Talk With God
Do you talk with God? Have you ever tried using a coloring book to help you chat with God? Steph reviews “Talk With God: Color Your Day.
Talk with God: Color Your Day
Are you among those who have rediscovered the calming effects of coloring—and maybe even as a way to focus on God’s Word?
Do you enjoy a prayer journal that contains more than simply blank pages?
Do you enjoy fun folksy art that inspires your own creativity?
If this describes you or your curiosity has been peaked, I’d like to tell you about Tracy Campbell’s
“Calm Coloring Prayer Journal” Talk with God: Color Your Day.
Tracy Campbell and “Talk With God”
I met Tracy years ago at a Write Canada conference. She is yet one more creative I thank the Lord for bringing into my life.
When she told me that she was putting together this prayer journal, I couldn’t wait to order my copy.
Do I color? Rarely!
Did I already have plenty of journals? Most definitely!
At the time, had I tried my hand at Bible journaling? Nope!
Do I enjoy her whimsical art style? Absolutely!
Do I appreciate the decorated lined pages where I can express my heart to the Lord? Without a doubt!
A New Journey – Talk With God
The first journaling page is titled “A New Journey Begins.” What great inspiration! And we can begin a new journey any day, at any point of any day.
Not only do the page titles—things such as “Joyful Jots,” “My Talk with God,” and “I praise You because …”—provide great jumping off points for the day’s entry, Talk with God also includes selected scripture verses.
That first page I mentioned includes, Jeremiah 29:11 from the New Living Version.
It reads like this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope.”
God’s Plan for Us
This promise was given by the prophet Jeremiah to God’s people at a specific time in history, but it is still His plan for us today.
Romans 8:28 assures us of this. In the English Standard Version, it reads, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
The first coloring page includes the text of Psalm 150:6 from the Modern English Version of the Bible, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
What a great reminder!
Count My Blessings
Throughout the journal, Tracy has included pages titled “Count My Blessings.” There is space to record 90 blessings.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the value of gratitude. And this journal is a great place to make a jumpstart at recording what we have to be grateful for. It’s one of my favorite distinctives of Talk with God.
Although there is much to be thankful for, we all know life can be a struggle at times. Tracy acknowledges that too. She includes pages on which to record “Pressing Problems.”
Following these pages are those titled “Beautiful Blessings” and “Awesome Answers.” Too often we take our heartaches and struggles before the Lord but forget to thank Him for the blessings and answers He pours out.
What Supplies do you Need?
What supplies do you need to use this prayer journal? Your favorite pen is sufficient. But if you want to express yourself more creatively, you may want colored pencils, markers that won’t bleed through the page, sketch pencils, stickers, stamps, washi tape, and pens with a variety of colored ink.
“Tracy Campbell is a published artist, author, and a retired interior design professional who aims to perfect the creative abilities God has blessed her with.” This journal is certainly an example of those creative abilities.
If you want some help focusing your prayer life. Plus, if you enjoy expressing your creativity in words and / or by drawing and coloring—or if you would like to explore the possibility of doing so—I encourage you to order a copy of Talk with God: Color Your Day.
Stephanie is a freelance writer and a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio. Read and hear more from Steph Nickel on the contributor’s page or at Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests.
Images courtesy of:
Hands Raised – matiasarg
Woman on mountain – thejissan
Colored Pencils – stux