Tag Archives: The Upper Room

Helping St. Martin Find Healing After Hurricane Irma

Living in the Caribbean, you learn to deal with hurricanes. It comes with the territory. But this past September two record-breaking storms – Irma and Maria – passed through the Caribbean and changed everything. Stephane Brooks, Spiritual Director of Emmaus Ministries for The Upper Room, was born and raised on the tiny island of St.… Continue Reading

Journey: March’s Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

It is fitting that Journey is our theme for the month, given that March 1st was Ash Wednesday – the entry point into the season of Lent. Lent is, first and foremost, a journey. It is the time when we journey alongside Jesus as he enters the wilderness and is tempted; begins his ministry in… Continue Reading

It’s Here! The Book I Was Born to Write.

Y’all. It’s here. Today is the official release of my newest book Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Oh my goodness. I just can’t stand it, I’m so excited. The cover is SO gorgeous. That’s one reason I love it. And it’s another book about prayer beads. That’s even more reason to love… Continue Reading

On Beads and Boats: Come Sail Away With Us!

Love prayer beads? Check. Love to travel? Check. Love to hang out in tropical settings with cool people? Check. Love the drinks with little umbrellas? Check. Then come away with us! That’s right folks, we’re going on a cruise! The Upper Room – you know, our favorite people – is hosting the Quiet Spaces Retreat… Continue Reading

Top 7 Moments in My Prayer Bead Journey

To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Prayerworks Studio I’m posting a series of Top 7 lists over the next seven days. This one is focused on my prayer bead journey. Receiving my first set of prayer beads from my mom. She bought them as a gift for me during a mission trip to the Dominican… Continue Reading

The Prayer Bead Journey: From General to Jurisdictional Conferences

Y’all. Earlier this year, The Upper Room and the Prayer Ministry Team of General Conference 2016 asked us to coordinate the making of 2,000 prayer strands for the delegates, bishops, and staff of General Conference. We asked you to help. And what happened? You placed orders for enough kits to make 4,000 – 5,000 prayer… Continue Reading

From General to Jurisdictional Conferences, or How Methodists Love the Prayer Beads!

There’s been a bit of radio silence on my end. This is both because General Conference was intense on many levels, but also because I had to run back and finish the draft for my next book, which I turned in just last week (woo hoo!). Since then I’ve been working to get caught up… Continue Reading

Prayer Beads at UMC General Conference 2016: And So It Begins

I arrived yesterday in Portland, Oregon, which was no small thing. I had forgotten that it takes ALL DAY to travel from the east coast to the west! On top of that, one leg of my flight was delayed, and when I finally arrived after a twelve hour journey I learned there was a snafu with… Continue Reading

General Conference 2016 Prayer Strands: The Bead Mayhem Update

It is like prayer bead Christmas around here! Everyday I receive several packages full of prayer strands. They come from all over the country, big cities and small towns. They represent large congregations, intimate Bible study groups, women’s and men’s ministries, and even individuals who want to be part of this global effort. Some of… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: People of Easter

This prayer bead devotion – featured in our monthly e-newsletter – focuses on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Specifically, it asks us to consider how to take Easter personally and communally. What does it mean that Christ died for us and was resurrected? Use your prayer beads to consider this Mystery. Cross: Dear Lord, Invitatory… Continue Reading