Visual Prayer–Tears in God’s Bottle

Rough days are inevitable. Seems like they come in conjunction with some of the biggest blessings. Which I suppose is par for the course.

What makes rough days worse is stupid people. Or stupid mean people. Or just plain ole people.
It might not be that way for you. I walk a tightrope between introvert and extrovert so while some days being with people energizes me, other days, it exhausts me to a disturbing point.

I continually read on of Oswald Chambers’ devotionals about exhaustion. You’re doing yourself a huge disservice if you relate to what I’m saying but don’t read this. It’s short.

I was feeling pressure from so many areas (some of them self-induced) so I decided to take a bath with some lavender bath salts, listen to Jeremy Camp on the iPod dock, and have some quiet time with God. I covered my eyes with a washcloth and asked the Holy Spirit to quiet my soul.

It took awhile. I think my mind naturally resists being still and quiet. The song Letting Go came on and behind my washcloth covered closed eyes, I clearly saw a jar with tears in it.

And I cried.

Then I put on my big girl panties and decided I could trust God to handle these mounting problems of mine. If he could store my tears in a jar, he could certainly take care of some insignificant people that were bothering me. Besides, what they do shouldn’t be my concern, right?

I hurried to my easel and painted a jar.

Then I decided I needed to know where that verse was and in what context it was written. Turns out, it was smack in the middle of a Psalm. Psalm 56.


And what a wonderful Psalm it is for someone in the position I had been complaining about being in.

By creating prayer, renewal washed over me.

My spirit calmed and then soared.

The urge to crawl into bed and hide away from the world for weeks on end was gone.

Restored.

Not alone in misery and wandering, but every tear recorded and kept in God’s bottle.

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2009 Scripture Art Number 15

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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Note: I got behind with the moving and stuff so I’m starting with the current verse and I’ll post the 5 I’m behind as I get them finished. (Did I really just admit that I’m 10 weeks behind?? 10 weeks?!)

Genesis 16:13 So she named the LORD (YHWH) who spoke to her El Roi, The God Who Sees, for she said, “Have I really seen here the One who sees me?”

This goes with my Muddy Water post from a couple days ago. I can’t get this image out of my head.

(sorry about the image quality, this was taken with my phone.)


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2009 Scripture Art Number 9

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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This post is a little over due. I was supposed to put it up on the 1st, but I was in Missouri and since I’ve been back all kinds of chaos has ensued.

However, it was finished and I am working on the one that’s due in 3 short days. I’ll be out of town (again) so I’ll post that one when I get back.

My next verse is the final in this series of verses, Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek Me
and find Me
when you search for Me
with all of your heart.

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2009 Scripture Art Number 7

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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This is from the March 16-31st period. I really, really enjoyed this one. The left page was done with watercolor pencils and different markers. The right was watercolor paint and marker.

Now. To pick a verse for the first half of April.

I had a thought that I should pick Jeremiah 29:11-13 and pushed the thought aside because I know the verses. So I asked on Twitter and @LisaReid said, “I’d have to go with Jer 29:11, or 11-13. It stands out like a gem against the rest of the book, always surprising me.”

Uh-huh. Surprise. Surprise, eh?

So I told her I’d thought those where the verses I should do, but hesitated instead, so this was a “Here’s your sign” moment. She said,Ha! I almost didn’t reply to you, but I really felt that I should. So yes, here’s your sign. Dooo eeeet!”

So it looks like I’ll be spending from now until Mid-May on this passage. I’ll do one verse for each 2-week period.


For I know the plans I have for you—[this is] the LORD‘s declaration—plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

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