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 in Orlando, FL for this quadrennial event. Among other great activities they took time to make more than 4,000 sets of prayer beads for missions.
4. Watch us grow! 2015 marked significant growth for Prayerworks Studio. My sister, Jackie, joined us as the Director of Marketing. We built our own website; launched our daily meditation series; began a monthly Giveaway series; started podcasting for The Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation; increased our prayer bead kit business; created new prayer bead designs; and much more.
3. eLearning! We partnered with The Upper Room to launch the eLearning Course based on my first book, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads. Videos, audio recordings, and a PDF of the book – it’s all there!
2. Book #4 (for those of you who are counting, it’s the 3rd one on prayer beads) is officially in the works and I’m about 1/3 of the way through it. Focused on how to use prayer beads to heal from trauma and other wounds, this book is the culmination of my healing journey (at least, as it is at this point in time) and work with prayer beads. I’m really excited about it!
And the #1 prayer bead moment of 2015?
1. Prayer beads with soldiers! As I shared in an earlier post, I’ve been working with soldiers with PTSD, showing them how prayer beads can help them heal their wounds, calm their anxiety, and deepen their connection with God. My time with them has been profound, and I am learning so much. I’m looking forward to continued sessions in 2016!
In the midst of these moments, there were many wonderful ones made up of your testimonies, stories, and ideas, all speaking to the impact that prayer beads are having in your spiritual lives. All this tells me that 2016 holds a great deal of promise. Together, we’ll watch for signs of God’s deep love in our lives, and throughout our world.
May God bless all of you in 2016.