This year for Lent I decided I was craving some more quiet in my life. In the last month I have been able to keep up a lunch time routine of doing my quiet time while I eat which has been a much needed new habit for me. In this current season, with one nephew at school and one napping during my early need for lunch, this has been a guaranteed time of being still.
I did not feel the nudge to necessarily cut anything out this year. Instead I wanted to continue encouraging a more quiet and thoughtful spirit. So I jumped on the adult coloring book bandwagon and made it a time of creative worship.
I picked up a coloring book at my favorite store, TJ-Maxx, intentionally picking one out with space for me to write in a Bible verse. I let the drawing inspire me to find a fitting verse and then spend my time coloring and meditating on it.
It by no means is an intense hour of praying or reading my Bible. But instead it is a small choice to sit still. To let the Lord speak to me during this time. To pray about something when it comes to mind. And to choose stillness over busyness. I find that when I allow my relationship with God to mimic my own specific learning styles of being creative and kinesthetic, He is so kind to meet me there.
Along with the coloring book, I picked out some new markers to use. I chose to be brave and see if the ink would bleed through and luckily it isn't bad. But honestly markers make me so much happier than colored pencils. It was a compromise I wasn't willing to make!
And in case you are interested, you can find my same coloring book over on Amazon.
If you are observing Lent this year, I would love to hear what you are doing!
See my previous posts on Lent here.
Other ideas for creative worship here.