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Painting Your Heart – Day 4

It’s amazing how pictures can effect a room, the mood and atmosphere can quite literally be coloured by our choice.  In our house, we have mainly reminders of special places, happy times and precious people.  Others have peaceful views, calming portraits, aspirational paintings, or inspirational quotes.

Do you read the bible?


I like Henri Nouwen’s idea of a bible passage becoming a painting on our heart.

It makes me reflect:

Do I read some words, so I can say I have, tick that box, turn the page?

Or do I read and inwardly digest?

Does God’s word filter through into my heart, into my life?

Do I not just read it, but allow it to mould me and transform me?

This advent, may I allow God’s word to come into my heart and life; to transform the atmosphere and the mood, as I prepare for his coming.


  • What scriptural motto have you chosen?


I want to know you better,

I want your ways to effect my ways

and so as I spend time with you,

may I not just flick through your word,

but allow it to change me,

to effect me

and the encounters I have

This year for Advent, some friends and I are using Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen.   You’re welcome to join us on this journey.  Feel free to comment here, or on Twitter using #adventbookclub