Tag Archives: A Bead and a Prayer

Be Still, For Sabbath’s Sake: A Q&A with Author J. Dana Trent

Y’all. Have I got a treat for you! This week we’re delighted to welcome author J. Dana Trent, whose most recent book, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, debuts this week. Dana is a long-time friend and fellow Upper Room author, so I was thrilled to get to sit down… Continue Reading

Fifty and Full-Time: Let’s Celebrate and Have a Sale!

Ah, summer! And this one was a doozy with a 13-year-old full of free-time, four weeks of travel, plus several major events, milestones, and transitions in my family. Hence the radio silence. But school is back in session and I am back in the Studio. And I’m really excited to share two of those summer milestones… Continue Reading

Good Friday: Mercy Me

Standing up from her pew, in the midst of a crowded sanctuary, she asked for mercy. To be sure, this was not a church service, though certainly we expected to hear the Word of God made real. We were gathered to hear Anne Lamott, one of my all-time favorite writers, who is currently on tour… Continue Reading

Holy Listening with the Whole Self

Friends! We have a guest with us today! My friend and fellow Upper Room author, Whitney Simpson, recently released her new book, Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit. It is a gorgeous book with a 40-day plan for meditations that range from yoga to breath prayer to aromatherapy to prayer beads. Given my… Continue Reading

Journey: March’s Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

It is fitting that Journey is our theme for the month, given that March 1st was Ash Wednesday – the entry point into the season of Lent. Lent is, first and foremost, a journey. It is the time when we journey alongside Jesus as he enters the wilderness and is tempted; begins his ministry in… Continue Reading

It’s Here! The Book I Was Born to Write.

Y’all. It’s here. Today is the official release of my newest book Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Oh my goodness. I just can’t stand it, I’m so excited. The cover is SO gorgeous. That’s one reason I love it. And it’s another book about prayer beads. That’s even more reason to love… Continue Reading

Safe Space: If You Build It They Will Come

We are so close to the finish line when it comes to my new book. So close. My editor and I are deep in the mire of detailed edits (our 2nd or 3rd round, I’ve lost count). I spent the day yesterday looking at the number of time I used such words as “think,” “night,”… Continue Reading

PTSD: the Spiritual Implications of Implied Weakness

Earlier this week Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, drew loud criticism for his comments about veterans with PTSD. Speaking to a veterans group, Trump seemed to imply that veterans who returned from combat with PTSD were somehow weaker than those who didn’t. While this is not in any way a political blog, in the… Continue Reading

Top 7 Prayer Bead Designs

When I received the call to make prayer beads seven years ago, I had no idea how to get started. I had never done beading and had certainly never made beads to pray with. But I had been collecting them for almost twenty years, so I took a set of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads to… Continue Reading

Top 7 Moments in My Prayer Bead Journey

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Prayerworks Studio I’m posting a series of Top 7 lists over the next seven days. This one is focused on my prayer bead journey. Receiving my first set of prayer beads from my mom. She bought them as a gift for me during a mission trip to the Dominican… Continue Reading