Category Archives: Dev: Seeking Guidance

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

Prayer Bead Devotion: Beauty in Darkness

A few weeks ago I inaugurated my new Beads and Books series with Etty Hillesum’s An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork. This book is so profound that I found myself thinking about it and rereading passages for weeks after I had finished reading it. I shared with you some of my favorite quotes from… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Welcoming the Little (Adopted) Children

I’m happy to report that I’m doing well following my concussion. There doesn’t seem to be any residual cognitive damage. My primary symptoms were fatigue, headaches, and times when I had to search for words, etc., but all of that seems to be gone. I’m so thankful for the many prayers, cards, and messages of… Continue Reading

In the Midst of Tragedy, Be Still and Know

(If you are just joining us, please refer to the blog post for the first week of Advent for background on this post.) There are no words to capture the depth of the tragedy in Connecticut this past Friday. The pain, the loss, the devastation – it is all so incomprehensible. These are the times… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: I AM

Today we arrived at Lake Junaluska for The Upper Room’s SOULfeast 2012. This is our third year to come, and as usual I arrived with great anticipation and excitement. I have come to love this place and this time. It is an incredible time of spiritual formation. However, as usual, I also arrived breathless, harried,… Continue Reading

Stepping Out in Faith: a Prayer Bead Devotion

I am at a crossroads. I feel called to make this ministry of prayer and prayer beads full-time and I would love nothing more. This is my joy and passion. I give thanks every day for the path on which God is leading me. However, I am not making enough money yet to “quit my… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Listening to the Voice Within Ourselves

A few weeks ago I wrote a devotion based on a quote I’d read in Ashley Judd’s recent memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet.  The quote was from page 77 where Ashley writes, “Thank God my faith teaches me that listening is the beginning of empathy and, when followed by action, is a powerful… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Listening, Empathizing, Acting and Praying

This summer I participated in a wonderful workshop on spirituality and writing at SOULfeast.  During the first few minutes the speaker, Enuma Okoro, asked each of us to name a writer who has inspired or otherwise affected us spiritually.  Since I was sitting in the back, I was not surprised that by the time it was… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Journey Towards Love of Neighbor

As we begin Holy Week and the anguishing journey to the cross, this is as good a time as any to consider how to love our neighbors. Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey, amidst the praises and loud “hosannas!” of the adoring crowd.  But Jesus knew that these same people would be calling for… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Journey Towards Love of Self

As you recall, I’m using Scot McKnight’s 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed as the basis for our prayer bead devotions this month.  The Jesus Creed is the passage from Mark 12:29 – 31, where Jesus says “‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God… Continue Reading