Jun 21, 2015

Let Words Spill

Let words spill even if they must be covered up.

Occasionally a writer approaches the journal with a full heart 
and a mind turbulent with words to stream.
Yet the pencil, poised over the page, is frozen there. 

There are words of the heart that feel far too tender, 
far too skittish of white page exposure to be released in script. Though these are the very thoughts that a prayer journal has pages to receive and the power to sooth.

Let words spill even if they must be covered up. 
Let that pencil stream, dripping words of struggle across the lines, 
venting whatever there is, 
that is squeezing the life out of a heart. 
Let the pencil go to a nub releasing the soul’s troubles. 
And when interior struggles are too grey to remain in the light, 
sometimes its best to wash color right over it. 
Cover it with pattern and silhouettes of hope. 

Cover it with prayer and offer it to God’s abiding and tender care.

“Let us have confidence, then, to approach God’s throne, where there is grace. 
There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” 
Hebrews 4: 16

{Writing in a journal or on a blog has scientifically been shown to have strong physical and mental health benefits. Read more here.}

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  1. Such beautiful words! I do not write in my journal enough, but your words inspire me to pull it back out and let the words spill out where they may. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew. Hope to see you again!

    1. Delighted to think you may do just that! A few colored pencils pushed along an empty page invites the Lord's company. Turn to a waiting page and listen for His presence.

  2. I love the cover it with prayer. I used to run a blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. If you haven't joined Sunday Stillness I would love to have you share. I am your neighbour at Still Saturday.

    1. Pleased to have the invitation to join your link up. You'll find me there this morning.

  3. First, thank you so very much for visiting my blog. Every comment means so much to me.
    Secondly......I adore your post! I would've never thought to pour my heart out on paper and then cover up what is personal to me or between myself and God. I normally have just written to get it out of my mind and then throw it away. No longer will I have to do that! Thanks so much for sharing!
    (visiting from Scripture and a Snapshot)

    1. ...and thanks returned to you!
      I, too, have shredded and tossed scripted pages of private struggles. At times there is closure in that. But then I began to sense healing in the process of covering words with paint, tape, or pattern. Similar to the "bandaging" of hurts and the "stitching" of wounds, covering thoughts did not erase or dismiss the burden; it contributed to recovery.

  4. I think my comment got entered before I was finished (or it disappeared.) Anyway, good message here. I love my journal. Visiting from Playdates with God.

  5. This reminds me of times when I use to journal and just write what ever my heart felt. I need to make more time to do this again. Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew.

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    2. I always appreciate your comments Barbie. Thank you for hosting Weekend Brew. So many cluster there to share faith.

  6. Beautiful words! I remember journaling everyday as a young woman. Children arrived and now I have newly started journals everywhere! Ugh! I wish I could get disciplined about it! So glad I found you at #PlaydateswithGod!

    Blessings and smiles,