this book and trying out the exercise, I feel that God leading me to create Colorful Prayers as often as I can.
Not only will I be able to express my heart in prayer to the LORD with more focus and dedication, but by creating a visual representation of that prayer (need), I will be able to also spend time doing something that brings me joy AND lowers my stress levels too.
What do you think? Is this something you would like to try?
For more inspiration, you can look at these examples from the blog and give it a try for yourself.
I plan to try the Advent Calendar next. It looks like such a fun idea.
If you decide to give it a go, share your creations with us on our Facebook page!
Ephesians 3:19-21 (NLT)
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
God bless you!
TO GOD be the GLORY – Always!