The Struggle to Connect

For some time I have been trying to decide how my online presences relate to each other if at all.  This website–prayer bedes–began as an extension of my Etsy shop where I sell Christian prayer beads.  (I know, the shop is currently empty.  That does not mean that I do not have pieces I have made that need to be priced and listed.  There is a box of those sitting right in front of me staring me in the face as I write this.)

Besides prayer beads, I have had other experiences come up in my prayer journey that I felt were worth sharing.  That led to starting a blog and Facebook page called Praying with our Senses.  Much of what I think about including there gets stopped in process as I wonder if the best place to write about it might be on my prayer bedes blog.  Sure, prayer beads area a way we can pray with our senses, but there are other ways too.

Another endeavor I have in the works is a website and Etsy shop called Center Rings.  This also relates to my prayer journey.  Right now it is set up to be a separate Etsy shop (currently empty) and separate website.

Yet another endeavor I am pursuing is BootleggersLTD.  Bootleggers are handmade boot anklets made from jacquard ribbon, ethnic textiles, and ethnic needlework.  I am not sure if they really have a spiritual significance.  They are meant to be just for fun and a way to introduce people to the beauty of ethnic textiles.

I am not done yet.  Another blog and Facebook page I started is Wee Winged Ones.  If you have not already figured out, I am most definitely an “idea” person.  Wee Winged Ones is where I have posted some projects and experiments.

For right now, I will leave it at that, but confess that there are others.  (If you read my Wee Winged Ones introduction in the upper part of the above image, you will see that I very often struggle with discerning what is “worthy” and the wisdom to know the difference.)

As I am working on this 40 bags in 40 days practice for Lent, I realize that spiritual practices can be found many places and too often we try to compartmentalize the spiritual aside from our tasks of daily living .  For instance, yesterday I cleaned out our our pantry.  After I posted a photo of the before and after to the Facebook group I joined with others who are working on the 40 bags in 40 days, I noticed someone posted that Sundays in Lent are considered “little Easters” and not included in the 40 days of Lent.  My reaction was “I knew that!”  But, somehow I did not apply that knowledge to the 40 day decluttering practice.

With those thoughts, I think I have decided that I am going to somehow combine some of these “projects” into this website.  In order to make them more searchable, I will include the “area” they are coming from and have a special tag for each. (I think.  That has been one of my dilemmas–how to do this.)

For those coming to this website specifically for prayer beads information, you will be able to click on the PrayerBeads tag to exclude the other stuff.  I know this will take awhile to get the tags changed, but I hope you will be patient with me.

God Bless your Lenten Journey!

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