Spiritual Practice


Alina Kanaski, 24

Writing is a form of prayer for me. It’s a beautiful encounter with God, a chance for me to slow down and to listen to what God is saying. Sometimes I can sense God standing beside me as I write, whispering words and ideas to me. As I write, I listen for confirmation, because the words don’t come from me.

Alina2 DSC00812I write devotions, a daily journal, novels. Through each, God speaks to me. God inspires words and scenes. Sometimes, God quietly guides me into learning something about myself, perhaps something I’ve been trying to hide. Other times, God reveals a clearer picture of who God is.

I used to think that I didn’t pray much; but I’ve realized that writing is my prayer, my way of listening to and speaking to God with my whole being.


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

ENCOUNTER GOD THROUGH ART: When we see the wonders God has created, we too are inspired to create. When we use the gifts God has given us, we often find ourselves being drawn closer to God. Creating art and beauty can be an act of prayer, a practice that connects us to the heart of God. Invite God to join in your writing, singing, sculpting, or drawing so that you can partner with your Creator to add joy and beauty to the world.

Photo courtesy of Alina Kanaski

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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