Friday, January 3, 2014


iPray eVotional

iPray eVotionals exhorts those who pray.  It's the glass of water held out around each month's turn for the runners who can use a quick and easy quench in order to finish strong.

Approx. reading time: 10 minutes

God Colored First   

Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." 

iColor My Part    
A fictional story flavored with a beautiful truth...

"I am sending you out as my ambassadors, to color the world with My breath of life!"  With a great thunder The King spoke to His colors. "Each of you have a color and a gift that will bring glory to The Creator of all things." The colors were in awe as they saw the details that needed to be filled in. 

The King spoke again.  "Rainbow will be in your heart as you go.  Through Him the world will find the life I have for them.  He will be revealed at His time."

A buzz filled the room as ideas started to be shared. "I'm all over that ocean!"  Blue said, "It starts with the coloring of the sky and a little bit of reflection...I can see it now."

Yellow spun around with sparkles of light flinging every which way.  Without missing a beat she said, "Oh, big and beautiful Blue, can you just imagine that sky meeting up with the stunning sun?  I'm coloring the sun a vibrant shade, so bright that it shouldn't be directly looked upon." 

With a swift swoosh she was at Green's side, "Isn't this great gorgeous, Green?"

"It's fantastic, Yellow."  Green liked what her friends were saying, but Green couldn't even start to talk about her ideas, she had so many it would blow Yellow away and make Blue look boring.  "Well my friends, I'm off to make my plan, I'll see you on the earth's playing field!" Green started out the door.

On the way out Rainbow stopped Green, "The King says that the world needs you and your perfect ideas.  They are many and your ideas will fill in most of the land and tons under the sea.  Your ideas will flourish Green, but remember this, when you are ready call on your friends Blue and Yellow."

Wow!  Green's heart raced at the King's words.  The world needs her?  She was the perfect color for most of the land and even under the seas?  That was huge!  To think that her green ideas would flourish!  The privilege and honor overwhelmed her.  Green's smile glowed with purpose as she exited the room.

Sitting at her computer Green could see the blank canvas of what she was to color out her window.  The ideas flooded her brain, she could hardly contain her excitement.  She opened a new document and titled it "Coloring the World Green." 

Catching the ideas that just seemed to keep on coming, her fingers struggled to keep up.  The exact shade that grass would be compared to the bushes and trees.  The variation between palms, oaks and evergreens.  What would limes look like?  How about kiwis?  What kind of green would say that bananas weren't quite ripe yet?

A message popped up on her screen.  It was Blue. 

"I'm ready to take some action!" 

Green could not believe that Blue was ready to go. "The ocean and sky are so massive. Are you sure you have all the ideas you need?" She typed back.

"Oh yea, I don't need too many ideas to get started, Rainbow reminded me to get going now and pace myself.  The Color King gifted me with steady strength along with perfect pacing.  It's time to color blue."

"Have fun!" typed Green.

"Rainbow said the King wants me to check in with you and purple as I go along." Blue added, "He said that I'm a good helper."

Green felt threatened.  How on earth could Blue's simple-minded perspective be of any help?  Green's ideas were intricate and precise!

"I'm good," Green responded, "The King said that my ideas will flourish.  Go color the world blue."

Blue was off.  Green had barely touched the surface of how detailed green would be.  "Blue is a simple fellow," she thought, "he can color the same shade for miles."

Green thought about reptiles and birds.  She carefully noted what each creature would look like and the various shades of green to be used. 

Another message popped up.  It was Yellow.

"Look out your window GF!  Look at Blue go, <3 it!"

Green looked out and she could see the sky was coming alive along with the ocean.  The sight was breathtaking, as blue went forth so did movement.  The ocean started to engage with the King's breath, swirling around as if it were dancing. 

"Wow!"  It was all Green could type at the sight.

"My ideas are done for now.  IOW I'm waiting for you Green!"  Yellow always confused Green.

"What?  Why are you waiting for me?  If your ideas are done, why are you waiting at all?  Look at Blue."

"I know, right? LOL!  The Color King said that my patience partners perfectly with my timing. SETE! I just need to wait for my friend's cues. Rainbow is the bomb, He keeps reminding me of this. Oh... Red just messaged me!"

Green could barely start to digest Yellow's whirlwind of words when she started up again.

"IMFL, Red and I are meeting up with Orange after I color the sun.  Orange has a great idea about how we can all color a sunset together. GMTA!  So exciting.   Wait a minute... Put on your shades, gorgeous Green, I'm ready to color the stunning sun. H&K"

Yellow was off.

Green felt like there was so much more to plan.  She anticipated the King's breath on all the world's green, but first things first.  She knew that the ideas had to be mapped out.  It was fine for Yellow to just stand around and wait until someone else had a plan, but Green stayed focus and her fingers busy.  Her notes were detailed and massive.  Soon she had volumes of notes, clearly stating what she needed to color.

With her ideas done and her plan complete Green peeked out her window.  The ocean's color peeked back with the sun's beautiful reflection glistening on the water.  Green realized that it was probably a good thing Blue started early and Yellow was patient to wait for the perfect moment to do her thing.  It was looking grand...but now Green was ready to add her mark, and what a mark it would be.

Green moved to the world's land.  She stood still for a moment.  How did Blue and Yellow get started so naturally?  The ideas flowed, but she didn't seem to flow the same way as she stood on the land.  How would she make a difference?

Green looked at Grass, Bush and Tree.  They were still.  Frozen and two-dimensional.

"Grass, Bush and Tree, would you like to come alive?  Would you like to feel the wind blow your limbs and your seeds become fertile?  The King created you for life!"

She let them know her plan and they seemed intrigued.  Green made a few awkward movements but they did not change.  Nothing but silence.

After a few ill attempts Grass, Bush and Tree questioned Green, "You talk about green but we don't feel it. Who is this King you speak of?  We don't believe a single plan of yours will work.  This is the way we have always been and always will be. Stop talking fantasy to us and let us be."

"Please be patient, what I tell you is true!"  Green said.  "You were not created to stand still like this.  I have seen the ocean come alive with beautiful ripples and movement that would make you cry."

Green opened her device with files of ideas.  Desperately copying and pasting, she tried to make her ideas come to life.  As hard as she tried, she just couldn't make anything happen.  Maybe she didn't calculate a key factor, she needed to get back to her computer.  Green hated to leave Grass, Bush and Tree there, colorless, but what choice did she have?  "I'll be back!"

Green moved away from the world and back to her window.  She parted numbers into fractions, broke her sentences into words and then words down into the simplest terms possible without compromising any variation of perfection. 

Days passed and Green returned to Grass, Bush and Tree several times with masterpieces, only to leave again knowing that her work did not change a thing. Nothing she produced brought glory to the King.  In fact, she felt as if she had made the world worse.  Each visit ended with Grass, Bush and Tree's hearts increasingly hardening towards their Creator. 

After a while Green became stumped and started to see herself as useless.  Blue had most of the world covered.  He would stop now and then to talk to Red and assist Purple.  What a great helper!  Yellow kept popping up with her spirited color at the perfect moments.  All these amazing green ideas and nothing to show for it.  Time passed without a hint of green in the world.  Day after day she failed to go forward.

Green's inability seemed to choke out her passion. "The King said that my ideas would flourish," she thought, "but my ideas are nothing if I can't color a thing."  For the umpteenth time she cleared the files on her device and returned to her computer.

"He said something else too."  Rainbow spoke to her heart. "Remember His instruction."

He did say something else, but what?  Green's mood sank, what once made her heart race became a terrible burden. 

One morning she took out her computer ready to just delete every file on it.  Green had let everyone down, Grass, Bush, Tree...her friends and worst of all her King.  Her finger hovered over the key that would erase every idea that held her captive.  Green hesitated.

"You have focused your time and energy on what you're best at... creating ideas.  Do not push that key and neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy... Do not bury your talent in worthlessness, give the ideas to your friends." 

Rainbow's unexpected encouragement made Green's heart beat a bit faster. Out her window Green noticed Brown.  She had not seen Brown enter the picture yet.  Blue, Yellow and Orange were talking to Brown on the beach next to some huge rocks.  As Brown waved his hands and explained what was on his mind the others listened intently.  He maneuvered up and down Rock, like he was giving instructions.  Soon the colors were enthusiastically engaged; stimulated to move once again.  The sand became creamy beige and tan, the trails and paths of the world came to life with dark coffee and chestnut browns.  Chocolate and vanilla tones spread throughout the rocky mountains and into the deserts. 

A message popped up on her screen.  It was Blue.

"Hello Green, I'm checking in to see if you need any help."

Green did need help.  She needed her pathetic life to have meaning.  Her decaying ideas stood with one foot in the grave! Green's heart sank again at the thought of how far behind she had become. Blue was the first one to start, seemed to be done and he was helping others too.  Maybe she spent too much time on ideas.  Maybe she had gone about this the wrong way.

"Green, are you there?"

Green slowly typed.  "I'm here."

"How's it going?"

"Blue, I don't know how to say this but, my ideas stink.  They are not working out."

She waited for Blue to tell her that she should have just jumped down there when he did.  Instead he messaged something different.

"The King said they would flourish, I bet they are perfect!  Yellow and I need some fresh ideas.  Let's meet up and make yours happen!"

Oh no, not Yellow.  She was always so chipper and patient.  Green didn't think she could handle Yellow's good attitude at a time like this.

Blue continued, "Meet us in the park!"  He was gone.

"Give them to your friends..."

Maybe Green did need to share her ideas with her friends like Brown did.  After all, gifts should not stop being gifts.  If she deleted her files then her gift would parish.  Green synced up her device and headed to the park.

Yellow had a huge bright smile.  It did lift Green's spirits a bit, but she didn't want to admit it.  Blue spoke up first. "Fill us in, Green."

Green told her friends how hard she had worked and how she was depressed that nothing was getting done.  Blue and Yellow listened to her ideas of forest and jungle.  She went on to talk about moss and how it was different from dark moss.  Green told them about olive, teal, and mint. Artichoke and asparagus...fern and pine...just talking about them made her heart race faster.

Yellow almost gasped!  "Green, you are extremely gifted!  I mean I excelled at ripe bananas but to think that there is a color that says they are not ready for consumption.  I would have never thought of that on my own.  It's going to take an army of colors to make this all happen!"

Blue agreed, "I'm loving it. I had the sky and ocean under control but I couldn't do anything about the algae and seaweed.  Tell us what to do."

Green looked at her first document and renamed it, "Coloring the World with my Friends."  The three friends started with Grass, Bush and Tree. Green spoke up, "Ladies and Gentleman, I needed to remember The King's words when He had said to call on my friends.  The King will be glorified today!"

With that Grass, Bush and Tree began to change, color streamed through their bodies and their eyes were opened.  The King's cool breath moved them with a fresh freedom they never knew could exist.  Songs of praise rang out and they joined the rest of the world in worshiping their creator.

Green's very soul rejoiced at the sight.  Soon all of Greens ideas came to life.  Down to the tiniest detail, Blue and Yellow followed Green's instructions perfectly. 

Yellow texted Black and White after reading Green's color ideas for stones and marbles.  To say that Green's ideas flourished was too little of a statement.  The entire land along with portions of the sea were colored gorgeously green.  Green found herself working with Red and Brown at times as well.  It was not the isolated shades of green that completed Green's purpose; it was her color, her gift added to her obedience that fulfilled her purpose for her King.

At His time, Rainbow covered the world and sealed the work that had been done.

The King invited all His colors for a celebration.  With a view of the world the colors had a marvelous party.  They laughed and shared stories, reminisced and fist-bumped. The King smiled upon His colorful creation.  The King was glorified for His colors had worked together to bring forth His life.

iPray 4 Color...

iPray... that as you receive your calling that you will not be slothful in zeal but be fervent in spirit as you serve the Lord. (From Romans 12:11)

iPray... against the strongholds of pride, fear, and self-sufficiency...that the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent, will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance what He has said. (From John 14:26)

iPray... you will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster as you listen to The Spirit. (From Proverbs 2:2)

iPray... for an ear attentive to wisdom and a heart inclined to understanding. (From Proverbs 2:2)

iPray... against a spirit of neglect...that you will not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (From Hebrews 10:25) and that you will not neglect the gift you have, which was given you... (From 1 Timothy 4:14a)

iPray... as you have received a gift, that you will use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. (From 1 Peter 4:10)

iPray... that having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, you will use them. (From Romans 12:6)

iPray... you will color the world, according to who you are, with the talents and gifts given to you, in obedience to God and in unity with others... iPray you will color the world with The King's Glory!

In Jesus Name iPray, Amen!

ALL for Him,
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Michelle Fozounmayeh

Michelle Fozounmayeh
A joy filled wife and mom that enjoys writing, praying, speaking at women events and being an Area Coordinator with the ministry Moms In Prayer International.




Yellow's Text Guide:
 GF: Girl Friend

<3 it:  Love it

IOW: In Other Words

 LOL: Laugh Out Loud

SETE: Smiling Ear To Ear

IMFL: I am falling in love

GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike

H&K: Hugs and Kisses 

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