Mala prayer beads are very popular these days, not only among those who do yoga, but as a fashion trend. After I purchased my first mala, I began to research prayer beads and ropes from other religious traditions and eventually tore my mala apart to reconstruct it with Christian symbolism instead. Prayer beads or ropes are used across many spiritual traditions to help one pray. Traditional malas are used by Hindus and contain 108 beads. Rosaries are used within the Catholic tradition and contain 50 beads. Chotki are used within the Orthodox Christian tradition and contain 33, 50, 100, 150 or more prayer beads (or often knots instead of beads).
Selah prayer beads are my own original, Christ-centered design for contemplative prayer beads. The word Selah is taken from the Book of Psalms. Hebrew scholars believe it is a musical term indicating a place of pause, reflection or a place to take a breath. Selah prayer necklaces are constructed with 100 beads, 10 of which are called Selah beads. These beads are meant to serve as stopping points, places for you to pause and reflect as you pray your way around the circular design of the necklace.
Each Selah Prayer Bead necklace is an original design, created with natural semi-precious stones. Included with each unique creative design is information on the stone meanings, scripture verses, and directions for prayers and scriptures to be prayed (if you so choose). All necklaces are threaded on a strong clear elastic so they can be wrapped and worn as “stacked” bracelets. You can find videos to follow along on my Facebook page. This version includes the Apostles Creed and the Suscipe Prayer of St. Ignatius, as well as several scripture passage. This version includes a BEaUtiful prayer from Sister Ruth of the Sisters of the Love of God (SLG, Anglican Church), as well prayers from St. Ignatius, Revelation, 1 Peter and Ephesians.
If you would like to see my current selection of Selah Prayer Beads available for purchase, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a virtual, personal shopping experience for you. I am always creating new original designs. They make a wonderful gift for the friend who has everything and needs nothing! Please note that the price of each necklace varies based on the cost of the natural stones used in the design, and they range from $25 to $50.
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Blessings of artistry, creativity, worship & BEaUty, Jody
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Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You and The Creator’s Healing Power—Restoring the Broken to Beautiful, both in-depth, interactive devotional books that are part of the Bible Studies to Nurture the Creative Spirit Within series and serve as resources for creative Christians, artists, and lovers of beauty and worship. Jody has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, serving as worship arts ministry pastor, worship leader and creative arts director, and is a guest lecturer on creativity, embodiment, and spirituality with Healing Care Ministries and HCM International. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and the use of creativity in formational and healing ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in the reclamation of the body in the healing of trauma and works in the area of embodiment with survivors of abuse, addiction, and trauma. Her life verse is Isaiah 50:4.
Her books are available through Amazon. Signed copies are available for purchase through Square where her resources are available most affordably (and in bulk amounts for your creative ministry team or group study). Jody has also recorded a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved, which is available through Square, iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, and other music outlets.