Inspiration

Slow to Faith, Quick to Prayer

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My coming to faith
did not start with a leap
but rather a series of staggers
from what seemed like one safe
place to another.
Like lily pads, round and green,
these places summoned and then
held me up while I grew.
Each prepared me for the next leaf
on which I would land,
and in this way I moved across

the swamp of doubt and fear.

—Anne Lamott

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

A Trusting Heart

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You, God, are a mighty healer
and an ever-present help in trouble.
Help me to come to you with a trusting heart.

Please fill me with your peace.
May I find my hope and joy in you. Amen.

—Dawn Nichols

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

Come What May

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Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that,

whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad
mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and

make yourself comfortable with whatever happens.

—Henepola Gunaratana

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

Comfort and Strengthen My Soul

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Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord!
My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow;
have mercy on me, according to your unfailing love.
May your Word of truth comfort and strengthen my soul.
You are the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in you will live, even though he dies!

Be my Light, my Strength, my Hope, and my Peace. Amen.

—Susan Glende

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

Be Sure to Recognize the Lessons When They Come

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Suffering is our best teacher, because it hangs onto us and keeps

us in its grip until we have learnt that particular lesson. Only then
does suffering let go. If we haven’t learnt our lesson, we can be
quite sure that the same lesson is going to come again, because
life is nothing but an adult education class: if we don’t pass in any of
the subjects, we just have to sit the examination again. Whatever
lesson we have missed, we will get it again. That is why we find

ourselves reacting to similar situations in similar ways many times.

—Ayya Khema

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

Thy Holy Will

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My Saviour!
I cheerfully accept all the painful dispositions
in which it is Thy pleasure to place me.
My wish is in all things to conform myself to Thy holy will.
Whenever I kiss Thy cross, it is to show that I submit perfectly to

mine. Amen.

—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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

To Help Just One Person

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Sometimes I feel overwhelmed
but I try to work one day at a time.
If we just worry about the big picture,
we are powerless.
So my secret is to start right away doing
whatever little work I can do.
I try to give joy to one person in the morning,
and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon.
That’s enough.
When you see you can do that, you continue,
and you give two little joys,
and you remove two little sufferings,
then three, and then four.

If you and your friends do not despise the small work,
a million people will remove a lot of suffering.

That is the secret. Start right now.

—Chân Không

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

My Blessing Goes with You

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When the storms of life are strong
When you’re wounded, when you don’t belong

When you no longer hear my song
My blessing goes with you

—From “The Blessing,” by B. Graham/D. Downes, performed by Celtic Woman

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

Soar

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When you are in trouble, you need to put all your energies into
thinking that there is a way out. Then, the bottom, the dark hole,
becomes just a springboard from which you can leap so high that

your head might hit a cloud.

—Fatema Mernissi

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

The Virtue of Patience

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Dear Jesus, you know intimately the challenges
that I face in showing patience toward the people
you have put in my life.
I have failed so often to bear with others in love.
Forgive me. Thank you, dear Savior, for paying
in full the price for these failures.
Thank you for your life of perfect patience, lived in my place.

Give me strength today to reflect your patience to others. Amen.

—Mollie Schairer

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