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My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

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Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process involves both left and right brain tasks. This is convenient since depression puts me in a logical, left-brained state of mind for long periods and mania puts me in an energetic, creative, right-brained state of mind for long periods. The creative right brain comes up with ideas—too many for me to ever complete. It generates the major concepts, figures out how they relate, and gets the first draft on paper in short order. The logical left brain is the inner editor, constantly critiquing and evaluating so when I am depressed...

Discover the “I AM” Statements of Jesus

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I am experimenting with a new, casual style of Bible guide. I have a prototype for you to download. The content is basic because I was more interested in playing with a new style. I like the concept, in general. I’m sure I’ll fine-tune it over time. Yes, I drew the images (except for the cover). Use the arrow in the upper right corner to pop up the document. Then use the icons at the top to print or save it, if you wish. [su_document url=””]  

Right-Brained Folks Will Love This Bible

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If you’ve read my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, you’ll know I devote a whole chapter to right-brained approaches to the Bible (and a whole chapter to left-brained approaches). So I’m glad to see the Christian community embracing these differences finally. There has been a growing movement of Bible journaling in which people draw, doodle, and color in their Bible. Right-brainers have always colored, or even color-coded, their Bibles. And a little bit of color makes even left-brain study methods more interesting for right-brained folks. This week, I received my Inspire NLT Bible, which I fondly refer to as “my coloring Bible.” It’s a compact size but it contains more than 400 illustrations of Bible verses to color. And look at the beautiful page edges done in butterflies and floral designs.       Every page has a wide margin, which...

Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth

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Praying in Color Drawing a New Path to God Sybil MacBeth 2013 100 pages     I was immediately drawn to the title, Praying In Color. What a curious and vivid image! I had to know more because I’m an advocate for engaging God with both sides of your brain. Silent prayer can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so if you are a visual person stimulated by color and design or a kinesthetic person who needs to keep your hands busy to keep your mind focused. This is the need solved by Praying In Color. The idea is to doodle while you pray—and the doodling itself can be a wordless prayer.     Jot down a name and doodle around it while you think about that person’s needs. God knows your thoughts. Make designs, patterns, and shapes and fill them with color. Then move on to pray for the next person on your heart in the same manner. It’s profoundly simple and beautiful. The...

The Bible Hokey Pokey: How to Shake Up Your Time with God

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Sometimes we need to shake things up. Our logical left brain will organize, analyze, and synthesize until our knowledge of the Bible fits into nice little cubby holes that are . . . BORING! That’s how most of us are taught to approach the Bible. We learn to dissect it until it is dead, so to speak. No wonder most of us associate the Bible with dry, boring, academic frustrations. It’s time to shake things up.   The Bible Hokey Pokey You put your left brain in. You put your left brain out. You put your left brain in. And you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey. And you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about. While there is great benefit from the academic study of God’s Word, it cannot be our only approach to the Bible. That kind of fact archival leaves us with empty knowledge about the Bible. It’s not the kind of life-changing experience that should happen when we...