you:create…prayer boxes!

hello cute little prayer boxes!

Now, I wish I could say that I created these lovely boxes wholly, but, alas, I did not.  They used to hold cards, which were super cute!  After reading Redeeming Love last month, I decided I just must start my own little prayer box!  The book talks about how one of the side characters tucked away little prayers and then took out the ones that they were answered.

I started with the first one as a box to keep all the prayers, but being a little sentimental I couldn’t bring myself to throw away answered prayers!  Seems irreligious!  So, I searched for the second box to hold answered prayers.  I still need to add something to the inside, but am not sure what yet…still waiting for a verse or a quote or something to pop out.  Any suggestions?

For the first box, I left it alone until this week.  I didn’t like the quote inside so I added a little of my own jazz.  Obviously, I added the name that holds such value to me (Hephzibah=My delight is in her) and well then to just throw in a little vulnerability out there–trust me, I chatted with God about just using the closed box picture but He seemed pretty insistent on transparency, authenticity, and accountability.  There are a whole lot of stories wrapped up around that little prayer that I’m sure I’ll share eventually and well some of you already know them, but they’re for another day.  Either way, I’m excited to someday put that one in the other box after a beautiful wedding…until then, I’m reminding myself of it.

For a random side note to end…I do want to say that I love how God takes all these prayers, desires, thoughts and brings me along my path to show me His way.  Sometimes the prayers are answered spot on and other times they are worked out in a beautiful different way.  Some can’t even be fully answered until that last day or just aren’t measurable.  Regardless, He hears me pour out my soul and it’s not a game of “put it in the box and your wish will be granted.”  No, it’s an I’m loving You and Your people and am excited to add some stones of remembrance of Your everlasting faithfulness.

So, your turn:

Any of you have a prayer box or creative way you pray?

Did you create anything this week?

Have you been vulnerable?

21 thoughts on “you:create…prayer boxes!

  1. EEE! This made me so happy! I saw your tweet about a prayer box, so I thought I’d make one today, not even knowing it was for YOU:create….

    and guess what my first YOU:create is..? 🙂 Mine will be up tomorrow when I find the time to blog about it!

    • it’s great! i started it in july and already being able to see God through it has just been awesome. definitely put some very exciting things into the second box recently!
      i’m excited you’re going to make one 🙂 and as always, looking forward to your post and to you creating!!!

  2. SOOOO cool!!

    I loved Redeeming love. I think I need to re-read it because its been well over 10 years and I forgot this prayer box (among NUMEROUS other things too!).

    Have you read the Mark of the Lion series? Those are my favorites of hers…

    And keep waiting, praying, and believing…. you’ll have that beautiful wedding you mentioned. He cares about all those details. 🙂

    • it’s one of the few books I’ve actually been able to re-read! so good and the prayer box is quite minor in the story. 🙂
      and, yes, i LOVED the mark of the lion series….SO good.
      i’m reading her little books now..the prophet, the warrior, and one other. so far so good 🙂
      and, yes, He most certainly does care about the little details, which is so awesome!

    • i’d love to see some of the ones you’ve made! i might just have to try my own hand at making some boxes…i have a feeling these might get too small 🙂

  3. How I pray about this is by sticky notes. Sounds silly but that is what I do. I write the prayer on the sticky note and put it in a place that I will always see it and then once the prayer is answered I throw it away. I read about your thoughts about throwing them away but I am anti packrat and I cannot think about keeping one more thing. I should prolly blog about it or something. Not sure yet. But yah… that is what I do.

    • ha, yeah, i go in stages of keeping things and throwing them away…africa helped with that because before that, I so didn’t throw a single thing away! i love the idea of the sticky notes where you can see them. maybe I’ll incorporate that into my little box system too 🙂

  4. That is so lovely! And I think the idea about keeping the answered prayers in another box is fantastic. How uplifting to open that pretty box and see all those answered prayers and know that everything happens in the time it should. (Also – Redeeming Love is a great book!)

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  6. This is so sweet!

    I started keeping a prayer journal about 4 years ago and I read it at the end of the year and marvel at God’s goodness and grace on my life.

  7. I LOVE THIS! And what an amazing gift this would be to give to someone… making the first prayer in it one you would pray for them? Imagine what a great wedding present, too… for a couple to share.

    Wow. So cool.

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