Inspiration

There Is a Balm in Gilead

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There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.

 

If you can’t preach like Peter,
If you can’t pray like Paul,
Just tell the love of Jesus,
And say He died for all.

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.

—African American Spiritual

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

Make Me Strong in Spirit

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Make me strong in spirit
Courageous in action
Gentle of heart
Let me act in wisdom
Conquer my fear and doubt
Discover my own hidden gifts
Meet others with compassion
Be a source of healing energies
And face each day with hope and joy

—Abby Willowroot, silversmith and priestess

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

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

May We Always Be Merciful

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We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the peoples
of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
as well as for ourselves.

Give us the depth of soul, O God,
to constrain our might,

to resist the temptations of power
to refuse to attack the attackable,
to understand
that vengeance begets violence,
and to bring peace—not war—wherever we go.

For You, O God, have been merciful to us.
For You, O God, have been patient with us.
For You, O God, have been gracious to us.

And so may we be merciful
and patient
and gracious
and trusting
with these others whom you also love

This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever. Amen.

—Sister Joan Chittister

 

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

Mend What Is Broken: A Prayer for Health

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Heavenly Father, I call on you right now in a special way.
It is through your power that I was created.
Every breath I take,
every morning I wake,
and every moment of every hour,
I live under your power.
Father, I ask you now to touch me with that same power.
For if you created me from nothing,
you can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of your spirit.
Cast out anything that should not be in me.
Mend what is broken.
Root out any unproductive cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild any
damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection.

Let warmth of your healing love pass through my body
to make new any unhealthy areas
so that my body will function the way you created it to function.
And Father, restore me to full health
in mind and body so that I may serve you the rest of my life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—b. madaras


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, Uncategorized

Prayer to Become Pregnant

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Dear loving heavenly Father,
I am Your child and I long
to have a child of my own in my
arms—a child to love and to cherish
for the rest of my life, just as You have
loved me with Your everlasting love.
Whatever the reason, Lord, that I have not
conceived, I pray, Lord, that You would
give me the strength to get pregnant and
bear a little baby, just as Sarah
in the Old Testament was given the grace to
conceive and bear her son, Isaac…
Lord, if there are any internal complications
in either my husband or me,
I pray that in Your grace
You would enable that to be overcome.
Thank You, Lord, for hearing
my prayer, and I leave my life in Your
hands; in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
—Sanctuary of the Sands

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 Prayer for the Whole of the World

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O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,

Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltering flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye
Can I behold the snare, the pit, the fall:
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

—Chapel of the Woods

 

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

Mend What Is Broken: A Prayer for Health

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Heavenly Father, I call on you right now in a special way.
It is through your power that I was created.
Every breath I take,
every morning I wake,
and every moment of every hour,
I live under your power.
Father, I ask you now to touch me with that same power.
For if you created me from nothing,
you can certainly recreate me.
Fill me with the healing power of your spirit.
Cast out anything that should not be in me.
Mend what is broken.
Root out any unproductive cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild any
damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection.
Let warmth of your healing love pass through my body
to make new any unhealthy areas
so that my body will function the way you created it to function.

And Father, restore me to full health
in mind and body so that I may serve you the rest of my life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

—b. madaras

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