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Here are a few things that I have done to make my prayers tangible for the person I was praying for:

WORDLE (good for a book cover or one page overview) – wordle.net

700 prayers cover with the persons name removed

700 prayers cover with the persons name removed

(click on the example image to zoom larger)

This is an interesting way to see what WORDS are actually in your prayers! While it looks complicated, it is easy to do because someone else wrote a program to do it all for you (and it is free to use). So, for example, if you’d like a WORDLE for ten of your prayers, just combine the text from all your prayers into one document, then copy the whole thing and paste it into the text box that wordle provides when you click the CREATE button at the top of its screen and click the GO button. Next, wordle counts every word in your prayers and the words that you use the most it displays BIGGER.  After a brief pause it will display an image of your words. You then can change the layout, the colors, the font used and much more via the menu bar just above the displayed image. When done you can save it, print it or open it in a window. Wordle has been available for years now and still is free to use. However, some people have problems getting it to work right due to java issues. I just tried it and it wouldn’t work using my Chrome browser, but it worked just fine using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you have problems getting it to work, check their FORUM to see if anyone has posted a problem similar to your issue and see what solutions were suggested. Click=> FORUM

One of the menu options is LANGUAGE. I think by default it is set to remove all “common” English words (such as: a, an, the). You likely will keep that setting. But don’t think you have to keep the layout, font and colors that it uses for the image displayed. Those are VERY easy to change. Click on the FONT menu button and you can try various fonts – there are over two dozen to choose from. The LAYOUT option is what I thought most exciting! It lets you set HOW it displays the words! You can have some of the words horizontal and some vertical. Or all of them horizontal. Or totally mixed up angles. You can even set it to display the words in alphabetical order! The COLOR menu button is great too. There are quite a few built in color schemes that you can try, or you can create your own set of colors! I recommend not taking the first image that is displayed but trying some of these options. You can keep changing the options without having to redo the “create” process! Or if you want to let the program choose different options for you, just keep clicking the RANDOMIZE button at the bottom of the window to see a wide variety of displays for your words!

SQUINT ART (great for a one page summary of 40 prayers)

40 words art (name removed)

40 words art (name removed)

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This is something you can do with your word processor. It will take a bit of time because you have to do it all yourself, but the end result is very good. I made one of these for someone after praying 40 prayers over 40 days for her a couple years ago. Just recently I was talking to her and she mentioned that she has it displayed at her desk at work where she can easily review it and remember the prayers because they were so meaningful to her. The process to make this one page summary of your prayers is straight forward. Simply take one phrase from each prayer and separate each with three dots … when all the phrases are there, adjust the font and size so they fit on one page. Set the color of the text to a medium gray. Thenb HIGHLIGHT & BOLD one word in each phrase plus set it to some color (like blue or purple). I wouldn’t use RED because I like to save RED for the name of Jesus at the very end, where I repeat what I say in my prayers … I ask this in the name of Jesus. If you’d like, you can include all the scripture references from your prayers in a small font at the bottom. I think I like it better without them, but they might be useful (but remember, that the phrases on this one page summary are NOT from scriptures, but from your prayers, so the references would not actually apply to the words on this page)

When you finish this, you could frame it, or even better take your one printed page to Staples and they will mount and laminate it for you on a hard thick white panel – you can knock on it and HEAR how tangible your prayers are! I call it SQUINT ART because a good friend who is an artist referred to it that way. She said that you kind of squint when looking at it and the lighter colored words fade out and you just see the bold colored words. You might have to practice to see it :)

For the original PDF of this example click=> example of squint art summary PDF