Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Neither Do I Condemn You

This is the twelfth doodle in my journey. I confess, this one was done in church. 
I always doodle in church, as it helps me retain the message. 
These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to the woman caught in the sin of adultery. 
My primary medium is beads and fibers and I have created bead embroidery collars. 
As I look at this doodle, it reminds me of a collar that might grace the neck of a redeemed woman. 
I am such a one. 

A Cry To The Heavens

This is the eleventh prayer doodle in my journey. This is a picture of intercession that I did when I heard about the suffering of a friend of a friend. Who have we in heaven but the Lord? Who can we call on for help? Who is all powerful and sovereign? Who works all things for our good?
Psalm 73:25 & 26:

Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

This is the tenth "soodle" in my soaking prayer doodling journey. 
This speaks of the glory of the Creator being seen in the heavens. 
I wonder what the sky looked like the night that David penned Psalm 19. 
Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God
And the skies the works of His hands

Blossom Like A Flower

This is the ninth soodle on my journey of soaking prayer doodling. When we belong to God, He promises to sustain, strengthen and bless us. The scritptures declare that the promises of Israel and Abraham belong to the heirs of Christ. I love this scripture from Hosea 14:5

I will be to the people of Israel
    like rain in a dry land.
They will blossom like flowers;
    they will be firmly rooted
    like the trees of Lebanon.

Like A Watered Garden

This is the eighth drawing in my soodling journey.This speaks to me of life, growth, dimension, abundance, growth and fluidity. 
Isaiah 58:11
"And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Celebration Heart

This is the seventh "soodle" in my journey of soaking prayer and doodling. 
This speaks to me of a heart that is in celebration. The streamers speak of great joy and thanksgiving. 

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis

I Lift Up My Hands

This is the sixth drawing in my "soodling" journey. This is a hand lifted in submission and praise. 
Psalm 28:2
Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Be Like A Tree

This is the fifth drawing in my soaking prayer, doodling journey.This speaks to me of a promise in the Psalms 1:3
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Merry Hearts

This is the fourth "soodle in my prayer journey. This drawing speaks of having a merry heart !
Proverbs 17:22 says "A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine"
Happiness depends on happenstance. JOY comes from within. If Jesus Christ lives in you there is an unquenchable supply of joy available to you. 
No matter what your circumstance, you can know that God is with you. He is for you and not against you. We, who are in Christ, always have something to be merry about, and that is the promise that we have eternal, abundant life in Him. This knowledge, when applied and acted upon by faith, has the power to make us very merry, indeed !


This is the third drawing in my "soodling" journey. I felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to draw sunflowers. 
I have read that sunflowers always turn their faces to the sun. I believe that the Creator created all things to reflect as aspect of Himself as a message to us. Should we not, also, turn our faces toward Him, the only True Light that came into the world ? 
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace. 

Psalm 91: 4 He Will Cover You With His Feathers

This is the second drawing in my "soodling" journey. Soodling = Soaking Prayer + Doodling
When the drawing begain I wondered if it was a wing and then it began looking more like a feather in a wing. Either way, it speaks to me of angelic protection, and the promise in Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

Doodling in Prayer

As an experiment, I have taken to picking up some pens to doodle during my prayer time. This drawing was the first of several, which I shall post. I usually put on some worship music and grab my pens and a tablet and start praying and drawing. When I did this drawing, the first in the experiment, I was praying about laying the foundation for a local creative community, where Christian artists could experience fellowship, training and collaboration on creative projects which will glorify God, our Creator. 
I had no preconceived idea of what my drawing would be, but as the images emerged it spoke to me of organic beginnings and people on the outside being drawn in. 
I think many artists feel irrelevant in the church today. They feel like a square peg in a round hole. Many church leaders do not know how to utilize creative people, with the possible exception of the role of the "worship leader."
I believe that God wants His artists and creative people fully integrated into His body. 
My prayer is that the ones on the outside will be encouraged to cross the barriers that have kept them at bay.