Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Miracles Happen Un-noticed

     A miracle we humans take for granted is happening in our backyard, as it does every year at this time. Seeds planted last Thursday are beginning to poke their green bodies through the ground cover and will be a lush green carpet by the end of the week. This brings to mind a poem I found so many years ago.
      Fueled by a million man-made wings of fire, the rocket tore a tunnel through the sky and everybody cheered.
      Fueled only by a thought of God, the seedling urged its way thru the thicknesses of black and as it pierced the heavy ceiling of the soil and launched itself up into outer space, no one even clapped.

~Marcie Hans

Friday, March 9, 2012

Praying in Color

I discovered a new book that has helped me in my prayer life.

Usually I send out 'flash' prayers...prayers so quick you could miss them if you weren't listening closely. Often times they are one sentence prayers. Then, later I feel I've really let down the person I was praying for....not allowing much time to concentrate on them.

The method presented in the book Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth causes me to slow down and really think about the person/situation and look at all the different areas that need to be presented to God.

In a nutshell, I write the name of the person or situation and encircle it with a shape, any shape. Then I add more shapes and lines to the first shape. In my style, I usually create random criss-cross lines and curlie-Q's around the name which creates various shapes. I then decorate those shapes with gel pens of various colors, metallic, sparkle pens, etc. As I decorate I think (spend time) with the person, and as areas of need come to my mind, I offer them to God. When I'm finished, I feel like I've really interceded for that person and I am satisfied.

Here are some examples: