Why Not Have a Prayer Box Party? (Guest post by Lisa Wingate)

 In honor of the Prayer Box being 35% off today (plus free shipping!) at Tyndale Direct, author Lisa Wingate joins us for a great guest post. Be sure to check out Lisa’s website, and follow her on Twitter.

 

Happy Christmas season, everyone! I hope this day finds you fine and fit and filled with anticipation. Since it’s the time of year for houseguests, 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 photos.)

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A bit of Outer Banks flair gave this prayer box making party the feel of a trip to Hatteras Island, the setting of the book.

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There’s a definite Sandy’s Seashell Shop theme here, which must mean that these ladies have officially joined The Sisterhood of the Seashell Shop!

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Doesn’t this look like fun? It’s also a great chance to talk about special blessings, power verses, and answered prayers. Be sure to share at your party!

 

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.

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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.
For further instructions on making prayer boxes and suggestions about materials to use, click here for a previous article on the craft of prayer box making.

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!
Lisa

 

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Click for peek at The Prayer Box

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Click for sneak peek at The Sea Glass Sisters

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Adam Sabados

Adam Sabados

Adam is the Digital Media Coordinator at Tyndale. He gets to have fun running social media campaigns, and online advertising. Adam is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio where he majored in communication arts and was highly involved in the theatre department. He currently lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife Meghan, his son Luke, and their Cavalier pup Banksy. You can follow Adam on Twitter at @AdamSab where you can learn all about his latest improv comedy shows around Chicago, hear about the woes of Ohio sports teams, or catch an insightful blog post or two.