One day when I sat down to start a visual prayer I was feeling aimless, insecure, like I didn’t have a center, clear purpose. I knew it was probably because I was used to a structured schedule with working, being a mom and accommodating other people’s schedules, but I still felt that way.
I didn’t know where to start, so after I quieted my mind and focused on God I let go, picked up my pen and began drawing my favorite shape in the center of my paper: a swirl or spiral. I thought, “See you don’t have a center, you just keep going around and ‘round” (inner critic, bah!). Then the spiral closed to my surprise. A center. Then came the cross and then more spirals that formed flame shapes (probably my next favorite shape). The flames were reaching, radiating, dancing outward. Circles with dots were added last and I knew I was finished.
Now came the asking what it meant. I began to feel encouraged. What I do each day is important and part of who I am, the center. My faith is the framework to my identity and is symbolized by the cross. The flames are the work of the Spirit working beyond myself, but also in and through me. Now I was getting excited. It’s just lines and shapes, but to me it was a love note or personal logo from my Father in a language I understand.
“Lord, help me see You, feel You, love You in the daily, ordinary things. Turn my concerns and worries to hope in You. TRUST!”
The image meant so much to me I put on the cover of my current prayer book with my current life-theme: 


  1. Good morning, Valerie. Thanks for the invitation to conversation about faith and art. It's come just when I need it… or course that could have been at any time. LOL

  2. Hi Valerie, Jo sent me the link to your blog.
    I am on my way to the mountains with my share group, but will be back to explore.

    Loving what I see so far. I just love how God us using visual journaling/prayers to speak to so many!!!

    Grace and peace

  3. Hi Valerie,
    I am so glad you came to visit me….All I can say to your post is AMEN SISTER…..You are so right on target…..

    I love your blog and so glad to find a fellow sister who loves journaling with our Father…I look forward to visiting with you often….

  4. This is really a great start! Visual Blessings! I love it. Isn't it funny how many blessing actually are visible, and and yet we do not see. I'll be back.

  5. Hi Valerie,
    Thanks for sharing. I thought I was the only one who felt that way at times and questioning if what I was doing was valued or meant anything to anyone. Also what direction to go next is always an interesting question. Anyway your message is clear and valuable. Thanks so much.

  6. Thank you for your encouraging comments. I'm new to this blogging thing and cannot tell you how exciting it is for me to hear from dear kindred spirits. My daughter said, "Good job Momma, your reaching beyond the "boro" (I live in Hillsboro). Yes, I do feel a bit like a hobbit on a grand adventure. And now I feel like I'm in good company in this artful journey of life and faith. Blessings to you!

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