When I was diagnosed with Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) I relied on myself will, friends and family prayers or well wishes for support. It was because of all of them I persevered. There were days I was in so much pain all I could think is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).” Though I seldom go to church since I travel allot I do pray for all of my loved ones health or strength through good and hard times.
Recently I’ve been undergoing another UC attack and major chest/ lung issues which truthfully has been exhausting. I got the Celeste Bowl prayer bowl in the mail randomly. I’m not sure who sent it but I THANK YOU; my eyes watered of appreciation and thoughtfulness. I had never heard of a prayer bowl before so I had to look into what it all meant.
The creator, Karen Berry, of this unique prayer bowl had a similar situation and created this beautiful bowls to pray for your loved ones or anyone else that needs a prayer. The one I received was the “Celeste Bowl” it has a intricate cross in the middle five hand-applied Swarovski Crystals, gold-scalloped edges, and around the edge it read Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer” scrolls around the delicate edges of the prayer bowl including bundle of Prayer Cards is included.
The purpose of the prayer bowl is each day you put who you pray for and at the end of the day all prayer requested are prayed for. When anyone in my family sick or down on their luck we pray and it gives me some peace and serenity during a difficult time. It’s a great reminder to help or pray for those daily. The Prayer Bowl also has an app that you can use if you are out traveling and have a prayer request or if you want to pray for a loved one from afar.
My first prayer request was for the family and friends who were impacted by the Orlando shooting.
My second is for those suffering with Crohn’s or Colitis and to give them strength and DON’T GIVE UP. Where’s there is a will there is a way.
Below is the creator, Karen Berry, and story of her Prayer Bowls. Such an amazing lady! If you are interested in her prayer bowls click here; they are absolutely beautiful and reminds you to think of and pray for others.
“I am a believer in the power of prayer. A few years ago I was extremely sick. Family, friends, and even strangers lifted me up to God in prayer as I went through many surgeries, procedures and treatments.
One day, I was again amazed by Christ showing His love through others: a woman named Angie whom I had never met before told me that she had prayed daily for me for a year. She went on to share that she kept a prayer bowl, and each day, she’d ask the Lord’s blessing on the people who were in need at that time. I loved the idea so much that I quickly decided to create a distinctive prayer bowl for myself and a few others, and with that, Prayer Bowls were born.
So many times we hear of a prayer request at church, Bible study, or even through email, and we pray for, lift up those friends in need to the Lord.”
Ironically I’m not in remission with my Pan Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and this just happened to show up at my front door step and a blessing in disguise. Sometimes when you are ill focusing on helping others provides serenity to an otherwise rough time.
Thank you Karen Berry and whomever sent me this prayer bowl. Its gifts like these to remind us to fight, pray, and help others.