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New Life: April Theme and Devotion

April’s theme is New Life, which makes sense since Easter occurs in April, however, the first two weeks of the month still fall within the season of Lent. This requires us to live in tension: the tension between Lent and Easter, between old live and new, between death and resurrection. That’s not a bad thing.… 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

Intention: January Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

Those of you who follow our (somewhat) daily meditations may have noticed our monthly themes. A few months ago we decided to assign a theme to each month, using it as a basis for our prayer bead devotions, meditations, newsletter, Facebook Live videos, etc. It worked well enough that we’ve decided to make it official!… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Trusting God in Our Faith Journey

This week marks the seventh anniversary of Prayerworks Studio, and as I shared, this ministry has been – first and foremost – a journey of faith for me. To mark the occasion, I offer this devotion that invites us to trust in the God who is always calling us to a journey of deep love.… Continue Reading

Lent: The Pilgrim’s Journey Begins

I had planned to write this post today, but in the hours before I could sit down to write, I learned of the very tragic death of a friend. Granted, I hadn’t seen this friend in person in about ten years, but Facebook allowed us to stay in touch as I viewed his photos and… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: What Gifts Can I Bring?

It is Epiphany, the day we remember the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the “epiphany” or revelation of God’s presence on earth. On Christmas we heard the good news proclaimed by the angels that Christ was born. With the shepherds, we visited Mary and Joseph in the stable to see this miracle. We… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Four

I intended to post this yesterday, but the day turned out to have a mind of its own. A metal cabinet with a saw – that’s right, a SAW – attached to it fell on top of my son, Matthew, yesterday, leading us to spend the afternoon at an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, he is… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Three

My goodness! Is your Advent season becoming as busy as mine? It is Wednesday and I am just now posting the Litany for week three. My apologies! But this is certainly the nature of the season for so many of us. All the more reason to be still! With last week’s Litany we experienced the… Continue Reading

Be Still: An Advent Litany for Prayer Beads

Two weeks from now we will celebrate the beginning of Advent. I’m posting this early to give folks time to prepare and (gather their prayer beads).  I had the pleasure of writing the Advent Litany for the current issue of The Upper Room. This was thrilling for a number of reasons: the first time I… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: God’s Path to Us, a Devotion in Memory of John Mogabgab

Some of you may recognize the name of John Mogabgab. Others will not. For those of you who did not know John, he was a long-time staff member of The Upper Room. He was the founding editor of  the magazine Weavings: a Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life and author of the Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series.… Continue Reading