Why pray? "First, God. God is the subject of life. God is foundational for living. If we don't have a sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last. Having a conversation with God may be less about you and more about God. Your focus may shift away from yourself and toward your creator. If you have a friend who constantly asks you for things but never really wants to listen to you, how deep can your relationship go? Sometimes we forget that God has a personality and a creative side to Him, and wants to engage us at a deeper level. Let prayer be a time to savor. Look forward to spending time with God, using art as a tool to slow down and be with God. Allow this to be a time in which God speaks to you and you actively seek Him. An audible voice may not come booming out of the clouds, but many thing
July 2022 Once again, Purpose By Design held their summer retreat for teenage girls from Fox Valley Christian Action/FVCA and St. Sabina's Church all from the greater Chicagoland area. Our topic was Emotions, with speakers on Domestic Violence and abuse. In between speakers, there was time for Financial Literacy encouragements from our partner Foolproof Financial Literacy program, budgeting and shopping at the Purpose By Design Store, swimming, making healthy snacks, free time to relax and debrief the sessions, and of course the art worship workshop by The Maker's Space.
Supplies needed: watercolor paper, pen and watercolors and water container Welcome to the Maker’s Space. Relax and enjoy this time that you have set aside to feed your creative side, where you have something in common with our creative God. This is our second session of Creative Prayer. We are going to be focusing on 3 different types of prayer, meditation, contemplation and thanksgiving. Both meditation and contemplation are introspective, quiet and reflective, and are often confused, but meditation is stimulated by something external; a text, a quote, a sound, an image, a thought or even a repetitive action, while contemplation deals with the purely internal: silence, stillness, void, release, and the lack of emphasis on reasoning and rational thought. Contemplation uses your imagination or day dreaming, and in meditation we will use a tree image to think back over things in your past and how they have shaped you. So, we will be using a little bit of both. One of the dang