Happy Monday everyone! I hope this day finds you fine and fit and filled with anticipation. Since it’s the time of year for house guests, family gatherings, parties, and group get-togethers of all types, I thought I’d share a fun idea passed along to me by a very sweet (and crafty) group of serious book enthusiasts.
It’s always amazing to see the ways stories inspire discussions, friendships, and activities that travel far beyond the pages of the book. When The Prayer Box hit bookshelves this fall, I hoped it would inspire people to make and use prayer boxes of their own. I wrote a bit about the history and use of prayer boxes in an author note in the back of the book, but the idea of a prayer-box-making party never even crossed my mind. What fun to hear from a sweet group of ladies who went above and beyond!
This unique idea for a girlfriend gathering comes from friends who work together at Tyndale House in Chicago. I love the fact that these ladies were inspired to create a little bit of Iola and Tandi’s Outer Banks experience from The Prayer Box as a backdrop for their prayer-box-making party.
So, how do you plan a prayer box party? Fortunately, the ladies were kind enough to share photos! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. (Thank you to Sarah Mason for the pictures!)
Here are a few of the finished products. I love the fact that each is as unique as the artist who created it. Remember that prayer boxes don’t have to be restricted to “boxes.” Jars, baskets, tins, bowls, and other containers work, too! If you’re working with young people, it helps to start with a blank canvas (a plain box). Check your local craft store for inexpensive wooden or cardboard gift boxes that are easy to decorate.
What a wonderful way to share a special, and deeply personal, night between friends! Prayer boxing is a craft that works at any age, by the way. Why not consider doing this with kids, grandkids, or older folks too? It’s perfect for sparking discussion on favorite scriptures, why prayer matters, and how we can learn to give over our needs and fully rely on God.
Lastly, remember that there are no rules when it comes to making boxes. It’s a great chance to recycle or upcycle, but a decorator box from a craft store is a good place to start, too. While you’re making a box for yourself, why not consider crafting one to give to somebody who needs it? Prayer boxes make great gifts, too!
Here’s hoping that there might be a prayer box party in your future!