Playdates with God: Living Prayer (thoughts on Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray)

There are days I swear I can feel the turning of the earth in season and I am left dizzy and the only cure is to drag the old quilt from the closet and lie on my back to watch the spinning. The sky is cerulean blue and the sun plays chiascuro through a canopy of leaves and a stack of good books and a trusty dog accompanies me as the breeze whispers invitation. 
I’ve been reading Bonnie Gray’s book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, and her tender voice skims empty places in my spirit—touches old wounds like God’s soft breath breathing me whole again. Her story of finding God’s rest through a journey to heal from childhood trauma leaves me quiet, and I can feel the child inside of me open her hands.
Bonnie is finding another way to God’s heart and she quotes Hebrews 4:11-12: Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest. … for the word of God is alive and active. … It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit …it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Bonnie tells us, “The ‘word of God’ used here is the Greek word logos—translated as living voice. This means God is not limited to the written word.
God uses everything living to speak into our lives. He knows what’s on your heart and the everyday life you are living. God leaves us love notes in that everyday life to let us know: he is a part of our living story.”

I read those words twice as the robins call to each other in the meadow beyond my little sanctuary. I close my eyes and listen to the leaves rub together in the wind; the earth smells like multiflora rose and freshcut grass.

Yes, I think. These are love notes from God and all this good earth that cups me in its hand is prayer. I spin with the earth, thrumming on the axis of life. And I am part of a living prayer.
Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace is a beautiful book. If you or someone you know have suffered childhood trauma, Bonnie’s journey will speak softly into that place of wounding. 


  1. Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk says

    It’s always so good to find yourself held, isn’t it? I’m feeling the invitation to go and lay down in the grass beside the garden, maybe some of that green and growing will rub off on me.

  2. says

    I need to spend some time today watching the earth spin. You’ve pulled me into the book–I’ll need to be purchasing it before the day is over. What a playdate! Isn’t God amazing?!

  3. says

    I love that message too about the living voice, and how God uses everything living to speak into our lives. I watched a short documentary this morning on nature and how it constantly is moving because God is in it. More love notes from God. Thanks for letting him write with you this morning, Laura!

  4. Sharon says

    Living Voice. That is just music to my ears! Sometimes the noise of life itself is so distracting, and so discouraging. I need to stop and listen to the Living Voice, for only there will I hear the true rhythm of Jesus, the Life.


  5. says

    That “living voice” and Jesus being part of our “living story” brings such life to me, today. I know he walks with me, always. But sometimes I forget. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing this story myself, on my own. Thank you.

  6. Laurie Collett says

    So beautiful, Laura! Our church celebrated and honored our graduates on Sunday, and I chose to sing “A Living Prayer” (made popular by Alison Kraus) to encourage them to give their time, talents and treasure — their lives — to God as a living prayer. May we all do the same. Thanks for the inspiring post & for hosting & God bless,

  7. bluecottonmemory says

    Those daily love letters have changed my life – made it richer, my relationship alive with God – 5 sensory love letters! SImply beautiful, Laura!

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