Inspiration

The Awesome Power of Women and Girls

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“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
—Malala Yousafzai

“Women are builders of civil society. We are the ones who are going to build it. You know why? We have no choice. Either you shut up, and you are humiliated, or you do what I’m doing. You scream.”
—Fatema Mernissi

“If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.”
—Alice Walker

“You can be a thousand different women. It’s your choice which one you want to be. It’s about freedom and sovereignty. You celebrate who you are. You say, ‘This is my kingdom.’ ”
—Salma Hayek

“Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.”
—Jane Austen

“Men think that self-sacrifice is the most charming of all the cardinal virtues for women, and in order to keep it in healthy working order, they make opportunities for its illustration as often as possible. I would fain teach women that self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.”
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

 

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Inspiration

Take from My Heart All Anxiety

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My God, I am yours for time and eternity.
Teach me to cast myself entirely
into the arms of your loving Providence
with a lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate,
tender pity.
Grant, O most merciful Redeemer,
That whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me.
Take from my heart all painful anxiety;
let nothing sadden me but sin,
nothing delight me but the hope
of coming to the possession of You
my God and my all,
in your everlasting kingdom.
Amen.

—Suscipe of Catherine McAuley, 1778–1841

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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May This Beautiful World Never End

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םלועל רמגי אלש ,ילא ,ילא
םיהו לוחה
םימה לש שורשר
םימשה קרב
םדאה תליפת

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.

—Hannah Szenes (a.k.a. Hannah Senesh), World War II Resistance hero

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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The Lord’s Prayer, from the Original Aramaic

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My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee.
Thou and Thou alone knowest my needs.
Thou lovest me more than I am able to love Thee.
O Father, grant unto me, Thy servant, all which I cannot ask.
For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation;

I dare only to stand in Thy presence.
My heart is open to Thee.
Thou seest my needs of which I myself am unaware.
Behold and lift me up!
In Thy presence I stand,
awed and silenced by Thy will and Thy judgments,
into which my mind cannot penetrate.
To Thee I offer myself as a sacrifice.
No other desire is mine but to fulfill Thy will.
Teach me how to pray.
Do Thyself pray within me.
Amen.

—Jesus Christ

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Compassion for All including Ourselves

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O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Envision your “I Can” now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.
Help us not forget our Source,
Yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision, Power, and Song from gathering to gathering.
Amen.
May our future actions grow from here!

—Crane Dance Collective

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Our Children Are Our Future and Hold All Our Hopes

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O God! Educate these children.
These children are the plants of Thine orchard,
the flowers of Thy meadow,
the roses of Thy garden.
Let Thy rain fall upon them;
let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love.
Let Thy breeze refresh them in order
that they may be trained, grow, and develop,
and appear in the utmost beauty.
Thou art the Giver.
Thou art the Compassionate.

—Baha’i Blessing

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Let There Be No Injustice in Our World

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O God, we pray for all those in our world
who are suffering from injustice:
For those who are discriminated against
because of their race, color, or religion;
For those imprisoned
for working for the relief of oppression;
For those who are hounded
for speaking the inconvenient truth;
For those tempted to violence
as a cry against overwhelming hardship;
For those deprived of reasonable health and education;
For those suffering from hunger and famine;
For those too weak to help themselves
who have no one else to help them;
For the unemployed who cry out

for work but do not find it.
We pray for anyone of our acquaintance
who is personally affected by injustice.
Forgive us, Lord, if we unwittingly share in the conditions
or in a system that perpetuates injustice.
Show us how we can serve your children
and make your love practical by washing their feet.

—Mother Teresa

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Deeds, Words, and Wishes

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O Goddess,
In my deeds,
In my words,
In my wishes,
In my reason,
And in the fulfilling of my desires,
In my sleep,
In my dreams,
In my repose,
In my thoughts,

In my heart and spirit always,
May the blessed Maiden
And the Silver Bough of Faerie dwell,
Oh, in my heart and spirit always,
May the loving Maiden
And the tinkling Silver Bough of Faerie dwell.

—Ancient Irish Prayer

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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May I Be a Living Sign of Your Generous Love

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O God, may I find and praise your goodness dwelling within every human being. May I be a living sign of your generous love and help everyone to live more intimately with you. May we respect the evolving nature of all creation and grow to our fullness of life with you. Guide our search into our entire human nature, and into all creation, to know what you want us to do.

—Unity Petition

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Prayer to Start the Day

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O Infinite God, of life, goodness, and generous love,
I dedicate my heart, my life, to you.
Help me to cherish all human life
and do the good you want me to do.
Make me a loving example of your generous love
and a blessing to everyone I see.
May your goodness be fully in us,
and in all that we think and say and do.

—Unknown

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.