Jul 20, 2020 by


One of my coloring book pages

I wonder how many people have managed to remain productive during this crisis?

For the first couple of months of this lock-down, I was very unproductive. At least that is how I felt. I had nothing to show at the end of each new day of what I had accomplished. Here I was, not going out, supposedly with more time on my hands than ever before. Where did that time go?

But was it so unproductive? I was spending much more time reading the Bible and in prayer, sometimes many hours in a day. That must have produced something worthwhile. And I know it did. I just had nothing to actually hold in my hand to show my accomplishments. But this is not about me, is it? It is about keeping myself busy doing God’s work.

But things have changed over the past few weeks. I now have something to show for the hours I have spent in my apartment. I have been once again inspired to write, draw, revise some of my old manuscripts to ready them for publishing.

I have created 14 pages for an adult coloring book I want to publish. I have typed up a large percentage of a manuscript. I have written several blog posts.

What made the difference? I am not sure I have an answer to that, but I do know that what I have spent my time doing, whether praying or creating, ministry did take place.

Hopefully my blog posts encourage those who read them. I have had some very positive comments on my coloring book pages. And I have had fun doing them. This is a project I have wanted to do for at least a couple of years, so it has also been satisfying. Being productive is fulfilling.

I still spend a lot of time in prayer, but now there is a balance, and I think it is a good one.

We created some special prayers at our church for people to pray concerning this COVID-19 crisis and how it is affecting our people and our nation. People have taken specific time slots as we have tried to cover a 24-hour period every day. We didn’t quite cover every hour, but the biggest part of each day is covered by a number of our church members. One of the prayers is that we find new ways of demonstrating our love to others even as we have been physically isolated.

One thing I have been doing over the past couple of months has brought fulfillment not only to me. I have been calling people and reading to them from books, some mine, some written by others. They are uplifting stories and have blessed those who listen. One lady in particular had appreciated this. She has lost much of her eyesight and cannot read herself, so she excitedly waits for my call to hear yet another story. I have thoroughly enjoyed this new way of ministry.

I thought I would share some of my coloring book pages with you. Enjoy. I will keep you posted as to when this book will be published and available to purchase.


With the Lord, we can find innovative ways to minister when we cannot do it in the normal way. God is faithful when we are faithful. He is so good! I pray that the things we have learned through this crisis will stay with us and we will learn even more new ways to share the gospel and words and acts of encouragement to those in need.

Have you been productive during this crisis? I would love to hear how you have spent your time during the lock-down period. What have you done in addition to caring for your family that has made a difference in your own life and in the lives of others? Please share with me in the comment box below.

Thank you for your visit today. I really do appreciate that you have taken time to come here. I hope you will leave a comment below and take a few minutes to browse and check out the posts you have not read yet. If you are new here, I am so glad to meet you. Please introduce yourself in the comment box.

God bless you all and keep you safe from this virus and all of the repercussions it has had in our lives.


  1. Wow, Diane, I’m so impressed by your coloring book pages! I will order that for sure when it comes out.
    Glad you have been able to spend more time in prayer and have been productive. I have found that I’m spending more time, still not enough, in prayer, too, and have continued to publish my blog, which I hope inspires others and strengthens their Christian walk.
    Blessings to you!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jo. I’m glad you too got over that unproductive stage. I have now finished my coloring book and uploaded it to KDP last night, so am feeling that I have accomplished something considering I didn’t start it until 2 or 3 weeks ago. Onward and upward from here. 🙂

    • Thank you Martha. My coloring book is actually live now, but I had some difficulties getting it to meet their specifications, so really want to take a look at the finished product to make sure it’s what I am expecting. God bless you.

  2. Yes! I felt pretty much the same way, feeling so unproductive, but I did get some good chill time. Now, our town is going through another shutdown and I’m busy painting and putting up new screens and getting a lot of other “honey-do” type things done. Purging junk that has accumulated over the years has been cathartic. Spiritual ruminating never hurts anyone.

  3. Diane, you are so right. I’ve been busy gardening (my lettuce,potatoes,cucumber and bell pepper have already been adding to my dinner table). I also blog daily, as you know. I had adopted a female cat who I named Pearl (she’s all black, thus a black Pearl), and she got pregnant and had her kittens (6 of them). They are adorable, although a handful, and I have already contacted my family members and friends to come adopt them when the time is right. Busy busy busy is the watchword of the day!

    • Hi Diane. Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Glad you can keep busy in your garden. I sometimes wish I was in a situation where I could have a garden. I always loved growing flowers. But the way my hip is now, I don’t think I would be able to get down on the ground and do the work. Maybe there will be a garden waiting for me when I get to heaven and I can garden to my heart’s content.

  4. I love your coloring book, the flowers are so lovely and authentic, I feel as if I could reach out and stroke the petals. I have taken a part time bookkeeping job, which helps with the expenses, and am looking after my clowder of kitties. My little girl cat just had a litter of kittens, so I’ll also be looking for homes for them once they are old enough. Then Pippa goes to the vet to get spayed!
    Life is full.
    Bright Blessings,
    Diane (your sister from the south!)

    • Thank you so much Diane. It was fun designing each picture. It’s the first time I have ever tried something like this, and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. Blessings to you, too.

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