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I’m working on a new devotional book–a sort of creative prayer journal: Colored Pencil Prayers. I will have the blog page of detailed information up over the weekend (in plenty of time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday which I have ambiguous feelings about, but anyway . . .).

In the meantime, I can tell you that Colored Pencil Prayers will give instructions and prompts for five different types of creative arts prayer–all using, yes, colored pencils. Along with the instructions and prompts, I will include an example for each type of prayer, and I would love for those examples from this blog community.

So here is the deal: a free Colored Pencil Prayers book for the first five volunteers. (Shipping within the U.S. is included; international shipping is negotiable–I need to check rates.)

Volunteers agree to:

  1. Receive instructions for one type of creative prayer practice.
  2. Let me know if anything in the instructions is unclear (or misspelled).
  3. Engage in the described prayer practice using a 4″ X 4″ piece of white paper and colored pencils. (Black pen can also be used if you want.)
  4. Send me a quality scan of your prayer creation by November 29. (Please do not volunteer if you have doubts about making this deadline.)
  5. Grant permission for your prayer to be used in the Colored Pencil Prayers book.
  6. Send me your address so I can mail you your book!

Are you excited yet?

Volunteer by clicking the “contact” tab above and filling out the brief form. That way I have your email address.

**Friday morning update: We have enough volunteers now. Thanks!**

Morning Prayer

I realize that sometimes this blog can make it seem like I have a lovely, holy, prayer-filled, pious life. That I sit around all day reading scripture and coloring in my prayer journal. So I feel compelled to tell you that I re-started my daily morning prayer practice two days ago. So grateful to the Holy Spirit (and an oddly helpful book, A Mother’s Rule of Lifemore on this later) for giving me a good swift kick.

Feeling the need to be particularly loyal to my Mennonite tradition, this morning I picked up Take our Moments and Our Days and prayed the order for week 1: Thursday morning. As I prepare to leave tomorrow for the Western District Conference Assembly, here are some of the words God provided:

Save us from the time of trial.

Do not disappoint me; you are my refuge.

My hope is in you.

My heart is ready, O God;
I will sing your praise.
Your steadfast love is higher than the heavens
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

You shall love the Lord your God will all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Not what I want, but what you want. (Matthew 26:39)

So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (I Corinthians 10:12-13)

Don’t be afraid, my love is stronger than your fear. And I have promised to be always near.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham: . . . to set us free . . . to worship you without fear, holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. . . . In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:73-75, 78-79)

Do not worry about anything.

Your power protects us in times of trouble.
Your Spirit comforts those who endure trials.
You hold your people securely in your care.
Deepen our trust in the mystery of your power shining through Christ Jesus, that we may live your love for the world.