never underestimate the power of your prayers.

Time and time again I have seen the power that is behind the prayers I have prayed, and those prayed on my behalf. An insane amount of debt taken care of after faithfully meeting with the Lord at 5:30am for two weeks. A spot on my daughter's brain, indicating a stroke, disappeared in a second MRI. Being able to move from full time work outside of the home to caring for my children every day and running a business.

Many may look at these things as beautiful coincidences that simply worked in my favor. But I know better. I know they are gifts from my loving Father who faithfully blessed me with what I asked for in prayer.

1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

In the Summer 2021 Issue of By Design Journal, we explore countless instances of how our sisters in Christ have seen God work through the powerful prayers that they have prayed. Prayers for children. Prayers for strangers. Prayers for release from a past trauma. Each and every story is personal, unique and powerful.

but there's more...

Our sixth issue features eight devotional writings focused on powerful prayers found in scripture. These messages are designed to teach, inspire and challenge you to be bolder in your prayer life.

Because we recognize prayer isn't always easy, we've included activities that we hope help you press into the Lord and let Him "hear" you even when the words don't seem to flow. You'll find hand-lettering practice sheets, three different recipes, a word search and a beautiful coloring page provided by our friend Lauren from White Wagon Mercantile.

i hope you'll join us

Thursday, July 15th the Summer 2021 Issue, Powerful Prayers, will be available for pre-order. Be sure to visit our website to secure your copy and ensure you're amongst the first to receive it when it becomes officially available on August 1st.

Join my creative team, our numerous contributors and myself as we flip through the pages of yet another beautiful issue of By Design Journal!

Filled with Love,


Editor in Chief

PS: Meet some of our contributors below!

Kelly R. Baum

"In wilderness seasons in which we feel exiled, far from God, or in captivity, prayer is always the answer."

Kelsey Lehman

"'Jesus, meet me here,' I prayed as I went back to that place. I felt vulnerable, with no control, no say, no out."

Torri Meunier

"I would beg God for help, but would hear nothing in return. So naturally, I questioned everything. Is this what is meant for my life? How can I believe in a God who is not listening to me? Where are you God? I had no hope."