Did you know today is “Cheer Up the Lonely Day”? If you look, you’ll see there’s a special day for just about every activity under the sun, but this is an activity upon which God places great importance, too. We can tell by reading James 1:27:
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Of course, you don’t have to be a widow or orphan to struggle with loneliness. If you open your eyes, you’ll undoubtedly notice a lot of lonesome people who might enjoy being cheered up:
- the college student in your church who finds himself far away from family and friends
- the young mother down the street who’s with children every day and longs for some adult conversation
- the homeless man on the street corner who might appreciate a cold sandwich and a warm smile
- the military wife whose husband was deployed last week and is missing him terribly
- the foreigner who lives in the next apartment and knows only a little English
How about coloring a pretty page and enclosing it with a newsy letter to a lonely loved one who lives far away? Or print out some extra coloring pages (you’ll find lots of designs here), pack up your colored pencils, and go down to the nursing home to visit with the residents there while you color together.
There is no shortage of lonely people in the world. Do your best to brighten the lives of those you encounter — not just today, but every day.
More Ideas for using my free printable coloring pages:
- If your younger children have a hard time sitting still through church, let them color these Scriptures during the Sunday sermon. Older kids might rather take notes with this printable.
- My children and I enjoy coloring these sheets together while my husband reads aloud to us in the evening. (For a special treat, I let them use my Prismacolor pencils — but only with supervision, as they are professional-grade and a little pricey.)
- I give these printables to my children during school time so they can color at the table while I work with their older siblings, and vice versa. (Since each of them has their own devotional journal, I’ll sometimes just assign pages out of that for them to fill in or color — that way, they get some handwriting practice, too!)
- I do one of several things with the pages once they’ve finished coloring them (and none of them wind up on our refrigerator): Sometimes we send them in letters to penpals. I might glue one into a child’s scrapbook or tack it on his bulletin board. Our littlest guys have even been known to frame them as a creative arts entry for the State Fair — there’s nothing like winning a ribbon and cash premium to motivate them to do their best job coloring future pages!
If you like coloring, then come back next week — I post a new coloring page every Sunday — or browse all the pages I’ve published in the past by following this link.
In the meantime, take a look at my devotional journals. At over 200 pages a piece, they are packed with writing prompts, coloring pages, word studies, and lots and lots of Bible verses. You can read more about them here.
Or — if you’d prefer to skip the journaling exercises — check out my Scripture-based coloring books. Although these were designed specifically for grown-ups, they are good for all ages.