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Sitting in the Middle of My Doodles

Updated: Aug 15, 2019



And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NASB)


My writing journey is brand new. A few years ago, I felt the tug of the Lord calling me out of bed early dark-thirty to write. It had to be God; I am not a typical dark-thirty girl. My brain would have never conjured up that idea. First, to get up that early and second to write what He was asking me to write.


The writing turned out to be more than a one hit wonder, so instead of wrestling my husband over the use of our one desk and one computer in the house, I suggested I move my writing space elsewhere. Then my hubby surprised me with a new computer, printer and desk last year for Christmas. Whew, I better take this serious now!


Of course, that meant we had to rearrange, redecorate, and foofoo up my new writing/prayer room. I was on that project like a duck on a June bug. Order desk, check. Donate big bed, check. Smaller bed to fit with the new desk, check. New bedspread for smaller bed, check. New girly desk accoutrements, check. New file folders, sticky notes, pens, check, check, check. This was so fun.


Now, early in the mornings I plop on the quilted white, sage vine covered, maroon flower dotted and sage/maroon starred bedspread to spend time with the Lord. It was several months before I realized I was sitting in the middle of my doodles.


As a doodler for years, my pattern nearly always included vines covered in daisy shaped flowers with little intersecting lines in star shapes all around. By design, I was plopped atop my artwork!

I wondered, am I plopped in the middle of God’s plan? He has one for me. Am I immersed in His intentions? Am I missing His work as I go about my day?


For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NASB)


In addition to writing, the Lord has shown me recently I have a talent for painting. Maybe all those doodles for all those years were trying to speak to me. Maybe the poems I used to write and the journaling I feel compelled to do were shouting to me as well. I do think that we are wired certain ways for God’s purposes. It just takes some of us (cough, cough, me) longer to see it than others.


He has called me to write for Him. My children’s book Daddy and Me, His idea entirely, was just published. Sometimes He has me write a prophetic word for someone on the back of a copy of one of my small watercolors. I love participating in His plans and enjoying the gifting He has given me to accomplish His purposes.


I am sitting in the middle of His ideas, thoughts and desires for His world. His doodles, so to speak. I hope I always recognize His creativity and join in where ever He is working.


Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34)


If Jesus’ assignment was to accomplish the Father’s work, it is our assignment as well.


Join in the conversation:


Have you seen a relationship between what you enjoy doing/are gifted with and the call God has for your life?


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