Tag Archives: 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

7-Day Deeply Loved Photo Challenge and Giveaway

It has been so fun to launch our new look and mission! Your response has been so positive and encouraging. I appreciate you SO much! You are absolutely one of the signs of God’s deep love in my life! In that vein I am starting a 7-day Photo Challenge tomorrow. The point of the challenge… Continue Reading

Learning to Be Deeply Loved

Today is October first, which just happens to be my favorite day of the year. October first marks the beginning of fall and great weather, earthy colors, boots and sweater season, fireplaces, and a lineup to all the fun holidays. I mark the day by buying candy corn and pumpkins. This year, I’m marking October… Continue Reading

Healing After Charlottesville: A Prayer Bead Devotion

Like you I was horrified by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia two weekends ago. It was extremely disturbing to watch white nationalists, the KKK, and other racist groups parading while shouting such hateful statements. It was heartbreaking to learn of the car ramming into a group of counter-protestors, causing one woman’s death and multiple injuries.… 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

Soldiers, Leaps of Faith, and the Hope/Fear Thing

Many of you know I’ve been wanting to go full-time with Prayerworks Studio for a long time. Years in fact. I’ve prayed about it. Talked about it. Worried about it. Gotten excited about it. I’ve watched the prayer bead orders, opportunities to lead retreats, and book responses increase. I’ve witnessed a change in my passion,… Continue Reading

Hope: Monthly Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Given that we are in the season of Easter, it’s fitting that our theme for May is Hope. I written about hope a number of times. Particularly as a trauma survivor, I find hope to be essential to daily life. Indeed, one of my favorite pieces of my own writing is… 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

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