Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pray Continually

Ruth chose the Salt theme this week and she chose the theme
Pray Continually.
She reflects on this...

Prayer is the life line of a Christian, the powerhouse of the church, essential to growing in faith and relationship with the Lord. As a busy mum it is easy to get through the day and have not bended my knee in prayer to the Lord. Throwing up prayers whilst washing up or walking to school sometimes has to be my lifeline and one aspect of praying continually.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

However I think this verse implies more, that we are not to give up praying. It's not a one off act, it should be part of every day of the rest of our lives.

I have to confess that I don't always find sitting down and praying easy. Its a hard thing for a Minister to say - everyone expects us to be super prayers. But I am a terrible mind wanderer! What I try to do is keep circled in prayer. It is a Celtic way of prayer that keeps you sort of cloaked in prayer all day. I don't always even manage that but I do try to keep fixed on God. It is always worth it.

SO I used a circle prayer on my layout this week
Carys was my hand model and I added the letters in Photoshop (first time for that!). I traced the circles with my Technique Tuesday tiles. The papers are American Crafts and Cosmo Cricket. The green paper had holes added using a template to keep the holes even and an ordinary office punch. I added green distress ink to make the holes show better. I then wrote the prayer round the outside - adding three extra words to make it fit. To be honest I wish that I had made the words go round the same circle but there you are! "Continually" is written on an American Crafts journal sticker. The stickers were a must have buy a few months ago. That is the first I have used....

Time to prepare another faith scrapping page ready for Bible Study tonight. SOmetimes my job is fun!


Hazel said...

I so accord with what you've said about prayer. I love this LO and the continual praying that it represents - a very thoughtful and thought provoking piece of art.

Kim said...

Love this Lythan! It's so free flowing and visually appealing! Love the words of the prayer around the circle and the black paper give the colors in the three circles such "pop!"

Esther said...

Great minds think alike, in thios case for slightly different reasons! Love what you have done with the photos.

Scripture by Design said...

What a great idea Lythan! Love it! Love the photos :-)