What is a "prayer doodle?"
Some years ago, my friend, Staci, loaned me a book about doodling while praying. I had always had a really, REALLY difficult time being focused in prayer and usually found myself going over shopping lists and to-do lists about 30 seconds into a prayer. (In fact, I scored big fat zeroes in the "prayer" category on every spiritual gift assessment I ever took.) I was thrilled to discover that drawing and coloring while I prayed helped my scattered brain to stay focused and I finally began to find meaning to my daily time with God! I loved that it gave me something concrete that I could keep coming back to and work on as I prayed over a period of time for a specific issue or person.
I also discovered that I could pass along the blessing. Being able to give the doodles to the people I prayed for really meant something to them. They were able to "hold" and "see" the prayers that had been prayed for them. I am always moved to tears when I hear that someone keeps their prayer doodles in special places where they can see them especially when they are feeling down or discouraged. One day, my sisters asked me if I could draw them some doodles that they could color while they prayed and I decided to give it a shot. From that, my Doodle Dee Doo coloring book was born. (available to buy on the COLORING BOOKS page)
Every day, I am honored to be able to lift others in prayer. Whenever I do, I am reminded that we are to "pray for each other" (James 5:16), "love one another" (2 John 1:6), "be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12) and "walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:7).
For a tutorial on how to create a simple prayer doodle, please click the yellow "Prayer Doodle Tutorial" button below.