New Pet Project–Visual Prayer Sharing

When I first read Praying in Color I was hooked. I’ve since moved from doodling my prayer to doing mixed media art prayer and all sorts of neato stuff. So I’m calling it “Visual Prayer” now.

A Twitter friend was interested in the book and I offered to send my copy. But then an idea struck me. I’d send one of my own visual prayers along with the book and ask him to do the same. It took me way too long to fulfill my end of the bargain, but I did. Finally.

I put a little note in the book along with some instructions and included a small sketchbook and sent them before I left for vacation last week.

I’m hoping that everyone the book is passed along to will add their own visual prayer and email me with a photo of their prayer!

This is mine:

Wanna hear the weirdly ironic thing? If you know me at all, you know how God constantly works in my life with dates and times? Well…I ordered the book Praying in Color on March 18, 2008. I sent it to my Twitter friend on March 19, 2009.

Just like that time God picked me up to carry me on February 23 and put me down 12 years later on February 24.

His timing is impeccable.

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2009 Scripture Art Number 6



Beth Moore posted on her blog asking if anyone wanted to join
her in memorizing Scripture, two a month, in 2009.

You can see all of my posts here.

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<--Scripture Art Number Five Final version

This is the second period for this passage, I chose to spend a session on each verse rather than fly through it as a whole passage. That means, I spend six full weeks on this passage.

God knows what He’s doing.

The verse for Scripture Art Number 6, March 16-30 is: (in bold)

Luke 6:36-38

Be merciful, just as your Father is also merciful.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged

Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.

Forgive and you will be forgiven.

Give and it will be given to you; a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over–will be poured in your lap.

For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

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2009 Scripture Art Number 5

Beth Moore posted on her blog asking if anyone wanted to join
her in memorizing Scripture, two a month, in 2009.

It’s never too late to join in!

You can see all of my posts here.

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I decided to take 3 weeks to memorize the passage I chose last time. As I wrote it out, I realized that I wanted to spend some time doing this. I didn’t want to rush, to act as if 3 verses in one period was easy, to make unwise choices.

For starters, I’m not good at being merciful. God has graciously gifted me in areas that I can say I’m good at. Being merciful is not one of them. It takes real energy, real concentration for me to show mercy. Especially to stupid people. Okay, that’s probably not nice, but I’m going for honesty here. This is why God is God and I am not. Those complainers walking around the desert–wanting to go back to Egypt? Yeah. They’d get what they asked for. A remnant? I probably couldn’t do it. And I definitely wouldn’t have given them David as a ruler when they didn’t want me, their God, the one who didn’t off them after their antics in the desert.

When God gives me opportunity to be merciful, I try. Oh Lord do I try. But if the person has a history of stupid, I find myself in an awkward position. Can I be merciful and not be stupid, too? And what does that look like?

Maybe that’s what this next verse will teach me?

I found this at StudyLight.org, a study about the word mercy.

The passages before the one I’ve chosen talk about loving your enemies, the ones following are the speck of dust and plank in the eye lesson, the blind leading the blind, and this: “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

So even though it’s time to move on to another verse, this one still haunts me.

The problem is, how does one keep toxic people out of their life, yet live as Christ?

My first inclination is to think of how Jesus dealt with the Pharisees. Because these toxic people I’m speaking of have much in common with the Pharisees. Jesus taught them when he could, but did not force them into reconciliation. He didn’t make them have a relationship with him. He simply spoke the truth and…spoke the truth consistently.

And obviously, if I’m told to love my enemies–that means I will undoubtedly have enemies.

So does that mean that I have to be on cordial speaking terms with everyone in my life?

My opinion is no. Especially when I read the next verses I’ll be Visually Praying with and the passages that follow. I believe God gave us discernment for a purpose. I believe that if I saw a berry growing from a bush I knew from past history produced poisonous berries–I believe that I should not eat of the fruit from said bush.

If a tree is known by its fruit, if a good man brings good things up from his heart and an evil man brings evil from the evil stored in his heart, then I think that removing these toxic people from my life is the right thing to do. I shouldn’t pick the bad berries and hope they’re not poisonous anymore.

My next verses for March 1-15 in bold below:

Luke 6:36-38

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Stop judging and you will not be judged.

Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.

Forgive and you will be forgiven.

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.

For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.

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2009 Scripture Art Number 4

Beth Moore posted on her blog asking if anyone wanted to join
her in memorizing Scripture, two a month, in 2009.

It’s never too late to join in!

You can see all of my posts here.

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I’m a couple days late this time, but I have not quit! (My goal, my desire, is to finish this strong.)

Here’s Scripture Art Number 3 (before)

Final

My new verse(s): It’s a lot, I might take this in steps, but they all go together and I didn’t feel right splitting them up. I don’t have a page in the journal started yet, I’ll be working on that soon.

Luke 6:36-38

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Stop judging and you will not be judged.

Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.

Forgive and you will be forgiven.

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.

For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.

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