Inspiration

Be a Blessing to Those on Your Way

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May your walking be easy, on dry land or snow.
May the good Lord walk with you, wherever you go.
May your troubles brush off, like a sprinkling of dust,
And may you stand strong, for what is good, what is just.

 May your soul be always grateful, may joy fill your heart.

May you reach out to others, with love, from the start.
May friendships bring blessing, for you, every day.
And may you be a blessing to those on your way.

—Retired Episcopal Priest Rev. Jane R. Dunning, Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Chaplain, Shelburne Falls Fire Departments

 

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

Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

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Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;

 It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,

If we keep on the sunny side of life.

Tho’ the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho’ the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior always,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

—Ada Blenkhorn, 1899

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 Wisdom of Forgiving Others

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Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

—Marianne Williamson

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 Buddha’s Guide to Happiness

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When Buddha spoke about suffering,
he meant that we have unsatisfactory experiences.
Even the happiness we have does not last forever,
and that situation is unsatisfactory.
The causes of our problems lie not
in the external environment and those inhabiting it,
but in our own mind.
The disturbing attitudes and negative emotions,
such as clinging attachment, anger, and ignorance,

are the real source of our unhappiness.

—Thubten Chodron

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 Serenity Prayer

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know
the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at
a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He
did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that
He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may
be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him

forever in the next. Amen.

—Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Fully Alive

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I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

—Dawna Markova

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

Miracles Do Happen

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I am united with Source,
at one with all the most miraculous healing energies of Creation,

and limitless in Wisdom, Appreciation, and Peace.

—Susyn Reeve

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

Beatitudes

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Blessed be the Earth and those who tend her,
for she is the source and sustenance of our lives.
Blessed be the children who hunger for food,
learning, and homes that are safe,
for their future is shaped by our choices today.
Blessed be the refugees fleeing the violence of war and poverty,
may they find shelter, peace, and work that sustains them.
Blessed be those who are calling for freedom,
resisting oppression, and risking their lives
in the struggle for justice,
for they are the shapers of a brighter world.
Blessed be the persecuted and wrongly judged,
for theirs is a sorrow lessened only by mercy and human kindness.
Blessed be the prophets who speak and write of a world
beyond war,
for theirs are the words becoming flesh.
Blessed be the story-tellers, music-makers, and artists at life,
for they are the true light of the world.
Blessed be the tender-hearted who mourn and grieve

the wars we’ve fought, the lives we’ve lost,
may peace ride in on the river of their tears.

—Cathedral of Light

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

There Is a Comfort for Every Sorrow

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The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is
to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the
heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all
is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst
the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly
always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every
sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe

that nature brings solace in all troubles.

—Anne Frank

 

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