Monday, September 28, 2015

Make-It Monday: War Room Board

Happy Make-It Monday! 

Inspired by the recent movie War Room, (If you haven't seen it, you really should go... It will change your life!) I decided to get a little crafty.

For those of you unfamiliar with this movie recently released in theaters, it is about an elderly woman looking to sell her house. She leads the real estate salesman through her home as she shares her favorite rooms, ultimately leading the woman to her favorite room: her "War Room." She had cleaned out her closet and made a private place of prayer, where she could "strategically fight for her loved ones through the power of prayer."

Since I, too, believe in the power of prayer (and honestly could use a lot more of it), I decided to do the same. There's just one problem... I live in a tiny apartment with only two closets: one in my room to hold my clothes and another that holds the washer and dryer. I like to think I'm a tiny young woman, but I can't fit inside the closet next to the dryer, and though I love God with all my heart, He also created me with an overwhelming desire for cute shoes, so unfortunately, my closet was not ready to give. So off I went to Walmart.

I purchased this cork board for around $10 in the office section and bought the cheapest teal paint I could find (about $.50). Choose any color you like. There's nothing significant or spiritual about teal; I just like it and wanted the board to match my room.

Since there's no good place to paint a giant cork board in my apartment (and we have no newspapers delivered), I improvised! I lined the frame with construction paper and went to town. 

**NOTE: It takes several coats of paint to create a successful result. Since the wood has already been sealed and finished by the manufacturer, you have to paint over all that. It took me about 6-7 coats to make the color evenly cover the wood completely. 

While the board dried, I started my prayer cards. I made a list of all the people I was praying for. I made a list of all the things I prayed for. I made checklists, wrote out scriptures, and even tore full prayers from my journal. I designed my own strategic battle plan of prayer using everything I knew. 

And the result was somewhat magical.

This craft will never be complete. I have more prayers to write and more scriptures to copy down. I will take prayers down when they have been answered. I will add more when they arise. Just as wars, disagreements, fears, and struggles never truly end, this is no different. The relationship I have with my God is an eternal one. It's never-ending, ever-changing, awe-inspiring, and intimately inviting. 

I pray for hope. I pray for peace. I pray for desire, for healing, for comfort. I pray for those I love because I know my God can help them when I cannot. I pray for those I work with because I am not allowed to show my God in the workplace (another prayer I pray every night: that they will see Him through me anyway). I pray for my enemies so that they might have the opportunity to change. I pray that they will. But when they choose to spite me and take me down, I have no problem praying that Christ will take them down. We are against the same enemy; and just as He will protect those who fight for Him, He seeks to destroy those who fight against Him. 

So I pray a prayer for every area in my life. I hope you will create your own War Room, so you that you can be motivated to do the same. 

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