I’ve always thought of myself as a total head person. Feelings are fine and all, but experiencing God through my mind and my thoughts is where it’s at for me. Learning something new about God sends my heart singing. Understanding a passage of Scripture in a deeper way leads me to worship.
Despite this tendency, I’ve been exploring how to connect with God in other ways. One of these ways is praying through art.
It can be challenging for me to just sit and pray. My mind wanders and then my heart disengages, I begin to wonder if I’m praying the right things or with the right motive. While my heart is praying, my mind is critiquing.
Is what you just asked God theologically sound?
What are you assuming about God right now?
Is what you just said actually harmful to your understanding of God and/or others?
Aren’t you being a bit judgmental?
Are you treating God like the Creator of the heavens and earth, or like genie in a bottle?
I’ve found a few ways to keep my tendency to overthink things at bay.
- I use liturgical prayers, helping me to focus in on my heart’s attitude towards God instead of debating word choice.
- I journal my prayers, allowing my mind to slow down and focus.
- I color or use prayer prompts to keep my mind half busy, allowing my heart to engage in a different way.
One book I’ve been using recently is Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal. It’s a beautiful collection of prayer prompts that guides my heart towards love, thinking of others, and gratitude. Every now and then, I’ll gather my colored pencils, turn on some music, and pray through one of the prompts. Here are a couple of my favorites so far:
“Engage in gratefulness by meditating on Psalm 138:1 while writing it repeatedly in the space below.”
“Journal about how this Scripture verse gives you hope, or draw illustrations to express what these words mean to you.”
What do you do to help you connect wholeheartedly with God?