Monday, December 13, 2010

Praying In Color

Prayer puts God’s work in His hands – and keeps it there.
~E.M. Bounds

I used to pray in our bathroom (since the rest of our apartment is simply in one room), in the dark.  Sometimes I would fall asleep.  Most times, the cat would scratch at the door and I couldn't concentrate.

Then, at church, we had a prayer station service.  I felt so close to God as I walked around to each station.  And each station was something I could touch and something I could hold onto.  After the service, I talked to the woman who had put it on and she told me about a book that she had just received called Praying In Color.

I decided to try it.  It's about singing a song without using the words and I love it!  

I was going to put up a picture of mine, but I decided not to.  Instead, here's a drawing by Sybil MacBeth, the woman who wrote the book about it:

Here are Sybil MacBeth's words about Praying In Color:
"If you are word-weary, stillness-challenged, easily distracted, or just in need of a new way to pray, give "praying in color" a try. Men do it, women do it; teenagers do it; and children do it. All you need: paper, a black pen, colored markers or colored pencils, and Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God.

1. Draw a shape.
2. Put the name of a person for whom you are praying inside the shape.
3. Add lines, squiggles, and dots.
4. Add color.
5. Think of each stroke of the pen and each daub of color as a moment of prayer.
No words are necessary; no artistic skill is necessary-only a desire and a longing for the presence of God."

If you would like to read more about it, please visit here.


  1. I'm going to have to check out this book. It could be just what I need.

  2. What an excellent way for my very shiny-object-distracted self to pray! I also like to journal/write down my prayers. It makes them intentional and focused. :)

  3. I love the quote and I love this place! Delighted to meet you.

    Wanna do something zany and eternal this Christmas? Then, you are nvited you to a water buffalo party! No formal attire required, just stop by and splash along with us.

    Be blessed bunches,

  4. Just me splashing around, living it loud. Excited to say that people have already donated $165 towards a water buffalo. People are sharing it on facebook. Goodness, we might just start a tidal wave.


  5. God Bless you for your honesty and heartfelt comments today at Arise 2 Write. You will never know how much I appreciate them.

  6. We are at $165. I know the blog says $0 but that is because it takes 2-3 days for me to get approved. I have the real total but it will not update the button for 2 days. I'm new to all of this, but having a blast.

    PS. I will post the new total, so everyone can know.