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The Praying Woman Journal

The Praying Woman Journal

The Praying Woman Journal

Kristi Baker of The Nib and Quill and I have teamed up to bring you “The Praying Woman” journal.  Kristi’s journals are handmade and use the coptic-bound style.  This journal is 5 inches x 7 inches and features 176 pages (like how a book is numbered–front and back) and a small envelope fastened up front for a special dedication or memorabilia.

Because these are handmade and Kristi will be making other journals as well, only 10 of these will be available for guaranteed pre-Christmas Day delivery.

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“The Praying Woman” was birthed at a time in my family’s life earlier this year when we found ourselves homeless. It wasn’t a financial problem, but it was due to a circumstance beyond our control. We did have a roof over our head while we found a new place to live, but, still, the pain and grief surrounding the circumstances were truly overwhelming for me.

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Thus, the key word for “The Praying Woman” is “Overwhelmed”.

I chose different words for different regions of her body:

“The glory and the lifter of my head” arches over “Jesus”. Her mind is centered around the word “Jesus”. Her eyes are formed from the word “meek”. Her mouth region has “pure”, “compassion”, “noble”, “kind”. In her hair is “power”.

Her arms are mostly made out of action words that can be done with our own arms: worship, serve, pray, help, give, rejoice, rest, rely.

The word “holy” is used in her hands, because we are called to lift up holy hands.

I chose “faith” in her neck, because the neck is what turns the head.

Three of my favorite songs are used in her thigh: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” “Down on my knees is where I learned to stand” “Amazing Grace”

“Patience” is on the back part of her thigh, for it’s by sitting and waiting that we can practice patience.

The words “Shh”, “wait”, and “be still” follow.

Her feet are “Peace”, for we are instructed to shod our feet with the gospel of peace.

Her legs are “weary” from the journey.

Her torso is comprised of –“living water” for we are told that out of our bellies will flow living water –“fast” –“weak” in her shoulders. You know–from carrying the weight of the world there –“love” in its proper place –“mercy”,”sheep”, “believe” all fall in line underneath “love”

Many, many hours went into the birth of “The Praying Woman”. It truly was a birth, not only of a graphic but of a new woman taking off her old flesh and stepping more boldly into the journey that Christ has set me on.

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Attention Little Eyes

Attention Little Eyes, Little Ears, Little Feet, and Little Hands! You have got quite a weight to bear. Steer me clear of trouble; seek none out. Be on guard every minute of every day, for though my heart is on the inside, y’all are my outside. What makes it past you makes it into my heart.

Little Ears, I’m reminding you today that listening to gossip is just as bad as telling gossip.

Little Eyes, I’m reminding you today that a second glance makes for more trouble than you ever thought possible.

Little Feet, don’t let go of that lamp that is leading you on the way, the straight and narrow, stray neither to the right nor to the left. Keep yourselves shod with peace.

And Little Hands! i surely haven’t forgotten you. Oh, the damage that those little hands can do. We are called to lift up HOLY hands. Keep yourselves holy! Don’t touch anyone in anger today. Don’t push buttons that you don’t need to be pushing today. Don’t pick up things that you know better than to pick. Don’t caress people that you don’t need to be caressing today. I have found that it is difficult for you to get in trouble if you are clasped in prayer. Don’t be idle today, Little Hands.

For there are even “little”er eyes, “little”er ears, “little”er feet, and “little”er hands learning from you today and every day.

Spiritual Pimples: Day 2

Spiritual Pimples: Day 2

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Pimple Prevention: Wash Daily

There are days that I miss my shower. And sometimes I push the almost two full-day mark. And you know what? I get comfortable in what I’m wearing. I get comfortable in the extra time that not showering allows me. But guess what? I stink! Even though I may not be doing anything but working at home, just sitting in front of my computer blogging, doing graphic design, eBook editing, or whatever, I still develop a smell. Isn’t that odd? Well, if you don’t think so, I do. How can I stink if I didn’t even break a sweat? Continue reading