Inspiration

Daughters Become Mothers

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May it be Your wish, G-d our Lord and G-d of our ancestors,
Ruler of mercy: that the same way
You have saved me from this great pain
and from the dangers of giving birth,
so too may Your mercies pour forth
to rescue all the daughters of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
the descendants of those who truly loved You, from this danger.
As You have saved me now,
so do I beg You to show me a sign of favor
each time that I give birth. Amen.

—Ancient Hebrew Song

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

May We Always Be Kind as an Example to Our Children

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May we develop patience to achieve all happiness,
temporal and ultimate, and to bring that
happiness to others; not only to our family,
but to all sentient beings.

May we develop all the sixteen human qualities,
an understanding which makes our lives different.

May we become skilled in not harming sentient beings,
and may we become only the source of happiness for sentient beings,
like sunshine.

May we practice contentment.

May we learn contentment and satisfaction.
May we learn to enjoy contentment,
which brings great freedom into our lives
and brings us so much happiness.
May we be an example to the world.

—Buddhist 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.

Inspiration

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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In This Miracle, All Miracles Are Born

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A God becomes Child to save the children,
Shepherds chant with the tongue of Angels,
Salvation is described in a Mystery,
Heaven and Earth mingle into one Soul this night.
Prophecy is the point of a Star.
Cherubim bow with the neck of Shepherds.
A cave becomes the Gate of the Universe
While kings search for the bed of a Beggar.
A Maiden becomes the Mother of Grace;
Life has been given another Life.
The Child reaches out, takes hold of the world
And smiles the Innocent Smile.
In this Miracle all miracles are born –
The blind receive sight and the deaf have song,
The cold and homeless have shelter
And pilgrims cease their wanderings.
In this Creation all creation is born
And all creatures have a voice.
We find ourselves kneeling alongside the Magi.
The Child turns, looks and recognizes.
– Luke 2:11

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Teach Your Children Well

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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.

—`Abdu’l-bahá

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

A Box of Love

Christmas

Pack a shoebox with new toys, school supplies, socks, and whatever else you think a young child might need. Just go to www.samaritanspurse.org for more information on how to pack a box. It will be donated to a child in need (you can decide the gender and age group), and you can even track the box to see where it ends up! Check out this website for some packing ideas.

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Putting an End to Child-Trafficking

Derived from the Lower Haight Holler Blog.

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We are living in a time where culture is gradually changing by the day. Recently, people are burning name-brand apparel in response to the divergent viewpoints of companies and politicians are still drawing the ire of news-based media. Unfortunately, one thing that NEEDS to be changed is the activity of Child-Trafficking.

Child-Trafficking is a inhumane crime that targets children for the use of exploitation and unspeakable crimes. This type of criminal behavior needs to be stopped and you can help put an end to it.

Love146 is an organization whose goal is to put an end to child-trafficking and exploitation. Through the use of volunteers and donations, Love146 aims to protect children from the reach of criminals. Donate and volunteer today to help put an end to Child-Trafficking. Be an inspiration for those who need light in their world.

https://love146.org/

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Blankets Full of Love

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Did anyone else love Linus from the Peanuts? I know I couldn’t help but relate to his love for his blanket–I kept my own baby blanket around for years!

I recently discovered a wonderful organization, called Project Linus, that creates and donates hand-made blankets to sick kids in need of some love.

My mom and aunts are amazing quilters and can seemingly take anything and make a gorgeous, collectible quilt from it. But even if you, like me, lack that “quilting gene,” you can blanket the world with your love and good intentions by collecting them for donation.  I put out a call and got a ton of nice comforters to donate to Project Linus and several of my friends and family members were overjoyed to contribute!