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

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

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

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.

Inspiration

The Present Moment Prayer

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My God, when I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.
It is no longer in my power to change, correct, or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so what the past has embraced, I must entrust to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.
And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering You each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater Glory.

—St. Faustina

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

With a Pure Heart

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Help us to love each person because
they are a human being and created in the image of God.
Let not our race, color, religion, or ethnicity be a dividing factor
but may we see each person as a uniquely created individual
worthy of our love.
Help us to stand against senseless violence and not support
anyone who would divide others for their own gain.
Make us true instruments of your peace.

In Jesus’ Holy name we ask. Amen.

—Valerie Cullers

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

An Angel to Protect You: Irish Prayer for a Newborn

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May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you
And may love await you at every step.
May you bring light to the home
Warmth to the heart
Joy to the soul
And love to the lives you touch.
May God surround this child
And bless this day.
May you have a sunbeam to warm you
Good luck to charm you
An angel to protect you
Laughter to cheer you
And faithful friends near you.
May God hold you
In the hollow of his hand
Forever and ever.

—Celtic 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.