Praying in Color

In this excerpt from Guideposts Daily Planner, Patricia Lorenz shares how the vivid colors of life lift her spirit and bring her closer to God.

By Patricia Lorenz, Largo, Florida

The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Psalm 19:1

I love colors: wild, vibrant colors; bold colors. Like the Florida sunsets that are so alive with reds, oranges, pinks, and shades of blue and violet that you can hardly believe the magnificence. My favorite colors are lime green and royal blue.

I was once at a retreat center where the entire front of the chapel was ceiling-to-floor windows, and the lime green trees and bushes in the foreground of a dynamite blue sky and a blue lake a shade lighter nearly gave me goose bumps. When I’m doing water aerobics every morning, the robin’s-egg-blue sky dotted with giant whiter-than-white clouds amazes me with its beauty.

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Over the years I’ve learned that whenever I’m feeling tired, depressed, overworked, lonely or sad, all I have to do is go outside and find some color.

Where will I go? To the Gulf of Mexico, with gorgeous, soft tan sand, dark blue waves dotted with stunning whitecaps. To the botanical garden, where the flowers compete with the colors of the umbrella tables and mosaic lounge chairs. Perhaps I’ll jump in my little fire-engine-red car and drive to Turtle Park, where so many shades of green defy the imagination.

Spirits lifted, colors sorted, smiles returned, I head home, thankful for the colors of my life.

Heavenly Father, keep me mindful that all color comes from You. Thank You for the gifts of color and sight.

This devotional is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2013.

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Patricia, I'd love to meet you. I understand you live not too far from Spring Hill--where I live.
I'm 88, a retired missionary for ten years in my "retirement years"--that is, after our children were grown and out on their own.
My husband came down with Alzheimers disease, and died a year and a half ago.
God bless you. Helen Spaulding

Patricia, I thank God for your testimony and oh how it has struck a chord with me today. You see, I am only 49 years old but I was a nurse for 20 years before I became disabled by strokes 10 years ago. I was just wondering why God left me here even though I have little residual effects from my strokes and I have always shared my testimony about how God brought me through therapy and rehab afterwards. Anyway, I guess I was just feeling a little bit down today but when I read your post God spoke to me and He told me that He does have a purpose for my being here and that I need to seek His will for my life. Thank you so much for writing this post you will never know how many lives might be touched through me and you.

Lord, enable me to make a difference in at least one persons life each and every day. May I be able to offer a kind word, perform a deed, or even just a smile. That could make all the difference in the world that day in someone's life.Thank you Lord for loving me and giving me the ability to make that difference! Amen.

I have been a member of Guideposts for over 30 years and I love this magazine so much and share it with others.
I am now in my 60s and I felt that I should do something meaningful for the Lord Jesus as He has done so much for me and my family. He gave His precious life for us, so I joined a hospital close by and became a Spiritual Care volunteer. I visit about 30 to 50 patients every Monday and Friday. It is so rewarding to talk to them and cheer them up and especially pray with them. I wish many more people would do this. It is also a wonderful way of witnessing for Jesus.

Hello Patricia, First, I would like to congratulate you on your marriage to Jack McGlone last June 16th. When I read about it in the Times' "Love Notes" I thought -- I know her! I have been reading Daily Guideposts for years, and have enjoyed your devotionals very much. They became even more meaningful once we became neighbors. I live in Clearwater so can relate to your experiences in this area, and I also enjoy the sea and the sand here! After reading about your wedding I looked back at your notes in earlier Guideposts, and was glad to learn that you and Jack got back together! I considered sending you a wedding card, but didn't know where to address it, so am taking this belated opportunity to congratulate you two! I'd love to meet you sometime, so if you are speaking in the area I would be happy to be notified of time and place. Thank you! May yu and Jack have a wonderful 2013! Leanne

Wow I have been feeling this way too. After I retired at 57 I moved to Florida from California to try it out for 6 months which turned into 12 months,18 months etc. I told my only son that I would be back to California don't worry. However, little did I know that I would find the love of my life, get married and live in Florida happy everafter except too far away from my son and I broke a promise. I do miss my son terribly and love the new facetime feature on the iphone so I can see his face but still I feel guilty that I am not more involved in my son's life. I know when grandchildren come into the picture that I will want to be a active grandmother. I pray for guidance and patience daily.

Helen Spaulding--your comment just spoke to me.....your experience with mission work and writing would be wonderful to share with those 8 great grandchildren.....what a priceless gift for them if you would write about your mission work and include a photo from that time.....to each g-grandchild...either the same or a different one for each child.....asking for a reply.....maybe the beginning of a pen-pal relationship that would be a treasured connection between you and them.....

Thank you for your suggestion. Maybe that will be a way of extending the work we did in mission. My husband died of Alzheimers a year and a half ago, so I'm alone much of the time. Oh yes, I'm active in my church, etc., but at home, I need to share our mission work with others. I have done this in a triage of books that are on the market, but need to get these into the hands of my grandchildren, so they can share them with their little ones when they are old enough to understand.
Again, thank you.
Helen

Patricia, Thank you for this post. I have been feeling the same. I work full-time and in my sixties also. I was always in a choir in church, but 10 years ago, I went back to school to get a degree and stopped choir. I have three grandchildren and want to do something, volunteer or go back to the choir, but I'm praying for an answer. I'm so glad that I'm not alone in my feelings! Thank you!.

I'm 88--and pushing 89 a bit too hard! Still am in the writing field, with four books out there. But it still seems that there is much more I should be doing. With 8 great grandchildren--spread out over the whole country, I don't get to see them enough for them to even know me, nor I them! I spent several years in different parts of the world in mission work and have friends all over the world. I miss being in that service. Love to all

Thank you for this post! I am 61, and love the Lord, but was just thinking this year "What is my true purpose?" I have been involved in ministry, volunteer work for over 25 years...but began to think " Lord what do YOU want me to do?"
So glad to see that I am not alone in this Question. And thanks for your encouraging post

LIFE PURPOSE

When u have been called by God,u cant follow the crowed. God does not want copycats, he wants u to be lead and taught by hiS spirit.

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Purposely u have to be a faithfull steward of God's gifts, Matthew 25:21. What has Jesus given u and how can u be faithful with those things.