Neurotheology: Prayer Bead Use Improves Health

Praying with prayer beads produces positive results, not only for one’s peace of mind, but also for one’s physical health. Neuroscientists’ research supports this claim, and that research has birthed a relatively new field of study: Neurotheology.

According to Andrew Newberg, a Philadelphia neuroscientist who specializes in neurotheology, “Numerous studies have shown that the mere repetition of a sound, phrase, or finger movement over a period of time significantly reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and anger, while improving the practitioner’s perception of quality-of-life and spiritual well being. In fact, the addition of movement to any meditation should significantly enhance the cognitive performance of the brain. Repeated, skilled finger movements also appear to improve the central and peripheral nervous systems, offsetting the age-related loss of hand control.”

Newberg’s research has led him to conclude that “Activities involving meditation and intensive prayer permanently strengthen neural functioning in specific parts of the brain that are involved with lowering anxiety and depression, enhancing social awareness and empathy, and improving cognitive and intellectual functioning . . . .  Such practices help you remain calm, serene, peaceful and alert . . . and give you a positive and optimistic outlook on life.”

He and his research team conducted brain scans and studies on memory patients and meditators. They combined this information with web-based surveys of people’s religious and spiritual experiences, and their adult drawings of God to conclude that intensely praying with prayer beads can lower levels of anxiety and stress. It may also slow down the aging process and lessen the likelihood of developing stress-related illnesses. For noticeable results, Newberg recommends conducting meditative prayer regularly, at least 12 minutes a day; the longer and more focused time spent in each session, the better.

Newberg is the author of several books on neurotheology, including How God Changes Your Brain, written with therapist Marc Robert Waldman. This book explains how regular focused prayer can permanently change your brain’s structure and function, along with your values and perception of reality.

This scientific research particularly interests me, because I create Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads, prayer bead necklaces, and chaplets and sell them on my website. When God called me to create these beautiful prayer aids, I did not realize that their use could help people in more ways than enhancing and organizing their prayer time. It is extremely gratifying to know that God’s gifts to me are being passed on to others with so many potential benefits.

Protestant prayer beads are similar to a Catholic rosary. Unlike the latter, however, which are typically used with a proscribed prayer, Protestant prayer beads may be used in a wide variety of personalized ways during prayer.

Prayer Bead Booklet & PouchTo provide more information about Protestant prayer beads and their use, I have written a 16-page Anglican Prayer Beads booklet. It contains prayer bead pictures, historical information, symbolism and layout of the beads, instructions on their uses, and nine sample prayers. This booklet is available via digital download on my website. It is also included with every prayer bead purchase, along with a velveteen storage pouch and a lifetime restringing guarantee.

For more information about Neurotheology and how prayer alters your brain and improves your health, see Andrew Newberg’s website and the links below.

Related links:

Prayer May Reshape Your Brain . . . and Your Reality
Prayer Beads: The Upsides and Dangers
Why People Who Pray Are Healthier Than People Who Don’t
10 Ways Praying Actually Benefits Your Health


New Anglican Prayer Beads

10 New Prayer Beads

I recently created the above 9 sets of Protestant (Anglican) prayer beads and posted them for sale on my website, just in time for my annual Open Studio event this coming Saturday (11/10/18). In the process of composing this blog post, I discovered I neglected to tell you about the prayer beads pictured below that I created about a month ago.

4 Anglican Prayer Beads

That means 14 new sets of prayer beads and one new chaplet have been made available for sale recently. This group contains some special favorites of mine, including the Rainbow Purple Hearts Prayer Beads shown below.

Rainbow Purple Hearts Prayer Beads

Their cross is rainbow-iridized Hematite. Many believe Hematite enhances healing, improves strength, enhances personal magnetism, increases courage, fosters optimism, and helps a person feel more grounded and thus better able to handle stress. It may . This set’s bronze-backed faceted purple heart Cruciform beads and rainbow-iridized Week beads add to its appeal and feel comforting in hand.

Another favorite is the Red Blue Capped Anglican Prayer Bead Necklace shown below.

Red Blue Capped Prayer Beads

Sky blue lampworked Cruciform beads, blue cat’s eye round glass Week beads, red round glass spacer beads, and a red rhinestoned metal cross with a matching blue center are featured on this 18 inch Anglican prayer bead necklace. The Cruciform and Week beads are each flanked by filigreed pewter bead caps. I love the way the cross matches the beads. The bead caps also create a lovely effect on the lampworked Cruciform beads that look like they also have cascading caps of white lace held together by their red-backed white glass dots.

Another favorite is the Southwest Sunset Necklace Prayer Beads shown below.

SW Sunset Neckalce Prayer Beads

I love how the crosses in the cross are echoed in the Week beads. The glittery pillow-shaped glass cruciform beads remind me of a Southwest landscape at sunset. This striking necklace would be a lovely statement of faith, and it feels very special in hand during prayer time.

One last favorite (I could go on and on about these beautiful creations) is my White Shells Anglican Prayer Beads shown below.

White Shells Prayer Beads

The flat base on each white-striped transparent glass shell Cruciform bead feels great in hand, and the rhinestone heart in the center of the cross perfectly echoes the shape of the shells.

You may check out the details on all these new creations (and more) at my website. If you would like to be notified by email whenever I create a new batch of prayer beads, click here.

Lamoille Harvest Festival Update

Harvest Festival Photo

My large booth at the October 6, 2018, Lamoille Harvest Festival at the Rancher’s Center in Lamoille, Nevada, netted me abundant sales from 27 buyers. Biggest sellers were my decorative pill organizers, followed by my local area magnets, protestant prayer beads, chaplets, and UnderCovers.

This was my first opportunity to gauge first-hand potential buyers’ reactions to my new UnderCover secret storage cubes. It was fun for me to demonstrate their many uses by lifting the cubes to reveal unmentionables such as tampons, panty liners, and denture boxes. This resulted in many smiles and “Aha” moments.

Similarly, many booth visitors gazed appreciatively at my beautiful pillboxes, but it was not until I turned one of them over to reveal its pill compartments that they figured out what they actually were. This experience typically resulted in big smiles and a rush to turn over other pillboxes to view their various configurations. Many then called over their companions to share their amazement and appreciation of these unique products, often resulting in sales.

My local area magnets were a big seller, also, particularly as many of the Lamoille Canyon ones had unexpectedly become keepsakes. They memorialize the way the canyon looked before a huge fire burned 3/4 of its 12-mile length Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2018. Access to the canyon, which is known as Nevada’s hidden jewel, similar to Yosemite, will likely be closed until the end of November, and who knows what it will look like next spring.

I could not have done so well at the Festival without the stellar help of Ginny Oustad, who processed and packaged all my sales using my PayPal Here credit card swiper and calculator on her smart phone. Many thanks for her assistance and expertise!

The event also helped me publicize my upcoming Open Studio event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2018. Watch for another blog post soon about that. I’ll also be blogging about all the new pillboxes and other products I created for the Festival. Although many of them have sold, you can check out my full inventory on my website.

Meet Me at the Lamoille Harvest Festival

For the first time in many years, I’ll have a booth at the Lamoille Harvest Festival from 9 AM to 4 PM on Oct. 6, 2018, at the Lamoille, Nevada, Rancher’s Center. I’ll be bringing my full inventory of protestant prayer beads, decorative pillboxes, and my new UnderCovers (decorative secret storage cubes). I’ll also be bringing a bunch of my new local area photo magnets that are now available in the gift shops at the  Elko Area Chamber of Commerce and Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nevada.

All my creations make great gifts! Credit/debit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival. If you can’t make it that day or not local to northeastern Nevada, you may purchase my creations on my website Orders placed from local area zip codes automatically qualify for free shipping!

New Product: Local Area Photo Magnets


Some things happen serendipitously, but I believe this new product of mine, local area photo magnets, came about due to the grace of God.

A friend from the tiny rural town of Montello, Nevada, came across my magnet blog post from eight years ago, and asked to buy one of them. Since these magnets have long  been out of stock, I ended up making her a batch of magnets similar to those pictured above, but with a Montello, Nevada, theme. Then her friend in rural Wells, Nevada, got wind of this custom product and asked me to make a batch of Wells magnets for her.

When I was working on the prototypes for these magnets, I created a variety of possibilities from which my customers could choose. Since I already had prepared these for production, I changed their wording to feature the Elko, Spring Creek, and Lamoille, Nevada, towns closer to my home. These towns form the largest populated area in northeastern Nevada, and they thus have many more potential magnet customers than either Wells or Montello.

Since I am a member of the Elko Area Chamber of Commerce and already have some of my jewelry in its gift shop, I decided to make 75 magnets to sell there. The Chamber was delighted, because they did not have any such magnets in their gift shop, and they had received many customer requests for local area magnets. Elko’s location on I-80, the only east-west highway through northern Nevada, makes it a popular tourist stop. The nearest larger towns are 4-5 hours away by car.

To launch this new product, I put the following ad in the Chamber’s weekly e-newsletter to its members:

Chamber Magnet Ad

The gift shop manager for Elko’s Northeastern Nevada Museum, Donna Engdahl, saw this ad and asked me to make some of my magnets to sell in the museum’s gift shop. She was delighted with the 50 I made for the museum, as she testified in the following post on the museum’s Facebook page:

Museum Facebook Post

After seeing and buying some of my local area magnets, another friend of mine asked me to make some similar  magnets for Christmas gifts for her women’s group that meets weekly at a local restaurant. She asked me to take a picture of the restaurant and make it into magnets, which I did. I even notched the tops of each magnet to follow the restaurant’s roof line. My friend was very pleased with the result!


I made up another batch of 50 local area magnets to sell in my booth at the upcoming Lamoille Harvest Festival on Oct. 6, 2018, where I expect them to be hot sellers.

Included in each magnet’s packaging is my artist statement with representative pictures for each of my other product lines. Thus, I am hoping my magnet sales will also drive traffic to my website, resulting in sales of my other creations.

I had been praying for ways to promote my products and increase sales, but I never expected God to answer my prayers via this new magnet product line. My Montello friend’s initial inquiry led me to create this whole new product line using photos I’ve taken of local scenery over the years, my graphic arts experience, my color printer, clear packing tape, self-doming resin that I already use for my pillboxes, and a package of just-the-right-size glassine envelopes that a supplier sent me by accident and let me keep for no charge. All I had to buy were the strong round magnets and relatively inexpensive display racks for each sales location.

So yes, I do believe this new product line was inspired by God’s grace. Magnet sales are popping, sending word of my other creations into the world. I can’t wait to see where this leads! If you would like me to create some custom magnets for you or your town or business, let me know!

Contest: Secret Storage Ideas for UnderCovers

Brown Agate Denture Dock

Although my recently launched UnderCover product was initially designed to provide beautiful, discreet, and handy storage for denture/retainer storage/cleaning boxes and supplies, snore guards, or braces, God and other creative minds have suggested many other uses for my beautiful UnderCover creations.

For example, a roll of toilet paper fits perfectly inside its 4.25″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″ interior, so an UnderCover could be used to keep an extra roll of TP handy, but beautifully hidden, within reach from a toilet.

  TP Roll in UnderCover

Other things an UnderCover could discreetly hide include:

  • Prescriptions or other drugs/supplements
  • Tampons
  • Ostomy bags
  • Condoms
  • Jewelry dish or ring holder
  • Cigarettes, ash tray, or smoking supplies
  • Small change jar

Small Change Jar

  • Cosmetics
  • Water glass
  • Mani/pedi tools/supplies
  • Cotton swabs
  • Diffuser oils
  • Hemorrhoid ointment or wipes

PrepH Tube

  • Pepper spray
  • A small hand gun
  • Tooth paste
  • Packet of cleansing cloths

Cleansing Cloths

  • Remote control
  • Watches
  • Small electronics
  • and more!

Here’s the Contest!

I’m so excited about the many potential uses for UnderCovers, that I’m offering a prize for the most creative/useful suggested use (in my humble opinion) of an UnderCover that is not listed above. Simply submit your suggestion(s) via a comment on this blog post between now and August 31, 2018. (No purchase is necessary to win.) The winner’s prize will be a free (non-custom) UnderCover (including shipping) of his or her choice from those offered for sale on my website. To register or log in to this blog, so you may leave comments and enter this contest, click here. By clicking this link, you confirm that you agree to our Privacy Policy. The winner will be notified via email in early September 2018.

For  more information about my UnderCovers, see this blog post and the Frequently Asked Questions page on my website.

New UnderCover Product Handily Hides Things

30 Denture Docks

In June 2018, I launched a new UnderCover product line. These one-of-a-kind decorative hollow-bottom cubes easily hide your jewelry, denture storage/cleaning box and supplies, braces, snore guard, retainer, tampons, hemorrhoid cream, extra toilet paper roll, ostomy bags, prescription drugs, small electronics . . . the possibilities are endless! An UnderCover will hide from view whatever will fit under it.

The above photo shows the 30 UnderCovers I created for the product launch and posted for sale on my website. As you can see, I am decorating my UnderCovers with mirrored or stained glass tops and embellishing them using the techniques I use on my decorative multi-dose pillboxes. Each one is a unique work of art!

Brown Gold Feather Denture Dock

The Brown Gold Feather UnderCover shown above features a real white feather that has had its tip painted gold and dipped in bronze glitter. I coated the whole feather in clear jewelry-quality resin and glued it onto the UnderCover’s brown stained glass top.

If you are using your UnderCover to hide a storage/cleaning box for your denture/retainer, there also typically will be room inside the cube for a tube of denture adhesive and packets of denture cleaning tablets or other supplies, so you can keep everything handy, as shown below.

White DD Supplies

An UnderCover will add beautiful decor to your bathroom, bedside table, or anywhere you want to keep its secret contents handy.

UnderCover by sink

UnderCovers come with either black or white acrylic base boxes. Internally, UnderCovers measure 4.25″ x 4.25″ x 4.25″. Their exterior measurements are 4.5″ x 4.5″ x approximately 4.75″ high, depending on the height of the embellishments. Accessories shown in the product photos, such as denture storage/cleaning containers and cleaning supplies, are not included with an UnderCover purchase.

Custom black and white and UnderCovers also are available, and I would be delighted to make matching sets of custom UnderCovers and multi-dose pillboxes. Just order the two custom items on my website, and I’ll contact you to find out what you have in mind. I love creating custom products! I can use either my typical embellishment methods or embed photos and/or text in resin on a pillbox or UnderCover. The possibilities are limitless!

Creative minds will find many uses for this exciting new product. Some flat-topped UnderCovers could even be used as soap dishes or water-glass holders.  Check out this blog post to see many suggested uses for UnderCovers and to enter my contest for the most creative/useful thing an UnderCover could hide. You could win an UnderCover! To see the complete product line or to purchase an UnderCover, click here.

Shown below are the blue UnderCovers I created for the product launch and posted on my website.

Blue UnderCovers

Purple and pink UnderCovers are shown below.

Purple and Pink UnderCovers


Green UnderCovers are shown below.

Green UnderCovers

Yellow and brown UnderCovers are shown below.

Yellow and Brown UnderCovers

Neutral colored UnderCovers are shown below.


I don’t do social media, so I would greatly appreciate your clicking the “Share This” button below to help spread the word about my UnderCovers. Here is a product category link for you to post or add to an email: I would also love to have you comment on this blog post. What do you think of this new product? What uses are you already imagining for it?

New Chaplets, Protestant Prayer Beads

8 Prayer Beads

Eight new sets of Anglican (Protestant) prayer beads have been added to my website today. Five of the eight shown above are necklace length. Regular length sets include the purple set on the left and the two sets on the right.

Four new $18.00 Anglican chaplet bracelets have also been added to my inventory, as shown below.

4 Chaplet Bracelets

Each of my Anglican prayer beads is unique and inspired by the various components I have in stock. The black dragonfly set shown below is especially beautiful, as it features not only dragonflies on its Week beads, but also dragonfly Cruciform beads with silver-plated wings and tiny clear seed bead heads and tails.

Dragonfly Prayer Beads

Large embossed silvertone metal fish form the Cruciform beads on the Gray White Fish Anglican Prayer Bead Necklace shown below. Its fish, large white Week beads, and lovely rhinestoned Swiss Cross feel particularly nice in hand.

Fish Prayer Beads

Ever a fan of rainbows and iridescence, I especially enjoyed creating the Purple Star Hearts and Rainbow Peace Cross sets shown below. The former has lots of bling with purple rhinestone hearts and little flat star spacer beads, and the latter will appeal to those who may appreciate its Chakra colors and peace symbol cross. Both are necklace length.

Purple Star Hearts Prayer Beads  Rainbow Peace Cross Prayer Beads

Check out these and more on my website. Each set of prayer beads is priced at $32.00, which includes a black velvet pouch, 16-page full-color booklet, and a lifetime restringing guarantee.

You get the same goodies with each chaplet purchase. You need some useful, statement-making bling for your wrist, purse, or rear view mirror, right, like the White Lampwork Flowered Chaplet shown below?

White Lampwork Flowers Chaplet

My prayer beads and  chaplets also make great gifts, so order yours today!

Given that I have a vast assortment of components available, ever wonder what my personal set of prayer beads looks like? Wonder no more. See below.

KLG Prayer Beads

My idea of “The Best Bling for the King”!



Moonlit Ponies–Gone Large!

Large Moonlit Ponies

I recently completed a larger version of my previous glow-in-the-dark “Moonlit Ponies” acrylic painting. The new work, “Moonlit Horses,” is shown above. It is 30″ x 40″ on gallery wrap canvas. If you look closely in the upper left side of the sky, you can see the moon, mainly discernible by its bumpy texture.

The larger herd of horses, shown in detail below, is comprised of Appaloosa-like steeds with four different spot types:  gold stars, orange iridescent disks, and dark and light silver stars. I chose these inclusions to provide variety and glitter in the sunlight while allowing their white nighttime glow to shine brightly behind their spots.

Large Herd

The 3D molded clear resin horses’ glow-in-the dark paint (also used on the moon) emits white light for approximately 6 hours after exposure to sunlight or a UV light source. The white hue of this paint, applied to the back side of each horse before gluing it unto the canvas, is a more logical choice than the blue and green colors I used on the horses in “Moonlit Ponies.”

Due to its 6-hour glow time following UV/daylight exposure, the best location for hanging this work will be where it will get full late afternoon sunlight. Otherwise, installing a UV light source (on a timer) to shine on it before “lights out” will produce the same effect.

Here is what it looks light in half light (after 10 minute exposure to full sunlight):

Moonlit Horses-Half Light

And in total darkness:

Other refinements made in this work, based on my earlier experiments, include:

  • Using a darker gray iridescent acrylic combined with a heavy bodied clear medium to give more presence and dimension to the mountains and their slopes.
  • Adding a heavy bodied clear medium to the white foreground acrylic paint to give it more texture.
  • Using a wider brush to apply the white acrylic paint.
  • Not spreading the white acrylic color as evenly on the sky, thus allowing the sky’s glitter to have bare swaths that read like clouds.
  • Using three coats of the glow paint, instead of two, on the horses and moon.
  • Letting the 3D crystal mortar follow the undulating base of the mountains, rather than applying it in a straight line.
  • Applying silver glass glitter to the crystal mortar, instead of gold glass glitter.
  • Applying the glitter  to the sky and foreground by flicking it off of a mop brush, rather than sprinkling it on, to provide more even coverage.
  • Spraying the entire work (before painting the moon and adding the horses) with a clear fixative to firmly set the glitter.

I continued to use plain silver glitter on the sky and holographic rainbow silver glitter on the snowy foreground, both in extra-fine grade. These are dazzling in the sunlight, but impossible to capture in a photo.

If I were to change anything more at this point, I would maybe move the horse herd up a tad, closer to the base of the mountains, to add a more realistic perspective. An alternative would be to use a canvas that is more of a strong horizontal than a rectangle with these proportions.

I’m pretty pleased with this work, but I would be willing to part with it (or produce a similar work for you) for a price. If this interests you, inquire!