It really struck me as quite profound when the author suggested that perhaps I might want to start with my own name, because we often overlook our needs. And yes I feel I have quite a few burdens that I am carrying at the moment. Our family has not had the easiest time lately. So I wrote my name in the middle of the page and doodled all around it. Then I wrote my husband's name and did the same, and then our three children... and then I wrote the name of our little dog - Oliver, who we have just had to say goodbye to after 12 years, and I gave it all to God. I felt lighter when I'd finished my prayer session/ Artist's date.
And so I have found another way to pray - a creative way. It feels like such a natural fit for me. It is such a deceptively simple way to pray and yet it is also deeply spiritual. It is also a lot of fun.