I made a dyed wood rosary a couple of weeks ago.
Sounds strange even typing it: rosary.
My rosary doesn’t have a capitol R or the correct number of beads. I’ve never prayed the Rosary, I wouldn’t know how, but I like having things around that refocus me in the middle of a busy day…
For months now, I’ve been praying for something specific, when I made this rosary, I used it to bring my focus to this particular prayer request. All day long, I hung it here there and everywhere and it reminded me to pause and pray.
But this past weekend this particular prayer wasn’t answered.
That’s not true, it was answered, just not the answer I was asking for…
But sometimes God says, “not-now” or “no”.
And that’s ok.
When God says no to your prayers what do you do?
I asked my friend Julie that question the other day and she said that after letting go, she starts thanking God…
That reminded me of what Ann Voskamp says,
“On the night He was betrayed Jesus broke bread and lifted it up and gave THANKS.
If Jesus can give thanks in that, can we not give thanks in all?”
Yes. I can thank God for my answer, even if it’s not what I would have chosen.
I can thank God for my family.
For my faith-for hope and for love.
Until further notice, this sweet beaded rosary will remind me to give thanks…Maybe I’ll just call them my gratitude beads…
Can’t go wrong with gratitude…
In case you want to make your own dyed wood bead rosary, I’m going to show you how easy this was…and dyeing natural wood with Rit dye is just too much fun.
Here’s What You Need:
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*Wood Beads (50 Beads)
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*Faux Suede Flat Lace Beading Thread
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*Rit Dye in Teal & Pearl Gray
Click on Photos for the dye I used-
(I used one the my FIL made years ago-but I ordered the one below for my next one!*If you order this one, it has a clear coat – I will sand the clear off before putting in the dye *)
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*String your beads on floral wire because it’s easier to dye them that way.
*Add 1/2 teaspoon teal dye & 1/4 teaspoon gray dye to 8 cups of boiling water.
*Submerge the beads in the dye until they are the desired color- Let dry overnight – (they dry lighter)
Measure out 50 inches of cord and thread it through and tie a surgeon’s knot- (See HERE for detailed instructions)
String a bead to the base of the knot and using a straight pin, thread the loose end back through the bead- Using a tooth pick (or a skewer), insert a dab of E6000 glue into the hole…
Tie another knot (regular knot), and add 3 more beads- tie another knot…
Start your chain of beads adding knots where you want for interest. I added a knot ever 7 beads because of the significance of the number seven in Scripture…
Finally tie the beaded strand off at the last bead before the beaded cross…I cut off the extra and tucked it in the bead, securing with a drop of E6000.
I really love having this around and dyeing the natural wood beads was fun – fun – fun…I’m going to play around with some other colors and make a few more of these gratitude beads…
or prayer beads…
I like using things to focus my prayer life-Go HERE to read about how I use my prayer bracelet …