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I’ve shared a few times in the past, mostly on Booknificent Thursday link-up posts, that our home group has been reading through the book Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups($) by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith. It is such a good book, and I am finding myself so challenged week after week. I’ve been particularly moved by excerpts from the writings of John of the Cross, C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, Thomas Merton, and Henri Nouwen, all with regards to the importance of solitude and meditation on God’s Word.
Someone in our group mentioned a few weeks ago the concept of prayer doodling, and I was instantly intrigued. I’ve been reading and thinking about it ever since, (there’s this book($) and a number of blogs if you search for “prayer doodling”), and today I decided to try it for Five Minute Friday. I really don’t know much about it, and I’m not particularly artistic, but I thought I’d spent enough time researching and probably needed to just dive in and give it a try. So while my kids and their grandmother sat down at the table with paper and markers and colored pencils to write on today’s word (you can see their contributions over at Desperate Homeschoolers), I sat with them instead of at my computer.
I doodled the word “Mercy” in the middle of my page and just began to doodle around it and write any verses, song lyrics, or phrases that came to my mind. I really enjoyed it, especially when I put aside the thought that my plan was to scan it for FMF. I could have gone on for a lot longer with it. I liked how it helped me focus on listening to what the Holy Spirit wanted to say to me about mercy rather than my usual practice in prayer of telling the Holy Spirit what I want to say. 🙂 It made me sit still with a listening spirit for longer than I usually manage – way longer than I’ve ever managed with the kids around!
So here’s my five minute prayer doodle for the word “mercy”:
This is definitely something I’ll do again and something I’ll invite the kids to join me in. I think it’s a great way for a Jesus-follower of any age to learn to sit in quietness and listen to the Holy Spirit!
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to hop over to Desperate Homeschoolers, where we host a Five Minute Friday Kids’ Edition link-up each week! It is truly precious what these kiddos share (and I LOVE reading their comments to each other on the blogs though we haven’t had many link-ups lately.) I promise, you won’t be sorry if you hop over there. And please consider having your kids do their own five minutes of writing and link up with us!
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