Friday Finds: Advent Activity

The internet is full of great ideas for Advent Readings, Calendars, and the like- so I wanted to share something today that’s pretty unique. I’ve talked about Praying in Color before, and I’m sure I will again. ;)

Today I’m specifically sharing the Praying in Color Advent Calendar. The doodling side of my brain loves this format for prayer and meditation. Check out Sybil MacBeth’s blog posts on using color to pray this Advent.  This isn’t a product to purchase, but something you can start today with items in your home! She even has templates for recreating and printing. Take advantage and try coloring your thoughts and prayers this weekend.

Praying in Color Advent

“Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3 The Message)

Happy Friday!

Following and waiting,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Pull out the Markers

My friends.

I once made a video about one of my favorite ways to pray. It was one of my favorite videos I have ever made.  And to this day it is the 2nd least viewed video in the history of ever.

I’m sharing about “Praying in Color” again today because this avenue for prayer gave me such freedom in my prayer time!  I was just telling another friend about it this week and I became so excited that I knew I wanted to share the video again.

I tried my best to create a short clip to help you understand the process developed and written about by SybilMacBeth.  Sybil has lots of her own videos, books, seminars and other helps on the Praying in Color website and blog that I would encourage you to check out if this at all speaks to a creative side of you.

Let’s face it: we were made by a Creative God to increase His goodness in this world.  Since we are indwelt by His Spirit and made in His image, we can also claim creativity as one of our defining traits… even when we don’t feel particularly gifted in this area.

I can tell you that some of my friends and co-workers panicked when we tried this together.  They wanted more rules and structure.  That’s fine!  This isn’t for everyone.  This is hopefully just another suggestion to get us out of our usual patterns and into some much needed time of communion and communication with the Father.

Here goes nothing!

Praying in color,
Ginger

Thursday Tips: Color

It seems as though the entire blogosphere is caught up in 31 days of great writing.  I’m going to be out of town a few times during the month and just didn’t have the wherewithal or fore-thought to make blogging for 31 days in a row happen this year.

However, I am greatly enjoying the fruits of everyone else’s labor!  My dear friend Carey is blogging about 31 Days of Creativity.  All of her posts this week have led me to journal more and even pull out my markers again.

I first discovered the book, “Praying in Color” when I was working for Carey.  She was my boss when I worked in the Children’s Department of a church.  Not only did she get just as excited as I did with the prospect of using markers to pray, but she let me lead my co-workers in some group color praying.

I tried my best to create a video to help you understand the process developed and written about by Sybil MacBeth.  Sybil has lots of her own videos, books, seminars and other helps on her website that I would encourage you to check out if this at all speaks to a creative side of you.

Let’s face it: we were made by a Creative God to increase His goodness in this world.  Since we are indwelt by His Spirit and made in His image, we can also claim creativity as one of our defining traits… even when we don’t feel particularly gifted in this area.

I can tell you that some of my friends and co-workers panicked when we tried this together.  They wanted more rules and structure.  That’s fine!  This isn’t for everyone.  This is hopefully just another suggestion to get us out of our usual patterns and into some much needed time of communion and communication with the Father.

Here goes nothing!

From Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth:

“Does this carnival of pens and colored markers really count as prayer?  Or is it a sanctimonious ploy, a way to say that I’ve prayed when really I’ve just doodled, colored, and played?  Does prayer have to be a totally intense and serious activity?  Can a spiritual practice be both prayer and play?

When I draw as a way to enter prayer, I get to delight in my prayer and to feel God’s delight that I am making an effort to pray.  Prayer can be the heavy labor of my heart and mind where I am the foreman of a job site.  Or prayer can be my joy and freedom, the place where I get to play in the presence of my Creator, where I get a taste of “the glorious liberty of being a child of God” (paraphrase of Romans 8:21).”

May you find joy in praying this week!

Following and coloring,
Ginger