Prayer Jar: Hungry? Grab a Snickers -- I mean, Bible Verse.

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We've all seen the Snickers commercials (this is my most recent favorite).  "Hungry? Grab a snickers."  "You're not you when you're hungry."

What about when we are hungry for a pick-me-up?  Or hungry for inspiration?  Or hungry for comfort?  Once in a while, we all need a little bit of truth.

A few weeks ago, I was inspired me to share that soul-hunger-quenching happiness with a friend.  (Wait.  Do you quench hunger?  Or is that just thirst?).

My awesome, beautiful, lovey girlfriend (Hi, Kelsey!) lives in Texas.  Texas = far from Chicagoland.  As you might know, I have a habit of suddenly desiring to make things for people who live far away (Don't believe me? See here).  I should get a frequent buyer card with the Post Office.

I wanted to make her a collection of Bible verses that (1) were exciting to open -- aka pretty -- and (2) would last for a long time.  Hmm.  In order to make the gift last for a while, I wanted her to be able to read one at a time if she wanted to - so that it could be a quick thing at any hour of the day.  Solution?  She has to open each verse from a prayer jar.  

She got it in the mail last night - along with Claude 2.0!

So now, whether it's during her morning cup of coffee or her way out the door, girlfriend can reach in and grab a Bible verse for a little moment with God.  

BONUS POINTS: It's pretty, too!  This baby could sit on your dresser as decoration - and since it took me so freaking long to get to the post office, it actually did sit on my dresser for a week or so...

How did I make it (aka how can YOU)?
  1. Collect Bible verses.  When I come across a verse that impacts my heart, I bookmark it on my iPhone with YouVerse (Bible App) or write it down on a notecard and put it on a board in my room...  --->
    So, when I began this project, I went back through those verses and picked out verses that would be generally applicable to daily life.  If you don't have a collection started but want to make something similar, I've attached the verses I used at the bottom of this post.
  2. Handwrite the verses onto small sheets of paper.  Using patterned paper from an old note pad found in my basement, I wrote one verse on each small page (about 4x3).
  3. Roll and tie.  I rolled each page up and tied a small little bow with twine.  
  4. Make it pretty.  I put the little scrolls into a $4.99 jar from TJ Maxx.  Woah.  Me talking about TJ Maxx?  How unusual...

Best part about it?  They're super easy to roll back up and push back through the twine bow -- so if you're like me and would hesitate to unravel something pretty, no worries!  It's an easy fix

***If you're thinking of making something similar -- or just want to read what I put inside Kelsey's jar -- read on for the Bible verses I included.***

Kelsey, that means you have to stop reading this post now.  Use that gift of self control. 

For the LORD is good;
 his steadfast love endures forever,
 and his faithfulness to all generations. PSALM 100:5

As in water face reflects face,
 so the heart of man reflects the man. PROVERBS 27:19

Fear not, for I am with you;
 be not dismayed, for I am your God; 
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
 I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ISAIAH 41:10

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. PSALM 37:1-2

"Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth!" PSALM 46:10

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
 they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
 they shall walk and not faint. ISAIAH 40:31

He has told you, O man, what is good;
 and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? MICAH 6:8

And immediately they left their nets and followed him. MARK 1:18

For nothing will be impossible with God." LUKE 1:37

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. LUKE 11:9

"No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light." LUKE 11:33-36

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. JOHN 7:37

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." JOHN 8:32

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 8:38-39

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. GALATIANS 2:20

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. GALATIANS 6:9

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. EPHESIANS 2:10

In all your ways acknowledge him,
 and he will make straight your paths. PROVERBS 3:6

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 6:23

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. COLOSSIANS 4:5-6

"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." MATTHEW 10:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. MATTHEW 5:16

All the days of the afflicted are evil,
 but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast. PROVERBS 15:15

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
 for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. PSALM 4:8

A man of many companions may come to ruin,
 but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. PROVERBS 18:24


  1. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog. I am glad to meet another Bachelorette viewer. Seriously what is Bently going to say to her? I can't wait till next Monday to see what he says and how it hurts the other guys. She messed up!!!
    I am following your blog now and I really love this idea of sending scripture to your friend. I am going to do this for my husband. He can look at one every day. Maybe keep at work. Thanks for inspiring.

  2. this is such a great idea! I love how it is decorative but also serves such a great purpose!
    oh and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)


  3. yes, i'm still here. I can't get enough of all of your blog, all of which I am interested in (FOOD, fitness, FAITH!). I'm not the craftiest, but would like to be. I loved this idea and want to make one for my baby girl!

  4. Awesome idea. You friend is a lucky young woman. Reminds me that when I got my blog started (today's day 2) I was going to include a daily Bible verse. Gotta remember tomorrow when I have energy to face the challenge of the computer again. I thoroughly enjoy getting emails of your posts, stop by and see me?

  5. this is a great idea, especially at Easter time! i'm going to try to make one! might even be good to have one at the house...could read one a day at dinner time! thanks! i'd been saving verses to use on pictures i've painted, so i have a good number! thanks for sharing! God bless the work of your hands!

  6. This is FANTASTIC!! i have many friends that would love this....I would love it, too!! God Bless! thanks for sharing....


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