Suffering plays with our body and suffering plays with our mind. As I went through the worst parts of my personal struggles, particularly those related to my cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgeries, my mind was as affected as my body. Many people find praise and worship music helpful. I particularly enjoyed Latasha Morrison’s music. But I also found unexpected help to calm myself down when a friend in my inner circle sent me a coloring book of Bible verses. I hadn’t colored in decades, but this coloring book became a dear friend in the days of waiting for doctor appointments, test results, and surgery appointments.
So much. Waiting.
Waiting for test results was the worst. I couldn’t plan the next thing until we knew exactly what we were medically dealing with. So I colored. One picture a day was all I could handle. But one picture a day gave me a tactile thing with my hands that stimulated me visually and gave me a little sense of achievement when the picture was done.
I’m not an artist, so the coloring books that worked well for me were pretty easy to colorize. Others may have different tastes. When a friend receives a problematic medical diagnosis, I am happy to share a coloring book and colors (although I make it clear that if it doesn’t really work for them, I won’t be offended). And to go with the release of Companions in sufferingMy publisher has put together some painting cards with verses and quotations that we can use with them. Here are some of my favorite coloring books and some inexpensive pen sets.
Coloring is not for everyone, but if you or a loved one needs help calming themselves down, the simplicity of coloring a Bible verse can help. It was definitely for me.
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