Tag Archives: The Upper Room

2016: The Year of Trust

As I explained earlier, I’ve been listening for my 2016 Star word – the Epiphany word that would guide me through the year, providing focus and a way of deepening my faith. I’ve journaled, prayed, listened, talked with friends, and considered different words. But the one word that revealed itself and – like an epiphany… 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

Top 5 Prayer Bead Moments in 2015

A new year is upon us, so you know what that means: reflections on 2015 and hopes for 2016. Here’s what that looks like in terms of prayer beads and our Studio: Top 5 Moments in 2015 for Prayerworks Studio, me, and those of us who love prayer beads: 5. Youth2015: thousands of United Methodist youth gathering… Continue Reading

Our First Newsletter and Podcast!

Advent is about beginnings, and we have two new initiatives! FIRST, we have launched a new monthly e-newsletter! We hope this will be a great way to stay in touch and share our latest news, prayer bead designs, and devotions. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to join our mailing list,… Continue Reading

September Giveaway: Discounted Prayer Bead Workshop

It’s time for another giveaway! I’m beginning to love this series, both because I get to give away stuff – books, prayer beads, greeting cards, etc. – but also because it’s another way I get to hear from you. Your stories and comments are awesome! Last week I wrote about our prayer bead workshops and… Continue Reading

How You Can Help with Book #4: Stories and Field-Testing

Book #4 is off to a great start. So far I have an outline, writing schedule (Thursdays are writing days!), the introduction, pieces of two chapters . . . and a very, very organized house. (By the time the actual deadline gets here, I imagine I will have completely redecorated my house.) Everything seems to… Continue Reading

Webinars, Workshops, and What’s Up

I love to lead retreats and workshops. I mean, I really love it! I love gathering with folks, sharing our faith journeys, talking about prayer beads, and seeing God’s grace abound. I love teaching and watching people’s faces light up as they discover new ways to connect with God. I love the group dynamics, the… Continue Reading

Book #4: The Beginning

Today I am heading to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA for a 48-hour retreat. This retreat has been on the calendar since May and I have been looking forward to ever since. It follows one of the most crazy-busy summers on record. Two weeks ago Matthew went back to school, and… Continue Reading

Belated Celebrations and Giveaways!

So many things to celebrate! So little time! First, the ADA25 celebration I talked about last month was AMAZING!  Around the country, thousands of people and organizations came together to honor the anniversary of this landmark civil rights legislation. Meanwhile, Max and Matthew and I traveled to Washington, DC where we stayed busy every day… Continue Reading

Prayer Beads at Youth2015

Today marks the beginning of Youth2015, a national gathering of youth groups sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. The gathering, which began in 1988, takes place every four years and features speakers, artists, mission activities, and other events. This year, it’s being held in Orlando, Florida from June 24… Continue Reading