Rest Your Weary Head On This

Looking for the perfect gift for the person who has lost everything?

What can you give to a mother that has lost a child?
... the woman with a  husband in prison?
... someone who is seriously ill or dying?
... a friend who is desperately depressed or suicidal?
... a lonely teen or college student?
... an exhausted and overworked single mother?

a Prayer / Promise Pillow
When I heard how a young widow was crying herself to sleep each night holding on to her husband's dirty clothing, unable to wash them, afraid to loose the "scent" of him, some friends and I made her a flannel quilt, a "blanket of love".

The scraps from that quilt seemed "sacred".  I didn't want to toss them or just use them in another quilt.  So, I sewed the pieces together into a pillow, and the rest is divine inspiration.

I dated a zillion tiny envelopes and filled them with notes of encouraging verses, prayers, and promises from scripture.  Then, each night, she could wrap-up in her soft blanket, open the envelope for the next day.  She'd read a promise, slip it into her pillow, rest on the hope-filled words of God, and wake the next morning to reread the promise of the Lord's mercies that are new every morning.  (Lamentations 3:20-24)

each pillow is made with soft, coordinating flannels
It only takes me 15 minutes to whip together a pillow.  It takes me hours and hours to fill envelopes with personal prayers and applicable promises, but I know that the words of God, my prayers, love, and time
are priceless gifts that can bring healing.

It can be nice to make a coordinating "goodie bag" with teas, a candle, a gift card, nail polish, chap-stick, hand lotion, etc...  but, in the end, it is the word of God tucked into that pillow that I have been told time and again is the "greatest gift anyone has give me" during a time of grief.

Prayer Pillow, sleep mask, and goodie-bag for teen-spa day
If night falls and you cannot sleep, write down those concerns that are troubling you, lay your head upon reminders of God's love and faithfulness, and rest your mind.

"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."  Psalm 55:22

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises..." 1 Kings 8:56

"The LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations"  Deuteronomy 7:9

A "Prayer & Promise Pillow" is a pillow with a pocket to be filled with prayers or concerns that weigh heavy on your heart and encouraging verses or promises from God to claim

No matter what we face, we can trust God, our God, the One True God, who keeps His promises.